The Triune God in the Scriptures
Women and Jesus in the Bible
End Times Prophecy
Is this the Jesus Family Tomb
Reliability of the Bible
Mormonism vs. Christianity
Genesis 1: days or ages?
Italian Shroud of Turin Fake Exposed
What is Heaven Like
Da Vinci Code Truth
Who Was Mary Magdalene?
Was Jesus Married?
Early Images of the Apostles
Buddhism vs. Christianity
Prophecy of Jesus
Shroud of Turin
The Gnostic Gospels
Evidence of Design in Genesis 5
History of Jesus
Evidence of Intelligent Design
James Ossuary - Fake or Real?
Evidence of Design in the Bible
Is Jesus LORD?
Da Vinci Last Supper
The Gospel of Judas
Islam and Christian Beliefs
Appearances of Jesus Old Testament
The Holy Trinity
Mormonism vs. Christianity
Fundamental Differences: Mormonism vs. Christianity
There is a lot in
the press today concerning Mormonism verses traditional Christianity.
With Mitt Romney, a Mormon and former bishop of the Mormon
religion, running for President, many wonder - are Mormons Christians?
Is Mitt a Christian? After all, their church is labeled as "The
Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints". And Mormons routinely
refer to themselves as "Christians".
however, is that many are not familiar with the Mormon religion,
in terms of its origins, and its core belief system. They listen
to the popular media, and hear reports about how Mormonism and
Christianity are "not that different". That Mormons are Christians
too. Well, is that really the case?
The Bible, and an
investigation of the reality around us, speak to us
all-powerful heavenly Father. We see the wonders in the
heavens above. And the beauty in the creation around us.
Does the Mormon religion recognize the same eternal, invisible,
all-powerful Creator of the universe as Christianity? As the
Bible, and Jesus taught? Or do they have a different concept of
Mormons talk about
Jesus, and label their organization as "The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints". In fact, many Mormons today consider
themselves to be Christians. In addition, many people of
various Christian denominations - Catholic and Protestant - are under
the impression that Mormons might be 'Christians'. After all, they
claim to believe in God, and they speak about Jesus. They do many
good works as well.
So, are Mormons
Christians? Do they ascribe to the same core beliefs as
traditional Christianity? What did Christians believe from the
beginning? And what ARE the fundamental differences between
Mormonism and Christianity? Let's examine the evidence.
The Origin of
The official name of
the Mormon church is the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints". The Mormon religion originated in 1830 in upstate New
York, when Joseph Smith published a translation of
writings he said he had found and translated from "Egyptian
hieroglyphics" into English. That book was entitled the "Book
of Mormon", which Mormons claim consists of writings produced by
ancient American civilizations.
refer to themselves as "Christians", however their beliefs and
practices differ significantly from Christianity. For example,
here are some key differences (more later in this article):
While Christians consider the Bible
as the inspired Word of God, Mormons have added other 'sacred texts'
to their list of holy books
Christians and Mormons
differ on the nature of God - for example, Mormons consider God the
Father to be a glorified physical being, like unto ourselves - while
Christians believe (according to the Bible) that God the Father is a
Christians hold that God is
Trinity: one God, manifested in three persons - Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. Mormons deny the Trinity, and instead believe
that God the Father, Son and Spirit are three distinct physical beings
who are "one in purpose"
Christians maintain that
since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, humankind has been stained by
sin ("Original Sin"). This "sin defect" has been passed down
from Adam, the fist man, to all
of humankind. And it is Jesus, and accepting Him as Lord and
Savior, which saves a person from this stain of sin and the doom it
entails. Mormonism denies the doctrine of Original Sin.
Symbols: Mormonism has
no official symbol, other that a statue of the "Angel Moroni" which sits
atop many of the Mormon temples. Christians have traditionally
used a "cross" as a symbol, since it was on a wooden cross that Jesus
was crucified by the Roman authorities. Christians also use a
"fish" symbol, since this dates from the 1st century AD and was used at
that time as a symbol of Christianity as well.
faced intense persecution due to their beliefs, so the religious
leaders relocated their operations from New York, to Missouri, to
Illinois in rapid succession. It was in Illinois that the founder
of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, was killed by a mob. His successor,
Brigham Young, led a migration of Mormon followers from Illinois to the
Great Salt Lake, in what is now Salt Lake City, Utah. And
it is there that the Mormon religion established its world headquarters.
