Who Do Mormons Say Jesus Is

The Mormon View of Jesus — Confessions of a Supply-Side Liberal

The fact that it is Easter makes it seem natural to talk about Jesus. Putting together my own personal ideas about Jesus is a huge undertaking. (For a more broad understanding of my religious beliefs, please visit my post “Teleotheism and the Purpose of Life.”) This morning, I’m going to take the less difficult route and tell you about the views of Jesus that I grew up with in Mormonism–views that are similar in many ways to traditional Christian beliefs, though there are some significant differences between them and traditional Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant beliefs.

In contrast to Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant beliefs about Jesus, Mormons believe that Jesus is a separate being from God the Father, as seen above in Joseph Smith’s “First Vision.” In a literal sense, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father.

After his resurrection, Jesus is reported to have said the following: “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: Touch me, and behold; for a ghost hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me having.” (Luke 24:49) Luke 24:39 (NIV) To demonstrate Mormon views regarding Jesus, I’ll use the other three volumes of Mormon scripture, which are also believed to be inspired by God, to provide a starting point for discussion.

The following portrayal of Jesus’ mission may be found in the Book of Mormon:.

(Mormon 1:23) In the days to come, he will be born of Mary in Jerusalem, which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who will be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit and give birth to a son, even the Son of God, who will be named Jesus.

As well, he will take upon himself death in order to loose the bands of death that bind his people; as well, he will take upon himself their infirmities in order for his bowels to be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, in order for him to know how to succor his people according to their infirmities, according to the flesh.

However, while this text is conventional in many ways, it is theologically important because it shows that even gods may learn and, as a result, become even more powerful.

The first describes the grandeur of Jesus: “This Comforter is the promise of everlasting life that I deliver unto you, even the glory of the heavenly kingdom,” Jesus says in the first verse.

This is the light of Christ shining through you.

The same way that he is in the moon, and he is the light of the moon, and the power of the moon, by which it was created; and he is also in the stars, and the power of the stars, by which they were created; and he is also in the earth, and the power of the earth, even the earth upon which you are standing; In addition, the light that shines, which provides you with light, is through him who enlightens your eyes, and this is the same light that quickens your understandings; and this light proceeds forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—the light that is in all things, which gives life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth on his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity Now, really, I say to you, it is through the redemption that has been accomplished for you that the resurrection from the dead has been brought about.

  • And the soul of man is comprised of both the spirit and the body.
  • It is through him who gives life to all things, in whose heart it has been decided that the poor and meek of the world will inherit it, that we might find redemption for our souls.
  • The relevance of this paragraph and those like it, in my opinion, is in the emphasis placed on truth.
  • I like the message sent by the fact that the Mormon Church and its doctrines are always being validated in light of objective truths.

Because of this, Mormonism places a significant focus on Jesus as Savior and Redeemer, as seen by the second paragraph from The Doctrine and Covenants: As a result, I, God, have endured these things on their behalf so that they would not suffer if they would repent; however, if they do not repent, they will suffer as I have; and this suffering has caused myself—even God, the greatest of all—to tremble in agony, to bleed from every pore, to suffer in body and spirit—and I would give anything not to drink the bitter cup and shrink— In any case, glory be to the Father, and I took part in and completed my preparations for the children of men.

Chapter 19:16-19 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

That the cross is almost completely absent from Mormon imagery is due to this is a significant part of the reason.

As a substitute, in order to commemorate Jesus’ rescuing deed, Mormon church buildings frequently display a painting of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, such as this: When Jesus performs his saving act in the Garden of Gethsemane, it is considered to be of enormous theological significance because the supernatural pain Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane while taking on the sins of the world is viewed as being enormously greater than the pain he suffered while being crucified.

Compared to Jesus’ anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, according to Mormon doctrine, Jesus’ death on the cross was the easy portion of the mission the Father had sent him to complete on behalf of the world.

This passage describes how, during the Council of Heaven, when all human beings were still only spirits and none had yet been born physically, Jesus took a stand for freedom, while Satan argued for forced obedience: “When all human beings were still only spirits, and none had yet been born physically, Jesus took a stand for freedom, while Satan argued for forced obedience: Then I, the Almighty God, spoke to Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of my Only Begotten, is the same as he was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here I am, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that not a single soul shall be lost, and I will surely do it; therefore, give me thine honor.

Then I heard the voice of my Beloved Son, who had always been my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning say to me, “Father, thy will is done, and the glory shall be thine forever.” For this reason, because Satan rebelled against me and sought to destroy the agency of man that I, the Lord God, had given him, and also that I should give him mine own power, I caused him to be cast down by the power of my Only Begotten, and he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, with the intent to deceive and blind men, as well as to lead them captive at his will, even those who would not listen to my voice.

