Monday, April 20, 2015

Why was a restoration of Christ's church needed?

During Christ's ministry upon the Earth he brought light back to a world where many had stopped living the commandments of God.  He proclaimed the gospel and called upon twelve men to be his apostles, including Peter, James, and John.  After Christ's death, his apostles carried the gospel throughout the land, baptizing and starting congregations.  Eventually though, the original Church of Christ began to fade away.  All but one of the apostles were martyred.  The apostolistic priesthood authority to bestow priesthood keys was lost from the Earth, as well as many of the teachings of Christ forgotten.  This period of time is called "the Great Apostocy" and brought to earth what we refer to as the Dark Ages.  Without Gods divine direction, Christianity had to rely upon human thought to interpret scripture and many truths were lost, confused, and fought over. Many false ideas were taught as the Gospel truth, when in reality they were ideas of man.  Centuries later, inspired people, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin recognized that practices and doctrines had been changed or lost and tried to reform the churches to which they belonged.  But without the authority of the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, His gospel and church could not be returned to their original form.  There needed to be a restoration of apostlistic authority, priesthood keys, and revelation from God.  This is why the Lord restored the church in our day through Joseph Smith.  

3 comments:

  1. The doctrine of the Restoration is truly magnificent. Just as the Atonement of Jesus Christ brought relief from the effects of the Fall, so to did the restoration of His church and gospel fullness bring similar relief to a world that was becoming ever-increasingly blinded from the effects of the Great Apostasy.

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  2. This is an excellent explanation of why there needed to be a restoration of the church. When you learn about the gospel and about the restoration of the gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith, it really helps to have some context. Some people believe that Joseph Smith created the LDS religion and wrote the Book of Mormon. This is not true however. Joseph Smith helped to restore the original church of God upon the earth through direction from Heavenly Father and the Savior himself. He didn't write but translated the Book of Mormon, which is an additional testimony to the Bible of the divinity of Christ and helps to clarify truths that were lost or confused in the Bible.

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  3. Without the Priesthood keys, and living prophets, we were not allowed to progress toward returning to God's presence. Because of the Restoration, and the glorious truths given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, we can do God's work on earth. And return to live with him. What a glorious event, that blesses us all forever.

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