There are about 14
million Mormons today, with more than half living outside the United
States. Some very successful Mormons include the founder of the
Marriott hotel chain, as well as Mitt Romney, former governor and
The Origin of
faith dates from the first century, shortly after the death and
resurrection of its central figure - Jesus Christ of
Nazareth. The earliest writings of the Christian movement,
captured in the pages of the New Testament portion of the Bible, refer
to this Jesus as "Lord Jesus Christ". Jesus is not portrayed as a
man that through good works is developing into a 'god - but rather the
eternal Son of God and Son of Man
that was prophesied in the pages of the Jewish Scriptures for
thousands of years:
Lord, because they revered
Him as the divine Son of God
He was called Jesus, because
according to the Bible "He was to save people from their sins"
Christ was a title applied to
Jesus by His followers, since that is the Greek equivalent of "anointed
one", and Christians held that Jesus was the anointed one of God - the
thing that distinguished Christianity from all other religions is
that Christians believed something very extraordinary had happened -
that Jesus of Nazareth, who had been crucified by the Romans and
Jewish religious leaders, and had been put to death, had literally
raised from the dead!
The tomb was
found empty, and the Roman and Jewish leaders had no explanation.
Furthermore, there were numerous testimonials from people who had seen
the risen Jesus. Not only that, but the followers of Jesus - who
had previous fled in terror - were now fearlessly preaching that Jesus
had risen from the dead. They seemed to be leading power filled,
transformed lives. In fact, one leader of the time remarked that
they were "turning the worl upside down".
The founding of
the early Christian church is documented in the book of Acts
in the Bible. It was in Jerusalem, shortly after the resurrection
and departure of Jesus, that the first followers of Jesus were
transformed to be powerful speakers and leaders of this new faith.
came to know Jesus through the explosive growth of the early church.
Eventually, millions were added to this growing faith during the years
33 AD through the first few centuries.
The early Church
leaders consisted initially of Jesus Himself, of
course, and then after His departure in approximately 33 AD, the
Apostles and disciples that were His first followers. James, the
brother of the Lord, became the leader of the central church in
Jerusalem (see the Bible, book of Acts). Paul, a persecutor of the
early Christian movement, also became a follower and Apostle after
seeing a vision of the Lord Jesus. The Apostles spread across the
Roman empire, preaching and teaching "the good news":
the eternal Son of God, had come to earth to live a perfect life, and
sacrifice Himself as the perfect sin offering to save humankind from sin
and provide "who so ever believes" with everlasting life. (John 3:16)
According to the
Bible, it was in the first century in the city of Antioch that the
earliest followers of Jesus were called
What the Early Church Believed in as
The Mormon religion claims that it
is the "restored" church of Jesus Christ,
since the true Christian faith was
according to their teachings "corrupted" soon after the departure of
Jesus. They also claim to be the true Christians.
While it is true
that the Christian Church splintered into denominations, the core of
what Christians believe today is exactly the same as it
was 2,000 years ago. Foundational beliefs of the first Christians
were and still are today:
That all things, visible and
invisible, were created out of nothing
by an all-powerful Creator God. One can find much evidence
of how the early church believed an all-powerful God created the heavens
and the earth (the "cosmos") out of nothing. In point of fact,
this is the essence of Genesis 1:1. Here is an example what early
church leaders had to say:
however, the rule of truth, according to which there is one almighty
God, who formed all things through His Word, and fashioned and made all
things which exist out of that which did not exist." Against
Heresies, Irenaeus - AD 180
The teaching that
God is Father, Son and Spirit - a Tri-Unity - is all throughout the
Bible, starting with Genesis 1:1, and proceeding through Revelation.
