The Natural Man . . . An Enemy to God?


The Natural Man . . . An Enemy to God?


Improvement Era

Publication Type

Magazine Article

Year of Publication



Burton, Alma P. (Primary)


1094–1095, 1182–1183

Date Published

December 1965



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Bibliographic Citation

Burton, Alma P. "The Natural Man . . . An Enemy to God?", Improvement Era, Vol. 68. no. 12 1965:1094–1095, 1182–1183.


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.

King Benjamin
Natural Man
Fall of Adam
Young, Brigham

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