mikbone Posted October 24, 2018 Report Share Posted October 24, 2018 (edited) From the Lectures on Faith Quote Q. What was shown in the third lecture? A. It was shown that correct ideas of the character of God are necessary in order to exercise faith in him unto life and salvation; and that without correct ideas of his character, men could not have power to exercise faith in him unto life and salvation, but that correct ideas of his character, as far as his character was concerned in the exercise of faith in him, lay a sure foundation for the exercise of it. To be completely honest, my understanding and perception of God has changed throughout my lifetime. When I first learned about God the Father in primary and Sunday School, I actually was thinking about Jehovah as He interacted with the prophets in the Old testament. It took me many years and prolonged study to come to my present identification of GOD. Christianity has similarily transitioned over the years. If we look at the background of Christmas and Easter we must see the obvious connections to pagan celebrations. Similarly, there are parts of Egyptian, Roman, and Greek Gods that have bleed over into Catholicism and Protestantism. I think that the LDS church also has a problem of these traditions and misconceptions within our own religion. When we pray, whom do we pray to? All the artwork that we have in our homes, chapels, and temples are of Jesus Christ. The only artwork that displays God the Father or Elohim is really depictions of the First Vision where Joseph Smith is the focal point of the artwork, and Elohim and Jesus Christ are illustrated as identical personages. How do you differentiate between God the Father & Jesus Christ when you worship and pray? I would submit that most other Christian Churches don't even have a perception of God the Father. I think that Elohim is a personage that only Latter-Day Saints worship. The Jewish worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Who happens to be Jehovah). The Catholics (and correct me if I am wrong - I am making assumptions from the various creeds) believe that God the Father is actually Jehovah and Jesus Christ is God made flesh. When you think of God the Father, of whom are you thinking? Do we have a correct idea of His character? Do we know when Elohim is speaking within the scriptures? Do we worship Christ? Is it OK to worship Christ? Do you easily differentiate between Jehovah (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and his Father Elohim? Edited October 25, 2018 by mikbone Who -> whom iamkari and skalenfehl 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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