I commend your diligence in responding. This has been entertaining. I want to respond to your latest comments.
As to the good Samaritan, the traditional view of the Samaritan was mistranslated. The Samaritan didn’t wait to know God and to read his scriptures before providing support because he already knew God and read his scriptures. The Samaritans were despised because they were not of the scholarly class, nor of the noble class. They knew God and they read the scriptures. This goes to prove my point rather than to discredit it. Even to the least of them could understand the proper response when they had the mind and will of God. It was not just because their mothers knew it. We are getting the story of the stripling warriors mixed up with the good Samaritan.
You are absolutely correct that obedience is required. That is not what we are addressing. Both you and I made the argument that obedience is required. Where we seem to differ is upon the way we obey. That is why I stated that the Lord doesn’t look on the outward appearance. Instead, the Lord looketh upon the heart.
The widows mite addresses that very point- the heart of the matter. In this example the heart is all that matters. What I am trying to communicate is how to do the obedience with all your heart, mind and soul. It is obvious that we can obey for different reasons. Everyone is on a different level of understanding. God takes that into account. However, what God describes is what it takes to obtain all that He has to offer. That requires the heart that is broken and completely submitted to God’s mind and will.
As to the law of Moses spoken of by Nephi, he doesn’t specify the law of Moses as the only law that is dead. What he is addressing is the law that is set up to bring you into His presence. Christ also stated that the law is dead. Christ told Nephi that when we see Christ in the flesh whatever He says, that is the law. Obviously, Nephi beheaded Laban, and that was in keeping of the law for him. All the law is intended to do is to point each of us to come to the presence of the giver of the law.
As an aside, the law of Moses was not called the law of Moses at the time of Moses. At the time of Moses the law was called “The Law of Elohim.” It wasn’t until the Deuteronomists that they changed the first five books of the Old Testament and replaced the book of Enoch with their own record, called Deuteronomy. The law that Moses taught was never an eye for an eye. Actually, Moses taught the fullness of the gospel. The fullness became replaced with “the law.”
The concept of the million had nothing to do with money. It was all about trying to do things out of God’s order. The point is, we can do whatever we want, however we want to do it. But that doesn’t make it Gods way. If it is to be God’s way it must be done according to His order. The doctrine of the two gospels is that there is Christ’s gospel, and then there is everything else, even if it has a lot of good. If we want all that the Father hath, we must submit to the mind and will of God and do things His way.
Obedience is good, for whatever reasons. But, when shining the light on good, better, and best, the best will always be God’s way.