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SAVIOR'S QUESTIONS WERE THE TYPE THAT `MADE MEN THINK'

In his April 1979 general conference address, Elder Robert D. Hales of the Seventy said every person at some point in his eternal progression is going to have to answer the question, "What think ye of Christ?"

Elder Hales cited the scriptural passage in which Jesus asked the Pharisees, "What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David." (Matt. 22:42.)He also quoted another account: "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matt. 16:13-16.)

Elder Hales continued: "What think ye of Christ and whom say ye that he is?' Many Christians profess to follow Jesus Christ but do not know Him.

"Many profess to be Christians and yet do not believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God, indeed, the eldest son of God the Father. Men are willing to follow some of His teachings but do not recognize the divine, eternal purpose and the significance of His life to all mankind. `What think ye of Christ?' and `Whom say ye that I am?' These were questions asked by Jesus to make men think, so that He might teach them who He was, that they might use their own free agency, come to their own conclusions and commitments, follow Him, and gain a testimony that He is the Son of God, our Redeemer.

"Using the sacred scriptures we can know Jesus Christ. He is more than a great teacher; He is the Messiah."

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Information compiled by Gerry Avant

Sources: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith; and April 1977 and April 1979 general conference reports.