Friends and Lost Hope
Posted by kirkcaudle on July 1, 2010
The theme of the blog this past month seems to be the role of God in death, dying, and killing. Therefore, I have had these (related) subjects on my mind for the past couple of weeks. I have also (like many of you out there) been reading Grant Hardy’s new book, Understanding The Book of Mormon.
While thinking on these subjects my mind turned to Mormon and Nephi. Both of these men failed to save the people they loved. They spent most of their lives crying repentance to a people who would not hear their words. However, Mormon seemed to lose hope in his people a little faster than Nephi did, imo. Hardy states, “like Nephi, he [Moroni] hopes for their repentance but at some point recognizes that it will not come” (94). This is a different message than I heard growing up in Sunday School.
I was always taught growing up, and still in church today, that, “everyone has a chance” and “never give up on people because they can change, you never know a person’s heart.” But that really true? Grant Hardy seems to put forth the idea that at some point Nephi and Mormon had to face the facts and give up on the idea that their people would be saved. This was because God himself had perviously said they had no hope.
This sounds harsh (and maybe it is), but how can you really have hope for a people God has already said would become wicked and He would destroy? Does this example of a damned people relate to us in the contemporary world, or does it just turn into one of those stock answers in church where people say, “things were just different back then.”
Mormon states in Morm. 5:2 that, “I was without hope, for I knew the judgments of the Lord which should come upon them; for they repented not of their iniquities, but did struggle for their lives without calling upon that Being who created them.” Are their people in our lives now that we can really say we are “without hope” for? In church I always hear the exact opposite of this scripture.I personally think there are those we cannot hope for, but I recognize that is an unpopular opinion.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts.
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