REMINDER: MORMONISM IS A SUBCHRISTIAN CULT (PART 3)

Mormons believe that Jesus is not God the Son, the second per­son of the Trinity, who is equal to the Father.

Mormon View:

“Jesus is greater than the Holy Spirit, which is subject unto him, but his Father is greater than he!” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:18).

Christian View:

Jesus is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, who is equal with the Father and the Spirit. Although they are different in function, they are equal in sharing the same nature John 1:1-18; 8:58; 10:31-38; 20:28; Acts 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 1:1; Matthew 28:19-20).

Mormons believe they will one day become gods

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Mormons believe that before becoming a man, Jesus existed in the spirit world as the eldest of many spirit chil­dren born to God the Father.

Mormon View:

“He [Jesus] was the most intelligent, the most faithful, and the most Godlike of all the sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father in the spirit world” ( The Gospel Through the Ages, p. 21).

“Among the spirit children of Elohim the Firstborn was and is Jehovah or Jesus Christ” (Articles of Faith, p. 472).

Christian View:

Jesus has existed for all eternity as God the Son, with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He did not come into exis­tence after the Father (Micah 5:2; Psalm 90:2; John 1:1; Colossians 1:17).

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Mormons believe Jesus is the spirit-brother of Lucifer.

Mormon View:

Mormons believe Satan and Jesus were spirit brothers

“The holy Scriptures give an account of a great council which was held in the spirit world before man was placed on the earth. This meeting… was presided over by God our eternal Father; and those in attendance were His sons and daughters…. Eternal Father explained to the assembled throng… the great ‘Gospel plan of salvation.’… The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer…. this spirit-brother of Jesus desparately tried to become the Savior” (The Gospel Through the Ages, pp. 12-15).

Christian View:

Jesus cannot possibly be the “spirit-brother” of Lucifer because, as God the Son, Jesus is Lucifer’s creator. If Jesus was the agent of creation, then He could not be Lucifer’s peer. Lucifer is a fallen angel, whereas Jesus is consistently described as God’s only-begotten (Greek: μονογενής), or one of a kind, Son  (John 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2; Luke 10:18)

The Mormon view is also impossible because, for it to be true, many other Mor­mon doctrines—such as God’s existence as an exalted man, the reality of an Eternal Mother, and Jesus’ origin as a spirit baby— would have to be true. These doctrines, however, are false.

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Mormons believe Jesus was not mirac­ulously begotten by the Holy Spirit or born of a virgin. He was begotten through sexual intercourse between Mary and God the Father.

Mormon View:

“CHRIST NOT BEGOTTEN OF HOLY GHOST…. Christ was begotten of God. He was not born without the aid of Man and that Man was God’ (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:18).

“Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers” (Mormon Doctrine, 1977 ed., p. 547).

“The birth of the Savior 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” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 8:115).

“I was naturally begotten; so was my father, and also my Savior Jesus Christ. According to the Scriptures, he is the first begotten of his father in flesh, and there was nothing unnatural about it” (Apostle Heber C Kimball, Journal of Discourses 8:211).

Christian View:

Jesus was miraculously begotten by the Holy Spirit. Mary was a virgin at the time and remained a virgin until after Jesus was born (Matthew 1:18-20; Luke 1:26-38).

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Mormons believe Jesus was a polygamist who was mar­ried to at least Mary Magdalene, Mary the sister of Lazarus, and Martha. Jesus also had children through His multi­ple marriages. This doctrine, taught by early LDS leaders, is minimalized today but not denied.

Mormon View:

“… there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and on careful reading of that transaction, it will be discovered that no less a person than Jesus Christ was mar­ried on that occasion…. Object not, there­fore, too strongly against the marriage of Christ” (Brigham Young, Journal of Dis­courses 4:259-60).

“When Mary of old came to the sepulchre… she saw two angels…. ‘And they say unto her, Woman why weepest thou? She said unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord,’ or husband” (Apostle Orson Hyde, Journal of Dis­courses 2:81).

“I said, in my lecture on Marriage, at our last Conference, that Jesus Christ was mar­ried at Cana of Galilee, that Mary, Martha and others were his wives, and that he begat children” (Ibid., 2:210).

Christian View:

Jesus was never married, let alone a polygamist. The Bible in no way alludes to the idea that Jesus was married.

John 2:2 says Jesus was invited to the wedding feast. A bridegroom is not invited to his own wedding.

Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene was a result of Jesus’ forgiveness of her sin. She was involved in worshiping the Lord.

Jesus’ relationship with Mary the sister of Lazarus was surely that of friendship with the entire family.

Again, what we see here are doctrines that come not from the Bible, but from the darkened minds of LDS leaders.

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Mormons believe that although Jesus rose from the grave with an immortalized body, His resurrec­tion did not destroy death and sin. It only ensured that all men would be resurrected (brought back to life) with a perma­nently joined body and soul.

Mormon View:

“The facts of Christ’s resurrection from the dead are attested by such an array of scriptural proofs that no doubt of the real­ity finds place in the mind of any believer in the inspired records” (Articles of Faith, pp. 385-86).

“The resurrection of Christ brings to pass the resurrection of all men” ( What the Mormons Think of Christ, p. 26).

Christian View:

The death of Jesus satisfied the holiness and justice of the Father in relation to the sin of mankind and the punishment for sin. Christ is the propitiation for our sins (l John 2:12). Our transgressions are forgiven in light of God’s having taken away the certificate of debt and nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:13-15). Peace with God is possible through Jesus Christ because sin and death have been dealt with com­pletely on the cross (Romans 5:1).

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Mormons believe that the Holy Ghost is a spirit man, the third god in the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is an imper­sonal influence that proceeds from the Father. (This distinction is drawn from the KJV use of both terms.)

Mormon View:

“The Holy Ghost is an individual person­age, the third member of the Godhead; the Holy Spirit, in a distinctive sense, is the ‘divine essence’ by means of which the Godhead operates upon man and in nature” (Articles of Faith, p. 488).

Christian View:

There is no distinction between the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost in the Bible. These are simply synonyms for the same Greek expression. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, is fully God, and has intellect, emotion, and will. He has the same attributes as the other two persons of the Trinity, yet is distinguished from them (Matthew 28:19; Mark 3:28-29; John 14:26; 16:7-14; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 15:30; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 12:11; Ephesians 4:30).

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Mormons believe that man is an eternal being like God because he origi­nally came from eternal spiritual matter. After God reached the status of Godhood, He and His celestial wife procreated spirit children.

Mormon View:

“Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be” (D&C 93:29).

“Life, intelligence, mind, the ‘light of truth,’ or whatever name one gives to the center of the personality of man, is an uncreated, eternally existent, indestructible entity. In the first stage, man was an eternally existent being termed an intelligence. The next realm where man dwelt was the spirit world eternally-existing intelligences were clothed with spirit bodies numerous sons and daughters were begot­ten and born of heavenly parents into that eternal family in the spirit world” (The Gospel Through the Ages, pp. 126-27).

Christian View:

Man is a finite being, not an eternal one. The first man Adam was created at a spe­cific point in time (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; 1  Corinthians 15:45-49). Man did not exist in the begin­ning when God was creating the universe, for if he had, God’s question to Job would have made no sense (Job 38:4). Man was created lower than the angels, so that David wondered why God is even mindful of him (Psalm 8:3-5; 144:3). Not a single verse in the Bible suggests that God has a wife, but Isaiah 44:24 explicitly says that the Lord made all things by Himself. More­over, several passages in Isaiah indicate that there is only one God and there is none beside Him (Isaiah 44:8; 45:6) or like Him (Isaiah 46:9).

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