Let us, therefore, remove from man the Agency of God and establish over them the
Law of Immediate Recompense, that all which would go down into mortality might take
to themselves the surest way; [words of Shaemdiel]
Summary: The “Law of Immediate Recompense” refers to an alternate and inferior way
of progression in which individuals are not given the opportunity to choose freely
with regard to what is good and evil (see Agency). The Law promotes a strict obedience
by way of immediate rewards and punishments, inflicting upon citizens a form of moral
tyranny: that which is ‘good’ or ‘evil’ is determined by an individual or select
group, while those under the Law are coerced by various means to adhere to its tenets.
The Law of Immediate Recompense creates an illusion of goodness based in fear, ultimately
robbing individuals of the opportunity to learn for themselves what is good and what
Shaemdiel, the Chief Arch-Angel of the Council of Elohim, became convinced that the
Law of Immediate Recompense was superior to Hodos Alea — the way of eternal progression,
as established by God. Shaemdiel made great efforts to convince the Elohim that the
glory of the Celestial Kingdom could be greatly increased if his Law was put into
practice (Enlightenment 3). Blinded by prideful ambition, Shaemdiel rebelled against
God and was eventually evicted from the Celestial Kingdom to the world of the First
Power (Enlightenment 9). Upon discovering the native humans that had evolved there,
Shaemdiel and the Fallen began efforts to initiate dispensations of their own, built
upon the Law of Immediate Recompense (6:4:10-13; E:11:5-18).
See: Enlightenment 3; Beginnings 21
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Now Shaemdiel caused to gather unto him all those who would take to themselves some
greater glory, and in a council which he alone elected did all give forth of their
allegiance unto him;
And with a mighty oath made strong and binding was it decreed that they should change
forever Hodos Alea and establish over all who would, the Law of Immediate Recompense.
Thus did many of themselves propose that Shaemdiel create and establish around the
distant suns of Ashengaard, a new and more perfect world;
That into such a mortal life as he alone might decree, would the spirit children
of his own lineage go forth; that by the lesser law might even all find the way to
exaltation easy and unhindered.
For in the Law of Immediate Recompense was there no room for individuality, for in
the law was even all the tribe made to suffer because of the sins of one; causing
that every man and every woman should think and act for the good of all, and not
for themselves alone.
Know then that in this aspect is there a benefit found which would prove to the good
of all; to create a sense of oneness in the minds of all those who would live within
the larger group, to make of many, one mind, one heart, one soul; creating within
the tribe a sense of harmony bound by a single purpose.
Yet in the darker aspect of the law is neither benefit nor reward, for in the law
of Shaemdiel did he alone decide what was good and what was evil; taking away from
the group and the individual the right to know these things for themselves; being
themselves made subject to the rule of moral tyranny.
Which moral tyranny is an offense to God, being itself rooted in unrighteous dominion,
suppressing through the fear of punishment, the moral conscience of every person
within the larger group; to make of every man and every woman a silent partaker in
the doing of dark and hurtful things.
6th Endowment 4:37-40
Now on a certain day did Shaemdiel convene together all those sons and daughters
which had followed after him, that he might confer with them on what should be done
for all the Enoshahim together, both those who lived along the Nile and those who
lived along the Tigris and Euphrates.
For it was his desire to shape the first dispensation which would put into place
the Law of Immediate Recompense, forging through the fire of strict obedience a people
who would appear to all as holy; having been compelled through the fear of retribution
into choosing only what is good.