Mormonism is the predominant religious tradition of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity. This movement was founded by Joseph Smith in the 1820s. During the 1830s and 1840s, Mormonism distinguished itself from the traditional Protestantism. Mormonism today represents the new, non-Protestant faith taught by Smith in the 1840s. After Smith’s death, most Mormons followed Brigham Young on his westward journey, calling themselves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The Church (Roman Catholic and Protestant) considers it a cult because it fails to follow the basic teachings of Christianity about salvation and Trinity.
1) Mormons believe the Book of Mormons as equal to the Bible and consider it the word of God.
They believe the Bible but they consider the Book of Mormons the Word of God as well. They consider the Book of Mormons equal to the Bible and consult it for their faith. They believe that it is similar in content and form to the Bible. They also believe that the Bible was written for the Jews and contains prophesies and stories of the Jews but the book of Mormons contains stories about Christians living in America and was revealed to a prophet named Mormon.
2) Mormons believe in a prophet named Mormon who wrote the book of Mormons.
They believe that the prophets in the Book of Mormon recorded God’s dealings with His people, which were compiled by a prophet named Mormon onto gold plates. Before these faithful Christians perished, their record was safely hidden away. Joseph Smith obtained these ancient records in 1827 and with the gift and power of God, Joseph was able to translate the ancient writings into what we have today.
3) Belief about the devil
- Mormons believe that the Devil was born as a spirit after Jesus “in the morning of pre-existence,” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 192).
- Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers and we were all born as siblings in heaven to them both, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163).
4) Faith about God
- They believe that God used to be a man on another planet (Mormon Doctrine, p. 321; Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, vol. 5, p. 613-614; Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 345; Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 333).
- “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (D&C 130:22).
5) They believe you can become a god if you’re good enough.
- After you become a good Mormon, you have the potential of becoming a god (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345-347, 354).
“Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them,” (DC 132:20).
6) Father, Son and Spirit are separate beings from one another
They believe that 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).
7) Birth of Jesus
Mormons believe that the birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood–was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers. (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115).
8) Belief about salvation
- Mormons believe that Jesus’ grace alone is not sufficient for our salvation. They say that a plan of salvation was needed and Jesus offered his plan to God and Satan offered his plan. (Mormon Doctrine, p. 193;Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 8)
- The followers of LDS strongly believe that Jesus’ sacrifice was not enough to redeem us of our sins. (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, 1856, p. 247).
- There is no salvation except accepting John Smith as a prophet (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, p. 188).
9) Murder is an unforgivable sin
They strongly believe that blaspheming against the Holy Spirit and murder are unpardonable sins. Though the Bible also says so about the former sin but according to the Bible any other sin including murder can be forgiven.
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