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Published: Friday, April 18 2014 7:35 p.m. MDT

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wer
South Jordan, UT

Absolutely love the video and the feeling I get!

KellyWSmith
Sparks, NV

I love this video. The LDS Church keeps getting better and better at sending out a message to the world about its message and its mission.

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

I am happy for the site's success. I'll go watch it now. Does it make the distinctions between the LDS Jesus and the Biblical Jesus? I was LDS for 35 years and always thought we had the same Christ, plus some added ordinances. Upon studying the Bible carefully, I was shocked to learn of the significant differences in the Mormon Jesus.

So the question looming in my mind is- Will this new campaign honestly distinguish the LDS characteristics of Christ (Lucifer's spirit brother, one of His Father's many celestial spirit chlidren birthed by a Heavenly Mother, possibly polygamous on earth according to some early LDS prophets, His blood cannot cover all sin (BYoung), He is only Savior of this earth, etc.) versus the purely Biblical one?

Let's see if I can get an honest post through. Biblically, the Cross was the final payment for redemption and reconciliation. There is no "universal" salvation. Every soul will live somewhere for eternity: Those who "have the Son have eternal life in His Kingdom"; those who refuse His gift of eternal salvation, "will not have (spiritual) life."

God bless this campaign if the Biblical Easter message is promoted!

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

Well, I just saw the sight and I am happy to report that it does make the distinction between the LDS Jesus and the Biblical one! But only those who read their Bible will see it:

The Bible never says in any verse that "Jesus came to show us how to live better." He did give the Golden Rule and admonished the Jews to love their enemies; He explained many truths to them that had been altered by tradition. But the messsge of the Bible is that Christ came to pay our debt on the Cross. For all who believe in Him, He sends the Holy Spirit to indwell them with the power to live, grow and mature spiritually. Man can try as hard as he wants to emmulate Jesus; he will never succeed unless he is born again/born spiritually.

John 1:12 is the Biblical Christ:
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

hockeymom
Highland, UT

Loved it!

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

I too loved the video and will show it to my Sunday School class tomorrow as part of the lesson on the resurrection. Happy Easter everyone!

KellyWSmith
Sparks, NV

The purpose of the Book of Mormon and other revealed scripture is to "confound false doctrines" and reveal the truth as to all things eternal. Yes there is "universal salvation" in the sense that all will be resurrected and saved from the consequences of death and yes, there is a place prepared for them. To those who are not in "His Kingdom" it will, for eternity be somewhat of a Hell because they will know they fell short and would not repent and therefore, will not progress. Yes, Christ is a spirit brother of Satan just as you and me are, children of Heavenly Parents. We are here to be tested and tried to see what we would do when not in their presence and Satan, who rebelled against the plan of God, would be allowed to tempt us and sway us from the spirit of Christ that is given to everyone. The only way to be saved is through the Grace of Christ after all we can do, and that includes trying to become like him because God is a God of Justice, just as much He is as a God of Love and Mercy.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

OnlyTheCross,

Given that the LDS Church and its members believe that they have the correct interpretation of Christ they would not make such a distinction.

Christ is Lucifer’s spirit brother just as he is mine or yours. Joining just those two is disingenuous unless you note that we are all spirit children – Christ being the eldest and the one chosen by the Father to effectuate his plan. The bible is clear that there are sins that will not be forgiven “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness”. As to universal salvation – agreed that all souls will live somewhere. But the concept that God would damn the ignorant to hell is repugnant and would make him unworthy of his title. Christ spent his life (and John before him) teaching folks to live better as well as to rely on his atonement. No argument that no one becomes like Christ without the power and influence of the Holy Ghost.

Happy Easter (and yes, I do mean it).

Filthy Kuffar
Spanish Fork, UT

@ Onlythecross-

Those who don't believe in modern revelation will not understand the Savior nor his mission, and most likely will not recognize Him when He returns. The Bible can be very confusing as it has been translated and changed many times over time. Joseph Smith noticed this confusion among the various sects where he lived. Everyone has their own understanding of the scriptures, and they often do not coincide, and therefore confusion and contention arise; hence the importance of modern day prophets.

Just because your interpretation of the scriptures are different than those of the LDS Church does not necessarily mean your version or understanding is correct.

Vernal Mom
Vernal, UT

Every Day since Monday, I have shared a new spot from #BecauseofHim on FB. This is an amazing video that has touched my heart, and hopefully my family and friends.

Beautiful, just beautiful. Please watch. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Twin Lights: (John 1:1)In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word(Jesus) was God v 14.. the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. God becomes man not man becomes God.

The Sheep and Goats Mt 25:31-46: The sheep on Jesus’ right hand are blessed by God the Father. The goats on Jesus’ left hand are cursed with eternal hell-fire, “prepared for the devil and his angels”.

RE: KellyWSmith “universal salvation”??
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that ‘whoever believes’ in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16 NIV).

The one ‘who believes’ in the Son has eternal life. The one ‘who rejects’ the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath remains on him.(John 3:36 NET).

