Wherefore, he has given a law; and where there is no law given there is no punishment; and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him.
I understand how the atonement covers little children, those not mental accountable, etc, but I have to wonder if there’s more.
Certainly there are many throughout the world and history who have not had “the law” with which to govern their lives. Is Jacob suggesting their “wrong” actions are claimed by the Christ? If so, then what is the definition of sin? I had always thought it was wilful disobedience to God’s commandments.
If those unaware of His commandments are still delivered by the power of the atonement, what does that mean for the definition of sin?