In these passages, the verb to cross is used as a synonym for to contradict… All of these passages are in the context of legal interrogation. Alma, having been a judge himself for eight years uses a legal metaphor with his wayward son. He talks about how Corianton had “been guilty of so great a crime” and that his crimes “will stand as a testimony against [him] at the last day.” By repenting and forsaking his sins, Corianton can cross—contradict—the testimony of his crimes. Alma then urges his son “to counsel with [his] elder brothers” and to “give heed to their counsel,” thus using his brothers the way a defendant uses a legal counsel (Alma 39:7–10).
Alma 39: 17 The coming of Christ Alma 40: 1 The resurrection Alma 41: 1 The Restoration Alma 42: 1 The Justice of God Alma 30: 13 No man can know Alma 30: 18 When a man is dead… Alma 41: 1 According to his genius Alma 30: 17 No Crime
Corianton used the point of doctrine for a pretext [to commit sin], as many people do. I get them all the time. A confusion of doctrine, something that isn’t clear, they take as an excuse for the not committing themselves, for not resolving to do right, because “I don’t know yet, that, and the other.” When people become hypercritical of doctrine, you know they are misbehaving. I’ve done it myself.” Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Lecture 56, p. 472
Restoration “to their proper order” is something required by the very nature of things… And as long as one soul, or a thing, remains and enemy of His, or its desires are unrighteous, His work will not be finished. Through the power of Christ’s resurrection no only will the mortal body and spirit of man be restored one to another, but also it made possible that all things, both good and bad, evil and righteous, should return to their place of origin, or to where there they born. It is impossible for such opposites to dwell together eternally. Goodness will be restored to the good, and evil to the realm of Satan.
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