Sunday, April 7, 2013

3 Nephi 9-10

(May 27, 2010)
Two quick points.  First, Chapter 10 confirms what I thought yesterday – these people were definitely not those that stoned the prophets.  The scriptures specifically state that.  Second, with all of the cities that were destroyed, I wonder if a group of people or a city develop a common culture after a while.

The point being that if moving was difficult, over a period of time you would expect the attitudes of a city to move closer to being homogenous.  Maybe that has something to do with the destroyed cities.  We, in the modern day, see the wickedness around us and worry about cities being destroyed and think that ours qualifies (but we, of course, want to be spared).  But perhaps the cities in those days simply lacked the righteous within them to be spared.  It is hard to believe there were cities with no righteous people in them, but it is harder to believe that the Lord is unfair.  Either our understanding of what is fair and unfair is wrong, or there really weren’t any righteous people there.

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