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What Is Mormonism? What Do Mormons Believe?

Question: "What is Mormonism? What do Mormons believe?"

Answer: The Mormon religion (Mormonism), whose followers are known as Mormons and Latter Day Saints (LDS), was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ who told him that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph Smith then set out to begin a brand-new religion that claims to be the “only true church on earth.” The problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts, modifies, and expands on the Bible. Christians have no reason to believe that the Bible is not true and adequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to believe in His Word, and all scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes from Him (2 Timothy 3:16).

Mormons believe that there are in fact four sources of divinely inspired words, not just one: 1) The Bible “as far as it is translated correctly.” Which verses are considered incorrectly translated is not always made clear. 2) The Book of Mormon, which was “translated” by Smith and published in 1830. Smith claimed it is the “most correct book” on earth and that a person can get closer to God by following its precepts “than by any other book.” 3) The Doctrine and Covenants, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding the “Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored.” 4) The Pearl of the Great Price, which is considered by Mormons to “clarify” doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth's creation.

Mormons believe the following about God: He has not always been the Supreme Being of the universe, but attained that status through righteous living and persistent effort. They believe God the Father has a “body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.” Though abandoned by modern Mormon leaders, Brigham Young taught that Adam actually was God and the father of Jesus Christ. In contrast, Christians know this about God: there is only one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6-8), He always has existed and always will exist (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; 1 Timothy 1:17), and He was not created but is the Creator (Genesis 1, Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 37:16). He is perfect, and no one else is equal to Him (Psalm 86:8; Isaiah 40:25). God the Father is not a man, nor was He ever (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hosea 11:9). He is Spirit (John 4:24), and Spirit is not made of flesh and bone (Luke 24:39).

Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms in the afterlife: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, the telestial kingdom, and outer darkness. Where mankind will end up depends on what they believe and do in this life. In contrast, the Bible tells us that after death, we go to heaven or hell based on whether or not we had faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. To be absent from our bodies means, as believers, we are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Unbelievers are sent to hell or the place of the dead (Luke 16:22-23). When Jesus comes the second time, we will receive new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). There will be a new heaven and new earth for believers (Revelation 21:1), and unbelievers will be thrown into an everlasting lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). There is no second chance for redemption after death (Hebrews 9:27).

Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus’ incarnation was the result of a physical relationship between God the Father and Mary. Mormons believe Jesus is a god, but that any human can also become a god. Mormonism teaches that salvation can be earned by a combination of faith and good works. Contrary to this, Christians historically have taught that no one can achieve the status of God—only He is holy (1 Samuel 2:2). We can only be made holy in God's sight through faith in Him (1 Corinthians 1:2). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), is the only one ever to have lived a sinless, blameless life, and now has the highest place of honor in heaven (Hebrews 7:26). Jesus and God are one in essence, Jesus being the only One existing before physical birth (John 1:1-8; 8:56). Jesus gave Himself to us as a sacrifice, God raised Him from the dead, and one day everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus tells us it is impossible to get to heaven by our own works and that only by faith in Him is it possible (Matthew 19:26). We all deserve eternal punishment for our sins, but God's infinite love and grace have allowed us a way out. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Clearly, there is only one way to receive salvation and that is to know God and His Son, Jesus (John 17:3). It is not done by works, but by faith (Romans 1:17; 3:28). We can receive this gift no matter who we are or what we have done (Romans 3:22). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Although Mormons are usually friendly, loving, and kind people, they are deceived by a false religion that distorts the nature of God, the Person of Jesus Christ, and the means of salvation.

Recommended Resource: Reasoning from the scriptures with Mormons by Ron Rhodes.

http://www.gotquestions.org/Mormons.html

churinga churinga 70+, M 9 Responses Apr 22, 2012

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How is Paul the apostle any different from Joseph Smith? Both had visions, wrote (made up) sc<x>riptures, and were known to have done bad things. I think Paul perverted Jesus' tradition much more than Joseph Smith did with 19th century American Christianity.

You want proofs, or at the very least a very thorough research and analysis of the mormon's own history. Try this link < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ac_fLUHiBw > Within 10 minutes I will bet you will either stop because you can't handle the fact that the LDS if filled with lies from the very start OR you will stop having had already enough proof to realise that the LDS/mormon church is nothing more than a deceit originated by a single self-absorbed person.

