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Passage: Alma 16:10 - Alma 16:30
10 Now if a man desired to serve God, it was his privilege, or rather if he believed in God, it was his privilege to serve Him, But if he did not believe in Him, there was no law to punish him;
11 But if he murdered, he was punished unto death, And if he robbed, he was also punished, And if he stole, he was also punished, And if he committed adultery, he was also punished; Yea, for all this wickedness they were punished, for there was a law that men should be judged according to their crimes;
12 Nevertheless, there was no law against a man's belief, Therefore, a man was punished only for the crimes which he had done, Therefore, all men were on equal grounds.
13 And this antichrist whose name was Korihor-and the law could have no hold upon him-and he began to preach unto the people that there should be no Christ;
14 And after this manner did he preach, saying: "O ye that are bound down under a foolish and a vain hope, Why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things? Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to come.
15 "Behold, these things which ye call prophecies, which ye say are handed down by holy prophets, Behold, they are foolish traditions of your fathers; How do ye know of their surety?
16 Behold, ye cannot know of things which ye do not see, Therefore, ye cannot know that there shall be a Christ.
17 "Ye look forward and say that ye see a remission of your sins; But behold, it is the effects of a frenzied mind, And this derangement of your minds comes because of the tradition of your fathers which lead you away into a belief of things which are not so."
18 And many more such things did he say unto them, telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men; But every man fared in this life, according to the management of the creature, Therefore, every man prospered, according to his genius, And that every man conquered, according to his strength; And whatsoever a man did was no crime.
19 And thus he did preach unto them, leading away the hearts of many, causing them to lift up their heads in their wickedness, Yea, leading away many women, and also men, to commit whoredoms, telling them that when a man was dead, that was the end thereof.
20 Now this man went over to the Land of Jershon also to preach these things among the people of Ammon, which were once the people of the Lamanites;
21 But behold, they were more wise than many of the Nephites, for they took him and bound him and carried him before Ammon, which was a high priest over that people;
22 And it came to pass that he caused that he should be carried out of the land.
23 And it came to pass that he came over into the Land of Gideon and began to preach unto them also; And here he did not have much success, for he was taken and bound and carried before the high priest, and also the chief judge over the land.
24 And it came to pass that the high priest saith unto him: "Why do ye go about perverting the ways of the Lord?
25 Why do ye teach this people that there shall be no Christ, to interrupt their rejoicings?
26 Why do ye speak against all the prophecies of the holy prophets?"
27 Now, the high priest's name was Giddonah;
28 And Korihor saith unto him: "Because I do not teach the foolish traditions of your fathers, And because I do not teach this people to bind themselves down under the foolish ordinances and performances which are laid down by ancient priests to usurp power and authority over them, To keep them in ignorance that they may not lift up their heads, but be brought down according to thy words.
29 "Ye say that this people is a free people; Behold, I say they are in bondage.
30 "Ye say that those ancient prophecies are true; Behold, I say that ye do not know that they are true.
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