Last winter the Primary class of 10 year-olds that I taught proclaimed that we
are NOT Christians but Mormons. Their parents were shocked to hear that.Then again, these families read the Book of Mormon with their children
each year. How can the kids NOT associate with Mormon?We read the
Book of Mormon as a family once every three years. Then we read the New
Testament, so our kids can see the Savior in action, then we read the Doctrine
and Covenants so they can hear the Savior's words to the early church.We can't assume our children know who Christ is unless we tell them
with words, and emphasize, especially in this political climate, that we ARE
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the
right to become Children of God(John 1:12)Jesus loves me this I
know, for the Bible tells me so, Dr. Barth said to a reporter who once asked
Dr. Barth if he could summarize what he had said in all those volumes and volume
of Life and faith.Pope Pius XII described him as the most important
theologian since Thomas Aquinas.
For me the great challenge isn't teaching Christ, but teaching my children to
understand their fallen nature in relation to Christ. They inherently love
Christ, but as they descend into the carnal world, collide with others, hurt
each other, experience pain and suffering, this inherent love and understanding
is assaulted by the cruelty of the world they live in. Understanding that our
Heavenly Father has a Plan that supercedes every cruel and difficult moment,
helps anchor children's inherent love of the Savior. It requires an
understanding therefore of the restored Gospel so that they can keep their love
of Christ, and their love of Christ is what enlivens the Gospel. They both
depend on each other; therefore in your poll I'd choose D.
Indeed, the gospel is so simple that it is viewed as 'foolishness' by those who
can only see with their natural eyes. The mysteries are those simple truths
which can only be understood by revelation. Of course, revelation also expands
the mind and heart. The complication comes by looking beyond the mark and
seeking for things we cannot understand - i.e. when we leave the realm of
revelation and try to lean on our own understanding instead.Most
deep doctrine is really simple and most simple doctrine is beautifully deep.
What would you expect when you speak about the doctrine of God or the doctrine
of Christ? Just as he is lamb and lion, so he is also simple and deep. The
gospel is just a reflection of his own character.
Love the puzzle example. The gospel is very simple, yet very deep and profound.