Mormon Dilemma 332

01 August

Atonement

The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality”, Liahona and Ensign, April 2012; “”The enabling power of the Atonement strengthens us to do and be good and to serve beyond our own individual desire and natural capacity.””—David A. Bednar

Jude 1:24-25; “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

Mormons use the word atonement with no meaning or value attached. I counted roughly thirty five times that it was used in the Book of Mormon and not once was there any depth or qualifying description of why it was needed or how they went about performing a sacrifice.

If you don’t use a word properly it holds no meaning or significance and this is the problem we find not only in Mormon canon but in their speeches as well.  The average Mormon is merely mimicking the words of what their leaders say without understanding what it really means. 

It reminds me of the time my husband Kirk came in the house telling me our broken down quad needed a new carburetor.  Okay.   That sounds serious, but what’s a carburetor and why doesn’t our ATV work? 

Ask a Mormon if they understand how many different sacrifices were made at the temple for atonement and then ask them how those correlate with what Jesus did and why. After they answer those questions ask them what “the enabling power of the atonement” means. 

I don’t say these things to bash or humiliate the Mormon people; far from it! I ask them to encourage a healthy investigation and dialogue of what that particular word actually means.

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