Justice & Mercy are of God

For God to be God, He must be both perfectly just and perfectly merciful. Somehow, He must judge us according to what we do and why we do it and recognize when we truly change. The only way He could do this is through the power of the atonement.

The Law of Justice

God asks us to be perfect. Anything less is not of God. This means that every mistake I make, simple though it may be, I am failing at that command. I know I am less than perfect, much less. As I am today, I cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Justice looks at what we have done, not why.

The Law of Mercy

God provides a way for us to become perfect, or to wash away all our errors. We need someone who lived a  perfect  life, one who did not need mercy. That person would suffer for everything each one of us has done wrong. This would allow for mercy to appease the law of justice.

Christ is our Mediator. After living a perfect life, He suffered pain in Gethsemane so we would not need to suffer. He felt all our pain, sicknesses, understood all temptations, then suffered the punishment for our sins (see Alma 7 and Isaiah 53). Again on the cross, He suffered until He had covered all and declared it finished (see Matt. 27, Mark 15, Luke 23).

Christ, the Mediator

Mercy cannot rob Justice. God asks that we strive to do better, keep His commandments, and always remember Him. We will still be judged by what we do; however, we can change and be cleansed from the wrongs we have done. 

Christ understands each person completely. Since He suffered for all the pains, afflictions, sicknesses, sins, and temptations I will ever feel. He understands why I do what I do and can judge me according to the “why’s” as well as the “what’s”.

He also allows me the chance to change. Because He suffered for what I have done, if I truly repent, He will make my life clean from all those errors I have committed. 

He understands. He wants to help and, if you let Him, He will change your life. Come unto Christ.

Learn more about Christ and his Atonement.

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Evidence that God Is

HUMANKIND

God created this world and everything on it. His crowning creation was the man Adam and the woman Eve, created in His image. God created the earth for us, so we could live and grow. Without humankind, there would be no purpose to the earth.

AGENCY

Unlike the other creations, we choose between good and evil. Humanity seems to have decided what is good and what is evil; however, there is a natural law, understood from the beginning. Good is Godly. Evil is devilish. Because we have good and evil there must be both a God and a devil.

CONSCIENCE 

We inherently understand basic ideas of right on wrong. When we do wrong, whether we are seen or not, we suffer from a “guilty conscience.” We either then fix our error and resolve to never do it again, or we suppress it until we are past feeling.

And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God (2 Nephi 2:13).

Because we are happy when we choose truth, because we are unhappy when we choose poorly, we know there is a God. This is the law of heaven: righteousness brings forth happiness. Wickedness never was happiness. Happiness bears testimony of God because it comes from God.

TEST THIS

To know for yourself, we invite you to test this. Come learn of this and see if your happiness grows. If it does, know that it is true. God wants us to be happy. He has given us the opportunity to learn the truth. Living by that truth will give us greater happiness. The more truth we adhere to, the happier we will be. I know that my greatest happiness have come because of this gospel. Come share the joy.

Read more about God’s Plan for our Happiness.