Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



King Benjamin, Book of Mormon studies, Jesus Christ atonement, unintentional sin, laws of God


In explaining the atonement of Jesus Christ, King Benjamin pointedly states that in addition to atoning for the fall of Adam, "his blood atoneth for the sins of those .. . who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned" (Mosiah 3:11). For modern readers, the notion of sinning unintentionally may seem illogical. Isn't sin a conscious violation of a commandment of God? If someone transgresses a law of God in ignorance, is there any guilt or culpability that calls for repentance?