Scripture Fun! An Often Confused Report

Some Comments on a writing attributed to Moses, via Joseph Smith:

Chapter 6, verse 55: And the Lord spake unto Adam, saying: Inasmuch as thy children are conceived in sin, even so when they begin to grow up, sin conceiveth in their hearts, and they taste the bitter, that they may know to prize the good. 56 And it is given unto them to know good from evil; wherefore they are agents unto themselves, and I have given unto you another law and commandment.

57 Wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence; for, in the language of Adam, Man of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man, even Jesus Christ, a righteous Judge, who shall come in the meridian of time.

Now, it is clear that the Lord is telling Adam what to say to Adam’s children.  And these children are told that Men may inherit the Kingdom of God, but under strict conditions: namely, they cannot dwell there, except they repent.  As if his children cannot bring them to the kingdom, until they repent.  How can they repent?  Adam (now honored with the title, Man of Holiness) is then given a command to teach “these things,” that is, the following, to his children.  He is to give the text exactly, as if the Lord is scripting Adam’s words to his own children (in contrast to the above teaching about Men):

58 Therefore I give unto you a commandment, to teach these things freely unto your children, saying:
59 That by reason of transgression cometh the fall, which fall bringeth death, and inasmuch as ye were born into the world by water and blood; and the spirit which I [Adam] have made, and so became of dust a living soul, even so ye must be born again into the kingdom of heaven, of water, and of the Spirit, and be cleansed by blood, even the blood of mine Only Begotten; that ye might be sanctified from all sin, and enjoy the words of eternal life in this world, and eternal life in the world to come, even immortal glory;

Adam is speaking of himself, using words given to him by the Lord.  He is talking to his children, who were born(e) into the world by water and blood, and the spirit Adam made, living souls now become “of dust.”  Like Men, who must repent, his children “must be born again into the Kingdom of Heaven,” and this time, they will do so by being born also into the kingdoms of water and of the spirit, and by taking on blood which will cleanse.  Whose blood?  Not Adam’s blood.  Not yet, anyway.  The blood of “Mine only begotten,” that is, Adam’s only begotten (who just happens to be giving this script to Adam).  Need a breather?

Thus, Adam here learns about the Lord, from the Lord: how salvation will come to men, who must repent, and also will come to his own children, at this time beings of spirit become of dust (but needing rebirth as Men).  They will enjoy the words of eternal life in this world, and the world to come, and immortal glory.  And so, Adam gives his children (not Men, not yet, anyway), the record of heaven, the comforter, and so on (These Children are either the Record of Heaven, or are given it):

60 For by the water ye keep the commandment; by the Spirit ye are justified, and by the blood ye are sanctified; 61 Therefore it is given to abide in you, the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.

Adam’s children are given these gifts, and then Adam tells them about men, too.  He is to tell them what he was just taught by the Lord about repentance, rebirth, blood and salvation.  And this no doubt surprisingly revelation: that he, Adam, is their father as well, of the spiritual and temporal:

62 And now, behold, I say unto you: This is the plan of salvation unto all men through the blood of mine Only Begotten, who shall come in the meridian of time. 63 And behold, all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me [Adam], both things which are temporal [Men], and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me.

Here the script Adam is given by the Lord, and which he is to say to his children finally concludes.  Thus, Adam is the first to carry out the new plan and commandment, concerning men and his own spiritual heirs:

64 And it came to pass, when the Lord had spoken with Adam, our father, that Adam cried unto the Lord, and he was caught away by the Spirit of the Lord, and was carried down into the water, and was laid under the water, and was brought forth out of the water.

Is the story more true because I have tied it to “scripture”?  Or less true because I didn’t say, “An angel told me so”?  I’m just looking at who is talking to whom.  I could be wrong, obviously.  The comforter is not necessarily given to Men at that time, which is why Jesus seems to make something of a big deal about giving it to Men, after the Lord resurrects as a Man.  Who must be born again? Not Men, but the children of God, at that time spirits by their own fall “become of dust.”  Many different “families of the earth” are to unite under Michael, raised up as their Father by the Lord known to us as Jesus. 

Some scripture chase questions: Where did the original fathers of men come from?  What was Adam’s transgression?  Why did Eve declare Cain “A man got from the Lord”?  Was he of a different order of being than was Able, and the later Seth?    What was the fate of his children who refused this rebirth, and what of their redemption?  Does baptism figure in, if so, how?  Discuss how to apply this symbolic principle to your daily lives.


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4 thoughts on “Scripture Fun! An Often Confused Report

  1. Good Will says:

    Daymon,

    This is WAY over my head. I can’t even make sense of what YOU are saying! All of the “explanations” always lead to the end of a rope…that is frayed and incoherent. Can’t ANYONE make it plain to be understood?

  2. Chuck says:

    Perhaps the confusion lies in the word “explanations”. What I see are statements that attempt to report what has been read (“I’m just looking at who is talking to whom”; and not “symbolically” in order to apply it “to his daily life”–hence the humorous sarcasm of the last sentence); he even indicates that his reading might be incorrect for reasons not yet discovered. Careful and honest, and in a manner less inclined to appeal to those habituated to looking for idols to idolize.

    Grand coherent narratives with beginnings, middles, and “ends”, or several, partially related stories that overlap here and there; that, to someone convinced of the “true existence” of the former, give a sense of “fraying”, along with their complexity, and multiplicity. I suggest this as an alternative to the way we think things tend play out in our lives. Certainly a little jarring at first, but one which might have something to offer which would otherwise be missed in the performance of a preference for centrality.

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