During 2017, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The quotes from Hinckley are in bold, with my comments […]
During 2016, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is boldfaced is from the manual, with our comments […]
Why Not Gethsemane?
By Bill McKeever
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Mormonism Researched, May-June 2005.
Where Christ actually took upon Himself the sins of mankind has been a bone of contention between Mormons and Christians for decades.
In their book Third Nephi 9-30: This Is My Gospel, Mormon authors Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate correctly note,
Gethsemane. Traditionally, according to LDS leaders, this the place where the heart of the atonement took place. Apostle Bruce R. McConkie explained, “Where and under what circumstances was the atoning sacrifice of the Son of God made? Was it on the Cross of Calvary or in the Garden of Gethsemane? It is to the Cross of Christ that most Christians look when centering their attention upon the infinite and eternal atonement.
Reviewed by Aaron Shafovaloff
According to BYU professor Andrew Skinner, the centerpiece of Heavenly Father’s plan was a “singular moment in a specific time and place on this earth in a garden called Gethsemane… The events that occurred in Gethsemane were part of the atonement of Jesus Christ—not preparatory to it, nor secondary to it, but at the very heart of it… All that the Atonement was and is, all that it put into effect or operation, all that it set in motion, all that it touches in the vastness of space for time and eternity centers on a moment in this earth’s temporal history at the spot called Gethsemane… Gethsemane was the ultimate torture, the darkest hour, the starkest terror… the bitterest anguish, the greatest contradiction, the gravest injustice, the bitterest of cups to drink” (ch. 1). This comes from his book, Gethsemane, published in 2002, part of a trilogy of books which includes Golgotha and The Garden Tomb. He argues for the centrality and infinite value of the sacrifice of Jesus in Gethsemane.
By Bill McKeever
Each spring millions of Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of their Lord. In light of the fact that this is one of the most important events within the Christian tradition, it is important for us to examine and understand the spiritual significance of Christ’s sacrifice in light of the teachings of past LDS leaders.