Mormonism

Summary of Major Differences Between Biblical Christianity & Mormonism

one set of videos of the views of The Church of the Latter Day Saints is used here to show, from the viewpoint of Mormons themselves, what they believe

SCRIPTURE

Christianity

  • The Scripture is only made up of the Bible. The Bible is "God-breathed".
  • The cannon of Scripture is closed - meaning Christians do not embrace new books and pair them at the level of the Bible. The Bible is supreme, period. Everything else must align with its truths or be rejected as God's Word. Throughout history, Christians may re-discover new truths about God but it is a re-discovery and not a completely new revelation that is opposite to Scripture. Yes, God does continues to speak but it aligns with His written Word. The reason for that is that the Biblical revelation of God is clear that He is unchanging. Therefore, present revelation is not changing from the past. Rather, true revelation coming from God is consistent with Scripture.

Mormonism

  • Their "scriptures" are composed of 4 divinely inspired books: The Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, and the Bible (KJV).
  • The Book of Mormon "is the most correct of any book on earth and the keystone of our religion."
  • The cannon of their Scriptures is not closed because God continues to speak. The reason for this is that God is evolving.

GOD & THE TRINITY

Christianity

  • God is spirit (John 4:24).
  • There is only one God, and this one God is in three Persons.
  • God is unchanging.

Mormonism

  • "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!"
  • There are three Gods... separate in personality, united in purpose, in plan, and in attributes of perfection. (McConkie , Mormon Doctrine, p.270)

JESUS CHRIST

Christianity

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Mormonism

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MAN, SIN, & SALVATION

Christianity

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Mormonism

  • "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." (II Nephi 2:25)
  • "Adam deliberately and wisely chose (to touch the forbidden tree) and partook of the fruit." (Talmage, DC, p.65)
  • "Adam cried, 'Because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy.'" (Pearl of Great Price, Moses 5:10-11)
  • We ought to consider the fall of our first parents as one of the great steps to external exaltation and happiness. (Mormon Catechism)
  • Works-Based - "We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel." (AF, 3)

HEAVEN & AFTER LIFE

Christianity

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Mormonism

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