Tuesday, April 3, 2012

1 Nephi 22: Nephi Babbles

Nephi stops quoting Isaiah for a while.  His ever-waffling brothers ask more unexpectedly poignant questions that allow him to go off on a rant about how all the stuff Isaiah he was talking about is true, all of it will come to pass in a literal, temporal sense, and people had better repent to make sure they don't get destroyed.

I think it's safe to say that Nephi doesn't really know what he's talking about.  A few examples:

I Think You Got Your Churches Backwards, Chief
Verse 13:
And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken with their own blood.
Not only is this a bizarre mixing of metaphors, but it sounds a lot like the current LDS church...not like the great and abominable church--you know, the church that is supposed to be made up of all the churches that aren't God's true church.  I haven't noticed a whole lot of other churches falling on their own swords or getting skewered by their own doctrines.

Still Waiting
Verse 16:
For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous.
Has anybody noticed the wrath of God being poured out upon the children of men?  I haven't.  But Nephi said it would happen soon about 2600 years ago.

I suppose you could make the argument that this might count as "soon" in God's eternal perspective, but going on the claim that humanity is only about 6000 years old, this "soon" accounts for just shy of 43% of the earth's timeline so far.  That's not "soon" by anybody's definition.

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