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Passage: Alma 19:67 - Alma 19:87
67 And if his works are evil, they shall be restored unto him for evil. Therefore, all things shall be restored to its proper order- everything to its natural frame, mortality raised to immortality, corruption to incorruption, Raised to endless happiness, to inherit the kingdom of God, Or, to endless misery, to inherit the kingdom of the devil;
68 The one, on one hand; the other, on the other- The one, raised to happiness, according to his desires of happiness, or good, according to his desires of good; And the other, to evil, according to his desires of evil, For as he has desired to do evil all the day long, even so shall he have his reward of evil when the night cometh.
69 And so it is on the other hand- If he hath repented of his sins and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so shall he be rewarded unto righteousness-
70 These are they that are redeemed of the Lord, Yea, these are they that are taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness. And thus they stand or fall, For behold, they are their own judges, whether to do good or do evil.
71 Now the decrees of God are unalterable; Therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.
72 And now behold, my son, do not risk one more offense against your God upon those points of doctrine which ye hath hitherto risked to commit sin;
73 Do not suppose because it hath been spoken concerning restoration that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness;
74 Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.
75 And now, my son, all men that are in a state of nature- or I would say in a carnal state-are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity; They are without God in the world, And they have gone contrary to the nature of God, Therefore, they are in a state contrary to the nature of happiness.
76 And now behold, is the meaning of the word "restoration" to take a thing of a natural state and place it in an unnatural state, or to place it in a state opposite to its nature?
77 O my son, this is not the case, But the meaning of the word "restoration" is to bring back again evil for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish, good for that which is good, righteous for that which is righteous, just for that which is just, merciful for that which is merciful.
78 Therefore, my son, see that ye are merciful unto your brethren, Deal justly, judge righteously and do good continually; And if ye do all these things, then shall ye receive your reward-
79 Yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again, Ye shall have justice restored unto you again, Ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again,
80 And ye shall have good rewarded unto you again; For that which ye doth send out shall return unto you again and be restored; Therefore, the word "restoration" more fully condemneth the sinner and justifieth him not at all.
81 And now, my son, I perceive there is somewhat more which doth worry your mind which ye cannot understand, Which is concerning the justice of God in the punishment of the sinner, For ye do try to suppose that it is injustice that the sinner should be consigned to a state of misery.
82 Now behold, my son, I will explain this thing unto thee. For behold, after the Lord God sent our first parents forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground, from whence he was taken, Yea, He drove out the man and He placed at the east end of the garden of Eden cherubim and flaming sword which turned every way to keep the tree of life-
83 Now we see that the man had become as God, knowing good and evil, And lest he should put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever, That the Lord God placed cherubim and the flaming sword that he should not partake of the fruit.
84 And thus we see that there was a time granted unto man to repent, Yea, a probationary time- A time to repent and serve God.
85 For behold, if Adam had put forth his hand immediately and partook of the tree of life, He would have lived forever, according to the word of God, having no space for repentance;
86 Yea, and also the word of God would have been void, And the great plan of salvation would have been frustrated.
87 But behold, it was appointed unto man to die; Therefore, as they were cut off from the tree of life, Therefore, they should be cut off from the face of the earth and man became lost forever; Yea, they became fallen man.
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