Sic et Non
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The “Anastasis” (“Resurrection”) or “Harrowing of Hell,” a fresco from the early-twelth-century Byzantine Chora Church (Kariye Camii) in modern Istanbul. Adam and Eve are pulled from their tombs; Satan lies crushed at Christ’s feet.
This week’s Thursday column for the Deseret News:
I am amazed that most Christians who insist on the omnipotence of God and the free gift of Christ’s grace nevertheless believe that Christ is powerless to save people who died without being preached to by someone using their own version of the gospel. The main argument against salvation for the dead is that the great sacrifices made by missionaries would be rendered unnecessary by such a possible alternate route to salvation, and a corollary is that they would not be able to persuade anyone to serve as a missionary to the heathens unless it was a total heaven or hell proposition. What it boils down to is that heathens are condemned to hell in order to feed the egos of Christian missionaries by telling them that only they can keep people out of hell.
By contrast, Mormons believe we are participating in both sides of the salvation of mankind, both on earth and in the afterlife, and we feel plenty.motivated in both activities.
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