Sometimes there seem to be ideals being pandered among us which are in a running competition with Protestantism and Catholicism as to who has the most powerful, most generous, most willing to save Christ. Rather than looking to the scriptures and prophets, this competition seems to be carried about primarily by presenting a cartoon caricature of the Savior by taking some of His traits and exaggerating them into a cartoon, while neglecting others of His divine aspects altogether.
Instead of a strait and narrow path, these caricatures of the Savior provide an escalator. We can only fail to be saved by climbing the railing and jumping off or running fast enough in the wrong direction. He’s going to save us, despite our best efforts to the contrary. We can put aside our self doubt and fears as there is no need to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” with these false versions of the Savior. There is no cause to fret that we might lose our way and frankly, isn’t it so much easier knowing that He’s going to save us and there is hardly anything we can do to stop him. Be excellent to each other and party on.
Sometimes one almost feels these different false Christs are running for office, each with their own platform that sounds better than the one from last year. Before casting our vote, we should instead turn to the scriptures and the words of living prophets and apostles to determine what we can about the real Christ as He really is.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that these caricatures of the Savior are being presented all around us. Christ himself warned that false Christ’s would come and would deceive many.