Sunday, March 6, 2016

Spiritual Sunday: Coming to Know Jesus Christ

Sometimes in online discussions about faith and ethics, I read comments from people who claim that Jesus Christ wouldn't want us to behave in such a manner or that Christ was about "-------" (insert pet doctrine or idea). Many times our relationship with Christ is based on what we think we know about him or what we wish he was like. Thinking and wishing are all good and well, but that doesn't replace a true knowledge of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

That's why I think we have the scriptures which reveal so much about his character, his mission, and  true experiences and interactions with him. Nephi said it best in 2 Nephi 32:3, "Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." 

I think we need to be very careful when we make assertions about Christ. It's best to always have a solid reference to cite when discussing the character and mission of Jesus Christ. We don't actually need to make up anything about him. Ancient and modern prophets have testified of him, prophesied of him, and written of him. We are blessed to have thousands of pages about him. 

Maybe instead of making assertions about what Jesus would and wouldn't do, we should probably just stop and spend that time actually reading what he did do.