THE FULLNESS OF THE ATONEMENT: THE CHURCH’S MILLENNIAL MISSION, by Janice Allred; THE ATONEMENT AND THE LAW OF MOSES, by Benjamin Huff THE FULLNESS OF THE ATONEMENT: THE CHURCH’S MILLENNIAL MISSION. As the year 2000 approaches, many Christians are remembering and re-examining Christ’s promise of his Second Coming. Joseph Smith and the early Mormons clearly saw the Church’s mission as preparing for the Millennium, a thousand years of peace in which Christ will reign personally upon the earth. I address the question, “What is the exact nature of the mission of the restored Church in preparing for Christ’s Second Coming?” My answer involves a re-interpretation of the meaning and scope of the Atonement. I argue that the Atonement is not yet complete and explain what still must be accomplished for its fulfillment, including an interpretation of the meaning and nature of Zion. THE ATONEMENT AND THE LAW OF MOSES. Most of the prophets whose words are recorded in our scriptures were working with people who lived under the Law of Moses, and they used it as one of their main tools for helping people to understand Christ. We Latter-day Saints like to think we transcend the law, but not having lived under it, we know only vaguely what we are transcending. Trying to understand Christ without the mediation of the law, we run the risk of not understanding him at all. I try to distinguish two ways of understanding Christ’s atonement, one in terms of the Law of Moses and one not.
Janice Allred, Benjamin Huff