The early church also proclaimed, wrote and taught this:
"... But the Son
of God is His Word in idea and in actuality; for by Him and through Him
all things were made, the
Father and Son being one. And
since the Son is in the Father and the Father in
the Son by
the unity and power of the
Son of God is the mind and Word of the Father."
(Athenagoras, 177 CE.)
For more evidence of
early Christian belief in the triune nature of God, see our article on
The Holy Trinity.
"In the beginning
the Word, and the Word
with God, and the Word was God...and the Word became flesh,
and dwelt among us.."" Here
we note in Scripture that Jesus was already existent with God the Father
"in the beginning". (John 1:1, 14)
"Formerly he [Jesus] appeared in the form of fire
and the image of a bodiless being
to Moses and the other prophets. But
now in the time of your dominion he was, as I have said, made man of
a virgin according to the will of the Father for the salvation of those
who believe in him, and endured contempt and suffering so that by dying
and rising again he might conquer death." (Justin Martyr, AD 155)
If the Mormon
religion was truly the "restored" Christian Church of the latter
days, then it follows that they would hold to these same core doctrines.
However, they do not.
The Mormon religion rejects
creation "ex nihilo" (that the universe was created out of nothing),
and instead believe that matter is eternal, and that "creation" involved
God organizing existing matter. This contradicts the findings of
modern science, that all matter (visible, and invisible (dark matter)),
time and space was created out of nothing, as a result of the "big bang"
(the singularity event).
Mormons reject the core doctrine
of the Trinity - that God is a compound unity - one God, manifested
in three Persons. Instead, Mormons hold that God is three distinct
physical beings, each with a physical body (three Gods).
Mormonism rejects the Christian
teaching that Jesus was and is the eternal Son of God, of one
"substance" with the Father. They reject the Christian teaching
that Jesus has always existed. Instead, they propose that Jesus
had a beginning and was born like every other "spirit being". Like
Jesus, we each can "progress to Godhood", given that we join the Mormon
religion and follow Mormon doctrine.
Christian Beliefs: Encapsulated in the Nicene Creed
There were several
"creeds" that developed within the Christian church in the first few
primarily as a response to the growing number of divisive attacks
on the early Christian church. These creeds were a summary of the
essence of the "Christian faith", and what it means to be "a Christian".
The earliest of
these "creeds" was the Nicene Creed, agreed to at the council of
Nicea, in 325 A.D. A later version of these was the Anathasian
Creed, dated 500 A.D. These creeds spelled out clearly what one
had to believe to call themselves a "Christian". Although there are many
"denominations" of Christians - Catholic, and Protestant sects - all
will agree on these basic core tenets of the Christian faith...
The Nicene Creed, 325 AD:
"We believe in one God, the
Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God,
Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of
one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For
us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the
Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death
and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with
the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand
of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the
dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the
Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father
and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the
Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We
acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the
resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."
Things to note about this
important creed, which summarized
of the Christian faith:
The creed states that there is "one God the Father
Almighty, maker of heaven and earth." (not multiple Gods).
It further states that "We believe in
one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the
Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father."
The Holy Spirit is referred to as a
Person, and "with the Father and Son" is worshipped and glorified.
Some Key Differences: Mormonism vs. Christianity
Many Gods vs. One
Brigham Young - Journal of
Discourses 7:333 "How many Gods there are, I do not know. But
there never was a time when there were not Gods".
The trinity is three separate
Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. "That these three are
separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is
demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man,"
(Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35.).
Smith, as a result of his "First Vision", primarily
rejected the Nicene
doctrine of the Trinity (History
of the Church); and instead taught that God the Father, His son Jesus
Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct "personages"--Jesus Christ
and the Father having glorified immortalized bodies and the Holy Ghost a
spirit body. (Mormonism
and Christianity -
There is only one God in three Persons - the Father, the Son, the Holy
Spirit. A composite unity, otherwise known as
Trinity. This is what the Bible teaches, and what
Deu 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: the
LORD our God, the LORD is One!"
Isa 43:10 "...that you may know, and
believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no
God formed, nor shall there be after me."
"I and My Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to
John 10:38 "...the
Father is in Me, and I in Him." The Father and the Share the same
John 8:58: "Most assuredly I say to
you, before Abraham was, I AM". Here Jesus is expressing His eternal
nature - that before Abraham was born, He was already existing.
In fact, here Jesus uses the exact same expression that God spoke to
Moses out of the burning bush.
"Christ, for in Him dwells
all the fullness of
the Godhead in bodily form."
"God has sent the
of His Son into your hearts, crying
out "Abba, Father!". The Trinity is referenced here, and in many place
Acts 5:3-4 "But
Peter said, 'Ananias, why has Satan filled your
hear to lie to the
Holy Spirit...? ..You have
not lied to me but to God."
Matt 28:19 Jesus told his followers:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Notice it is in the "name" singular,
that we are to baptize new believers.
For more evidence that Scripture
teaches about the triune nature of our God, please see our article on
Trinity. This was also most
certainly the belief held by the early church, and the same belief that
is encapsulated in the Nicene Creed, the Anathasian Creed, and the
The Nature of God
Holds that God the Father is an
exalted man (a man who
has progressed to godhood), with a physical body of flesh and
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph
Smith, 1973 ed., p. 346: "God himself was once as we are now, and
is an exalted man... I say, if you were to see him today, you would see
him like a man in a form - like yourselves in all the person,
image, and very form as a man."
Maintains that God the Father is the eternal, uncreated,
invisible, al powerful, all knowing, Creator of the universe.
These beliefs are based on the Bible, on he earliest teaching of
Christianity, and backed by what science says about how the known
universe came into being.
Gen 1:1 "In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth" (the cosmos).
John 4:24 "God is spirit, and
those that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
1 Tim 1:17 "Now to the King
eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, [be]
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Num 23;19 ""God
[is] not a man,
that He should lie,
Nor a son
that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make
Due 33:27 "The eternal God [is your] refuge, And underneath [are]
the everlasting arms.."
Psalms 90:2 "Before the mountains
were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even
from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."
The scientific evidence:
The universe had
a beginning, some 14.5 billion years ago, know popularly as the "Big
Bang". In that moment, all matter, time, and space was created.
The laws of
physics as we know them were also put into place.
A well known law of science is the
universal law of cause and effect. The universe was the effect,
God the almighty was the initial Cause that "wound up" the universe and
put into into play ("Let there be light, and there was light).
The Second Law of Thermodynamics,
which states that all matter is proceeding to a state of increasing
entropy (disorganization or randomness), and that this universal clock
is winding down, implies that initially it must have had a beginning.
Only an all-powerful Creator God
could do this!
The Person of
Jesus is not the eternal, uncreated Son of God, but rather
man's "spiritual brother". According to Mormon doctrine:
"Jesus is man's spiritual brother.
We dwelt with Him in the spirit world as members of that large society
of eternal intelligences, which included our Heavenly Parents and
al the personages who have become mortal beings upon this earth or who
ever shall come here to dwell... Jesus was the 'firstborn', and
so He is our eldest brother." (The Gospel Through the Ages, p. 21)
Notice the reference to "eternal
intelligences", a doctrine which conflicts with the findings of
modern science: ie., that all matter, space and time was
created in the singularity 14.5 billion years ago (see comments below as
The Bible uses the term "first born"
with reference to Jesus to say hat He is pre-eminent among all
those born to human kind:
Col 1:15 "He
is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over
Col 1:18 "And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may
have the preeminence."
Rev 1:5 "Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the
dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth."
Notice the Mormon misuse
of the term "firstborn". When the Bible refers to Jesus as the
"first born", it is an indication of pre-eminence - not an indicator of
order of natural birth. Mormon theology is re-positioning the biblical
reference to imply that Jesus is literally the first born of many
brothers to come - not what the Bible is teaching.
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the eternal, second person of the
Holy Trinity, "begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father"
(Nicene Creed 325 AD). According According to the Gospel of John:
John 1:1 "In the beginning was
the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him
was not anything made that was made."
John 1:14 "and the Word became
flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
Points to Note:
When all things were created in the
beginning (at the "big bang"), the eternal Word of God - Jesus - was
already in existence. There was never a time when He was not.
