I get a daily verse and the one I just received was very interesting. Recently on another thread there was a very short interaction on what is required to be called a Christian. Today's verses address this topic and can be found here with the topic "Who is Jesus".
The last paragraph reads as follows:
The God-revealed answer is that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the literal Son of the Supreme Being of all the universe. Of course, He is a great deal more than this, but these two facts are the most foundational to our spiritual understanding of this wonderful Being. They give us the basis of His relationship to us and our future, as well as His relationship to Deity, fixing Him as the bridge between man and God. From this foundation, we can begin a deeper consideration of the biblical Jesus.
I italicized the interesting point above. Whenever I see a group use these terms I immediately respond, "YES!" However, I also understand that when some Christians use the term literal, they do not mean literal Son of God. They more often mean God Incarnate rather than Son of God.
This has always confused me. Of course, the doctrine of the Trinity has always confused me. The scriptures can be quite simple and yet full of wonder. One of the simplest statements of the New Testament is that Jesus was the "Son of God", an appellation used no less than forty-six times in the NT. How does God become his own son? I know, I know, the Triune God of one substance in three pesons, which is more of a mind-blower than any teaching of Joseph Smith ever dreamed up, can answer the question. I digress.
It appears that the Bereans do believe that Jesus was the Son of God, as in the literal Son of God; though I can be corrected. I really could not find a clear statement other than the one above.
Does any other Christian church teach that Jesus was the literal Son of God besides the LDS Church? I assume that one cannot believe in literal Sonship of Jesus and still maintain a belief in the Trinity...but maybe they can. This Substance thing has never really held much water for me and I have a difficult time believing that it does for others unless they just choose not to try and understand what they are really saying. My head hurts when I try to contemplate this teaching; I begin reading about the Trinity and my brain is put on high-speed spin and I become so dizzy that I have to put the book down.
Edited by Storm Rider, 03 June 2012 - 07:17 AM.