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The Book of Mormon (Part 5)

Starting on CD #6...

There is a weird reference in Ch 2 (I'm not sure whose anymore, the one before Mosiah) when King Benjamin is dying where he talks about "returning to Mother Earth". That's not a very patriarchal/Judeo-Christian sentiment... That's a clear pagan reference, and an unlikely turn of phrase for a passage written, allegedly around 200 BCE.

Okay, so it is actually Mosiah 2. This ending the CD without warning is irritating. Everything sounds the same.

There is a long passage here, while King Benjamin is still preparing to die, where he talks about how horrible people are and insignifant they are and how much they owe to god and can never repay and how unworthy and worthless they are... People like listening to this? If you said this crap to a child, I might consider it verbal child abuse. I would much rather feel insignificant because of astronomy than because of someone threatening torture and violence if I don't comply body and soul. At least a quasar doesn't have a grudge against me.

How convenient that the prophets are powerful and that there is no greater power than god.

What is ziff? Zyth? Zyph?

I like their idea of justice (*not*): arrest them, find an accusation against him, be put to death. Really nice.

You know what's the convenient thing about imaginary geography? I wonder what Mormons would say if someone pointed out that there was zero archaeological evidence for this completely made up story? At least ome of the Bible stories have a grain of semi-historical fact, and even occasionally refers to real people and foreign gods.

It suddenly occurs to me... How do they know the ending of this story if the Nephites telling the story are suppsed to be destroyed at the end? Not the plates, surely. Just the angel?

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