Sunday, June 14, 2009

Question--Why does Christ talk to God?

In the Bible, Christ often speaks to His Father. To me these conversations seem very sincere, and Christ's need for support from God seems very real. I do not comprehend it from a triune perspective--It seems confusing that Christ makes a point of talking to His Father if they are part of the same essence. What do you believe we gain by it?


  1. Jen, you can go to this link and see if it answers your questions. As far as the post above this this post, I'm trying to do an en depth study on the very nature of God from a Biblical perspective and I will post it on my blog as soon as I can. I have also asked my mentor to take a look at this. She just had surgery and so it will be a week or so before she can look at it. She is much better at explaining things than I am. I'm trying to learn how to explain as well as she can. I know what I want to say, but when I go to say it, it comes out wrong and I forget important points and all.

    At this point, I don't fully understand the Trinity and I don't think anyone will until we get to Heaven. I understand enough to know that it is taught both in OT and NT and just because I don't understand it, doesn't mean it's not real and I should not doubt what Jesus has said about Himself. And yes, Jesus called Himself the Great I AM, to which the men in the crowd gathered up stones to stone Him for claiming to be the God of Abraham, the God of Issac, the God of Jacob, the God of Israel.

    Anyway, I will let you know when I get the chance to post on my blog again.

    Here is the link to the answer to your question.


  2. Oh and to answer your question on what do we gain by seeing Jesus praying to God the Father?

    Simple. The importance of prayer. Think about it. If Jesus who is God, felt the need to pray to God the Father while He was here on Earth, then how much more do we need to pray to God?


  3. I'm still not sure I get it. Are you saying that though Jesus and the Father are the same essesce they are sufficiently separate that Christ needed the Father's support?
    Or are you saying that Christ's prayers were simply a teaching exercise for our benefit?
    Or, are you saying is it just one of those things that only makes sense to those who understand the triune God?

  4. We agree that Christ is the God of Abraham, the God of Issac, the God of Jacob, and the God of Israel we are in agreement. From the LDS understanding, Christ created the earth under the direction of the Father and it is Christ who has taught His gospel through prophets, and led His people since the days of Adam. Though he is God's son, He is our God and our Father (by adoption) because our salvation comes through Him. This is not polytheism--Father, Son, and Holy Ghost form the godhead and are perfectly united. (It's not so unlike the triune concept, except that they retain their individual forms. The LDS concept of God, like the concept of eternity, can be understood by finite minds, even if not fully comprehended.)