Preachers against Christ are not new. There have been anti-Christ as long as there have existed people who would dare believe in Him.
In the scriptures is the account of one such anti-Christ who made a compelling argument--just as compelling as the atheist and agnostics of modern thought. In His wisdom, God knew that following the Age of Enlightenment, many Christians would convert to intellectualism and deny the divinity of Christ.
So, He instructed Mormon to include in the record of the Book of Mormon encounters the people of God had with those spouting intellectualism.
In the record, the words of the anti-Christ are not called intellectualism. As we explore those words it will be evident that intellectualism is the religion this anti-Christ was preaching.
Find the teachings of King Benjamin--how he taught about Christ in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Follow the link Below.
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Destroyer of Faith
Denigrate - Anti-Christs Insult!
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23 And Korihor said unto him: Because I do not teach the foolish traditions of your fathers, and because I do not teach this people to bind themselves down under the foolish ordinances and performances which are laid down by ancient priests, to usurp power and authority over them, to keep them in ignorance, that they may not lift up their heads, but be brought down according to thy words.24 Ye say that this people is a free people. Behold, I say they are in bondage. Ye say that those ancient prophecies are true. Behold, I say that ye do not know that they are true.25 Ye say that this people is a guilty and a fallen people, because of the transgression of a parent. Behold, I say that a child is not guilty because of its parents.26 And ye also say that Christ shall come. But behold, I say that ye do not know that there shall be a Christ. And ye say also that he shall be slain for the sins of the world—27 And thus ye lead away this people after the foolish traditions of your fathers, and according to your own desires; and ye keep them down, even as it were in bondage, that ye may glut yourselves with the labors of their hands, that they durst not look up with boldness, and that they durst not enjoy their rights and privileges.28 Yea, they durst not make use of that which is their own lest they should offend their priests, who do yoke them according to their desires, and have brought them to believe, by their traditions and their dreams and their whims and their visions and their pretended mysteries, that they should, if they did not do according to their words, offend some unknown being, who they say is God—a being who never has been seen or known, who never was nor ever will be.Alma 30:23-28
Perpetuate - Anti-Christ Reproduce
the devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel, and said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have all gone astray after an unknown God. And he said unto me: There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I should say. And I have taught his words; and I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind; and I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch that I verily believed that they were true; and for this cause I withstood the truth, even until I have brought this great curse upon me. Alma 30:53
In the end, all unbelievers had an experience that caused them not to believe anymore--be it a traumatic life experience or a crisis of faith.
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Alma does not get into philosophical debate with Korihor. He doesn’t allow himself to be pulled onto the ground that Korihor tries to define as the area of debate. There is a great lesson in that. We combat false philosophies with revelation and true doctrine, not academic debate.
Korihor will consider only evidence that can be gathered through the senses. In such a system, it is much easier to prove there is a God than to prove there is not a God.To prove there is a God, all it takes is for one person to see, hear, or otherwise have an experience with God, and thereafter the existence of God cannot be disproved.But here is what it would take to prove there is no God: Since God is not confined to this earth, we would have to search throughout the universe for him.We assume God is able to move about, so it would not be enough to start at point A in the universe and search through to point Z. What if after we leave point A, God moves there and stays there for the rest of the search?In other words, for Korihor to say that there is no God, based on the very criteria he himself has established
The purpose of the scriptures in general is to bring to our minds understanding of how God dealt with people in the past and give us a life-lesson through other people's mistakes. God intends that the words of scripture to keep us always in remembrance of the past so that we may learn to be more wise than our past brethren as Moroni admonishes in Mormon 9:31.
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