One thing that used to really get under my skin when I was a Mormon was the constant refrain “did you, that Mormons believe Jesus and Lucifers are… brothers!!!” I used to think that this was nothing but cheap sensationalism, a wilfull misrepresentation of the doctrine of the pre-existence and the belief that we are all spirit brothers and sisters. But, it has finally hit me why this is such a big deal- it reduces Christ to the station of a created angel, quite a fall if you happen to believe that Christ is God incarnate.
Thinking more about this now I’ve also come to realize that the atonement makes no sense unless Christ is in fact God incarnate. How can a created being make a sacrifice big enough to reconcile the infinite God to finite, fallen humanity? If we ever hope to be in God’s presence, we require His hand to come and scoop us up. The sacrifice of a mere created creature can help us no more than the offerings of calfs in the temple did. The only thing in existence that can act as a completely perfect, infinite and eternal sacrifice is God Himself.
Maybe these thoughts are amateurish, I’m sure they are, but they’ve struck me with force recently and so I wanted to share them, especially with the Mormons on the board, so that they can better understand why this is such a problem.