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This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cain, Abel and Secret combinations

The scriptures teach some things about secret combinations that often go unnoticed.

The story of Cain and Abel itself is a story about secret combinations. That may sound a bit shocking, but it is actually quite plainly laid out in the text.

Moses 5:29 And Satan said unto Cain: Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thou shalt die; and swear thy brethren by their heads, and by the living God, that they tell it not; for if they tell it, they shall surely die; and this that thy father may not know it; and this day I will deliver thy brother Abel into thine hands.
 30 And Satan sware unto Cain that he would do according to his commands. And all these things were done in secret.
 31 And Cain said: Truly I am Mahan, the master of this great secret, that I may murder and get gain. Wherefore Cain was called Master Mahan, and he gloried in his wickedness.

Thus Abel wasn't just slain by a wayward brother. His brother, Cain, inspired by Satan, organized a secret combination. The "great secret" was not that "that I may murder and get gain". That is kind of transparently obvious. The "great secret" was that by organizing according to Satan's direction, then Satan swore that he would do as Cain directed, and help them accomplish their dark works. Thus Satan says "I will deliver thy brother Abel into thine hands."

This was a secret combination of the darkest sort. And it was all organized before Abel was slain. In fact, slaying Abel was part of its charter.

So the story of Cain and Abel is not the story we are usually told. It is a story about a secret combination slaying a man who "walked in holiness before the Lord".

Actually, the Lord's declaration about Cain doesn't make sense unless we understand this. 

Moses 5:40 And I the Lord said unto him: Whosoever slayeth thee, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And I the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

Why will the Lord be seven times more angry at someone that kills guilty Cain, then at Cain for shedding innocent blood? 

In fact, why is Cain so worried about being slain? Why does Cain say?

Moses 5:39 ... it shall come to pass, that he that findeth me will slay me, because of mine iniquities, for these things are not hid from the Lord

The answer is because the secret is out. When Cain says it will be because of his iniquities, he is not referring to the iniquity of killing Abel, but to the iniquity of organizing a secret combination to kill Abel. When it is discovered that the cat is out of the bag, then Cain is worried that according to their oath Cain's own secret combination will kill Cain. The Lord is not seven times more vengeful toward men for killing a guilty man than for killing a holy man. The Lord is seven times more vengeful toward men that murder a guilty man for no other reason than because of the oath of a secret combination, than he is for more regular murder in passion or for gain.

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