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Mormonism 101: Is Jesus Christ The Son of God?
I've recently (or rather I've picked up before hand, but only recently) realized that the relationship of Jesus, God, Mary and Joseph has been a little off, and sadly I don't think it's been very well clarified within Mormonism. Upon teaching a group of 12-year old children about the Atonement of Christ, I asked them who Jesus' parents were; they all got it wrong.
So, I am crafting a fun, colorful, powerful, interactive (ok, maybe not interactive, but there will be hand drawn pictures and charts from yours truly!) hub to explain more in depth the relation of Jesus to the three above name personages, as well as the purpose behind it
The Relationship of Jesus, Mary, and God
First and foremost: NO, Joseph is NOT the Father of Jesus, and YES, Mary IS the Mother. So, who is Jesus' Father? It's just as his title suggests "The Son of God" "The Only Begotten of the Father". So, how can a God in Heaven create offspring with a mortal on Earth?
Nevermind How it can Happen
Lets focus more on why it had to happen this way. For those of you who have taken studies in genetics will understand the following chart perfectly, for those who haven't, I'd love to explain it all, but its very complicated and very off topic. However, you can read up on it here
The first chart below demonstrates two Mortal parents (Mortal being defined as immortal souls, housed in temporal bodies of flesh and blood), normal people as you and I, equipped with all our weaknesses and flaws. What are the perks of being Mortal?
We die, we feel pain, we are susceptible to temptation, we are imperfect. Thus comes with the fall of Adam
The following diagram below this demonstrates Immortal parents (Immortal can be defined two ways. Spirit is immortal, but it is just that: Spirit. it is not physichal immortal. Resurrected Immortal beings have bodies of flesh and bone, not blood. Our Heavenly Father has a body of flesh and bone, and when Jesus was resurrected gained the same). Granted I can't say I know much about how immortal parents' offspring would work out, but I do know that before this Earth we lived as spirits with our Heavenly parents, and spirits are immortal
Known perks of Immortality include, but aren't limited to:
Eternal life, no pain, no sickness/illness, no death, no broken bones, perfection, and Glory
Mixing the Two
So what happens when you mix an Immortal with a Mortal?
You Get Jesus
From his Mortal Mother:
Jesus could feel pain, temptation, sorrow, grief, hunger, illness
From his Immortal Father:
He couldn't die as people do, however he had the power to take his own life, as well as take it back up again. He could resist temptation and lead a perfect life
The Key Element
This is the MOST important part and I don't think I can stress it enough! WHY do we need Jesus? While I've written a very lengthy series on this particular topic, I'll forgo the details in this hub. The key element here is The Atonement, the event that occurred before Christ's rather well known crucifixion on the cross at Calvary
Do YOU Know What Happened Here?
I think one of the more well known parts of Gethsemane is that Jesus suffered for our sins. While this is true, its only part of it.
"And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." -Alma 7:11-12
Not only did he take upon himself that Hell that is the punishment for Sin, he suffered our pains. Emotional, physical, spiritual. Every. Living. Soul. Imagine for an instant the most painful time in your life, whether it be emotional pain, spiritual pain, or physical pain. Now imagine that instance the current population of China over, and multiply that by about 6,000 years. Now consider this as only a fraction of what Jesus felt that night in the Garden. That kind of pain could kill any mortal man in the blink of an eye, but Jesus was Immortal. He was able to withstand that pain, but he felt it just as real as you and I because he was half Mortal.
Why would anybody put themselves through this much pain and suffering? LOVE
Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love us beyond out comprehension. I don't think Jesus suffered the pains of only a few people, or disregarded any single soul. No. He suffered for everyone. Past, Present, and Future because he cares for us THAT much. Jesus suffered temptations, afflictions, persecutions, and despite all this what happened to him, he was able to resist sin so that he could lead this perfect life, be an example for us in an imperfect world, and most importantly of all, give himself up as a sacrifice for our sins. It needed a sinless man to pay the penalty for the sinners. It needed a perfect man, an immortal man.
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