1–4 Moses 4:1–4 This narrative of the Council in Heaven is frequently used by Mormons in order to underscore the significance of personal liberty and self-determination.

However, that message of freedom is taken extremely seriously by the majority of Mormons when it comes to the exercise of government authority.

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The fact that it is Easter suggests that it is suitable to write about Jesus. I am undertaking an enormous undertaking in putting together my own ideas about Jesus. See my post “Teleotheism and the Purpose of Life” for a more in-depth explanation of my religious beliefs in general. This morning, I’m going to take the less difficult route and tell you about the views of Jesus that I grew up with in Mormonism–views that are similar in many ways to traditional Christian beliefs, though there are some significant differences between Mormonism and traditional Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant beliefs.

  1. In a literal sense, Jesus is seated at God the Father’s right hand side.
  2. After his resurrection, Jesus is reported to have said the following: “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: Touch me, and behold; for a ghost hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me having.” (Luke 24:39) Luke 24:39 is a biblical passage.
  3. There is a description of Christ’s mission contained in the Book of Mormon:.
  4. It is foretold that Jesus would be born of Mary in the city of Jerusalem, which is the ancestral home of our forefathers; she will be a virgin and a precious and chosen vessel, who will be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and bear a son, even the Son of God.

As well, he will take on himself death in order to loose the bands of death that bind his people; as well, he will take on himself their infirmities in order for his bowels to be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, in order for him to know how to succor his people according to their infirmities, according to the flesh Amos 7:9–12 is a passage from the Bible.

As recorded in the Book of Mormon, the following two revelations were given to Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism.

Which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, as revealed through Jesus Christ his Son—He who ascended up on high, as well as he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth; which truth shineth in all things— Jesus Christ’s light shines brightly in this world.

  • As he is in the moon, and as he is the light of the moon, and as he is the power of the moon, and as he is the power of the stars, and as he is the power of the stars, and as he is the earth, and as he is the strength of the earth, even the earth upon which you stand.
  • Man’s soul is comprised of his spirit and his body.
  • And the redemption of the soul is accomplished by him who gives life to all things, in whose heart it has been ordained that the poor and the meek of the earth will inherit it all.
  • The value of this verse, as well as others like it, to me is the stress placed on the necessity of honesty.
  • However, even though I no longer believe in Mormonism (or in anything else that is supernatural), I become emotional when I think of the importance of truth in society.

Chapter 19 of the Doctrine and Covenants contains the following verses: The uncommon component of this verse, when compared to Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant views, is that Jesus’ saving act, or, in an ancient term, thea tonementof Jesus Christ, takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane rather than on the cross, as is traditionally taught.

As a substitute, in order to commemorate Jesus’ rescuing deed, Mormon church structures frequently feature an image of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, such as this: When Jesus performs his saving act in the Garden of Gethsemane, it is considered to be of enormous theological significance because the supernatural pain Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane while taking on the sins of the world is viewed as being enormously greater than the pain Jesus suffered when he was crucified is viewed as being enormously greater than the pain Jesus suffered while being crucified.

According to Mormon doctrine, Jesus’ execution on the cross was the easy portion of the mission the Father had ordered him to complete, when compared to Jesus’ enduring the weight of all the sins of the world in the Garden of Gethsemane, according to the Bible.

This passage describes how, during the Council of Heaven, when all human beings were still only spirits and none had yet been born physically, Jesus took a stand for freedom, while Satan argued for forced obedience: “When all human beings were still only spirits, and none had yet been born physically, Jesus took a stand for freedom, while Satan argued for forced obedience.” And I, the Lord God, spoke to Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of my Only Begotten, is the same as he was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here I am, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that not a single soul shall be lost, and surely I will do it; therefore, give me thine honor; for I am the Lord God.

Then I heard the voice of my Beloved Son, who had always been my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning say to me, “Father, thy will is done, and the glory be thine forever.” As a result, because Satan rebelled against me and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, as well as that I should give him mine own power, I caused him to be cast down by the power of my Only Begotten Son, and he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, with the intent to deceive and blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even those who would not listen to my voice, was 1–4 Moses 4:1–4.

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This narrative of the Council in Heaven is frequently used by Mormons in order to underscore the value of personal liberty and individual freedom.

However, when it comes to political authority, the majority of Mormons take their teaching of freedom very seriously.