Jesus claimed preexistence with God
the Father when said:
John 8:58: "Most assuredly I say to
you, before Abraham was, I AM" (here He is using the same name
that God claimed for Himself when He spoke to Moses out of he burning
John 17:5 "And now, O Father,
glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You
before the world was."
Jesus claimed to be "one" with the
Father: "I and the Father are one". Jesus here and in many other
instances claimed unity with the Father God of the universe, for which
the Jewish leaders eventually sought to put Him to death.
Recognizes the Bible as the inspired Word of God, but to the Bible
has added additional "sacred texts":
The Book or Mormon,
Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price
These texts were written in the
1800's, and according to Mormonism, add additional revelations to what
the Bible teaches.
of Mormon is a sacred
Day Saint movement that
adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who
lived on the American
approximately 2200 BC to AD 421.
first published in March 1830 by Joseph
Smith as The
Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates
Taken from the Plates
Smith's account, and also according to the book's narrative, the Book of
Mormon was originally written in otherwise unknown characters referred
to as "reformed
engraved on golden
plates. Smith claimed that
the last prophet to contribute to the book, a man named Moroni,
buried it in a hill in
then returned to earth in 1827 as an angel,
revealing the location of the book to Smith and
instructing him to translate and disseminate it as evidence of the restoration of
Christ's true church in the latter
Critics of the Book of Mormon claim that it was
fabricated by Smith, and that portions of it were plagiarized from
various works available to him. Works that have been suggested as
sources include the King
The Wonders of Nature,
View of the Hebrews,
unpublished manuscript written
For some followers of the Latter Day Saint movement,
unresolved issues of the book's historical
authenticity and the
lack of conclusive
have led them to adopt a compromise position that the Book of Mormon
may be the creation of Smith, but that it was nevertheless created
through divine inspiration."
in a 1998 letter to the Institute
for Religious Research,
stated "Archaeologists and other scholars have long probed the
hemisphere's past and the society
does not know of anything found so far that has substantiated the Book
Holds that the Bible is the unique, inspired written Word of God
- The Bible - Old and New
Testaments - was written by 40 different authors over a 5,000 year
period. Yet is amazing unified. Christians maintain it is
the unique, inspired, written Word of
- The books of the Old Testament were
in place approximately 200 BC, in the form of the Greek Septuagint.
The New Testament books were in place about 170 AD., listed in the
Muratorian Cannon. For more information see our article on
reliability of the Bible.
- It is the best selling, most
popular sacred text of all time - bar none.
- The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, has
been substantiated repeatedly by archeological evidence.
Numerous excavations in Jerusalem have substantiated the activities of
several ancient Jewish kings; ruins in Rome, and in Egypt, testify to
the capture of the ancient Israelites. Amazingly, archeology
continues to corroborate the Bible. For more information on
archeological evidence supporting the Bible, visit the
Biblical Archeological Society.
Bible is amazingly unique in its "unity" - the Old Testament
prefigures the coming of the Messiah. Yet in the New Testament,
the books continually refer back to and fulfill the writings of the
- One of the attacks on early Christianity and
the early church came in the form of deceivers trying to add other
"so-called gospels" and writings.
- This is why Paul, in one of his letters, wrote "see
how I write this with my own hand"; because there were many
forgers and deceivers that had gone out among the early church,
publishing fake writings in the name of the Apostles, to try to draw
away and confuse the small but growing body of believers.
- The formation of the "cannon" of New Testament
Scripture was actually precipitated by and in response to this
continuing stream of fake writings - so that the early church had
a uniform list of the true, inspired writings of God that were being
read in the early churches. This became what we now have as the Bible
- the Hebrew Old Testament, and the books of the New Testament.
reliability of the Bible for more information on the
uniqueness and authority of the Bible.
God and the Nature of Matter
Mormonism: God is
not an eternal, uncreated Being. He had a beginning like all
other eternal "spirit beings".
- All spirit is self-existent
matter and is eternal (without beginning or end). This
"matter", called "intelligences" by Mormonism, sometimes becomes
organized into a "spirit being" through birth to "celestial parents".
