I keep trying to post this thread but can never word it properly. Here’s my third attempt
I attended all the triduum services and since have engaged in a bit of discussion with a very good LDS friend of mine.
We were discussing the events of Good Friday in particular - he said to me that it seemed that Catholics are very much focused on the ‘misery’ and on the death of Jesus. All this was said very sincerely and he certainly wasn’t being flippant or taking the mickey.
So, I told him the reason we have a real focus on Our Lord’s passion is that by His Passion we’re redeemed of our sins. I quoted the beautiful reading from Isaiah ‘By his wounds we are healed’
This is where the discussion got interesting. My friend said that he believed that Jesus atoned for our sins in the garden where he bled from every pore. He said that the crucifixion was a common method of execution in those days and that was all it was. This was why he found it hard to understand why christians use a cross as a symbol of our faith - when it was the implement that caused Jesus’ death.
I found this really interesting but I had some trouble defending the Catholic position. Can anyone provide me with any resources to continue our discussion.
Also would any LDS out there like to comment - is this the teaching of your faith.
Maybe we can also keep it on topic and not have the post removed http://forum.catholic.com/images/smilies/wink.gif
Look forward to hearing your views