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Mormons vs Christians

Mormons and Christians both believe in Jesus Christ. Though Mormons consider themselves to be Christians, they are not considered so by the Protestant and Catholic Christians. Both the Mormons and Christians share many things in common but there are also many differences between the two groups.

Mormons, as a religious group, were formed by Joseph Smith, who is regarded to have restored the church. It was in the 1820s that Mormonism developed. Official name of the Mormon church is ” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”.

Regarding the differences between Mormons and Christians, the former sect believes in the Book of Mormon, otherwise known as the Mormon bible as well as the Holy Bible; The Pearl of great Price, and Covenants and Doctrines. Christians believe in the Holy Bible.

Regarding their belief in God, the Mormons believe in a heavenly father who has a physical body. On the other hand, Christians believe in Trinitarian God, who has no physical body. For the Christians, they have one god, the Trinity with Jesus as Messiah. Christians also believe in salvation. Mormons do not believe in the Trinity or one God. But they have three Gods  - The Father, Son and Holy Ghost. All the three are distinct from each other in all ways.

For the Christians, Jesus is believed to have been born to the Virgin Mary, whereas Mormons believe that Jesus had a natural birth and was born of a Heavenly Father and of Mary.

In terms of Sin, the Mormons believe that all men are accountable for their own sins and all mankind will be resurrected and saved at the last day. For Christians, sin is horrific as it dishonours God. They believe that sin is treason against God and the Holy Spirit.

When compared to Christians, the Mormons lead a disciplined life. The Mormons are against the use of alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee and other addictive substances.

Summary

  1. Mormons as a religious group were formed by Joseph Smith, who is regarded to have restored the church. It was in 1820s that Mormonism was founded.
  2. Mormons believes in the Book of Mormon or the Mormon bible, they  also have The Pearl of great Price and Covenants and Doctrines. Christians believe in the Holy Bible.
  3. For Christians, Jesus is believed to have been born to the Virgin Mary,  whereas Mormons believe that Jesus had a natural birth.
  4. The Mormons believe in a heavenly father, who has a physical body. On the other hand, Christians believe in a Trinitarian God, who has no physical body.
  5. For Christians, there is one God – the Trinity, with Jesus as messiah. Mormons do not believe in the Trinity or one God, instead they have three Gods  - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

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  1. Sorry I called this blog strange. It looked like my message was deleted. Then I saw it under moderation again and finally posted. Mormonism does attack the Christian Church then run and hide when one thunders on their whitewash. They are so unworthy of any honor.
    They call Jesus Satan’s brother. They call God flesh. They call Christians an abomination to their man-made god. They rejoice when Satan say’s they will become God’s and believe him then reject God’s word who say’s,
    •Exodus 20:2-3: “I am the Lord your God…. You shall have no other gods before me.”
    •Exodus 34:14: “Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
    •Deuteronomy 4:35: “You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other.”
    •Deuteronomy 4:39: “Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.”
    •Deuteronomy 6:4-5: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
    •Deuteronomy 32:39: “See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me.

    • Dear Gme,
      I just saw your comment and I would be delighted to clarify some of these statements, if you are still wondering. :)
      Mormons are Christians, therefore they do not attack the Christian Church (by this I assume you are referring to the rest of Christianity, but please correct me if I’m mistaken). When Joseph Smith received the First Vision, he was told that none of the Christian churches then on the Earth had the full truth. This doesn’t mean that they were all completely wrong. Many had aspects of doctrine that were correct, but did not have the fullness of the gospel because the priesthood had not been restored to the Earth. The Restoration was necessary to restore all the keys of the gospel to Earth again.
      Yes, we do believe that Satan and Jesus are brothers. We also believe that we are their brothers and sisters. We are all spirit children of God, who knows and loves each one of us individually. In the premortal life (before we were born), God presented a Plan of Happiness that would allow each one of his children to come to Earth, gain a body, learn and grow, and return to Him if they were righteous. Because no one is perfect and God knew that all men would sin while they were in their mortal lives, a Savior was needed to take on the sins of the world so that we can repent and forsake our sins. Christ was chosen as the Savior of mankind. Satan presented an opposing plan, wherein men would come to Earth, but be forced to choose good. Satan wanted to then receive all the glory. By Satan’s plan, man would have no freedom to choose. God rejected Satan’s plan because it would not help us to become more like Him, which is what He wants us to do. Because Satan rebelled against God, he fell from grace and was not allowed to have a mortal body. Not all children of God are righteous, but that does not change whose children they are.
      Yes, we do believe that God has a body of flesh and bone. I don’t know if this is what you meant by saying we “call God flesh.” God is perfect, so he is not of mortal flesh (which is imperfect). Instead, he is an immortal physical being.
      We do not believe God to be man-made. We do not call other Christians an abomination. We are all children of God, and as I said before, many other Christian religions have some truth to them. Instead of rejecting others for their beliefs, we invite them kindly to come and learn about ours.
      I’m not sure I fully understand what you’re trying to say with your last sentence, but I’ll respond as best I can. We certainly do not rejoice in anything Satan says, for he is evil and wants to tempt us to sin so that we will become miserable like him. I love your Bible references and would like to clarify that we do not reject them at all. There is one God and He is the only God. We do not worship any other gods.
      I hope this helped explain some things to you and to any others who read this. If you have any questions, feel free to reply or to visit lds.org and mormon.org to find out about LDS beliefs.
      All the best :)

