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The Natural Man . . . An Enemy to God?

TitleThe Natural Man . . . An Enemy to God?
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1965
AuthorsBurton, Alma P.
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number12
Pagination1094–1095, 1182–1183
Date PublishedDecember 1965
KeywordsAtonement; Fall of Adam; King Benjamin; Natural Man; Young, Brigham

King Benjamin stated that “the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been since the fall of Adam” (Mosiah 3:19). Brigham Young declared mankind God’s noblest work, but when Adam and Eve fell from the presence of God they were brought into an unnatural state, in contact with influences of an evil nature. The “natural man” spoken of by King Benjamin is equivalent to President Young’s “unnatural man.” Both refer to mankind that has been estranged from God.