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Are Mormons Christians?

God is the Supreme Being of the universe, but he has not always held that position. He gradually attained godhood by living a perfectly righteous life. -Joseph Smith p. 345.

It also says that Jesus and Satan, like the rest of us, were spirit brothers and sons of God before the spirit of Jesus was given a body by Mary in Bethlehem. The Mormon “Book of Moses” presents Satan and Jesus as contending for the privilege of taking a body of flesh in order to become the redeemer, with Jesus winning the contest. [See Joseph Smith, Pearl of Great Price, Book of Moses 4:1-4.]


To me... these are BIG contradictions to the teachings in the Christian Bible. When I was a Christian, I was always told that Mormons were a cult who did not believe in the God of the Bible, but were following false teachings and being led astray by Satan. Do you feel this way, and if there are Mormons out there, could you explain your beliefs?

 
IhartU

Asked by IhartU at 11:38 AM on May. 20, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Are Mormon's Christian? Depends on your definition of "Christian". No one agrees on the definition. The word "Christain" use to have a specific meaning including the acceptance of what is stated in the Nicean Creed including a belief the Holy Trinity. Today the word "Christain" is almost useless in helping understand what someone really believes. A definition like "one who professes a believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ" could include Muslims - that's how helpful that definition is.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on May. 20, 2009

  • Well, I don't know much about the mormon beliefs, but my brother is a mormon.

    As far as I'm concerned, yes, they are Christians. They believe in God and accept Jesus Christ as their savoir. IMO, that's the requirements for being a Christian. My brother LOVES Jesus - he only listenes to Christian music, he reads his bible every day, goes to church every Sunday and he and his wife do devotionals together every day. You don't get any more Christian than that.
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 11:43 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • No, Mormons are not Christians. Christians follow the teachings of Christ from the New Testament.
    Mormons while they use the Bible and it's teachings believe that Joseph Smith was a modern day profit. Mormons study the teachings of Joseph Smith and his gospel, as given to him by the angel Moroni.

    Of course that is how I have come to understand it.
    2-1CavWife

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 11:44 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • If you define Christianity as having your whole religion focused on the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and His role as our savior and redeemer, then Yes, they are.

    If you define Christianity by some other means, then you can come to whatever conclusion you want.
    mogencreative

    Answer by mogencreative at 11:46 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • Mormons do not follow or believe in the historic Jesus Christ of the Bible, but rather in a difference Jesus.

    The god of the Mormons is not the God of the Bible. To the Mormons, Jesus is the firstborn son of an exalted "man" who became the god of this world. The man-god of Mormonism was made the god of this world because of his good works on another planet somewhere out in the universe. He "earned" godhood, and was thus appointed by a counsel of gods in the heavens to his high position as the god of planet Earth. The Mormon god of this world was a man, like all men, who became a god. This is what the celestial marriage and the temple vows are all about. LDS men, by doing their temple work, are striving for exaltation by which they, too, shall one day become gods.
    2-1CavWife

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 11:48 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • Yes, they are.
    Laura1229

    Answer by Laura1229 at 11:49 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • The Jesus Christ of Mormonism is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible.The Mormon Jesus is the son of this man-god. The Mormon Jesus is the brother of Lucifer, and according to LDS, he married several of the Marys of the New Testament. He is not, to the LDS church, "God incarnate" as the Bible states.
    2-1CavWife

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 11:50 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • Answered at 10:44 AM on May. 20, 2009 by: 2-1CavWife
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    I think you need to sit down and have a conversation with some Mormons about what they believe. They believe in God, they believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as their savior, they read the bible - Old and New testiment. Some of the other stuff they believe might not coincide with your personal beliefs, but that has nothing to do with weather or not they are Christians. Some of what I believe doesn't coenside with most Christian beliefs. Does that make ME any less of a Christian? I don't think so. Just because you don't agree with what they believe doesn't make them any less Christian.
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 11:53 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • Brigham Young, said, "When the Virgin Mary conceived the Child Jesus ... He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is His father? He is the first of the human family" (Journal of Discourses, pages 50-51)
    2-1CavWife

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 11:53 AM on May. 20, 2009

  • Of the essential doctrines (that there is only one God, Jesus is God in flesh, forgiveness of sins is by grace alone, and Jesus rose from the dead physically, the gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus), Mormonism denies three of them: how many gods there are, the person of Jesus, and His work of salvation.

    So, simply believing in Jesus makes one a Christian? You can deny all other basic teaching of the Bible?
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 11:54 AM on May. 20, 2009