The Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the heart and core and center of revealed religion.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

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Faith, General Authorities, Maxwell

Not understanding who Jesus really is by title and role inevitably sets up a lack of gratitude for His astonishing atonement. If we do not regard Him highly enough to pay heed to His words about who He is, we will pay less heed to what He says and requires of us. The resulting diminution of regard and comprehension will result in little faith. What “think [we] of Christ” inevitably determines His operative relevancy for our lives.

Contrariwise, a positive and interactive multiplier effect flows from having faith in Christ as the anointed Messiah, the King and Deliverer. This facet of faith complements faith in His Father, who chose and anointed Jesus as the Redeemer of mankind; and this in turn begets faith in the Father’s plan of salvation.

Therefore, defining Jesus, as some do, as a great moral teacher-and He was clearly the greatest-just won’t suffice. Without full faith in Jesus as mankind’s rescuing Messiah, we also will lack faith in His capacity to rescue us individually and to help us daily. Besides, how can one consistently regard Jesus as a great moral teacher, and therefore truthful and honorable, if one does not accept Jesus’ statements about His true identity?

As it was anciently, so it is in our skeptical day. The “great question” remains-“Is there really a redeeming Christ?” (See Alma 34:5.)

There is!

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Lord Increase Our Faith (Bookcraft, 1994)

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