Interesting! Satan hardened the hearts of the more wicked part of the Nephites, then persuaded them to argue that the prophesied upcoming signs and miracles would be worked “by the cunning and the mysterious arts of the evil one” to “keep us down…and…in ignorance” (see v. 21). Thus are the limitations of those who “depend upon their own strength and upon their own wisdom: (v. 15).
The truth is that faith in Jesus Christ release us from bondage and expands our knowledge. No wonder the adversary desires to keep us from faith in the Savior.