Sunday, April 17, 2016

Articles of Faith Two and Three

If you missed  the first post on the Articles of faith, take a look at last Monday's post. I mentioned that each Monday there will be another Article of Faith discussed. But today, I would like to share both Article of Faith two and Article of Faith three. The doctrine in these articles of faith are somewhat related, and shed important light on the principles discussed.  

Article of Faith Two:

We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression. 

As children of God, we are not held accountable for the sins of others, but are fully accountable for our own sins and choices under the gift of free agency given to us by our Father in Heaven. He knew that we would make mistakes and struggle with turning our hearts to Him, and in great mercy, He provided a Savior. This article of faith is the main reason why infant babies have no need of baptism. They are innocent and are blessed under the atonement of Jesus Christ until the age of accountability at eight years old. 

This is a great truth that God has given to His children today. We all come from Father Adam and Mother Eve, yet we are not tied to their transgression of partaking of the fruit in the Garden of Eden. And they will not answer for our sins. God expects us to learn of Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. Gaining this knowledge will bring to light the truth that each son or daughter of God must choose for themselves good or evil and whether they will allow the the grace of the Savior to have full sway in their lives. In connection with this, we have the third article of faith. 

Article of Faith Three:

We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.

Heavenly Father knew that his children would need a way to overcome sin, and he provided for this by sending His perfect and only begotten Son in the flesh to atone for our sins and, mark the one and only way by which we may return to live with our Father in Heaven again. We are not saved by baptism alone, or any other single event. We are saved by daily obeying the laws and ordinances within the gospel Christ has outlined, and applying the atonement of Jesus Christ daily by the works of faith. 

The atonement of Christ is the single most important event that has ever happened or will happen in the history of the world. This is the greatest act of love ever to be or to have been. 

Elder James E. Talmage, served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1911 to 1933, and he described these principles this way,

 "The application of the atonement to individual transgression, whereby the sinner may obtain absolution through compliance with the laws and ordinances embodied in the gospel of Jesus Christ, is conclusively attested by scripture. Since forgiveness of sins can be secured in none other way, there being either in heaven or earth no name save that of Jesus Christ whereby salvation shall come unto the children of men, every soul stands in need of the Savior's mediation, since all are sinners. 'For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,' said Paul of old, and John the apostle added his testimony in these words: 'If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.' "

I testify that taking responsibility for our relationship with Christ, pleases our Father in Heaven. He gave us the greatest gift of all when he sent His Son to show us the way and change everything for the race of all mankind through the completion of the infinite atonement. For now, if nothing else written here speaks to you, I know that accepting the invitation to come unto Christ and allow the atonement to fill your life will be enough. 

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad that these two articles of faith come together. First - we are responsible for our own actions. Nobody else is at fault for the choices we make and we are not responsible for other people's actions - good or bad. But when we do make mistakes, Jesus Christ has atoned for our sins. He made it possible to wipe our slates clean and start again!

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  2. I'm glad that these two articles of faith come together. First - we are responsible for our own actions. Nobody else is at fault for the choices we make and we are not responsible for other people's actions - good or bad. But when we do make mistakes, Jesus Christ has atoned for our sins. He made it possible to wipe our slates clean and start again!

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