“By the Cunning and the Mysterious Arts of the Evil One”

Brant Gardner

The Nehorite philosophy attacks the people of God by declaring them to be a form of magician. They do “the cunning and the mysterious arts.” There are certainly things that look like miracles, but they cannot be true. They must be of the devil. In order to justify their own beliefs they must not only deny the gospel, but must assign all of the obvious good of the gospel to the devil rather than to God. To exalt themselves, they must denigrate the gospel. Unfortunatley, there are modern men who feel that they must do the same. To exalt their own beliefs they must attack the beliefs of others. That was a sign of wickedness among the Nephites. It is no less a sign of the lack of the spirit today.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon