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Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 04/25/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN


  The following quotes examine what Mormon theology teaches as opposed to what Christianity teaches.  CCN wishes to make clear this is not an attack on Mormons, but a defense of what Christ taught.


  MORMONISM: "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of spirit.  Were it not so,  the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us." - Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22

  CHRISTIANITY: "God is spirit; and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." - Jesus Christ, John 4:24


  MORMONISM: "And then the Lord said: Let us go down.  And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth." - Joseph Smith, (allegedly from a translation of an ancient papyrus), Pearl of Great Price, Abraham 4:1

  CHRISTIANITY: "You are my witnesses, " declares the Lord, "And my servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.  Before Me there was no  God formed, and there will be none after Me." - Isaiah 43:10


  MORMONISM: "As man is now, God once was.  As God is now, man may become."

  CHRISTIANITY: "How have you fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn!  You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened nations!  But you have said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north.  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.  Nevertheless you will be thrust  down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit." - Isaiah 14:12-15

  Read again Isaiah 43:10 and note that there were no Gods formed before God and there will be none formed after.

  "Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil: and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever -" - Genesis 3:22

  (note: some Mormons may claim that this verse "proves" the existence of more than one God due to the words "like one of US". However, if you notice, the verse, in context, reads "Then the LORD GOD (singular) said, Behold, the man has become like one of US (plural)".  This verse actually helps illustrate the existence of ONE GOD eternally existent in THREE MINISTERING ENTITIES. Both verses show that it is not in God's plan for man to be as God or to be a God.  Notice what Satan's "reward" was for his attempt to make himself "like the Most High" ...  eternal damnation.)


  MORMONISM: "While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in my room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the floor.  He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness.  ... He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; ...  He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants;" - Joseph Smith, The Origin of the Book of Mormon, the Book of Mormon

  CHRISTIANITY: "But though we, or an Angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that  which you received, let him be accursed." - the apostle Paul, Galatians 1:8-9

  (note: the Greek word for "accursed" used in this text is ANATHEMA, translated the Divine Curse.  This is the only place in the entire Bible this word is used, and it's use here underscores  the severity of teaching false doctrines.)

  "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." - the apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

  (note: some have asked how could Mormonism be wrong when the message was delivered by an angel?  Consider 2 points: first, Satan can appear as "an angel of light" and secondly, the messenger sent to Joseph Smith brought teachings contradictory to previous revelations from God.  God is not a God of confusion,  and will not contradict Himself.)


  MORMONISM: When our father, Adam, came into the Garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body ...  he is our father and  God and the only God with whom we have to do." - Brigham Young, April 9, 1852, Journal of Discourses, Vol.  1, page 50

  CHRISTIANITY: "Then the Lord God formed man of the dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and  man became a living being." - Genesis 2:7

  VI.  Joseph Smith's boast elevating himself above Christ:

  "God is in the still small voice.  In all these affidavits, indictments, it is all of the devil - all corruption.  Come on!  ye prosecutors!  ye false swearers! All hell boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava!  for I will come out on top at last.  I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me.  Neither Paul, John, Peter nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I.  The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet" - Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 6:408-9

  VII.  Check out the following verses dealing with:

  a.  Biblical prophesies dealing with the rise of cults and visions

  - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

  - Colossians 2:18-23

  b.  "testing" of a prophet to see if they are of God

  - Deuteronomy 18:20-22

  - Deuteronomy 13:1-3

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