|Bill to Ted: "You have continually claimed that orthodox Christianity doesn't regard Christ as morally ideal, but you have provided no evidence for that claim; you've simply asserted it. In post #53, Jim Henshaw asked you, "If you think otherwise, can you provide a link to some prominent orthodox Christian who reflects mainstream Christian beliefs who believes otherwise?"|
I can assure you that if you invite Mormon missionaries in your house and ask them if the Church regards Christ as morally ideal, they will almost invariably reply yes, Christ was and still is morally ideal.
And here is a direct quote from a past President of the Mormon Church, Heber J. Grant, in a teaching manual that is considered a form of gospel by Mormons: "He came that man might see and know God as he is, for he bore witness that whoever had seen him had seen the Father, for he was the express image of his person [see John 14:7–9; Hebrews 1:3].
He came to teach us the character of God, and by example and precept pointed out the path which, if we walk in it, will lead us back into his presence. He came to break the bands of death with which man was bound, and made possible the resurrection by which the grave is robbed of its victory and death of its sting. 12
In the divine ministry of His life, the Lord proclaimed the Gospel, and as a mortal being He gave us the example of the perfect man."
This unambiguously proclaims the Mormon belief that Jesus was perfect. The link is here:
And here is the Catholic Pope speaking:
"In revealing the Father and his way of acting, Jesus at the same time reveals the norms of upright human action. He affirms this connection in an explicit and exemplary way when, in concluding his teaching on loving one's enemies (cf. Mt 5: 43-47), he says: "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt 5: 48).
This divine, divine-human, perfection becomes possible for us if we are closely united with Christ, our Savior."
Immediately followed by this commentary:
"This perfection is possible in this life. It is not some unattainable ideal as some people want us to believe."
The link is at:
There isn't any Protestant highest authority like the Mormon President or the Catholic Pope, but a bit of googling should turn up similar statements about the alleged perfection of Jesus by some well-known Protestant.