Then that spirit is born through human parents on earth.
- Like all people, God the Father
took this path, and eventually reached Godhood. He remains
God as long as intelligences continue to support him as God.
Source: Doctrine and Covenants
93:29,33; Abraham 3:18-23; Mormon Doctrine, 1977 Ed. p 751)
Christianity: God is an
eternal, uncreated, supremely powerful, all-knowing self-existent Being.
He is the uncreated, first cause of all things.
- He alone created all things, both
"visible and invisible" (think matter, and what we now call 'dark
matter'). Biblical references:
- Gen 1:1 "In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth." (what today we call the 'cosmos')
- Isa 44:6b "I am the First and the Last; Besides
Me there is no God."
- Isa 44:24b "I am the LORD, who makes all things,
Who stretches out the heavens all alone.."
- Isa 45:5 "I am the LORD, and there is no other;
there is no God besides Me.."
- Isa 45:12 "I have made the earth, and created
man on it. IT was I - My hands that stretched out the heavens,
and all their host I have commanded."
Note that modern science directly
contradicts Mormon doctrine, in that modern science holds that ...
Matter is NOT eternal, but had a point of origin, along with
time and space.
That all matter was created in a
split second, about 14.5 billion years ago (in a singularity known
popularly as the "big bang")
That matter, which initially
began in a high organized state, is "winding down", and will
eventually end in a state of disorganization or "entropy"
Law of Thermodynamics)
In contrast to Mormonism, which claims that matter is eternal,
Christianity is in agreement with science: in Genesis 1:1, the
Bible proclaims that "In the Beginning God created the heavens and the
earth". The word "created", or 'bara' in Hebrew, when taken in
context, means to 'create out of nothing'.
This is precisely what modern science now maintains, based on
extensive evidence: that all matter, time, and space was
'created out of nothing', in a single moment, some 14.5 billion years
Sin and Salvation
salvation is by grace, but equally dependent upon good works.
- "Jesus' sacrifice was not able to cleanse us
from all our sins, (murder and repeated adultery are exceptions),"
(Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, 1856, p. 247).
- "If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the
restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no
salvation [the context is the full gospel including exaltation to
Godhood] outside the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,"
(Mormon Doctrine, p. 670).
Good works are necessary for salvation
by James Talmage, p. 92).
"We know that it is by grace that we are saved,
after all we can do,"
(2 Nephi 25:23).
Christianity: all humankind "falls short" of the glory of God,
and is flawed by the stain of sin. Salvation is obtained
through faith and
trust in Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the cross, where He
paid the ultimate price for all of humankind's sins, once and for all.
Mormons vs. Christians: Key
To summarize, here are the key
doctrinal differences that separate Mormonism and Christianity.
And these are not "minor" differences. These are fundamental to
the Christian faith. They have been there from the days when Jesus
walked among us, and when the early followers of Jesus began proclaiming
"the good news":
- Christians believe that
God is a
Trinity - ONE all powerful, all knowing,
all present, eternal Creator, manifested in three distinct persons:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father, the origin and
culmination of all things; God the Son, Jesus, Savior, the
eternal Word of God, through whom God speaks, and through whom all
things were made, and "are held together"; and God the Holy
Spirit, who inhabits the hearts of believers, and directs them on
their walk with the Lord. Not three separate physical beings, "of
- Christians believe that God the Father is a
Spirit - not a physical being, like
unto ourselves. He is the eternal, uncreated First Cause of all
things. He has no body, and never did. "God is a Spirit,
and those that worship must worship Him in Spirit, and in truth".
- Christians believe that Jesus is
the eternal Son of God, "begotten not made", of one substance with the
Jesus is not a created "child of God the Father",
as was Satan and other "spirit beings". Christians hold that
there never was a time when Jesus was not. He was and IS
the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, through whom
God spoke to bring into being all things (John 1).
- Christians believe that
the Bible alone is the unique, inspired,
written Word of God to human kind. What we have as
the Bible was solidified and established as early as 170 AD.
It alone is recognized as Scripture by the Christian church, and
cannot be and should not be "added to" with other so-called
inspired works such as the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price,
Doctrine and Covenants, etc. The Bible alone is the inspired written
Word of God, and no other.
