Today I was thinking about forgiveness in the Mormon Church and if you’re a Mormon how do you obtain forgiveness. One of the easiest places to find concise definitions of what Mormons believe is in the study topics of their website. So today this is what we’ve looked at to coincide with the topic of forgiveness for murder in Mormonism.
I highly encourage everyone to use the link above and read their entire example of forgiveness. You’ll notice one glaring thing missing. Not one time is the word blood, cross or crucified mentioned in their dialogue. There is nothing in this example that talks about the blood that was spilled so you can be forgiven and be in the presence of God.
The whole reason we’ve been separated from God is because of sin and the way we get into His presence is through the sacrifice of His death and spilled blood, our confession and God’s forgiveness! They did use the word “atonement”, but gives no explanation other than that. And when you know what their meaning of atonement is you’ll know they don’t believe the “atonement” took place on the cross.
You’ll notice also the heavy emphasis placed upon the sinner. If it’s not for you repenting properly then there is no forgiveness.
Here’s their explanation of forgiveness and start praying for those caught in these lies! The first thing to notice is in their first sentence. Where in the Bible does it say that forgiving someone is a divine attribute?
“To forgive is a divine attribute. It is to pardon or excuse someone from blame for an offense or misdeed. The scriptures refer to forgiveness in two ways. The Lord commands us to repent of our sins and seek His forgiveness. He also commands us to forgive those who offend or hurt us.
Sin is a heavy burden. It brings the tenseness of guilt and the anguish of knowing that we have acted against the will of our Father in Heaven…
Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can receive forgiveness for our sins through sincere and complete repentance…
We can experience this miracle, whether we need to repent of serious sins or day-to-day weaknesses. Just as the Savior pleaded with people anciently, He pleads with us today…”