  • God is a completed and exalted human being
  • God has a corporeal body, just like us. There is more than one God
  • Every human being have the ability to become like God
  • The Godhead is comprised of three different and independent individuals who are linked in purpose

It is their belief that God the Father is the supreme entity who is all-powerful and all-knowing. Mormons believe that God is eternal and that God originally existed as a human being.

One God or three

Mormons believe that God is made up of three distinct individuals who are unified in purpose. This is referred to as the Godhead. The Mormon understanding of the three individuals who make up the Godhead is that they are in fact three distinct creatures that exist in different places at different times. However, because these three creatures are so unified in their approach to their task, they are able to function as a single Godhead. This is due to the fact that they “operate in perfect unison with the will, the purpose, the love, and the covenant.” Jesus desired for his disciples to work together with a totally united and common purpose, in the manner in which the entities of the Godhead work together, in order to fulfill their mission.

  • God the Father, also known as Elohim
  • Jesus Christ, who is also known as the Jehovah of the Old Testament
  • The Holy Ghost
  • And other deities are mentioned in the Bible.

God has a physical body

One of the most fundamental Mormon beliefs is that God possesses a physical body. Nevertheless, God’s capacity to be with human people is not limited by this, for his Holy Spirit permeates all of space, allowing God’s influence to be felt everywhere. Mormons believe that God’s physical body does not make him any less holy or awe-inspiring, and they point out that the fact that Christ died and was resurrected did not make him appear any less holy to the apostles, either.

God the Father

God is neither a creature of another kind, nor is he the big unknowable one; he is, in fact, our heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally. Mormons believe that God the Father is the almighty entity who created the universe and is all-powerful and all-knowing in his knowledge. God the Father is a deity known as Elohim, who was once a man in the same way that we are now, but who lived on a different planet than we do. Over time, this guy perfected himself and attained the status of God, with complete knowledge of everything and the ability to do any action.

God’s humanity

Every human being is physically descended from God, who is the parent of all of them. He possesses a physical body, as well as feelings, much like a human person. God is much easier to comprehend for human beings because he is a person with a past and who has lived in a fashion that is similar to our own. God is able to get extremely near to us since he has shared in our life’s journey of growth and development. A direct and personal interaction between God and each individual becomes possible as a result of this.

God the eternal

Because God has existed for so long, it is impossible to imagine a time when God did not exist. When Mormons speak of God as eternal, they do not mean that God has always existed in the same form, but rather that God has existed for such a long period of time that it is impossible to imagine God not existing. God can only be in one location at a time due to the fact that he has a physical body.

God as creator of the universe

God made this universe out of material that already existed, arranging it into the correct shapes and forms to serve his purposes. God the Father enlisted the help of Jesus Christ to complete the job of creation. According to Mormon thought, God did not create time and matter out of nothing, in contrast to the beliefs of certain other faiths. Instead, he works with matter and spirit that already exist and organizes them into the cosmos that he has made for them. It is less difficult to comprehend this concept of God than it is to comprehend the concept of a being that existing outside of time and matter, and who, via some incomprehensible process, brings both into existence.

Consider this origin account in depth and you will find it to be riddled with faults, as are all creation myths, regardless of religious affiliation. While they claim to be telling the truth, their truth is spiritual and lyrical rather than a technical explanation of what happened.

Literally Our Father

God also has a highly intimate part in the creation of each individual’s spirit, as revealed in the Bible. The founder of the Mormon religion, Joseph Smith, said that the spirit of man has always been in some form and that God has in some manner transformed it into individual spirits. Human spirits are conceived and born into spirit children, who at some time in their life are born as human children on earth – much in the same manner that God himself is the spirit child of another God – according to one interpretation of God’s actions.

Jesus Christ

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the key figure of their faith and the ideal model for how they should spend their lives. It should be noted that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Godhead, and that he is distinct from God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Mormons hold the following beliefs:

  • Jesus Christ is the first-born spirit child of God, and he is the Son of God. He was known as Jehovah to the people of the Old Testament, and he aided God the Father in the act of creation
  • He was also known as Jesus Christ. In fact, he was the actual, biological Son of God and the Son of Mary
  • Jesus Christ died, was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day of the week. Jesus Christ possesses a physical body
  • He will come to earth and reign for a thousand years
  • And The life, death, resurrection, teachings, and ordinances of Jesus Christ are the only means by which a person can be saved completely.

They believe that, following his resurrection, Jesus traveled to America, where he taught and performed miracles for people.

