“For We Cannot Witness with Our Own Eyes That They Are True”

Brant Gardner

In this verse we have more evidence that the apostasy of the Nephites has followed the previous traditions. In this case, we have the echo of Korihor, also a Nehorite, and specifically “anti-Christ:”

Alma 30:12-15

12 And this Anti-Christ, whose name was Korihor, (and the law could have no hold upon him) began to preach unto the people that there should be no Christ. And after this manner did he preach, saying:

13 O ye that are bound down under a foolish and a vain hope, why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things? Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to come.

14 Behold, these things which ye call prophecies, which ye say are handed down by holy prophets, behold, they are foolish traditions of your fathers.

15 How do ye know of their surety? Behold, ye cannot know of things which ye do not see; therefore ye cannot know that there shall be a Christ.

The argument of the current Nephites is a virtual repetition of Korihor’s argument. There can be no Christ because we cannot know what we cannot see. The Nehorite heresy has long been with the Nephites. We saw it first in the court of Noah, and it appeared with a name in the person of Nehor. Korihor was a continuation of the same set of beliefs, and that set of beliefs has now become the majority religion among the Nephites.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon