The Origin Of Conspiracy

The scriptures make it very plain when and where conspiracy began on the earth. The following consists of parts of Chapter 5 of The Book of Moses from the Pearl of Great Price. I interject now and then with concepts that are critical to point out:

And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare Cain, and said: I have gotten a man from the Lord; wherefore he may not reject his words. But behold, Cain hearkened not, saying: Who is the Lord that I should know him?… And Cain loved Satan more than God.

  • The Bible uses the term “know” in reference to sexual intercourse when it states that a person knows another person, as demonstrated in the phrase “Adam knew Eve”
  • Cain, from birth, was inclined to not hearken to the word of the Lord, and possibly held an attitude of contempt, demonstrated in the words “Who is the Lord that I should know him?”
  • Cain loved Satan.

And Satan commanded him [Cain], saying: Make an offering unto the Lord. And in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel, and to his offering; But unto Cain, and to his offering, he had not respect. Now Satan knew this, and it pleased him. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

  • Cain was told by Satan to make an offering to the Lord. It is implied that Cain was fully educated from childhood about everything that is required to properly offer sacrifice, and he ought to have expected that his sacrifice would be lacking. Additionally, Cain had no faith in the Lord. Whether or not his offering was sufficiently in accordance with the Law of Sacrifice, Cain's heart was not in his sacrifice, and for this (and possibly other reasons) it was rejected by the Lord.
  • Satan anticipated this, and used it to infuriate Cain, exacerbate his hurt feelings, and stoke his pride.

And the Lord said unto Cain: Why art thou wroth? Why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, thou shalt be accepted. And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door, and Satan desireth to have thee; and except thou shalt hearken unto my commandments, I will deliver thee up, and it shall be unto thee according to his desire. And thou shalt rule over him; For from this time forth thou shalt be the father of his lies; thou shalt be called Perdition; for thou wast also before the world. And it shall be said in time to come—That these abominations were had from Cain; for he rejected the greater counsel which was had from God; and this is a cursing which I will put upon thee, except thou repent. And Cain was wroth, and listened not any more to the voice of the Lord, neither to Abel, his brother, who walked in holiness before the Lord.

  • The Lord somehow confronted Cain directly, likely in an unmistakable voice to his mind, as the phrase “the voice of the Lord” alludes to.
  • The Lord harshly and clearly warned Cain of the consequences of the path that he was currently on. The following would occur if Cain would not repent:
    1. 1. The Lord would deliver Cain to Satan, who was very anxious to use him.
    2. 2. Although Cain could rule over Satan (due to Cain having a physical body), he would forever be the progenitor of Satan's lies.
    3. 3. Cain will be called “Perdition” – the first of those who denied their testimony of God after being given an overwhelming knowledge / understanding of Him.
    4. 4. Abominations that continue and persist in the world will have their root in Cain.
  • Cain held onto his anger and pride instead of hearkening to the voice of the Lord, or anyone else.

Most Christians and LDS are fully aware of the above – most of this is repeatedly taught in Sunday School, and frequently discussed with the Adam and Eve story. However, the next parts are often glossed over, not contemplated deeply, or even completely ignored.

And Adam and his wife mourned before the Lord, because of Cain and his brethren.

Adam and Eve mourned “Cain and his brethren.” Adam and Eve had many children. Cain was merely one of the older ones. Cain had caused, and was the leader of, a rebellion of a portion of his brothers and sisters against their parents. This was a sizable group of individuals, not just Cain and a few others.

And it came to pass that Cain took one of his brothers’ daughters to wife, and they loved Satan more than God. 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. And Satan sware unto Cain that he would do according to his commands. And all these things were done in secret.

There it is: the origin of conspiracy. The first secret combination.

Consider carefully what Satan said to Cain: “Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thou shalt die.” What does it mean in the scriptures to “swear”? To promise, to covenant, to bind oneself by oath. Cain promised himself to Satan, or “sold his soul” as it's often referred to in today's terms. If he tells another living soul of this oath, he will die.

