Difference Between Mormon and Catholic
Mormon vs. Catholic
Arguments whether Mormonism is to be considered as Christianism or not is a controversial and a very questionable issue. Even though they have a number of similarities, most Protestants as well as the Catholics don’t want to acknowledge the Mormons to be Christians. Nonetheless, religious experts tend to compare Mormons with Christians. It is because Mormonism became known in a Christian context and Mormons consider themselves as Christians.
A “Mormon” is a nickname referring to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They believe in a God of love, who has all knowledge and all power and testify of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World. Mormons represent the fourth largest religious denomination in the United States while Catholicism is the oldest Church founded by Jesus. It is under the authority of the Bishops and Patriarchs and the Pope.
One of their many differences is about their perspective about the Holy Trinity. The Mormons believe that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three different entities who are “one in mission”. Their doctrine about Trinity is that the teaching of the New Testament is that there is a Father, a Son, and a Holy Spirit; three dissimilar beings. This is unlike in the Catholic belief wherein the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are of the “similar being”, three individuals in one substance. The second difference is regarding their perception about God, because for the Mormons, God has a physical body and He is a Heavenly Father. This belief is based on many biblical passages such as when Stephen saw Jesus standing at the hand of God or when Moses spoke to God “face to face”. He is referred to as “Heavenly Father” for “he is the Father of our spirits”. Catholics belief however is that God is Trinitarian and they believe he doesn’t have a body. There is only one God who is pure spirit, creator of the world, holy and good, all-powerful and worthy of mankind’s worship and love.
Another difference is how they define hell. It is an unpleasant spirit prison and to be entered by only the most obstinately wicked according to the Mormons. Do wicked things, be like Satan, and you’ll end up in hell. The Catholics believe however that it is a place or a state of being of eternal torment and distance from God. It is the non-believers and absence of God in oneself that defines hell.
Their beliefs in afterlife are also dissimilar. Mormons believe that when they die, everyone goes to the spirit world and undergoes preparation, good souls in the spirit paradise and the wicked in the spirit prison, and in the resurrection, reunite with the body. They believe in second chance after death. The Catholics belief is that we don’t have afterlife. The souls either go to Hell or go to the Kingdom of God. Many devotees’ souls, as they believe, will also go into purification first in the Purgatory before entering Heaven. But despite these differences, both religions believe in the resurrection of Christ and both believe in the Holy Bible.
Based on their differences, we can say that they are not that different from one another. It is just the way they interpret the scriptures and sacred texts.
1. The Holy Trinity for Mormons is three distinct beings with one purpose. For Catholics, it is three persons in one substance.
2. For Mormons, God is a Heavenly Father with a physical body and Catholics believe that He is a Trinitarian God who does not have a body.
3. Hell is a spirit prison for the wicked soul according to the Mormons. The absence of God in a person is what Catholics define Hell.
4. Mormons believe in afterlife or in resurrection and second chances. Catholics however doesn’t believe in this.
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