Premortal life

Jesus was the first spirit child of God the Father, and he was born in the form of a human being. He is the eldest brother of all the spirit offspring, and as a result, he is also the eldest brother of all living beings on Earth. At the instruction of God the Father, Jesus created this world as well as other worlds. He did this in order to make the mortal condition feasible, which is a necessary stage in the process of enabling spirit offspring to gain eternal existence. The people of the Old Testament referred to Jesus as Jehovah, which means “God with us.” When he was born on our planet, he was given the name Jesus Christ.

Life on Earth

According to the Bible, Jesus was born on earth to Mary in the town of Bethlehem. He lived his entire earthly existence without committing a single sin and in complete obedience to God the Father. The Mormons, in contrast to Christians from the unrestored churches, do not believe that Jesus was “conceived by the Holy Spirit.” They believe that God the Father was the biological father of Jesus.

Postmortal life

The period between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection was spent by Jesus’ spirit in the spirit realm, which is a place where the disembodied spirits of the dead wait to be reunited with their bodies. The virtuous spirits received ministry from Jesus when he was in the area. He also instructed them on how to instruct the spirits that were still hampered by sin or ignorance. Jesus’ mission on earth was prolonged into the afterlife as a result of this action. As a result of his resurrection, Jesus signaled the beginning of the resurrection of the righteous dead who had lived between the time of Adam and the time of his own.

Jesus in America

Mormons believe that the resurrected Jesus visited the Nephites in America and tended to them. On the steps of their temple he came before a group of worshippers and permitted them to feel the scars on his hands and feet. After that, he stayed with them for several days to instruct and heal them. He called and consecrated twelve disciples, and he offered the people many commandments as well as the gift of the Holy Spirit, all of which were fulfilled. In what is known as the First Vision, Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in New York State in 1820 and revealed himself to him as the Son of Man.

He also appeared to Joseph Smith on a number of other times as well. Other Church leaders have reported seeing Jesus Christ, for example, in 1898 and 1918, respectively.

The Holy Ghost

The Holy Spirit is the third and last member of the Godhead. Jesus Christ and God the Father are not the same being; he is a different entity. Despite the fact that the Holy Ghost has no physical form and is merely a spirit, he has the appearance of a man. Because he is a person he can only be in one location at a time, like God the Father and Jesus Christ. The power and influence of the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, may be found everywhere. Mormons explain this by drawing a comparison between the sun and the earth.

Although it is located in the center of the solar system, the heat, light, and energy that it emits fills the whole system at once.

The divine guide and comforter

Mormons believe that the Holy Ghost is a supernatural guide who reveals the truth about God the Father and Jesus Christ to those who seek it. They also believe that the Holy Ghost is an entity that soothes and consoles people when things go wrong. The Holy Ghost can also provide people with the power they need to follow God’s commands and to please God the Father. Mormons believe that the Holy Ghost does not frequently communicate with them through words. Most of the time, the communication is based on a strong gut sense about whether something is accurate or not.

9 Things You Should Know About Mormonism

Mormonism is the fastest-growing religion in the United States, with membership increasing in more than half of the country’s states. Although Mormons consider their church to be a restorationist movement within Christianity (they believe the Great Apostasy occurred between the time of the New Testament church and its restoration under Joseph Smith), Mormon teachings and beliefs are diametrically opposed to those of orthodox Christianity. Here are nine things you should know about Mormon beliefs that you may not have known before: 1.

It is because of this designation that members of the New Testament church are referred to as “Latter-day Saints” (see Acts 9:32, Ephesians 2:19, and Philippians 1:1), that Mormons refer to themselves as “Latter-day Saints.” “They were former-day Saints,” explains Gordon B.

That is all there is to it.” Hinckley goes on to say that they are frequently referred to as “Mormons” as a moniker because they think that the Book of Mormon is the inspired word of God.

According to the LDS church, as the Bible has been passed down through the generations, it has “suffered the loss of many simple and beautiful passages.” In their opinion, the Bible is the inspired Word of God “insofar as it is accurately translated,” and that the “most trustworthy approach to test the truth of any biblical passage is not by comparing various translations, but by comparing different texts with the Book of Mormon and modern-day revelations.” The KJV is the LDS church’s official English Bible, albeit it has been foot-noted in a way that interprets the meaning to compliment LDS principles.

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Fourth, the Book of Mormon teaches that only idiots assert that the Bible is sufficient and that further scripture is not required (“Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have a Bible, and we need no more Bible,” says the Book of Mormon).

Many linguistic parallels exist between the Book of Mormon and the King James Bible, including full paragraphs that are replicated word for word in the Book of Mormon.

In addition, the LDS church adheres to the notion of ongoing revelation.

