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To preach that there should be no Christ and yet to believe in the Law of Moses is to completely misunderstand the reason the Law of Moses was given. We know that the Law of Moses was given by Christ (3 Nephi 15:5) and that all aspects of the Law point us to Christ (Jacob 4:5). This is eventually how Sherem gets confounded by Jacob because he teaches the Law and denies the Christ. One cannot teach the Law of Moses and fully understand it unless it is in the context that the Law is a schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ (Gal 3:24).

There are a couple of modern day corollaries to Sherem's doctrine. One is that there is no God. To the atheist, the Book of Mormon responds, all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator (Alma 30:44). Ronald Reagan has been quoted as saying, "sometimes when I'm faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve. And when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner to ask him if he believes there's a cook." (Quote Book #4, compiled by James H. Patterson, p. 5)

"It is also recognized by a majority of the great scientists that there is a God and that he is the source of truth. As Albert Einstein said, 'The harmony of natural law reveals an intelligence of such superiority that compared with it all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection' ("Search for Truth" 7). Similarly, the great space scientist Wernher von Braun has written,
"Anything as well ordered

And perfectly created as is our earth

And universe must have a Maker

A Master Designer

Anything so orderly, so perfect,

So precisely balanced, so majestic as

This creation can only be the product of a Divine Idea…

'There must be a Maker; there can be no other way' ("Creation" 21)"

(Book of Mormon Symposium Series, edited by PR Cheesman, MS Nyman, and CD Tate, Jr., 1988, p. 348)

"A believing British scientist has observed the following of our especially situated planet:
"[Just a bit nearer to the sun, and Planet Earth's seas would soon be boiling; just a little farther out, and the whole world would become a frozen wilderness.]
". . . If our orbit happened to be the wrong shape . . . then we should alternately freeze like Mars and fry like Venus once a year. Fortunately for us, our planet's orbit is very nearly a circle.
"The 21 percent of oxygen is another critical figure. Animals would have difficulty breathing if the oxygen content fell very far below that value. But an oxygen level much higher than this would also be disastrous, since the extra oxygen would act as a fire-raising material. Forests and grasslands would flare up every time lightning struck during a dry spell, and life on earth would become extremely hazardous.4" (Book of Mormon Symposium Series, edited by PR Cheesman, MS Nyman, and CD Tate, Jr., 1988, p. 7)

The second modern day corollary to Sherem's doctrine is that there was a Christ but he was not the Son of God. One would assume that this doctrine is most strongly held by non-Christians. Ironically, there are Christians of our day who do not believe that Jesus Christ was divine. The following quote demonstrates this:

Elder A. Theodore Tuttle

"Several years ago in a seminary recognized as perhaps the greatest in this country, a doctor of divinity, who had a string of honorary doctoral degrees and who is on the board of directors of one of the largest Protestant churches in America, in lecturing to a large group of students, most of whom already had bachelor of divinity degrees, said, sympathetically:

'I know that it is difficult for you men to teach creeds which you, yourselves, do not believe, but you have the social obligation to do it.'

"Another man in the same institution, having about the same academic credentials, declared: 'Who knows but what in the year 2004 or some other year, there will live a man who will live more perfectly than did Jesus. Then we will worship him as the Son of God, rather than Jesus. The reason we worship Jesus as the Son of God is because he lived the most perfect life of any man of whom we have knowledge.'" (Conference Report, Oct. 1960, p. 54 as taken from Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p. 161)
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