He Is the Very Eternal Father – Alma 11:39

39 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last;

I love reading about this dramatic confrontation between Zeezrom, a skilled lawyer, and Amulek, a new missionary.
Zeezrom first tries to bribe Amulek to deny his testimony, offering him the equivalent of about $17,000if he will disavow his faith. Failing in that attempt, he begins to search for inconsistencies in Amulek’s testimony to demonstrate that he is not a credible witness.
One of Zeezrom’s strategies is to attack the doctrine of the Godhead. Is there more than one God? Amulek says no. Does God have a Son? He says yes. Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? You can see where these questions are going. He is exploiting the same confusion about the nature of God which led to the Nicene Creed. If the Father is God and the Son is God, then how can we say that there is only one God?
Amulek largely ignores the implication of these questions. He is there for one reason: to testify that there is a God, that His Son Jesus Christ will come into the world and that He has power to save us from sin and death. I love the fact that he doesn’t back down, that he doesn’t apologize, and that he doesn’t allow Zeezrom’s questions to shake him from his core message. He is there as a witness, not as an apologist, and his job is to share what he knows to be true by firsthand experience, not to prove that it is true by reason.

The approach works: Zeezrom is so astonished by the simple power of Amulek’s testimony that he begins to tremble and he stops asking questions.
Elder Richard G. Scott has given us the following advice: “Keep your sharing of the gospel simple. Your personal testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is a powerful tool” (“I Have Given You an Example,” General Conference, April 2014).
Today, as I have opportunities to talk about the gospel, I will keep it simple. I will be humble enough to share the basic truths that I know by direct experience and to avoid speculating about things I don’t know for sure. I will trust others enough to share my experience with them, knowing that their own spiritual journey and their own relationship with God can be influenced by hearing my testimony of the truth.
1An onti of silver was 7 days salary for a judge (Alma 11:3,11-13). The median annual salary for a judge in the United States is $102,980, so six ontis was the equivalent of $17,300.
This entry was posted in Alma, Testimony and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s