RE: Filthy Kuffar, (Mosiah 2:39) … I say unto you, that mercy hath no claim on that man; therefore his final doom is to endure a never-ending torment.

(Mt 10:28).. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell=(Gehenna)

pencil2pen
Perry, KS

Our Stake has been having a missionary event each year before Easter, the last 5 years. We invite the community to come and see scenes of the Savior's life recreated in rooms of the church. It is called 'Walk with Christ'. After the last 'scene' of the tomb we guide each small group into the chapel and this year we showed the video 'Because of Him'. Our event is 3 nights and this year we had 700 people come through the church. Many came from the community at large, some invited by members and some by our marketing effort in the community. We were thrilled that this video came out just in time to use it in our event this year! Perfect to add to our own testimonies about Christ, which is what our entire event is about!

The Caravan Moves On
Enid, OK

Awesome!

Saw this video in church today during Sunday School.

I'm going to send it to a dear friend of mine, a woman who I'm sure is one who will eventually accept the fulness of the Lord's gospel.

The world is becoming so wicked these days that Latter-day Saints and non-Latter-day Saints must work together to survive. The observant on both sides know this is true. Let us put aside our differences and focus on what we have in common; our love for God and all that is beautiful, decent and good. Is this not what Jesus would do?

Happy Easter, everyone!

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

This is a beautiful video with a beautiful message. Bravo to all involved in its production.

Pharisaical comments notwithstanding, Scripture is full of lessons not specifically adumbrated but which are plain nonetheless. How to live a better earthly life while awaiting our Heavenly reward being but one example. Unless of course one wants us to conclude that Christ did not expect our belief in Him to have any earthly significance at all. Hints of non-Mormon theology in that idea, but wrong.

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

So glad everyone is celebrating Easter. And enjoying their faith and sharing it with others. That is what I do also, and I keep the distinctions clear between the Biblical Jesus and the many other subsequent and non-Biblical "Jesus"s. JW's say Jesus is Michael the ArchAngel; the Islamic Christ has none of the power or attributes of the Biblical narrative, nor does the Mormon or Christian Science one.

We are mandated by Christ to declare Him, His gospel and message and to avidly expose the false Christs. (2Peter, Jude, 2 Corinth.). The problem lies in a denomination that now gives away free Bibles, but as shared here, do not believe in its accuracy, efficacy or message 'as written'.

I claim only to keep the record straight and the message clear. The Holy Spirit's job is convicting and conversion, not mine. Followers of Christ are called to share His message and make disciples. That is what I do, and I want only to be accurate while discussing the many different Christs proclaimed by others.

I know how much we all love Jesus. Let us each follow our conscience, after "rightly dividing the Word of God".

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

Ten sons of the same father each have their own views of and beliefs 'about' Dad. It is the same Dad.

sharrona
layton, UT

“Because of him”, that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (1Cor 1:30 NIV).

Context,Verse 24 to“those whom God has called(the elect of God),” both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Verse For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness [Christ dying on the cross] of God is stronger than human strength.

RE: Moontan,”Ten sons of the same father each have their own views of and beliefs 'about' Dad. It is the same Dad??”

Though he(Jesus)was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.( Phil 2:5-8 NLT)

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

@Sharonna ... My sentence wasn't a question. I was saying it is the same Dad. I believe the accusation that Mormons "believe in a different Jesus" is without merit, or even substance. There is no other Christ. There was only One on the Cross. We humans are called to believe 'in' Him, not 'about' Him.

Re. your quote concerning God not thinking equality with Himself something to be "grasped" (KJV). I agree. I can't grasp it. That's why I believe Christ when He said He was God's Son, and why I believe He prayed to His Father.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Moontan to be grasped=(harpagmos,Greek,robbery),(Phil 2:6 ESV);,…”Who, being ‘in the form of God’, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: " (Phi 2:6 KJV). E.g..,

(John 1:1).In the beginning was the Word(Logos), and the Word was with God and the *Word was God”.
Greeks used this term(Logos) not only for the spoken word but the unspoken word Reason when applied to the universe they meant rational principle.
The Jews used it as a way in referring to God. John used it in a way meaningful to both Jews and Gentiles.
(1John 1) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the *Word of life[Jesus]. .” Jesus was true God and true man.

“To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, ‘who is God over all’, blessed forever! Amen.”(Romans 9:5 NET) Good Greek translation.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Sharrona,

Too long to quote. Read John 17 in the NET. It is clear as day. He is praying to his Father. Or in John 11 when he is about to raise Lazarus.

If Christ was trying to teach that he and the Father were one, he did an incredibly poor job. One that belies is expert teaching ability on every other subject.

If he was the best teacher in the world (and I believe he was) then he could and would have done a lot better on a subject of such transcendent importance.

As it is, we are left with his word on the subject and his words are that he was the Son of the Father. Not is some mystical, unreal sense. But in the very real sense of a father and a son.

Otherwise, he is either a liar or a very bad explainer.

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