Christopher Columbus in Review - Repeating History
Christopher Columbus is the source of much controversy. He, however, opened the world to a new era of growth and carnage that lasted for five centuries of European conquest the world over. Once a celebrated pioneer, Columbus, in the last few decades is depicted as a greedy conquerer, an imperialistic plague.
To those who lost to the forces Columbus paved the way to follow, yes, he is a conquerer. His enterprising need to recompense the throne for funding his mission to the West drove his need to spoil the lands he encountered and steal away natives to showcase in the regal courts of his benefactors.
What he did for the world does not eclipse his inhumanity towards the people he encountered. His inhumanity, however, should not eclipse the changes he made to humanity by simply believing in himself as the tool of heaven to sail the ocean to discover what became the Americas.
People are more than the bad or even the good things they do. People represent a combination of their flaws and virtues making them complex humans with wants, needs, and hopes.
What did Christopher Columbus hope to gain out of his experience at sea? He hoped to fulfill a divine commission to go West. Inspired by his belief, he did go West, though, he did not find what he looked for in the Americas. He found something of immense more value. He found the future of humanity without knowing what that future would be.
People are more than the bad, or even the good things they do. People represent a combination of their flaws and virtues making them complex humans with wants, needs, and hopes.— Rodric Anthony Johnson
Claim Lands Already Owned
When the United States piloted missions to the moon, it planted a flag once the momentous accomplishment occurred and claimed it for the US. The moon does not belong to the United States any more than it does to Mali, Japan, or any other nation, but no other nation had the power to stake a claim; so, the lone flag of one country to claim a stake remains to the present day.
It is human nature to claim things. If the USSR had successfully landed on the moon first, their flag would have been planted in the soil of the atmosphereless planetoid. The Brits claimed the North American lands, not a few. The Spanish claimed the South American lands, not a few. Armies and killings maintained those claims until Europeans covered both hemispheres.
Europe had more powerful weapons than the people who live on the lands when they arrived. Europeans had explored and expected to meet people who they thought were primitives. It was a heritage to think of them as such as the Romans thought those who did not espouse their beliefs and cultures primitives also.
What must not happen is to blame Europeans alone for the taking of lands and killing of people who are different. Did not all civilizations participate in this to one degree or another? Europeans are just the most recent group to do so.
Did not Iraq take Kuwait causing a war to set them free, which benefited the descendants of Europeans? Did not China and the USSR support the war efforts in Korea and Vietnam to benefit its interests in the spread of communism? A flag was not planted, but a political philosophy was maintained.
In all cases, people lived in those places, save the moon, with their own ideas and lives which others came in to supersede. Europe has carved up the world in such a manner that the majority of the Americas owe their existence to them. China did not do it because the lacked the ability to do it during the time it occurred or else they would have carved a section out of the new world. The USSR carved political chunks out of the Americas with places like Cuba and Venezuela before it ceased to exist as a union.
Columbus opened the world to such change!
Only with Columbus’s undertaking did Europe, Islam, India, China, and Japan learn of the existence of a New World. And that changed the course of human history profoundly. — Paolo Taviani, Italian Historian
Christopher Columbus in Review Recap
With him, Columbus brought the hordes of Europeans who followed to overtake the Americas, colonizing and destroying cultures in the process because those Gentiles thought that God gave them a decree to do such. It was an anthropological nightmare of the highest caliber. It, however, was not the first of its kind and will not be the last of its kind perpetrated on humanity.
The ancient tribes of Israel did the same when they conquered and destroyed to take possession of the land of Canaan. The people were killed--men, women, children, and livestock. The Israelites felt a divine decree to habitate the land of Canaan, destroying any who stood in their way as enemies of righteousness.
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ suggests a similar inheritance level event occurred to the Americas when God inspired the Europeans, Gentiles, to migrate to the lands and take possession of them removing the people already occupying the land as did Israel. North and South America were overrun by the Europeans and their descendants to the near extinction of the populations they encountered. Very few of the original groups remain.
The natives of America, however, are the chosen people of God, scattered Israel! Their DNA has been filtered through a host of other groups who migrated to the Americas, but their claim on the land called North and South America has been decreed in Scripture. History repeats itself. Just as God gives, He takes away. He also gives again.
History Repeats Itself
The House of Israel obtained their Promised Land through bloodshed and conquest, they had to do one thing. They had to worship God in truth without alterations. Because some of the conquered people of the land remained after the divine ethnic cleansing, so did their culture and religious beliefs, which filtered into the House of Israel. Through countless warnings by way of prophets, God told His people to remove the wicked practices of fornication and idolatry from among them. The went through cycles of obedience before the unthinkable occurred. The Kingdom of Israel split into two parts: the Ten Tribes in the Northern Kingdom and the Two Tribes which became the Southern Kingdom, or Kingdom of Judah, modern-day Israel.
Divine providence spared the small group of Jews, from which culture came a defining impact for the human race, the birth of Jesus Christ and the spread of Judaism to the world in the form of Christianity. From this new form of Judaism, Christianity, came the man Christopher Columbus as described the ancient prophet Nephi.
In the Americas, the House of Israel received the same injunction to worship the God of the land to possess it forever. God was known to them as Jehovah. Toward the days of Mormon and beyond, the mixture of the descendants of Nephi betrayed God and would not follow the teachings Jesus Christ provided. Like their cousins in Jerusalem and Samaria, the Nephites and Lamanites were scatter until the no longer existed as a people. The Europeans were the instrument the Lord used that time.
Jesus prophesied that those of the descendants of Europeans who do not reject His gospel will not suffer the same fate as the Natives of America suffered at the hands of the White settlers for turning away from Him.
Will History Repeat Post Colombus?
Now, the people of Columbus, the Christian Europeans are heading down the same path as those other ancient Americans. Jesus also described the end result of Columbus' people who now overrun the lands North and South of the Americas. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the 34th year A.D. towards the end, He appeared to the ancient Americans making them also witnesses to his rising from the dead. The prophets Jesus chose among this other group recorded the words Jesus taught them. Jesus warns (with some interpolation on my part),
Wo, saith the Father, unto the unbelieving of the [European] Gentiles—for notwithstanding they have come forth upon the face of this land [of the Americas], and have scattered my people [a mixture of the native populations of the Americas] who are of the house of Israel; and my people... have been cast out from among them [the Trail of Tears and reservations], and have been trodden under feet by them;
And because of the mercies of the Father unto the Gentiles, and also the judgments of the Father upon my people who are of the house of Israel, verily, verily, I say unto you, that after all this, and I have caused my people who are of the house of Israel to be smitten, and to be afflicted, and to be slain, and to be cast out from among them, and to become hated by them, and to become a hiss and a byword among them
And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.
And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them. And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel. But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.
And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father. But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel. [3 Nephi 16:8-15]
Jesus prophesied that those of the descendants of Europeans who do not reject His gospel will not suffer the same fate as the Natives of America suffered at the hands of the White settlers for turning away from Him. However, if the White people, the White culture established upon all the Americas reject Jesus Christ and turn altogether from Him, they will be trodden down, good for nothing but being the dirt beneath the feet of people, the people of God.
Clark B. Hinckley - excerpted from Christopher Columbus: A Man Among the Gentiles 
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