2 Nephi 25:5-7; “Yea, and my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah, for I came out from Jerusalem, and mine eyes hath beheld the things of the Jews, and I know that the Jews do understand the things of the prophets, and there is none other people that understand the things which were spoken unto the Jews like unto them, save it be that they are taught after the manner of the things of the Jews. 6 But behold, I, Nephi, have not taught my children after the manner of the Jews; but behold, I, of myself, have dwelt at Jerusalem, wherefore I know concerning the regions round about; and I have made mention unto my children concerning the judgments of God, which hath come to pass among the Jews, unto my children, according to all that which Isaiah hath spoken, and I do not write them. 7 But behold, I proceed with mine own prophecy, according to my plainness; in the which I know that no man can err; nevertheless, in the days that the prophecies of Isaiah shall be fulfilled men shall know of a surety, at the times when they shall come to pass.”
Isaiah 44:24-25; “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; 25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish”.
Why didn’t Nephi teach his kids ‘after the manner of the Jews’? Does this mean he didn’t teach them Jewish Levitical laws?
If Nephi really knew Jewish law, he never would’ve said ‘no man can err’. Jewish law taught no one is perfect but God.
Nephi sounds rather arrogant by proclaiming he knew all about the Jews because he supposedly lived amongst them. If he really knew about Jewish customs, he would’ve known better than to write his own prophecies, and go out of his way not to teach his kids about his heritage. His behavior is a sign he has forsaken the Lord.
What purpose does this passage of LDS canon serve? Does it bring the people closer to God, or push them away?
Ask the Mormon you know what they think of this!
With Love in Christ;