What did Cain get in exchange for this? “Satan sware unto Cain that he would do according to his commands.” I imagine what must have gone through Cain's mind was probably along the lines of: “Let's see here. I promise my soul to this amazing, appealing, flattering, accommodating, powerful, brilliant being of light – and in exchange he'll do anything and everything I tell him to do. Is there a downside here?”

For a moment, consider how similar this is to the concept of Aladdin and the genie in the lamp: a powerful, magnificent ethereal being, bound to its master to obey his every command. It's very likely that the genie in the lamp concept was inspired by this kind of occult practice, of promising one's soul to the evil one in exchange for worldly wishes.

“…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;” All who joined Cain's conspiracy, who were members of this secret combination, swore / bound themselves to Cain by their heads. Their heads were offered to Cain in order to be a part of the conspiracy, and they were additionally bound by blaspheming (rejecting) the Lord. If they divulged the secrets and/or the acts of this combination, a death sentence was to be immediately carried out, most likely by beheading due to their oath being “by their heads.”

Who did they primarily wish to keep their secrets from? “…and this that thy father may not know it;” They wished to hide all this from the knowledge of Adam and those sons and daughters of his who hearkened unto him.

“…and this day I will deliver thy brother Abel into thine hands.” The first nefarious motive resulting from this conspiratorial allegiance.

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. And Cain went into the field, and Cain talked with Abel, his brother. And it came to pass that while they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and slew him. And Cain gloried in that which he had done, saying: I am free; surely the flocks of my brother falleth into my hands.

Cain titled himself “Mahan,” meaning the master of secret works. Cain gloried in his role of being a “master” of evil. Additionally, Cain gloried in the murder of Abel. Immediately after the slaying, he declared “I am free!” What was he so thrilled to be free of? Remorse. Morality. Empathy. Abel's murder was the culminating event that dispelled his inherent conscience, the Light of Christ given to all men from birth. He rejoiced in being “free” of God-given moral guilt. And he celebrated its banishment.

And the Lord said unto Cain: Where is Abel, thy brother? And he said: I know not. Am I my brother’s keeper? And the Lord said: What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood cries unto me from the ground. And now thou shalt be cursed from the earth which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand. When thou tillest the ground it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the Lord: Satan tempted me because of my brother’s flocks. And I was wroth also; for his offering thou didst accept and not mine; my punishment is greater than I can bear.

Most are familiar with this part, especially the deflection of “Am I my brother's keeper?” Cain cleverly (in his own mind) deflects with another question. He deflects, attempts to change direction, tries to gain control of the conversation. It's a common manipulation tactic used today, especially in legal matters, debate, etc. It's used in avoiding confessing, outright lying or committing perjury.

Instead of confessing what he surely knows that the Lord already knows, Cain tries to lay the blame on Satan's temptations, and on the Lord rejecting his offering; then goes on to complain that his punishment is too great, despite the Lord's previous forthright warnings to him of what would happen. Cain continues:

Behold thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the Lord, and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and 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. 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. And Cain was shut out from the presence of the Lord, and with his wife and many of his brethren dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Cain's punishment was interesting to say the least. “Cain was shut out from the presence of the Lord.” From this moment on, Cain was unable to die. When the Lord banished Cain from his presence, He caused that Cain should not die – he would be forced to wander the earth as “a fugitive and a vagabond” – and to this day he still exists here in the flesh .

This interpretation of Cain's punishment is confirmed in the book “The Miracle of Forgiveness” by President Spencer W. Kimball. The following is a direct excerpt from the book:

On the sad character Cain, an interesting story comes to us from Lycurgus A. Wilson's book on the life of David W. Patten. From the book I quote an extract from a letter by Abraham O. Smoot giving his recollection of David Patten's account of meeting "a very remarkable person who had represented himself as being Cain."

As I was riding along the road on my mule I suddenly noticed a very strange personage walking beside me—. His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothing, but was covered with hair. His skin was very dark. I asked him where he dwelt and he replied that he had no home, that he was a wanderer in the earth and traveled to and fro. He said he was a very miserable creature, that he had earnestly sought death during his sojourn upon the earth, but that he could not die, and his mission was to destroy the souls of men. About the time he expressed himself thus, I rebuked him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, and commanded him to go hence, and he immediately departed out of my sight—.

