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Mormonism

September 2, 2010

Is Mormonism just a different Christian faith? Do Mormons believe the same thing as orthodox Christians? Mormons are such nice people; their families are strong and their kids well-behaved. Could they be wrong?

What do Mormons believe? Could you dialog with a Mormon and understand the difference between their Jesus and yours? Are they the same? The following is a BLOG post from http://ht.ly/2yfuN THE GOSPEL COALITION. This will give you some info to start with.

Below are some excerpts:

What do Mormons believe about God?

Mormons claim that God the Father was once a man and that he then progressed to godhood (that is, he is a now-exalted, immortal man with a flesh-and-bone body).

What does the Bible teach about the nature of God?

Based on the Bible, God is not and has never been a man (Num. 23:19Hos. 11:9). He is a spirit (John 4:24), and a spirit does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Furthermore, God is eternal (Ps. 90:2; 102:27Isa. 57:151 Tim. 1:17) and immutable (or unchangeable in his being and perfections; see Ps. 102:25–27Mal. 3:6). He did not “progress” toward godhood, but has always been God.

What do Mormons believe about the Trinity and polytheism?

Mormons believe that the Trinity consists not of three persons in one God but rather of three distinct gods. According to Mormonism, there are potentially many thousands of gods besides these.

Gordon

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rosemary Watson permalink
    September 9, 2010 3:20 pm

    That is a very good description of what Mormanism is. My sister Diane and her husband Jay Swanson have established a Baptist church in Manti, Utah. Most of the people in that small town are members of the Latter Day Saints. Some are even polygamists. A few people have come to know the Lord, but few come to the Baptist church. It is very difficult to reach Mormons for the Lord.

  2. Melissa permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:48 am

    Actually, Mormons believe that the Holy Trinity is one – God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit… but is also three. Just like every other Christian religion.

    We also believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior (we call that the atonement).

    And no where in our doctrine does it EVER say that Heavenly Father was a mortal man.

    You might want to ask someone LDS before you go spreading falsehoods about a religion who’s doctrine you have so easily smeared and skewed.

    If you’d like to accurately post about it, then that is fine – but contact the Church or a Bishop and you can collaborate on a series of what Mormonism (Latter-day Saints) really are.

    Are we Christians? Why yes, yes we are. We believe in Christ… just like every other Christian religion.

    What’s next? You mudslinging the Catholics?

    • gordon permalink
      September 14, 2010 7:10 pm

      There are perhaps some doctrines of Mormonism that you are not aware of. One of the most crucial is the concept of man becoming God. Consider the following quotes from a Mormon in The Ensign:

      “Many religions teach that human beings are children of God, but often their conception of Him precludes any kind of bond resembling a parent-child relationship. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught of a much simpler and more sensible relationship: “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit … was to make himself visible … , you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Him, as one man talks and communes with another.” – Strengthening the Family: Created in the Image of God, Male and Female, The Ensign, Jan. 2005, pg. 48

      Or this one:

      LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley:

      “On the other hand, the whole design of the gospel is to lead us onward and upward to greater achievement, even, eventually, to godhood. This great possibility was enunciated by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the King Follet sermon (see Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 342-62); and emphasized by President Lorenzo Snow. It is this grand and incomparable concept: As God now is, man may become!” – Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, October 1994

      These teachings are at odds with orthodox Christianity. God was never like we are now. He is everlasting, not created. We will never become gods. The temptation to Eve was to become like God. You may need to go deeper in your own theology. Superficially Mormon theology seems to be the same as Orthodox Christianity but it differs greatly.

      No harm to you is intended. If you are wrong you have everything to lose. A little more investigation of your own teaching would be wise. When people tell me my beliefs are wrong I am not offended. I look at their point of view. I am not afraid of truth. Hopefully you will go deeper.

      gordon

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