  2. I thought a different voice might be helpful here.

    What most people are overlooking, is the fact that religion (throughout history and at the present time) causes more harm than good. The bible is full of stories, written by human men, thousands of years ago. Anyone can say that God told them to say something or do something. What’s important is what you yourself say and do. And religion tends to take away from our personal responsibilities and puts them on something intangible.

    When you look at the history of human beings… these beliefs make perfect sense. Humans lived in a world without basic understanding of the world around them. These stories, now called sacred and holy texts, were a way for us to make some sense of what we saw and felt. This is what humans do, we’re problem solvers by nature. We do our best to make sense of the world around us with the tools that we have.

    All of the worlds religions have their own stories and many of them even borrow from one another. These stories were important, because they laid a foundation for more civil societies. Now.. that being said… Jesus, whether or not he actually existed as one man at the time mentioned, taught many things that are still very useful and relevant to this day. It’s too bad that the Christian religion doesn’t focus more on his teachings. Living the way Jesus taught people to live would make for a much more beautiful and peaceful world. One of the most powerful things Jesus ever said was “I am the way”. If people really tried to live like Jesus, then think of how differently they would be living than how they actually are.

    This is the most important thing that the Christian religion gave us. The teaching of peace and love toward all. And this brings me to another important fact… that of Jesus and The Buddha as very similar teachers. If you look at their direct teachings next to each other, you begin to see that they had more in common than usually mentioned. The main difference being that The Buddha never claimed to be divine. This is what makes Buddhism a practice, and Christianity a religion. I won’t refer to Buddhism as a religion. It was never meant to be one. And who’s to say Christianity was meant to be one either? We have many years, translations, and a lot of politics between us and the original purpose of Jesus’ teachings.

    I’m not against learning from the religions of the world… I’m all for learning. But blind faith in anything isn’t sane, and it isn’t healthy.

    Be a light unto yourself.

    Peace.

    • @Jason,
      You said that blind faith in anything is insane? So then, the last time you sat down on a chair, how did you know it was going to hold you without buckling under you? (Blind faith) the bible was written by holy men of God as they were taught by The Holy Spirit. The bible is infallible. There are no errors in it unless it is man reading it! Judge the scriptures by other scriptures to see if you have read it correctly! It takes more faith to believe God is not listening to every word you speak, and you will be judged at the appointed time for your sins than it does to trust Jesus died in my place on the cross and rose on the 3rd day and is now in heaven waiting for the appointed time to reveal all to every man. God is everywhere at the same time, He knows every thought you ever had or will ever have, He know the motives behind your thoughts. God tells us in the bible, all have sinned and fall short of Gods Holy standard of righteousness. He also tells us the penalty of sin is death (eternal death)! That’s the bad news…the good news is Christ paid the penalty for the sins of those that will trust Him. Not by works of righteousness (nothing we do!) the sins of believers have been paid in full! Past, present and future! Praise His Holy Name. All he ask us to do is trust Him! Trust, and will be born again! The Holy Spirit will take up residence inside you, leading a new man to everlasting! Don’t trust and upon drawing your last breath you will spend eternity ih hell. ( eternal separation from God! Keep reading the bible and according to Gods Word those in hell are not enjoying beer, hanging with their buddy’s and satan is not in charge! It is a place the bible describes to be constant weeping and knashing of you teeth.. You Jason have blasphemed my Ho,y Lord by claiming lies about His truth.

