Thursday, December 13, 2007

Where Would Huckabee Get a Nutty Idea Like That?

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee:
"Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the Devil are brothers?"
Jess L. Christensen, Institute of Religion director at Utah State University, Logan, Utah:
On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some -- especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures and the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel “who was in authority in the presence of God,” a “son of the morning.” (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25–27.) Both Jesus and Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge and influence. But as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer’s older brother. (See Col. 1:15; D&C 93:21.)
Ensign, Jun 1986, 24–27

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