Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 1 (Redeemed All Men)

3 And he had gone about among the people, preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down against the church; declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher ought to become popular; and they ought not to labor with their hands, but that they ought to be supported by the people.4 And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day, and that they need not fear nor tremble, but that they might lift up their heads and rejoice; for the Lord had created all men, and had also redeemed all men; and, in the end, all men should have eternal life.
Just as Lucifer tempted our first father and mother in the garden of Eden with a mix of truth, half truth, and lies, Nehor likewise gained great popularity and acclaim by teaching the philosophies of men mingled with scriptural truth.

It is true of course, that God has created all men. It is also true that God has redeemed all men through the atonement of Jesus Christ. But ultimately, whether we achieve eternal life and the full blessings of exaltation is contingent on whether we accept redemption through the power of the atonement.

God loves us and wants to save us, but he cannot save us in our sins. He can only work with us if we are willing to repent and follow him. Otherwise we are left on our own to suffer the pains of our mistakes and sins. Otherwise it as if no atonement had been made for us.

This is an unpopular truth even in Christ’s church. All too often you see members, especially online bloggers, speaking of the Plan of Salvation as universalist in nature. This is a false hearsay. While all will be resurrected, eternal life will only come to those who repent and follow Christ. The notion that because God loves us all he can’t let any be damned is a lie. God cannot save those who do not accept his saving hand. The Book of Mormon’s teaching on hell and damnation is a much needed corrective to the tendency, even among us, towards false universalism.


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