There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. ~Brigham Young
Question #13207 posted on 03/03/2005 3:12 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Which is the greater victory - over death or over sin? Is it possible to do one without the other?

- M. bandana

A: Dear M. Bandana,

The fall of Adam brought two kinds of death into the world: physical death and spiritual death. Physical death is separation of the body and spirit. Spiritual death is separation from God. If these two kinds of death had not been overcome by Jesus? atonement, two consequences would have resulted: our bodies and our spirits would have been separated forever, and we could not have lived again with our Heavenly Father. (Gospel Principles, Lesson 12)

The Atonement of Jesus Christ provided men the opportunity to overcome death and sin.

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, all mankind will be resurrected and overcome physical death. Resurrection is a free gift which all mankind will recieve (Alma 11:42). If you are alive, or have ever been alive, you will be resurrected.

Spiritual Death, or Sin (separation from God), is more complicated. Christ suffered for our sins in the Garden, allowing us to overcome Sin through repentence. ?For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life? (John 3:16). Notice that it says those that believe in Him shall not perish. That means we can only overcome sin through repentance. D&C 18:12 clarifies ths: "And he [Christ] hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance."

So, there is a very marked difference between overcoming Death and Sin. All mankind, through Jesus Christ, will overcome death. Sin is a little harder to overcome because it only happens through our repentance. If we don't repent, we will not overcome Sin and Spiritual Death.

It is, therefore, possible to overcome death (since it is free) without overcoming Sin (becuase it requires a little extra work). It cannot work the other way around.

So, get to work... and repent ye, repent ye. We all need a little... or a lot.

Humbly Yours,

Bispo Pedro