Re 777heaven.<br />
Seems like you lost your sense of humor.<br />
If you are genuine in wanting to point out the so called false information please name them and be prepared for rebuttal from LDS writing.

With the LDS / Mormons, printing lies is all too easy since that is the basis of your belief.

Sorry if the taste of the truth is unpalatable to you, but alas it is the truth. The mormon faith is built on lies and falsehoods, destoying lives along the way without any care as to the effect on others as long as the chuch can claim to have more members in the end. One wife was turned from her husband and the greater majority of those who loved her, this is not the act of a caring, loving organism but the work of a cult built on deceit and working on the side of darkness.

Re Robert1256.<br />
Thanks for the reply.<br />
If ever you have the chance and can get a copy read a book titled Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin it will give you and anyone else for that matter an insight into the workings of a vast array of cults, I came across this book when witnessing to a variety of Christian cults back in the 1970s.<br />
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The posts that do go here for all to see are never directed at any individuals, I have no control as to who will read these articles.<br />
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What is written here is not my opinion; it is the nett result of devoted men and women guided by the Holy Spirit using the word of God to put the true light on the Doctrines of these various cults.<br />
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This current post has had responses from 777heaven and if you read them this whole thing is a big laugh.<br />
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We all have to encounter in this life the death of those around us be they kin or friends and we all grieve in different ways.<br />
Some of us look beyond physical death and know that there awaits a judgment that will confine souls to the Second Death, the whole purpose of bringing into the glorious light of the Gospel the error of the Doctrines of the cults is to save souls from the second death, if that is a problem for you or anyone else there is nothing you can say that will stop me having compassion for lost souls.

Re Churinga. This site that both you and I make use of is called Experience Project. The nature of it's design is to attract people from all over the world of every culture, religion, race and any walk of life be it good or bad. They come here and post storie's or read other's in just about any subject that one can think of. In a sense of the form they lay their life out in the open for everybody to read. This also lay's them open to comment's by other's. They could be praise, agreement, disagreement, ridicule or insult's by anybody at any givin time. <br />
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Robert1256 make's use of this site for various reason's. I deal with depression, SAD, and PTSD. At any given time my " Mood " can hit overdirve and I am way out in left field filled with anger. At this point it matter's not what I might say or do. Thus knowing this I am fully aware that I fall far short in my christian life but I dont hide behind it either. I dont have a problem admitting it for all to see either. Now couple that with the fact that I am getting older and set in my way's and I tend to be rather opinunated which is another thing I freely admit. But because this is what " I " think does not mean that I am right. But if I am going to use this site then it is an accepted fact that not everybody else will agree with me and that include's whatever I might post concerning my faith. Negitive response is expected with the wide range of difference's on a site such as this.<br />
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I am also aware that EP is not a church filled with like minded people of my own faith. Take your choice in finding people from every faith worldwide. Again that put's me into contact with people of different faith's that I may not agree with nor they mine. But we can talk and we can discuss our faith and the why's for choosing it without attacking, insulting or any other form of degrading each other. It is done with respect which make's each of us willing to listen to each other. <br />
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There is another member on here that we are both aware of that I admire and respect. It is evident in thier post's and comment's that God prepaired his heart to minister. This person does it with a humbled heart and with a love toward ALL other's regardless of their faith. This person has many time's been disagreed with and called name's but not once have I seen any resopnse that in any form lowered his christian stance. He minister's God's word with love while getting the message across.<br />
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It is also evident that you have spent alot of time in the study of God's word. It is evident that you have spent alot of time in research of your faith as well as many other's. I admire that you back up much of what you post with sc<x>ripture or reference. You have posted some of the best post's that I have read on here. I dont call any of that into question. I will repeat though that I question your " Pulpit Wisdom " You get all defensive with anybody that question's YOUR faith or attack's it in any form, you defend it. Why do you expect different from other's ? You have worded your disagreement in every possible way. We get it, you disagree with the morman faith and feel it is part of your calling to inform other's of what you feel make it an incorrect faith. But why do you feel it so nessisary to show such distain toward them when they defend themselve's from what they see as an attack. You have had your choice in faith for most of your life, you are settled and comfortable in it.You will be more that willing to " discuss " your faith with me.as long as I dont disagree. True or not if I called your faith a cult how would YOU react. Most of these people are just like you and have spent a lifetime in their chosen faith and it is em<x>bedded into them and they will defend it if attacked. At least in this instance that put's you on the same level as the rest of us, you will defend your faith as well at they.<br />
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Once you put sombody on defence their mind goes closed to whatever you have to say even if you are correct on a subject, I know mine will. If you feel it's your calling to get God's word out them follow your calling but take a few lesson's from the other person on here doing the same thing. Respect, love and a humbled heart that is more willing to talk too other's that differ from you rather then AT them. You are no different then me my friend, getting old, set in our way's and very opinunated. But were still not alway's right.