I have read and engaged in online forum discussions regarding the fate of Cain, and there are a number of LDS who feel that Cain still being alive is merely erroneous speculation – that he is as dead as any other person who has lived and died. However, I am of the opinion that if our beloved prophet was convinced of the truth of this above-quoted account, and of the concept that Cain still exists on the earth in the flesh, unable to die, he would not have included this vivid recollection in his book (now considered one of the most important LDS books ever written). Cain's spirit is banned from entering Spirit Prison, forever barred from the post-mortal process of suffering and meting out transgressions not repented of. His body and spirit were thereafter fused together in corruption – something like an unglorified resurrection. It's very likely that Cain's physical situation is akin to the physical properties of how a vampire is perceived to be unable to die. Immediately denied even the lowest of glories, Cain's eventual fate awaits him in Outer Darkness when Judgment Day arrives. However, for now, he's still “alive” and stuck on the earth – actively perpetuating the plans and machinations of Lucifer, seeking the deception and destruction of all mankind."

Let that sink in for a moment: Cain is still alive and on the earth. Both God and Satan have agents in the flesh on the earth that are not susceptible to death: God has John the Beloved and the Three Nephites, Satan has Cain. (And both may yet have others we are completely unaware of.) God creates, Satan imitates.

Chapter 5 continues with some of Cain's lineage and their doings. Picking up at verse 49, we are informed about Lamech (Note, the “Enoch” that is mentioned is one of Cain's sons, not the prophet Enoch whose city is taken up to the Lord hundreds of years later.):

For Lamech having entered into a covenant with Satan, after the manner of Cain, wherein he became Master Mahan, master of that great secret which was administered unto Cain by Satan; and Irad, the son of Enoch, having known their secret, began to reveal it unto the sons of Adam; Wherefore Lamech, being angry, slew him, not like unto Cain, his brother Abel, for the sake of getting gain, but he slew him for the oath’s sake.

Here we have the first ever whistleblower: one of Cain's grandsons, Irad, decided to break his oath and began revealing the existence of the conspiracy, even exposing the secrets of the organization, to the other sons of Adam – who were, in all likelihood, completely oblivious to this tremendous evil beforehand. Whether or not anyone believed him, poor Irad also became the first recorded martyr for whistleblowing. He was killed not for the sake of gain, but because he had broken the oath of secrecy he had made with his conspiratorial brethren.

Now, read verse 51:

For, from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination, and their works were in the dark, and they knew every man his brother.

“They knew every man his brother.” In holy scripture, when it is written that someone “knows” another person, it refers to sexual intercourse. Recall Genesis 19:4-5, when two angels (presumably appearing as normal humans) visited Lot's home in Sodom and Gomorrah, and “the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.” (emphasis added)

Every member who had taken the oath “knew” each other. Right there, in the Book of Moses, is the first historical instance of homosexuality – long before Sodom and Gomorrah. Secret combinations are the origin of homosexual intercourse. It is the fruit of their unholy alliance with each other. Those who bind themselves to secret combinations are bound to each other in secrecy, in protecting each other from discovery and prosecution, in assisting each other in committing any manner of wickedness, and they even express and strengthen that “binding” by engaging in homosexual relationships with each other.

Wherefore the Lord cursed Lamech, and his house, and all them that had covenanted with Satan; for they kept not the commandments of God, and it displeased God, and he ministered not unto them, and their works were abominations, and began to spread among all the sons of men. And it was among the sons of men…. And thus the works of darkness began to prevail among all the sons of men.

Again, let this sink in: Satan-covenanted conspiratorial combinations “began to spread among all the sons of men.” Not only did it spread, it spread secretly, being undetected by those who had not taken their oaths – for it wasn't done in some remote area, “it was among the sons of men” – “the works of darkness began to prevail among all the sons of men.”

Again, recall Doctrine and Covenants 123 –

Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness…. These should then be attended to with great earnestness. Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things. (emphasis added)

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