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|Title||KnoWhy #505 - What Makes Mankind an Enemy to God? (Mosiah 3:19)|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Adam; Atonement; Chiasmus. Jesus Christ; Eve; Fall of Adam; King Benjamin; Natural Man|
When speaking to his people, King Benjamin stated that “the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever” (Mosiah 3:19). One might initially assume from this statement that the Book of Mormon is suggesting that humankind is somehow naturally and inherently evil from birth. However, when this statement is read in context, it becomes clear that King Benjamin meant exactly the opposite: that our relying on Christ allows us to return to our child-like state of innocence.
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