I just finished reading “Believing Christ” by Stephen E. Robinson.
Quick Take: Great read. Enhanced my understanding of the Atonement and how to apply it to my life.
I think I read this book for the first time in mid 90’s and I honestly don’t remember loving it. But this time around, I could hardly put it down.
The book is based on the premise that many of us “believe in Christ” but do not “believe Christ.” We believe that Christ exists, that he’s the Son of God, and that he has and will do lots of good things. But, we do not believe that we are worthy to be saved by Christ. We do not have faith that he can actually save us. We feel we have to save ourselves.
Robinson then uses the scriptures, the words of the prophets, and what he calls the “Parable of the Bicycle” to explain how Christ is the only way we can be saved. I’ll try to summarize the main points:
1. God cannot let us return to him if we sin in any way (D&C 1:31)
2. Due to being mortal, there is ZERO chance we do not make mistakes.
3. Based on #1 and #2 above we’re lost. God, knowing this, introduced the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
4. When we accept the Atonement, we become partners with Jesus Christ in the gospel covenant. We exchange the burden of sin for the obligation to love him, follow him, and do the best we can. He provides the perfection.
5. As long as we keep this gospel covenant (i.e. Do the best we can), Jesus Christ and I stand before God as one person. God can welcome us back as “perfect in Christ.” (Moroni 10:32)
Reading this was a refreshing reminder that I don’t need to save myself. I don’t need to worry about being perfect. I don’t need to destroy myself every time I fall short. I just need to work hard and Jesus Christ will take care of the rest. But the key is, I really need to believe this is so.
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