The other day I came upon an article on ldsliving.org titled “How the Gospel Is Like a Real-Life Fairy Tale”. It’s funny they think of the Mormon gospel as a fairytale, I always thought of it as science fiction drama. I can see the introduction going something like “In a galaxy far, far away on a planet next to the star Kolob…………” (Book of Abraham 3:2-3)
Seriously friends, they’re comparing the gospel to a fairytale? It’s unbelievable, but after the initial shock and bemusement I felt after reading the title, and knowing the gospel of Mormonism as I do, I can see how it would be hard for them to tell the difference.
The author of the article asks (paraphrasing) – ‘why are people drawn to tales of princesses and princes, that include evil villains, and a daring rescue?’ She answers her own question by suggesting the reason people seem to enjoy these types of stories is because the pattern in them is real, and is happening to us now.
The Mormon fairytale begins a long time ago, in what’s called thepreexistence where all of us, including Jesus and Satan lived together as spirit children of Heavenly Father and (one or more of his wives, also known as Heavenly Mother). We started off as royalty there, as President Dieter F. Uchtdorf states-
“You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses, destined to become queens. Your own wondrous story has already begun. Your ‘once upon a time’ is now” (Ensign, May 2010).
Doctrine and Covenants 76:92 tells us that Mormons believe God sits on his throne, making him a king, thereby making all of us, his spirit children, royalty as well.
“And thus we saw the glory of the celestial, which excels in all things—where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever”
The villain in the Mormon fairytale is Satan, the one who tries to lead us away from the (Mormon) gospel, who tempts us, and desires for us to follow him. Then of course, there’s the hero of the Mormon tale, Jesus, their elder spirit brother. They believe he may be inclined to save them if, as the 3rdArticle of Faith states, they would obey the laws and ordinances of Mormonism.
“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” (3rd Article of Faith)
Sadly, Mormons have no idea what the gospel is truly all about. The gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t something you should take so lightly to the point of comparing it to child’s bedtime story. If I could talk to Mormons face to face, this is what I’d like to help them understand about the true, biblical gospel of Jesus Christ:
The word ‘gospel’ means good news. Jesus came to die upon a cross, so that we could have forgiveness of our sins, and enjoy the blessing of eternal life with Him.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
All of us have broken God’s law and sinned against Him, none of us are good (Rom 3:10). We needed a Savior to rescue us from the bondage of our sins, and the consequences of our disobedience. God loved us enough to allow His Son, Jesus Christ, to be a sacrifice for our sins, thereby creating a new covenant with all those who repent and accept Him as their Savior.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The true gospel is Jesus Christ can’t be compared to a fairytale, it’s much deeper, richer and life affirming, than any story ever written. We don’t have to try to clean ourselves up before coming to Him, nor do we have to do something to continue to have His presence in our lives.
Jesus paid the price of our sins so we wouldn’t have to, He paid it all! He didn’t create a religion that we must covert to, to have eternal life. He doesn’t want converts to a religion, He wants people who desire to be reborn in Him. People who desire a relationship with Him, and not a religion.
I pray Mormons will study the gospel of Jesus Christ and to see it as it is, and not a fictional fairytale. The gospel is real, we just need to decide if we’re going to allow it to be an active part of our lives, or ignore it.