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Topical Guide/Doctrinal issues/Atonement
Summary: Critics seriously understate the position of the Church of Jesus Christ with respect to the atonement. Many of the quotations used by critics regarding the LDS view of the atonement have been taken out of context, or the further comments of the speaker have been ignored. This is an implied a form of "bearing false witness," which is completely against the Gospel that the Savior taught during His earthly ministry. Critics, such as the authors of Mormonism 101, show very little evidence of having "studied the [Latter-day Saint] movement for the greater part of their lives" as they claim. In fact, if one takes up the authors' challenge to check their sources, one finds that in every case they are found wanting, often seriously so. In their "witnessing tip" regarding the Book of Mormon the authors conclude their imaginary dialogue by asking: "If Smith was misleading in this statement, how can I trust his other statements?"
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- Question: How do Latter-day Saints understand the significance of Christ's death on the cross?
- Question: How do Latter-day Saints understand the significance of the blood shed by Christ?
- Question: Do Latter-day Saints diminish the importance of Jesus Christ and His atonement?
- Question: How do Latter-day Saints view the extent of the atonement of Jesus Christ?
- Question: Why don't Latter-day Saints observe Palm Sunday like many other Christian religions?
- Question: How does the Latter-day Saint view of the Atonement compare to the evangelical Christian view?
- Question: How do Latter-day Saints view the historical position of the Christian church with regard to the atonement of Jesus Christ?
- Question: How is the atonement of Jesus Christ portrayed in Latter-day Saint hymns?