Mormonism

On the very top surface Mormonism looks like Christianity, but it is very different!

Mormons are very kind people as are most people of other religions, and as an overall they are kind and caring, and most truly believe that you are the one that needs to be saved.  They are hidden from the truth of their own religion by their own leading people.  They are being mislead.

Let’s look at some basics of Mormonism and then compare it to Christianity and you will see the extreme difference.

The Mormon religion was established by its founder Joseph Smith Jr. in 1830.  After Smiths death Brigham Young was made the president of the church, and at this point is when the move to Utah was made.  You may or may not know the Mormons better as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One of the major beliefs of the Mormons is that the Mormon Church is the only true church.  Joseph Smith claims that Jesus Christ told him to join no other church for they were all wrong.  They teach that after the New Testament all churches became heretical and no true saints existed until they came along.  True salvation or exaltation is found only in the LDS Church.

As far as Christianity is concerned the true church of Jesus Christ has had an ongoing presence in the world since Pentecost.  Jesus promised that His church, true born again Christians, would not fail.  The mark of a true church is the teaching of the first apostles (Acts 2:42), not the creation of new doctrines as the Mormons continue to do.

The Mormons accept four books as scripture and the word of God.  The King James Version of the Bible is one of them, but only as far as it is translated correctly, seemingly allowing for possible changeds and questions about the areas they do not like, which the Bible itself states that no additions or subtractions should be made to the Bible.  Joseph Smith made over 600 corrections to its text.  Other accepted books are the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price.  The Bible is mission plain and precious parts according to the Book of Mormon.  In turn the other three volumes complete this missing work.

The Bible explicitly warns against adding to or detracting from its teachings (Rev. 22:18, Deut. 4:2).  The New Testament contains the inspired and totally accurate witness of contemporary disciples and followers of Jesus.  It alone claims to be fully inspired by God and usable to the establishment of doctrine (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21).

Mormonism:  Here is where some of the biggest differences are.  To the Mormons God is an exalted man:  Elohim, the god of this universe, was a man in a prior existence.  Because he kept the requirements of Mormonism so well, he was exalted to godhood and inherited his own universe.  To Mormons God is confined to a body of flesh and bones, yet they believe him to be omniscient and omnipotent.  In Mormonism there are an infinite number of gods with their own worlds.  All were at some point men, so the real goal of the Mormon male is to become a god.  The Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ, and Heavenly Father (God) are three completely different gods.  Heavenly Father sires spirit children in heaven who are destined for human life on earth.  All humans, as well as Jesus Christ and Lucifer (Satan), are god’s heavenly children.

Christianity:  God is Spirit and is not confined to a physical body (John 4:24).  Jesus Christ was incarnated through a miraculous and non-physical conception through the Virgin Mary.  He was fully God from the beginning (John 1:1).  Together with the person of the Holy Spirit God, they form the triune (three-in-one) eternal God.  This is a very deep comprehension but the bottom line is THERE IS ONE GOD!

Mormonism:  The Mormon will say that Jesus is God’s son, here is their belief:  Jesus was Heavenly Father’s firstborn spirit child in heaven. He was begotten by God through Mary as in a literal act of sex.  This belief of Jesus being literally God’s son form his uniqueness in Mormon theology.  Jesus’ death on the cross atoned for Adams sin and guaranteed all humankinds resurrection and immortality.  The Mormons believe that Jesus visited the Israelites or Indians of North America after his resurrection and established the true church among them.  Some Mormon documents claim that Jesus was married at Cana in Galilee and had children himself.

Christianity:  Jesus is viewed as God, the Word or Son, eternally existent with the Father and worthy of identity as God (John 1:1-14).  He was born of the Virgin Mary who had conceived him supernaturally by the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross for the sins of the world, and was raised from the dead.  He will come again and reign as Lord of lords.

Mormonism:  The Mormon belief is that every human has the ability to become a god by keeping the requirements of Mormonism.  Worthy Mormon males may pass the celestial guards, bring their wives with them and achieve god status.  Now what about salvation?  The Mormon plan of salvation is built on the idea that all people have eternal life, but only the most faithful Mormons have godhood or enter the celestial Kingdom .  In order to obtain this ultimate step, Mormons must exercise faith in the God of Mormonism, its Christ, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; exercise repentance; and be baptized in the LDS Church.  Additionally Mormons must keep the Word of Wisdom by abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine; tithe to the church; attend weekly sacrament meetings; support the Mormon prophet; do temple works; and be active in their support of the church.

Christianity:  Salvation, according to the Bible, is due to God’s grace and love.  He provided Jesus as the sacrifice for the sins of the world.  It is through faith in the crucified and risen Jesus that we may be saved.  Works are excluded (John 1:12; 3:16; Rom. 10:9-13; Eph. 2:8-9).

 

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