The only person who has the authority to bring forth new doctrine is the Church’s President, who, when he does so, will declare it to be revelation from God, and it will be accepted by the church’s First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and then sustained by the rest of the congregation.

  1. The Father and Son both have a “body of flesh and bones as substantial as a man’s,” but the Holy Ghost “does not have a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit,” according to their beliefs.
  2. A long time ago, God the Father was a person who lived on the planet Earth.
  3. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that there is a God superior to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  4. The Yahweh of the Old Testament is associated with Jesus according to Mormonism’s interpretation of the scriptures.
  5. According to LDS theology, all of the Father’s offspring (including humans) have the same potential to become gods (as do the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost) because they are members of the same species as the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost.
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  7. However, despite the fact that their souls were created, the underlying “intelligence” of these spirits is thought to be everlasting and without origin.

God the Father explained that this was part of his “plan of salvation.” Satan, on the other hand, rejected this plan and desired to pursue one that would have resulted in the loss of moral authority.

When his scheme was rejected, Lucifer is supposed to have revolted and brought “the third part” of the hosts of heaven with him to the world, where they would act as tempters for the people of earth.

Mormons believe in a universal redemption from death that is available to everyone (this is what they mean when they say “salvation by grace alone”).

The lowest heavenly realm is reserved for unmarried Mormons who have led a respectable life, as well as for decent individuals (including Christians) who did not have the opportunity to learn about and adopt Mormonism while they were on earth.

Glory in the Terrestrial Kingdom—The terrestrial kingdom is reserved for unworthy Mormons and excellent individuals who were aware of Mormonism while living on earth but chose to reject it until after their deaths.

As a result of their transgressions, they will suffer and be in physical discomfort.

In Hell (the outer darkness), Satan, devils, and “sons of perdition” will spend eternity in torment (e.g., those who deny the Holy Spirit after receiving it:).

Sources should be noted: In as many instances as feasible, I gave direct links to official Mormon sources. In some sections, I relied on Andrew Jackson’sMormonism Explained: What Latter-day Saints Teach and Practice, which he published in 2003.

The Fictitious Mormon Jesus

The answer hinges on the question of which Jesus do Mormons adhere to. The Mormon Jesus and the biblical Jesus are diametrically opposed to one another. So much so that even the Mormon religion declares that it does not believe in the “traditional Jesus” of Protestantism. “The conventional Christ of whom they talk is not the Christ of whom I speak,” remarked President Hinckley of the Mormon Church (LDSChurch News, week ending June 20, 1998, p. 7). According to Mormon (also known as Latter-day Saint) theology, Jesus is the actual son of god and his goddess wife, who was born as a human being on the third day after the creation of the world.

In his teachings, Brigham Young asserted that the Holy Spirit was not present during Jesus’ birth.

Jesus was not born of the Holy Spirit

Whenever the Virgin Mary gave birth to the infant Jesus, the Father knew He had begotten Him in His own image and likeness. He was not conceived by the Holy Spirit, as others believe. And who is the Father in this case? He is the progenitor of the human species. God’s Son, Jesus, our elder brother, was conceived in the flesh by the same figure who appeared in the garden of Eden and who is now known as our heavenly Father. It is imperative that you remember from this point on and forever that Jesus Christ was not born by the Holy Spirit (Brigham Young,Journal of Discourses,Vol.

Those who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus Christ is, in the most literal sense, the Son of God.

No, Jesus was not Joseph’s son, and He was not conceived by the Holy Spirit either (Encyclopedia of Mormonism,Vol.

In the same manner that mortal men are begotten by mortal dads, Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that Christ was conceived by an Immortal Father (Apostle Bruce McConkie,Mormon Doctrine).

God the Father and Mary are the sexual parents of Jesus

The Being whom we refer to as Father was the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ’s spirit, and he was also the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ with regard to his flesh (Brigham Young,Journal of Discourses,Vol. 7, p. 286). It is my belief that the Father descended from heaven, as the Apostles said, and begat Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World; for He is the Only Begotten of the Father, which could never have happened if the Father had not physically begotten him in person (Brigham Young,Journal of Discourses,Vol.

  1. 238).
  2. He ate flesh and blood, and he was born of his Father, just as we were begotten of our ancestors (Brigham Young,Journal of Discourses,Vol.
  3. 115).
  4. God’s Son, Jesus, our elder brother, was conceived in the flesh by the same figure who appeared in the garden of Eden and who is now known as our heavenly Father.
  5. 1, p.
  6. ‘He was begotten of the Father, and he was born of the virgin Mary, just as my mother bore me and as my father begot me and just as you begot your children,’ Brigham Young said in the Brigham Young Addresses 1860-1864,vol.
  7. Campbell’s The Essential Brigham Young (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1992).

