Keewon wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:51 pm
Consiglieri wrote:President Nelson saved the church from God!
There is precedent, you know. Isn't that the point of a priest, to stand between the people and the vicious demands of divine justice? Didn't Moses do the same thing? Aren't they all shadows of Christ's atonement?
I'm just saying that if you squint at it just so, it makes sense, a little.
This sounds as if you might be referencing Numbers 16:41-45 where God tells Moses to get out of the way because he's going to destroy Israel for their rebellion.
Moses hurriedly tells Aaron to take his censor and run into the congregation to make atonement for Israel whereupon the plague which had already started was halted at the point where Aaron stood. A manifestation of the respect God showed for his legitimately
called priest and the ordinance He had given him.
This indeed is a type and symbol of the purpose and mission of the Savior.
But as the New Testament clearly states, once his mission was accomplished, HE
became our Eternal High Priest before the Father. It is by his propitiation alone that our case for Mercy is laid before the Father. "For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.."
This is an area of doctrine that has been sorely misunderstood (?) by the LDS church leadership since the begining. Although there is indication of church officers in the ancient Christian Church, the idea that they stand between Christians and Heavenly Father is a misunderstanding at best, a perversion at worst, of the doctrine and position of officers in the church.
The reintroduction of "priesthood" as conceived by Joseph (and those who influenced him) is just a modified borrowing from the Catholic tradition and opens the gates for all of the abuses that follow and grow from that fallacy.
"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily."
"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light."