Re Robert1256.<br />
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The bridge had been taken out by an uplifting in the earths surface and exposed molten lava that resembled a lake of fire, the bridge carried a lot of traffic and was broad, fortunately there was another way across, small and narrow but sturdy and reliable.<br />
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To assist fellow travellers as they drove towards the bridge danger signs were placed along the way warning others of the impending danger and directions to the narrow way across.<br />
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Others arrived and heeding the instructions as to what was ahead were saved, and then these same people proceeded to take down the warning signs declaring that others had every right to drive into the lake and God would save those who were worthy.

There is a real issue with mormons, and I was exposed to this first hand.<br />
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I was with the same woman for 18 years, we were married for 13 of them. I will admit that I was not the best husband, that I could have loved her more and dedicated more time to her and her needs, instead I was too focussed on paying the bills and insuring that my reputation at work as as good as it could be to enable us to go for all of the various meetings and appointments we needed to go through for the fertility treatment and later adoption proceedures.<br />
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What does this have to do with mormonism? My wife befriended a mormon over the internet and they became rather close, so much so that she even began to stay up at night to chat with him instead of coming to bed. After three straight nights of her coming to bed in the early hours of the morning just as I was getting up I decided that it was enough. I walked out and when I tried to come back in the afternoon knowing that i had made a major mistake, she denied me access to the houe and our daughters. She claimed that she had found someone better and that she would no longer be under my controlling ways.<br />
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Issue #1 - a mormon stepped in to undermine, even destroy a marriage.<br />
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As she persued *his* religion she started to distance herself from people. Now it made sense for her to distance herself from my neice and nephews, but what was strange was that she initially said that she hoped they would remain friends since they all adored her and she in turn adored them. Yet after her badtism and confirmation which happened all in a single weekend, she cut all ties with them hurting people who respected, loved and adored her.<br />
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My wife continued this isolation by turning her back on the biological family of our oldest daughter who had adopted us (emotionally speaking) making us feel more welcomed then we had felt in our own families. The idea was that our oldest daughter would still be able to stay in touch with *her* grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and cousins. We had been a little concerned about how things would work with our second adoptive daughter but everyeone accepted her on equal footing as they did their own flesh and blood which was great as it gave our second daughter a real family to belong to.<br />
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When I spoke t the elder of my wife's new church he was rather quick to point out that there was no requirement for my wife to stay in contact with the grandparents. Since the adoption had been finalized they had "no legal rights" to her.<br />
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Issue #2 - mormons believe in the importance of family, and yet they supported an adoptive mother isolating her daughter from her biological family.<br />
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Under the continued influence of the church and I suspect the new man in her life, my wife is seeking a divorce and hoped that she would gain control of the girls to drag them into this deceitful religion. When I was able to get a court restriction on her ability to bring the girls to church her attitude changed and she began to lie to pocile and social services to get me in as much trouble as possible.<br />
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I was arrested and investigated on various charges, all of which were dropped after a few hours of the officials speaking with me. Since her efforts to see me out of the girls' lives were unsuccessful she began to spread false rumours in the cuommunity, likely to cost me my job. She has gone on record when speaking to the police that she still loves me, yet she is doing all that she can to see me land in jail so that she can get full control of the girls and likely move to Utah where her new man is.<br />
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Instead of working to save a family, the church and its members have been more than happy to accept her and help her in forging lies to gain her trust and possibly more members. For her to tell me "I've forgiven you" and almost in the same breath turn around and lay charges against me that would see me land in jail is part of the legacy of the mormon church.<br />
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No a single member stepped forward to help the *family* because I was not a member of the church, instead they are as a community helping her to force me out of the lives of my daughters, depriving them of their father and his love. That my wife decided to end our marriage only a month and a half after the adoption became final is still a very sore spot for many who have pointed out that her new man had to have something to do with this. That he likely brainwashed her to his faith and now needs me out of the picture to be able to claim *my* family as his.<br />
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This is what the mormon church truly is, a facade of good hiding a darkness that would make the devil himself cringe.

