These reflections are based on a talk given by the current Presiding Bishop, Bishop Gerald Causse, in October 2008 General Conference. He spoke of how simple the Gospel is – even so that a child could understand.
Some people have the idea that “they have to look for [God] in intellectually complicated concepts,” – just look at the Nicene Creed! However, Bishop Causse makes the very valid point: “God would indeed be unjust if the gospel were only accessible to an intellectual elite.” He quoted President John Taylor as saying it takes true intelligence to take a complicated subject and make it so simple that a child could understand.
Christ was a great example of this as His statements to the logic of the Pharisees were always simple and crystal clear. I love a scripture he quoted in Jacob 4:14 that explains how this “blindness…by looking beyond the mark…” meant the Jews were given complicated concepts – as that was what they were searching for.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed such an amazing thing as the plainness of it means anyone can know that Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of the World – without being an “intellectual elite”.