Separate and Distinct

24 Aug

In Gethsemane, Christ suffered for our sins. At the height of his agony, he prayed “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22: 42). Elder Tad R. Callister, in an address to Church members worldwide, asked the question:

… what would have been the depth and passion of Christ’s submission or the motivational power of that example [to us]  if the Father and the Son were the same being and in reality the Son was merely following His own will under a different name?

One of the major differences between my beliefs as a Mormon and the beliefs of those that I talk to is often the Trinity. I believe that Jesus Christ is a separate being from our Father in Heaven. Elder Callister goes on to say:

The scriptures give further evidence of this great truth: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). A father offering up his only son is the supreme demonstration of love that the human mind and heart can conceive and feel. It is symbolized by the touching story of Abraham and Isaac (see Genesis 22). But if the Father is the same being as the Son, then this sacrifice of all sacrifices is lost, and Abraham is no longer offering up Isaac—Abraham is now offering up Abraham.

The scriptures speak often of the oneness of the Father and the Son, and I think that people are really attracted to the mystery of the Trinity. But I am attracted to the simple beauty of a loving Father and a selfless Brother.

For further explanation, please see my upcoming reading of Mosiah 15.

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One Response to “Separate and Distinct”

  1. Melissa August 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Amen Sister Meaders! I remember talking to people who believe in the trinity and it was frustrating at times because there is so much proof in the scriptures if they would read and ponder for themselves. I think a lot of times we believe someone else knows better than we do so we listen to what they say even though it may not ring true to our spirits. What a blessing it is to know for oursleves that Christ lives! That He is the son of God the father of our spirits. Thank you for the post. 🙂

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