According to the Scriptures, he is the first begotten of his father in the flesh, and there was nothing strange about it.

Kimball,Journal of Discourses,Vol.

211).

44).

You all understand that, right?

Currently, we are informed in the scriptures that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God who has come to earth in human form.

I respond in the same way that Jesus Christ was conceived by his father.

This is just bullshit.

They would not trust the Father when he claims that Jesus Christ is His only born Son, so why should they believe him?

“The Message of the First Presidency,” vol.

I want to make sure that the tiny people are aware of what I am about to tell them.

Yes, you are all aware that your dads are in fact your fathers, and that your mothers are definitely your mothers – aren’t you all aware of these facts?

Currently, we are informed in the scriptures that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God who has come to earth in human form.

I respond in the same way that Jesus Christ was conceived by his father.

Smith, Box Elder Stake Conference Dec 20, 1914, as quoted in Brigham CityBox Elder News Journal, 28 Jan, 1915).

There is no need to sugarcoat the situation (Joseph F.

2, p.

Jesus Christ is the son of Mary and God the Father, not in contravention of natural law, but in conformity with a higher manifestation of that law, according to the Bible (James Talmage,Jesus the Christ, p.

In the same manner that mortal men are conceived by mortal dads, Christ was Begotten by an immortal Father in the same way that Christ was Begotten by an immortal Father (Bruce R.

And Christ was born into the world as the literal Son of this Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real, and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father in the same way that any mortal son is born to a mortal father.

McConkie,Mormon Doctrine, p.

For the purposes of this life, Jesus was created by the union of Mary and Elohim, and he came to be among us as a descendant of the Holy One who is literally our heavenly Father.

All mortals are the sons and daughters of their dads, and he is the Son of his Father in the same sense that they are all mortals (Bruce R.

1, p.

The fleshly body of Jesus necessitated the presence of a Mother in addition to a Father.

158).

Jesus has a spiritual brother named Lucifer

As a result, it is demonstrated that Christ and Satan, as well as the hosts of the spirit-children of God, existed as intelligent individuals prior to the placing of man on the earth, how long before we do not know, and had the power and opportunity to choose the course they would pursue and the leaders whom they would follow and obey (James Talmage,Jesus the Christ). One of God’s other sons objected to Jesus’ selection as the world’s Savior, and the other sons of God sided with Jesus. Lucifer, the son of the dawn, was his given name.

Hunter,The Gospel Through the Ages, p.

Joseph Smith is the way of salvation

There is no redemption without adopting Joseph Smith’s teachings. Even if Joseph Smith was truly a prophet and revealed the truth, it would be a tragedy. Man cannot turn his back on that witness without facing the most awful penalties, for he will not be permitted to join the kingdom of God (Joseph Fielding Smith,Doctrines of Salvation,vol. 1, p. 190). No man or woman will ever be allowed to enter the celestial kingdom of God during this dispensation unless they first obtain the permission of Joseph Smith.

  • 7, p.
  • He who does not acknowledge that Jesus Christ has appeared in the flesh and has sent Joseph Smith to bring the fullness of the Gospel to this age is not of God, but is anti-Christ, according to the Bible (Brigham Young,Journal of Discourses,vol.
  • 312).
  • We will not be able to get around him (President George Q.
  • 142).

Among other things, the Westminster Shorter Catechism (A.22) argues that “Christ the Son of God became man by assuming unto himself an authentic body and a rational spirit, after having been conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the virgin Mary, and born of her, though without sin” (see Matt 1:18; Luke 1:27, 31, 35; 2 Cor.

  1. 2:7; Heb.
  2. Jesus is completely God and fully man (Col.
  3. Jesus is one hundred percent man and one hundred percent God.
  4. ‘Jesus said,’ he said “I am the only way, the only truth, and the only life.
  5. Jesus left no place for any other style of life, such as that of Joseph Smith, or any other.
  6. Paul talked of being seduced when he was younger.

In Galatians 1:6-8, he declares that Mormonism is a cult (1 Cor. 16:22). It preaches about a different Jesus and a different gospel. Mormonism does not include the genuine Jesus, the true Gospel, or the true Salvation.

What is Mormonism? What do Mormons believe?

QuestionAnswer The Mormon religion (Mormonism), whose adherents are referred to as Mormons and Latter-day Saints (LDS), was created by a man called Joseph Smith fewer than two hundred years ago. During a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ, he said (Articles of Faith, p. 35), who warned him that all churches and their beliefs were an abomination (1 Nephi 13:28; Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith – History1:18, 19; Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith – History1:18, 19). After that, Joseph Smith set out to “restore real Christianity,” proclaiming his church to be the “sole true church on the face of the planet” (Mormon Doctrine, p.

