Why is Christ Only “A” Son of God?

In the Book of Mormon, which members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints testify is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, recorded in Alma 36:17 are these words:

And it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment, while I was up by the memory of my many sins, behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world.

To conclude from that one verse of scripture that Latter-day Saints think less of the Lord Jesus Christ because Alma referred to Him as a son and not the son is nonsense, and also proves to be a hypocritical argument when viewed in the light of parallel passages found in the Bible.

For example in Luke 2:11 are found the words, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” If the same logic were applied to this verse of scripture as applied to the verse in the Book of Mormon in Alma 36:17, could not a similar conclusion be drawn that whoever believes in Luke 2:11 is not a Christian because they believe that Jesus Christ is just a Savior and not the Savior? A similar argument could also be used when referring to Hebrews 5:8, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.”

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ believe and teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is both a son of God (Heavenly Father) and the Son of God. Furthermore, they testify and believe that Jesus Christ is a Savior, and He is indeed the Savior of the world. Latter-day Saints revere Him as their personal Savior – the One who bled, suffered, and died for the sins of all mankind.

The Book of Mormon refers to Christ as the Son of God at least 50 times and refers to Him as a son only once. That is hardly enough evidence to prove that Latter-day Saints are not Christians, yet critics will grasp at any straw that they can in an attempt to prove their point.

But what do we mean when we say He is the Savior of the world? The Redeemer? Each of these titles point to the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way by which we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. Jesus suffered and was crucified for the sins of the world, giving each of God’s children the gift of repentance and forgiveness. Only by His mercy and grace can anyone be saved. His subsequent resurrection prepared the way for every person to overcome physical death as well. These events are called the Atonement. In short, Jesus Christ saves us from sin and death. For that, he is very literally our Savior and Redeemer. In the future Jesus Christ will return to reign on earth in peace for a thousand years. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He will be our Lord forever. [1]

Additional Resources:

Basic Mormon Beliefs and Real Mormons

Mormonism in the Bible

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