Personally I am happy to share Rob’s post. This one is one that I really appreciate.
One of the things I really like about the visit of Jesus Christ described in the Book of Mormon is how the teachings that are similar to the New Testament become “past tense”. Where New Testament teachings proclaim he will do, the Book of Mormon testifies and proclaims he has done.
Subtle but powerful proclamations of completing the tasks defined and described by Old Testament prophets and words of the Man, Jesus the Christ, while in his mortal existence. A truly important distinction when we consider the implications to our opportunity to accept his intersession for us.
Wouldn’t you think this distinction seems profound? It always has for me in the past 30 years as I have read and tried to understand His life. The understanding of Jesus Christ’s role in my potential salvation is helped by this additional testimony of his divinity.
Those who assert that Mormons aren’t Christian face a fundamental problem in the Book of Mormon, which is more densely packed with references to Christ than even the Bible. Book of Mormon prophets living before the birth of Christ testified of His coming far more explicitly than anything found in the Old Testament. The most important portion of the book focuses on Christ’s visit to a group of people in the ancient Americas following His resurrection. Prophets living after that time testified of the reality of His life, the importance of His mission, and the coming day when He will return again. For a supposedly non-Christian book, the Book of Mormon is almost tedious in its Christ-centered focus.
The response of Book of Mormon critics is to dismiss these references with a wave of the hand, saying something to the effect of, “The Book of Mormon Jesus is a different…
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