The Cross and The Atonement
Today we’re looking at the Cross…at Calvary. For the Christian, it is the place where we find peace as we know this is where God gave His Only Son to die in our stead. A sacrifice had to be made to pay for our sin and God in His infinite wisdom and mercy paid that price for us because of His love for mankind. For God so loved the world… John 3:16
For the Mormon the death of Jesus is simple. He died on the Cross. But what of the atonement you say? Well now, that’s a different story…sometimes. Look at the contradictions in Mormon theology. Sometimes their sacred canon will tell you He died on the Cross for your sins and other times as you’ll see here, it’ll completely contradict itself.
D&C 19:18; “Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink— 19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.”
To translate: this atonement of Jesus took place in the Garden of Gethsemane. Joseph Smith’s revelation for the above information took place in March of 1830 in Manchester, NY.
Just one year and a different state later (this time in Kirtland, OH on March 8, 1831) Joseph Smith prophesied that Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world.
D&C 46:13; “To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.”
He reiterated this again in June 1831;
D&C 53:2; “Behold, I, the Lord, who was crucified for the sins of the world, give unto you a commandment that you shall forsake the world.”
And here we see in “the most correct book on the face of the earth”, Nephi the prophet telling the people that Jesus was crucified. The problem with this is that it’s only 592 BC and he’s using Greek which wasn’t a language yet.
1 Nephi 11:33; “And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.”
So which one should we believe?
The Bible tells us in John 18:11 that Jesus told His disciples He still had work to do when He got up from praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, so how could He have paid for sin there?
Additionally, John 19:30 says “It is finished”. Why did Jesus say this at that time if He had already paid the price for sin in the Garden?
And why did Jesus say in John 12:32 that when He was lifted up from the earth that He would draw all men to Himself if He paid for sin in the Garden?
We’re praying the Mormons will think about this and ask God to reveal the truth to them!