A Vital Missing Christian Teaching was Removed During the Dark Ages.
The greatest of all the gifts of God is eternal life (D&C 14:7), and Jesus said in his last great High Priest’s prayer, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Hence, the most important Missing Christian Teaching is to help you and me come to know the Father and the Son. (John 17:3) The Creeds have destroyed that knowing. We need to know the true nature of God – His character and attributes and emulate them. Did you know that Heavenly Father in His infinite love and ability to do so gave each of us a mission for our mortal journey during that pre-mortal epoch. Then following the Spirit and exercising true faith will take us back home to receive all the glorious promises offered in Eternal Life — life with God, life like God, which promises are not known in most Christian religions.
In 1990, I participated in a comparative religion debate at the University of Colorado. Each person was given seven minutes to share their religious beliefs. We had a Jewish Rabbi, a Catholic Priest, two different Protestant ministers, a leader from the Baháʼí Faith – headquartered in Haifa, Israel, and we had an atheist. I was then serving in the Denver Mission Presidency and was asked to represent our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I was able to share our beliefs including the Fatherhood of God. It was a most interesting evening, and went on for three and a half hours! I made friends and had good visits with the Rabbi and the Priest afterward — wonderful gentlemen.
The Priest said to me, “May I ask you a question?” I, of course, said, “Please.”
“Do I understand you correctly, that you believe you can become a god?” He quarried.
I responded with a question, “Did Jesus say to be perfect like our Heavenly Father is perfect?”
He responded, with an enlightened emphasis, “I never thought of that scripture in that way!”
Most of us are our own worst enemy regarding our true potential. We need to believe as the scriptures tell us that we are “children of God,” (Romans 8:16) and Their “offspring.” (Acts 17:26-29)
Knowing that the students would not be able to remember what I shared in a seven-minute summary of our religious beliefs, I prepared a handout for them. There are some fascinating information and statistics in the handout. Since then, I have updated the information, and it is available in the link listed at the end of this article.
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