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I was going to move your questions with some editing to the applicable verses, but I couldn't think of a way to edit them to a neutral position. MJ

The question as written was inappropriate. This site is not a place to question either the veracity of the Book of Mormon or whether God is good. If you login and supply a valid e-mail address with your username, I will assume that you are acting in good faith and simply made a mistake. However, from anonymous ip users I will assume going forward that posts such as this show no good faith effort to abide by the Site:Policies, i.e. that they are vandalism. If you are not in good faith trying to abide by the Site:Policies, you are not invited to post on this site. --Matthew Faulconer 19:50, 15 Aug 2005 (CEST)

I would assume too, based partly on the way it was worded, that the revision was not made in good faith. I do, however, agree that the Laban story raises some legitimate questions. It is one of those portions of the Book of Mormon that I find troubling (as I do with significant portions of the Old Testament as well). In fact, I raised a somewhat similar question at 2 Kgs 2:23 in what I hope isn't a faith-destroying manner. I find it hard to reconcile my understanding of the Gospel with the picture of the God portrayed in parts of the Book of Mormon and especially the Old Testament, but I also think in trying to understand how Scripture fits together that we can gain a better understanding. Eric 21:27, 15 Aug 2005 (CEST)
Yes, I like pondering challenging questions like this (Joseph Smith said "in proving contraries, truth is made manifest" or something to that effect, sorry no time to find reference right now)--I find they typically deepen my understanding of God. But of course they should be worded much more carefully (BTW Eric, I liked the wording of your question in Kings). I'll see if I can't find a way to phrase what I think would be an appropriate question here.... --RobertC 22:30, 15 Aug 2005 (CEST)
I agree with you both. And though I feel strongly that everyone who posts should post in a good faith effort to follow the site policies, I think that good may come of posts that don't. Hopefully this will be such a case when the question is rewritten. In general my hope is that by requiring that the policies be followed we will have less contention than otherwise. --Matthew Faulconer 08:42, 16 Aug 2005 (CEST)

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