Why are you blaming a whole religion for what happened to your marriage? Maybe she did actually find a better man for her. I'm sorry, but its not fair to blame Mormonism for you losing your marriage. Perhaps he was not a "real" Mormon, in the way that Christians say about other Christians who do bad things and are called "not a real Christian". I hope you learn from your own mistakes and move on and find someone new.

The problem is not as much in christianity as it is with the people that claim it. More war's have been faught, more people killed, tortured, maimed, raped in the name of God since Adam then they care to admit. Too many " christian's " think that they and their brand of religion is the one and only true way and if you dont agree with them then they look down their nose and tell you that your going to hell. Let me break some new's to you here, hell will be full of " Christian's "<br />
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I am pentecostal in faith thus I dont agree with the morman faith, my choice. Like it or not that is their choice. Some moron " christian's " on here have taken it upon themselve's to open the eye's of the world to the morman faith and make them a target of all their wisdom. All you have to do is post one word " Morman " and poof they are there with all their widsdom of thirty year's. How come I dont see any posting's to this extent about the catholic's and sexual abuse, is that not a BIG sin still going on today under the name of GOD and in a church no less.<br />
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Why dont I see any post's about protestant's that get so selfrightious that they think they ARE God or his modern day prophet and do as they please. Jim Jones in Guyana. death toll 909 with many of them children. David Koresh in Waco Texas. death toll 67 again with children. No post about the Westboro Baptist Church with it's so called pastor that goes to the cemetary and hold's protest's while a family try's to bury a lost loved one killed in the war, they even desecrate the American flag and guess what, it's done in the name of God. Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, Jimmy Swaggart so selfrightious that they placed themselve's above what they preached to everybody else.<br />
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As one " Christian " chose to point out, I have a known morman on my friend list. No I have a person on my friend list that happen's to be morman. There in not one single thing I can say or do that will convert them away from their faith any more than they can convert me from mine. But we can talk. We can respectfully discuss our faith and difference's in such without being rude, belittleing or insulting each other. I have not ATTACKED this friend nor have they ATTACKED me. The very best that I could EVER do is to plant a seed God give's me and the rest is betweem them and GOD. It's really that simple. But when a simple minded selfrightious " Christian " goes on the attack the only thing they achieve is to close a mind that might have been open.<br />
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No there is not a problem with christianity because the bible explaine's it pretty well. The problem is with the moron's that think it is their job to save everybody they deem not as on the same page as they are and make all christian's look like fanatic fool's. You ever heard the one about the blind trying to lead the blind. Clean your own house before you want to ridicule mine. Have A Great Day.

Never thought I would agree with Churinga, but there has to be a first for everything - kuddos!<br />
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The mormons use lies and deception to gain many of their followers, targetting the weak and emotionally disturbed. This is not fantasy but facts as gathered by many including myself over the years after having spoken to members of the families that the missionaries helped to destroy.<br />
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The Book of mormons, said to be the "most correct book" at the time of its initial printing has received nearly 4000 corrections since then. So which version is the "most correct"?<br />
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Initially the mormons believed that blacks (people of dark skin) were in league with the Devil, brother of jesus who failed to win the *bid* to control the earth. make sense for a religion that was created in the southern USA. Interesting note is that after the Civil War this idea was gradually abandoned as the social ideas shifted, now blacks are welcomed with open arms into the church. Of course, the church itself is more interested in membership (getting 10% of their income) than persuing actual truth.<br />
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It is no secret that i have no love for the mormon faith, but had they been actual truthful in their quest and ways i would not be so adamant to expose them for the liars that they are, using their influence to destroy lives and increase their membership at *ANY* cost.<br />
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As far as I am concerned, Joseph Smith may have seen something, an angel named Moroni, but that angel was an agent of evil and helped bring about an organization designed to corrupt, deceive and draw people away from a happy life by destroying families under the claim of saving lives.