Yay, I love the Mesa Temple! Seeing this statue in person always takes my breath away. I adore this statue of Christ and have always wanted one of those little ones to go in my future home. Great photo, it really shows the beauty of the statue!
An idol generally is worshipped...this one isn't. It's just admired, but we aren't in any confusion about its value. It's a piece of artwork about the savior. We dont' believe it IS any aspect of the Godhead.
I haven't been a member of other branches of Christianity so I don't know the answer to that question. I have opinions about some branches of Christianity and their use of intermediary objects in worship, but they're not worth upsetting you about! For what it's worth, I think that Islam worships that big black rock of theirs in Mecca as an idol--and I lived in that part of the world so I think I know what I'm talking about, and I say that even though I generally have liked the Muslims I've known. But yes, I think when a major component of religious observance centers on a sacred physical object that has a value far transcending that of innocent persons, and that object is necessary in worship, it has become an idol. If someone so much as spat on the Kabbah, there would be deadly violence, even if the incident was an innocent mistake somehow. If someone broke this Christus statue of ours, we'd be sad and bewildered, but we'd sweep up the pieces and eventually replace it, and life would go on much the same. We don't think it has any significance other than its beauty (which is in the eye of the beholder, of course) and its role to help turn thoughts toward the Savior. There may be some people who pray to the thing, but I don't know any. We don't pray TO our temples. They are simply places set aside and consecrated to give us a quiet place to focus on eternal covenants with the Godhead. We make covenants there and do work there. The temple is a wonderful place, holy, sacred--not secret.
My testimony? I believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of our Heavenly Father, born of a virgin; that he taught a new and higher law to set aside the law of Moses, to love the Lord our God and one another; that he voluntarily took on the necessary role of being the innocent sacrifice for the sins of humanity, though he was sinless himself. Because of what he did, we can rejoin our Heavenly Father one day and be as He is. I believe that after his death and resurrection, he visited and ministered to his apostles named in the Bible as well as those "other sheep" who recorded what we call The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. I believe that what can be learned via physical sciences is at least as valid as scripture, and that ultimately all sources of knowledge might be reconciled and there will be no contradictions. I think there are errors of translation in the Bible, and there may in fact be more egregious problems with that text. I believe that the Book of Mormon is closer to a true book but that it also was written by human beings (prophets) inspired by God. However, people are fallible. At least one portion of the Book of Mormon was lost and never recovered, although that section survives in condensed form because it was repeated (abridged) by one of the prophets.
I believe that the power of the priesthood was lost from the earth within a century or so of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that Joseph Smith, with plenty of help, re-established the priesthood and the Church to the earth. I believe that all of us can be reunited with our Heavenly Father and can progress eternally, learning and building and doing, and that the family is an eternal social unit and not just an earthly one. I've seen miracles happen and I've had prayers answered. I've held my youngest, when she was a baby, who was dangerously ill with a very high fever, while she was blessed by worthy priesthood holders. I felt the fever being drawn out of her body. She kept a feed down and fell into a peaceful sleep, and she was completely well, immediately. The hands that had blessed her were incredibly hot, as if they'd been in very hot water.
This is not a world in which a humble person's first sincere prayer to Heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus Christ would be permitted to be answered by the Adversary. If that were true, then God would have to be wicked and careless. But I know that He knows me personally, cares about what I do, and wants me to be in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That doesn't mean I or other Mormons are perfect--definitely not. I have seen other Mormons do incredibly awful things, and I know pagans and atheists who are kind and gentle people who really care about others. My kids went to a Lutheran private school for awhile, and I have to say that they were such awesome people...which brings me back around to my final point here. We're supposed to love and forgive everybody. One of these days I might get good at that, I hope.
I was raised to be an atheist so I was brought up to believe religion is a crutch for the weak. I hope I've shed any vestiges of that attitude! I hope that I respect what is good in all religions.
I'm writing this while in the grips of some kind of flu bug so I hope I've made sense and answered your question. I wrote a testimony another time on this deviation: [link] and if I didn't answer your question properly in this reply, maybe I answered it better there.
Sorry if I come across offensive, but has a Muslim ever told you they worship idols? Perhaps it seemed that way to you? Islam forbids the worship of idols. Muslims strongly defend this. They don't even use pictures and icons. Their religious art is portrayed through exquisite calligraphy of passages in the Koran. In other words, Muslims are monotheistic and worship the one and only god, Allah (God), so they take His law very seriously. And I highly doubt that Muslims would harm someone for spitting (accidently) on the Kabba. Why? Because people of other faiths are not allowed to enter inside the city. If they were allowed in, I bet you tons of Muslim-haters would try to destroy the city. If someone accidently spat at the Kabba, violence would not happen. To them Mecca is a holy city. Fighting is not holy. Forgiveness is. After all, Islam means "peace and surrender to Allah". Muslim means "one who submits to Allah."
If what I said above is incorrect, tell my teacher who has a masters degree on the Middle East and the two Muslim teenagers who came to my class to explain their faith. My goal wasn't to make you look bad, I just wanted to correct you.
If muslims have peace and surrender to Allah, why did they go on a violent, burning rampage when the Pope read a passage in the Koran about them spreading their religion through force and violence? They just proved him right. I'm not saying all Muslims are bad, but you're implying that they are ALL peaceful, but you seem to be forgetting the terrorists.
Besides, mormonism has nothing to do with Islam, and mormons don't worship idols.
I'm 42, well-traveled, and I've taken several college courses about the Middle East. I've come to my understanding of Islam, in part, by living in the Middle East and believe me, not all Muslims stick to calligraphy and geometric art. I spent weeks touring museums, mosques, and holy sites to Islam and Christianity. I'm sorry you're here ON SOMEONE ELSE'S DEVIATION trying to pick a fight with me. Do not reply to me here.
There are many more in many more LDS visitors centers, course I've only been to the one in Salt Lake City, Utah-but sadly....I dont live in Ogden anymore...
But alas, I love being Mormon, this is one of my favorite sculptings...*sigh*....
*This world is full of madness that of which some of us have never known...but thats alright at some points in time...our Heavenly Father gives us those quiet moments to ponder who we are and why we're here...a moment in the wind...or a simple sunny day...or a smile....*
It is most likely a casting, rather than a sculpture, bro.
The ultimate Christus statue can be found in Rio de Janeiro. It is currently the largest statue of Jesus Christ in the World.
The statue stands 39.6 metres (130 feet) tall, weighs 700,000,000,000 tons, and is located at the peak of the 700,000,000-m (2296-foot) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city.
wonderful photo of the christus. my husband and I are starting a new DA group for LDS people at ~LDS and we have a picture of the same statue from the Nauvoo temple open house as our avitar, but ours doesn't have the wonderful sky in the background. thanks for the idea if putting a link to the official church site, also.
(there's also a group at ~mormons, just in case you don't know)