I just opened up The Book of Mormon to a random scripture to read whatever special message it might contain.
I got Mosiah 12:31 (funny number thing again).
Anyway, looking at Mosiah 12:31 where Abinadi is asking King Noah and the Priests if they think salvation comes by the law of Moses, the court responds that salvation does come by the law of moses, and then Abinadi accuses them of not even keeping the law.
At face value - this looks like the BoM is saying "salvation comes by the law of moses" but I remember reading the whole book in one week, so I'm just going to point out that I had an idea from reading this book that salvation DOES NOT come by the law (even if a quote says it does), and I started wondering what Nephi said about the law so I went to the index then 2nd nephi 25:25 thereabouts in the book.
It's interesting that Nephi believes in keeping the Law of Moses, that they are trying their very hardest to do their duty --- and how it is by grace we are saved after all we can do----- but Nephi DOES SAY
"And after the law is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought to be done away."
Nephi also talks about how the law is actually dead (or a thing that causes death).....
So even if The Book of Mormon might "say" that salvation comes by the law, it also says the law causes death (opposite of salvation) and at some point is meant to be done away.
Yes ---- all amazing ideas, and how interesting this is when you have a Mormon culture that believes in always following all the rules and criticizing those who don't when even in Mormon scripture they say "the law ought to be done away" and stuff about constantly forgiving everything.
I think we may have had a misunderstanding in the church where we have one sect or group of believers who think it's important to do all the little and great things that the Prophets ask of us, while others of us just believe in forgiving and being forgiven and that the law doesn't really save and may not apply.
Something to think about.
So anyway: The wicked King Noah and his Priests believed the Law was means to Salvation where Nephi said the Law only brings death--- Nephi even said the law ought to be done away, while Joseph Smith teaches everything should be forgiven.
I can see how Mormons might somehow be sort of kind of Christian-like because of this --- but in so many ways anything could go wrong with any individual's interpretation. But anyway. :)
There you go. There's a law, Wicked Priests believe it's the means to salvation, while good ol' Nephi says it is a dead law that ought to be done away and Joseph Smith said forgive everything. There you go. :)
Maybe I'm still kind of Mormon. I just don't get along with the church and I don't want to bother with them anymore.