- Salvation - one's
"right-standing" with God is based on God's "unmerited favor" - grace;
NOT "works plus grace". There is nothing that we can add
to God's finished work on the cross. One is saved and right with
God because of one's faith and reliance on Jesus Christ, and His
finished work on the cross. Yes, it is true that works are laid
out for us in advance by God, that we should "walk in them" and do
God's bidding. But they are are not a basis for right-standing
with God according to the Bible, and Christianity.
This is what Christians believe,
and it hasn't changed since the time of Jesus - almost 2,000 years ago.
These are the core beliefs of the Apostles, the first disciples, and the
early church. These are core, fundamental differences that
distinguish Christianity from Mormonism.
What will it be: a Religion
based on Works, or a Relationship with the Living Lord?
True Christianity is all about
Relationship - not religion. Salvation is based upon a sincere,
on-going TRUST and total reliance in the Lord Jesus to be your one and
only justification before God.
Rom 10:9 "that if you confess with
your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that
God has raised
Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Head knowledge is not enough - as it says in
James, "the demons believe (head knowledge), and they tremble."
Mormons stress the importance of
'good works', and yes, good works are something that Christians
should naturally do as an outcome of their walk with the Lord. But
hey are not a condition for salvation. There is absolutely
nothing that 'good works' can add to the finished work on the cross
that Jesus did. Nothing. Works are a result of our faith and
trust in Jesus, prepared for us in advance - that we should take
advantage of them and practice them. But works as a basis for acceptance
before the LORD - no. You must give your LIFE to the Lord, holding
nothing back. Its all or nothing.
"For by grace are you saved,
through faith - and that not of yourselves - it is the gift of God -
not of works, lest any man should boast."
Salvation is about being "born
- its that dramatic. Its about repenting from your old,
self-centered life, and giving your life totally to the Lord. Once
saved, true Christianity is all about
growing daily in the knowing and wisdom of the Lord Jesus - "for in
Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom". Through fellowship,
prayer, reading the Bible, and walking daily in His presence, we grow
closer in our relationship with the Lord. "Walking in the light, as
He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another." Its not
about glorifying oneself with a bevy of good works, which one can point
to attain 'godhood'.
What will your
Religion, or a Relationship with the Risen Lord?
So which is it? Do you place
your faith and trust in the religion of Mormonism - or do you
choose a relationship with the one and
only Jesus Christ, the living Lord
The truth is that we
are all sinners, created to be in relationship with our maker. We
all have a "God-sized" hole in our hearts - a hole that we try to fill
with all sorts of things - possessions, success, money, sex, etc. But in
the end none of this truly satisfies. No religion can
bring you into a personal relationship with the LORD - because as it is
written, "there is no other name given among men by which we must be
saved", and that name is JESUS. Much as some would like to
believe, "good works" do NOT justify us before a holy, eternal, perfect
God. ONLY Jesus and the sacrifice He paid on our behalf can do
that. Yes, "good works" are what every Christian should
practice, but these are the fruits of the Spirit, and are "prepared for
in advance by God, that we should walk in them"
Make no mistake - only
the Lord Jesus Christ bridges the gap between Man and Maker.
Do you know Jesus?
If you do, then you have everything to look forward to - in this life,
and in the life to come. Peace with God, joy in your
daily life, fulfillment of God's purpose while here on earth, and life
eternal. You were made for a purpose, and your daily walk with
Jesus will help you come to realize His purpose in your life and fulfill
Give Jesus a
chance! Don't put it off. Allow Him to come into your life
and make you "a new creation"! You have nothing to loose
everything to gain. Here is a link to Billy Graham's web site
that can show you how you can invite Jesus into your life and be the
creation He has always intended you to be:
Take Me to
Steps to Peace With God
Mormonism vs. Christianity
The Blue Letter
Does Mormonism Teach?
Wikipedia: Mormonism vs.
The Faith of the Early Fathers,
Vol. 1 - by William A> Jurgens
What is Mormonism?
Got Questions.org: What is