I believe that Joseph Smith offered himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the people.
I do not believe this is blasphemous.
Christians– and Mormons perhaps, too– look at the plan of salvation as a chronological piece:
- Men were fallen
- Jesus died on the cross
- Men are saved
This, of course, is correct chronology, but to understand the things of God you must see it from God’s perspective.
Jesus Christ’s atonement was ETERNAL. It’s been redeeming man since the beginning of time, worlds without end. The Book of Mormon teaches this truth. It records that multiple prophets were preaching the plain and precious gospel… the good news that man has been redeemed by the infinite and eternal atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ–
They were preaching this centuries before Christ. They were being sanctified BEFORE Christ died on the cross.
Chronology has nothing to do with salvation.
That’s why Joseph Smith could perform an atonement in the latter-days. He was doing exactly what the high priests did in Leviticus.
When the Mormons rejected the blood of Jesus Christ, choosing to live abominably before God, Joseph had to offer his own blood.
An atonement will always be necessary.
The Jews could have accepted the fulness of the gospel. Moses offered it to them, but they rejected it.
JST Exodus 34:
1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood out of their midst; therefore my holy order, and the ordinances thereof, shall not go before them; for my presence shall not go up in their midst, lest I destroy them.
Here we read that Moses was originally offering “the holy order” which is the order of the sanctified. Sanctification occurs through the, “ordinances thereof,” which is baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. These ordinances would have been had in Moses’ Israel had they received the true God instead of worshipping idols.
They could have been getting sanctified all those many years before Christ came to the earth. (Just like they were in the Book of Mormon!)
But keep in mind: sanctification is only possible through the blood of Jesus.
This proves that chronology doesn’t matter.
Moses performed an atonement for Israel. He acted out the sins of the people, taking those sins upon him.
He then had to DIE as part of this atonement.
His BLOOD was necessary.
Just as it is necessary to spill the blood of goats and rams, it is necessary that his servants spill THEIR blood when that servant is offering himself as an atonement for the sins of the people he was called to minister to.
Blood will always be necessary.
If the people do not accept the blood of God– Jesus Christ– their sins must be blotted out either through the blood of goats, or the blood of an intercessory prophet.
Yet the blood of animals or men can only redeem humans to a telestial or terrestrial glory.
The celestial souls are ONLY made holy through the blood of Jesus Christ.
The ancient Jews, for instance, were terrestrial souls (at best!), saved by the blood of goats. Mormons are terrestrial souls saved by the blood of Joseph Smith.
Or even perhaps their own blood when the great calamity hits.
You may have noticed the lack of scriptural support in this post. I’m sorry. Honestly, I’m just lazy. I do not get enjoyment from carefully outlining my beliefs.
Here I was extremely blunt with my thoughts. Things are obviously more complex the more you dig into this. Anyone with questions please feel free to email me anytime. I love hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Your friendly neighborhood heretic,