Thursday, March 14, 2013

2 Nephi 30: Every God's a Little Bit Racist

Unnecessary Delineation--Five Yard Penalty
In verse two, Nephi inadvertently reveals another facet of God's racism:
For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the covenant people of the Lord; and as many of the Jews as will not repent shall be cast off; for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel.
The Jews are referred to as the "chosen" or "covenant" people throughout the scriptures.  But here Nephi explains that if the Jews fail to repent, they will no longer be God's favorites.  Furthermore, if the Gentiles do repent, they'll be among God's favorites.  So if the real qualification for finding favor with God is whether or not you repent, why bother mentioning the Jew/Gentile thing at all?  It clearly doesn't matter whether you're a Jew or a Gentile so long as you repent.

Delighting in Physiognomy
Nephi then prophesies about the Book of Mormon being made available to his family's descendants.  In verse six, he writes:
And then shall [their descendants] rejoice; for they shall know that [the Book of Mormon] is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people.
That word "pure" near the end there was actually the word "white" until the 1981 edition.  It's verses like these that gave way to the theory, espoused by more than one prophet of the church, that dark-skinned people who accept the church eventually become whiter.

This verse also seems to say that Native Americans will join the church in droves and that multiple generations of them will stay faithful, and, of course, be white/pure and delightsome.  I suppose this could be one of those prophecies that simply hasn't been fulfilled yet, but I think it's worth saying that the overwhelming majority of Native Americans today are non-Mormon and, of course, still have their normal skin color.

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