When I think of what Jesus . . . the man . . . suffered . . . to be . . . "the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and for not only ours but for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:2
I am knocked to my knees . . . .
The pulling out of His beard . . . the beatings, lashings . . . the mocking . . . carrying the cross . . . the sheer wickedness and sadistic hearts of those who killed Him--of WE who killed Him and who mock and abuse Him still . . . a man Who was innocent . . . Who was love incarnate . . . so despised . . . and why? Why is Jesus so despised? He Who took upon Himself . . . OUR sins! This man . . . Who stepped in on our behalf though NONE of us deserve it . . . and bore the full weight of eternal justice . . . .
And yet, He is hated, despised, mocked, disgraced, blasphemed, ignored, flaunted--this Person Who went to hell and back . . . so that YOU can be saved . . . and not only saved but inherit perfect righteousness . . . eternal life . . . in the very presence of God!
What is it that makes people despise Him so . . . and violently hate those who love and follow Him and simply repeat His message of hope?
Another God comes between . . . the unbeliever and God. To the idolater: YOU love your self more than God; more than He Who created you. Because you love your self, you worship your self and ANY who would stand in the way of serving your self . . . is the enemy. And because you must DIE . . . to live in Him . . . you HATE Him! You want to destroy Him. You sneer and spit at Him. You betray Him, sell Him out . . . every chance you get. You enjoy seeing Him suffer and heap more abuse as He passes by. You idolize your self--THAT is who you serve, every moment of every day . . . and when you hear His words or see His people, or when anything whatsoever reminds you of Him, you are sent into fits of guile and rush to persecute Him and His once again . . . and again . . . .
The God . . . Who became a man . . . to suffer for you . . . so that you could live . . . forever . . . in His perfection and holiness and presence . . . you have decided to reject and hate . . . .
And then there are those . . . who CLAIM to follow Jesus . . . but have invented another version--a lie--so that you can still worship and idolize your self, but with the pretense of being a Believer. These are they who say that Jesus' sacrifice, and death on the cross was NOT QUITE ENOUGH . . . but that by your OWN power and works . . . YOU are able to finish the plan of salvation.
YOU but mock Him again who believe this and should RUN FOR YOUR LIVES from ANY religion, person or doctrine which promotes this most heinous, disrespectful, BLASPHEMOUS, UNbelieving LIE!
Where is salvation?
AT THE CROSS!
Not Gethsemane . . . not in your self . . . not in Buddha . . . not Muhammad . . . not in Gaia . . . not from Joseph Smith . . . .
But from Jesus on the cross . . .
And then RISEN!
A FACT seen and literally felt by HUNDREDS of eye witnesses over a 40 day period of time!
Do not crucify Him again with your foolish idolatry of self, of some false prophet, of false "apostles" speaking in His name, of some heretical church, of money, fame, beauty, pleasure, . . . . . which all . . . and more . . . are just . . . LOVE OF SELF above LOVE OF GOD in the end, which end . . . is hell, where lovers of self go . . . whether they disguise it in "Christian" pretense or not . . . .
My oh my! HE IS RISEN! FOR YOU!
Now, get outta the way and let Him RISE in you, so that . . . YOU DIE . . . HE LIVES . . . so that you may TRULY live . . . in His presence . . . forever!
"Christians speak often about the blood of Christ and its atoning power. Much that is believed and taught on this subject, however, is such utter nonsense and so palpably false that to believe it is to lose ones salvation. Many go so far, for instance, as to pretend, at least, to believe that if we confess Christ with our lips and avow that we accept Him as our personal Saviour, we are thereby saved. His blood, without other act than mere belief, they say, makes us clean." (What the Mormons think of Christ, Bruce R. McConkie, p.27)
"Joseph Smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will put the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, on their behalf...Man may commit certain grievous sins - according to his light and knowledge - that will place him beyond the reach of the atoning blood of Christ. If then he would be saved he must make sacrifice of his own life to atone - so far as in his power lies - for that sin, for the blood of Christ alone under certain circumstances will not avail." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, I, p.134-135)
"To many Mormon leaders, the cross seemed to play only a secondary role. While LDS leaders do sometimes mention that Christ did die on the cross, this method of execution was only a necessary evil in order for the resurrection to take place. During a conference speech in 1953, Marion Romney, a member of the LDS First Presidency, stated, "Jesus then went into the Garden of Gethsemane. There he suffered most. He suffered greatly on the cross, of course, but other men had died by crucifixion; in fact, a man hung on either side of him as he died on the cross. But no man, nor set of men, nor all men put together, ever suffered what the Redeemer suffered in the garden. He went there to pray and suffer'" (Conference Report, October 1953, Pg.35). http://www.thechristianexpositor.org/page56.html
Traditional Christianity has long held that what happened in the garden of Gethsemane was an important even. But in relation to the atonement, the focus of the Christian Gospel is not on Gethsemane but on the cross.Mormonism, however, teaches that Christ’s atonement was in Gethsemane, or at the very least began in Gethsemane. In Mormonism, therefore, the ultimate focus of the atonement is not what happened at the cross, but what happened at Gethsemane. Here are a few representative quotes by Mormon leaders on this subject:
"It was in Gethsemane that Jesus took on Himself the sins of the world, in Gethsemane that His pain was equivalent to the cumulative burden of all men, in Gethsemane that He descended below all things so that all could repent and come to Him" (Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.15). "Forgiveness is available because Christ the Lord sweat great drops of blood in Gethsemane as he bore the incalculable weight of the sins of all who ever had or ever would repent" (Bruce R. McConkie, The Promised Messiah, p. 337).
"And as he came out of the Garden, delivering himself voluntarily into the hands of wicked men, the victory had been won. There remained yet the shame and the pain of his attest, his trials, and his cross. But all these were overshadowed by the agonies and sufferings in Gethsemane. It was on the cross that he 'suffered death in the flesh,' even as many have suffered agonizing deaths, but it was in Gethsemane that "he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him." (Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah, pp. 127-128).
Interestingly, this doctrine seems to have been getting toned down somewhat in recent years by the LDS Church, probably in an attempt to make the Church appear more like a mainstream Christian denomination. This is illustrated in recent editions of the official LDS Church book Gospel Principles.
The 1978 edition of Gospel Principles puts the focus of the atonement on Gethsemane:
"In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ atoned for the sins of all mankind." (Page 58, item 7, italics added).At the cross it is simply stated that Jesus died there:
"Christ died on the cross at Calvary." (Page 58, Item 8).
The 1997 edition of Gospel Principles now seems to be drawing away from the focus of Gethsemane and is putting greater emphasis on the cross:
"In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior took upon himself the sins of all mankind." (Page 58, item 7, italics added).
The sentence about the cross has now been expanded to include the words "our sins":
"Jesus died for our sins on the cross at Calvary." (Item 8, italics added). http://www.spotlightministries.org.uk/ldsgethsemane.htm