  1. According to Mormonism, there are many things about the Bible that are contradictory, modify or expand upon.
  2. The only way to fully believe and trust in God is to put faith in His Word, and all of Scripture has been inspired by God, which means it comes directly from Him (2 Timothy 3:16).
  3. It is not always obvious which verses are being criticized for being wrongly translated.
  4. Smith asserted that it is the “most right book” on the planet and that following its precepts may bring a person closer to God “than by obeying the precepts of any other book” (History of the Church4:461).
  5. In addition, the Pearl of Great Price is regarded by Mormons to “clarify” concepts and teachings that were lost from the Bible (Articles of Faith, p.
  6. 182–182).
  7. 321), but that he has achieved that position by good life and diligent effort (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.
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God the Father, according to them, has a “body of flesh and bones that is as substantial as a man’s” (Doctrine and Covenants130:22).

Christians, on the other hand, are aware that there is only one genuine God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6–8), as revealed in the Scriptures.

He did not create anything, but rather is the Creator (Genesis 1; Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 37:16).

God the Father is not and has never been a human being (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hosea 11:9).

There are four realms or levels in the afterlife according to Mormon belief: the heavenly kingdom, the earthly kingdom, the telestial kingdom, and outer darkness (Mormon Doctrine, p.

What mankind believes and does in this life will determine where they will end up in the future (2 Nephi 25:23;Articles of Faith, p.79).

As believers, being gone from our physical bodies indicates that we are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6–8).

In the event that Jesus returns a second time, we shall be given resurrected and glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50–54).

Once a person has died, there is no second opportunity for redemption (Hebrews 9:27).

8, p.

547).

345–354; Doctrine and Covenants 132:20; Doctrine and Covenants 132:20).

697).

Our only way to be made holy in God’s eyes is via our faith in Him (1 Corinthians 1:2).

As a result, he has been elevated to the greatest position of respect in heaven (Hebrews 7:26).

Philippians 2:6–11 states that Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice for us, that God resurrected Him from the dead, and that one day everyone will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Despite the fact that we all deserve to be punished for our crimes forever, God’s immense compassion and grace have provided us with a way out.

(Romans 6:23).

Receiving salvation is not accomplished by actions, but rather through faith (Romans 1:17; 3:28).

“There is no one else who can rescue us, because there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

(Please note that many of the references in our articles on Mormonism are to Mormon publications, such as the Mormon Doctrine, Articles of Faith, Doctrines of Salvation, History of the Church, Doctrines and Covenants, and so on.) Several others are taken directly from the Book of Mormon, for example, books such as 1 Nephi, 2 Nephi, and Alma.

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Use of statues and pictures In CatholicOrthodox Churches. Idols are not accepted, depictions of the life of Christ and other saints are acceptable. Art for representation of a story not for idolatry. Life after death Eternity in Heaven or Hell, in some cases temporal Purgatory. All receive immortality through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Exaltation, to live with God and continue as families, inherited by those having performed ordinances (e.g.

  • Personalfamily prayerscripture study, Family home evening.
  • Nelson Place of origin Roman province of Judea. Upstate New York Belief of God One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • He was once a man like us but ascended to godhood through obedience to eternal law.
  • Called out of the congregation to preside over wards, stakes, and areas.
  • Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin.
  • Humans are a fallen, broken race in need of salvation and repair by God. Man has the potential for good or evil and he chooses which to pursue.

“original sin” is false Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings. Church/Chapel or Temple for organized worship, though in extremis, any place where two followers of Christ gather together. Scriptures The Holy Bible The Holy Bible (OldNew Testaments), The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price and sanctioned words of modern prophets. Goal of Philosophy Objective reality.

  • Worship of God who created life, the universe, and is eternal.
  • That philosophy is Salvation from sin, through the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. To bring all people unto Christ View of the Buddha N/A. A wise teacher.
  • God always forgives sins in Jesus. To God through prayer.
  • As a % of local population, Christians are in a majority in Europe, North and South America, and Australia and New Zealand. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide religion, with organized congregations on six continents.
  • (about 7 million) and Mexico (1.5 million) Marriage A Holy Sacrament. Mormon scripture (Doctrine and Covenants section 132); marriage is one man/one woman and can be eternal.
  • Mormons believe they have a corner on all truth.
  • Anyone can obtain salvation no matter what faith you are Religious Law Varies among denominations.
  • Christ said those who loved him would follow his commandments.

