This chapter is still Alma speaking to Corianton. And I am still using the principles and doctrine study skill set. I hope you find something to use from this post!
Do you ever worry about the resurrection of the dead? I have a girlfriend who is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but she loves the interpretation that the LDS hold over the resurrection of the dead. She and I have been friends for 25 years and when we were teenagers we lost a dear friend to suicide. My girlfriend has attended several churches throughout her life and several months ago, she and I were chatting about our lost friend and she asked me what I felt and believed happened to him after he departed his time here on Earth.
I really like the readings from verse 3-10, but that is not my focus today, however, it is great to know that Alma, as a prophet shared his knowledge. Knowledge, not belief, be clear on that. Verse 11 reads: “that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.” There is more, verse 12 teaches: “the spirits that are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorry.” I don’t need to know anymore than this when she and I discuss where our old friend is at. He is in paradise, free from sorrow and care.
Now, of course, there is the opposite for those that were not righteous in their living here on Earth. Those that were wicked and chose a life of evil are taken to outer darkness and there they stay until the time of resurrection.
Both paradise and outer darkness are gospel doctrine, are they not?
Next, Alma teaches Corianton more about his thoughts of a first and second resurrection of the dead. Alma pretty much says that it matters not to us here on Earth when this happens, as God knows when it will happen. Heavenly Father’s time is the only time that matters.
Now, verse 23, happens to be one of my husband’s favorites in all of Book of Mormon (you can figure out why): “The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair if the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.” And we will talk a little more about that in Alma 41.
This chapter closes with a solid mention of some doctrine in verse 26: “and no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of God; bu they are cast out, and consigned to partake of the fruits of their labors or their works, which have been evil; and they drink the dregs of a bitter cup.”
I’ll leave this post at that… what cup will you be drinking from?
Sending my warm thoughts in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.