Not officially recognized as a prophet. Means of Salvation Through Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Through the Atonement of Christ, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. Original Language(s) Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. During Christ’s time: Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Reformed Egyptian (the name of the characters the Book of Mormon was written in).

  1. In the Latter Days: English Belief The Nicene Creed sums up Christian belief in the Holy Trinity. Believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior; and receiving Eternal Salvation from him and our Heavenly Father.
  2. Some chose to come to this world to be tested. Promised Holy one. Second Coming of Christ The Lord Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah of Old Testament prophecy – He will come again at the end of time to fulfill Old and New Testament prophecy.
  3. Prayer, scripture study, religious teachings in the home and seminary study occur daily and throughout the week. Identity of Jesus The Son Of God. Jesus is the eldest of Heavenly Father’s spirit children.
  4. He is also given the name, Jehovah as well as the title, God. About Christianity broadly consists of individuals who believe in the deity Jesus Christ.
  5. ComeUntoChrist.org or lds.org for more information. God’s role in salvation Humans cannot save themselves or ascend on their own to a higher level.
  6. Jesus came down from Heaven to save mankind. All will be resurrected through the perfect sacrifice of Christ.

Exaltation to a higher state is dependent on grace and obedience to laws and ordinances. Holy Days Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Catholicism), saints’ feast days. Sunday (Day of rest), Easter, Christmas, celebrations of events in Mormon history.

Anglicans:Baptismand Eucharist.

No one knows when he will return. Views on other religion Christianity is the True Faith. Mormons believe that while nearly all denominations contain truth, that the LDS faith is the only one with full truth.

His mortal mother, Mary, was called a virgin, both before and after she gave birth. Views on the afterlife Eternity in Heaven or Hell; some believe in temporal suffering in Purgatory, before admittance into Heaven. Spirit Paradise or Prison for the righteous and unrighteous immediately after death.

Eventually, one of three kingdoms of heaven or outer darkness (very rare to go to). Praying to Saints, Mary, and Angel Encouraged in the CatholicOrthodox Churches; most Protestants only pray directly to God. Prayer is directed only to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven.

Will return. Death by crucifixion followed by resurrection and continued ministry among his followers in Judea and the New World. View of other Abrahamic religions Judaism is regarded as a True religion but incomplete (without Gospel, and Messiah) Islam is regarded as a false religion, Christianity does not accept the Qur’an as true. The LDS Church carries the fulness of the gospel and God’s authority on earth.

All other religions stem from God’s true church and teach many true principles and promote good values but don’t have the fulness of the gospel. Prophet Moses, Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, etc., as well as both Johns in the New Testament too. A prophet is one with a testimony of Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost, as in Num.

19:10.

There is a prophet on the earth today, in the LDS church. Legislation Varies through denomination. As in ancient times when his 12 apostles regulated the affairs of the church, in the restored church there is an order to the authority he has given to men to act in his name, beginning with the First Presidency and 12 apostles. View of God One Trinity God, Who Is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The LDS faith believes in God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost as separate beings of which the Father and the Son have glorified physical bodies and the Holy Ghost is a spirit in the likeness of a man. Ressurection of Jesus Affirmed. Affirmed as a literal, historic event. Symbols Cross, ichthys (“Jesus fish”), Mary and baby Jesus. Angel Moroni (unofficially) and temples (especially the Salt Lake Temple).

When questioned on the subject of symbols, church president Gordon B.

God is present everywhere recent reforms have prompted many Christians to not face anywhere in their prayers. No physical direction.

33 AD. Eastern United States, AD 1830 Prophets Prophets in the Bible are venerated. The gift of prophecy may be granted to any believer.

There is one man called the prophet of the church who holds all keys of priesthood authority Jesus Son Of God.

God the Son. The literal Son of God and the long-awaited Messiah.

Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess of Him. Abrahamic Lineage Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Isaac and Jacob.

What is considered canon may vary slightly by sect/denomination. Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants Pearl of Great Price. Number of Adherents An estimated 2.1 billion, largest religion in the world. 15 million. Primary God(s) A single, all-powerful god known as God that is typically thought of in “trinity” form: God, the Father; Christ, the Son; and the Holy Spirit (or Ghost). A god who was once human before he became a god.

Through Mormons doctrine followers can hope to attain achieving godhood. Year Formed 28-33 CE. 1830 Influenced By Hellenistic Judaism, Jewish folklore, Greco-Roman paganism, monotheistic Zoroastrianism. Arianism, Gnosticism, Masonry.

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