  3. Humanly speaking, the Bible was written by approximately 40 men of diverse backgrounds over the course of 1500 years. Despite being penned by different authors over 15 centuries, the Bible does not contradict itself and does not contain any errors. The authors all present different perspectives, but they all proclaim the same one true God, and the same one way of salvation—Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) Man today finds on the internet Bible verses rearranged out of context to believe their own lies to honor man rather than God.
    Mormon’s and Jehovah Witnesses are emenies to the Word of God by distorting His Word hiding the real God and Jesus behind their false man-made Jesus and God. I call these deceivers (Static… ) that God’s Word warned us that would be here today and they surely are. The Bible is from God who is a small still voice that cults thunder with static to drown Him out to replace Him by their own version that deny’s the true bibical God of the Bible.
    There were over 360 prophecies foretold about the coming Jewish Messiah – hundreds of years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesus fulfilled all 365 of these prophecies. Now look at the static of Mormon’s and Jehovah Witnesses prophecies. They failed and are proven liars. They make alotta noise to drown truth and the is choice is ours to believe in what man has done or in what Jesus has done on the cross.
    Ultimately, above the human authors, the Bible was written by God. 2nd Tim 3:16 tells us that the Bible was “breathed out” by God. God superintended the human authors of the Bible so that, while using their own writing styles and personalities, they still recorded exactly what God intended. The Bible was not dictated by God, but it was perfectly guided and entirely inspired by Him.
    Be a light unto yourself? Are you a lover of yourself as God’s Word proclaim that we will see in today’s times? The true Bibical Jesus is the light of the world. (John 8:12) There seemeth a way right unto man, but at the end thereof are the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12)

    Geemee

  4. There are a lot of comments here from people trying to convince you one way or the other as to which is right.
    This article does get a lot right, but not everything.
    However, I believe the question was what is the difference between Mormons and Christians, not which was right.
    But you know what?
    You want to know what a Catholic believes? Ask a Catholic.
    You want to know what a Baptist believes? Ask a Baptist.
    You want to know what a Mormon believes? Ask a Mormon.
    You want to know which is right? Ask God. (James 1:5)
    If you really want to know, ask the person who can give you the most correct answer. Don’t follow because someone told you so. Follow what GOD told YOU.
    I’m sure there will be rebuttals to this comment. You’re entitled to believe what you want. I’ll believe what I want because I believe God has told me what I should do. No vision, no angels, but he HAS answered my question in prayer.
    Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.
    If you really want to know, he’ll tell you.

  5. As a “Mormon”, I just thought you should know your articles is riddle with inaccuracies regarding the “Mormon” beliefs. First of all, the correct name of the church is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”. If you are going to quote it, quote it right.

    It’s not called the Mormon Bible. Nobody in the church calls it that. If you are going to say we believe in something name it correctly. The only way we address The Book of Mormon is as The Book of Mormon. Also, it’s called “Doctrine and Covenants”, not Covenants and Doctrine.

    I also find it strange that you say Christians. As though every Christian sect believes the same thing. Not every Christian sect believe in the Trinitarian God. Some believe they are 3 distinct beings, and they have a physical state of being, just like the Mormons. It seems that most of these “Christian” beliefs you are describing are based solely off what Catholics believe. Perhaps you should re-title article “The difference between Mormons and Catholics”.

    Mormons believe in Salvation, just like Christians. As to the 3 Gods statement. We believe in one supreme God, what you mentioned as Heavenly Father. He is God, but Christ, and the Holy Ghost serve in a unified Godhead with him. Like a President has a Vice President, and Secretary. The all work together unified as one in purpose, but we do not worship them individually. We worship God, our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. He speaks to us through the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary. I’m not sure what you mean by natural birth. What is a unnatural birth? Or did you mean conception? We believe that our Heaven Father had a part in how Mary became pregnant, but the details are unknown, since the Bible doesn’t reveal the manner in which the transition took place.

    We believe exactly what you said about Mormons regarding responsibility for sin, but we also believe sin is horrific as it dishonours God. They believe that sin is treason against God. We believe everyone will be resurrected and have to face God for a judgment, but not everyone will be saved. Only those who are righteous and follow God. Not even all Mormons will be saved, which is another misconception. Just being a religion doesn’t save a person. It all depends on what kind of relationship the have with God.

    I have no idea where you got all your information for your article, but perhaps you should have gone to LDS.org to get the correct information. As one commenter mentioned, if you want to know about Mormons, ask as Mormon, or visit their website to find out what their beliefs are. And quote them correctly, don’t interpret it to what you think we believe.

    • Dear Alex,
      Great explanation! I’m glad that there are members out there helping correct some false conceptions about the Church.
      All the best :)

  6. I would love to clarify a few things and make a few corrections. If you’ll bear with me…
    -The LDS books of scripture are the Book of Mormon, Holy Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. The wording is a bit misleading, the name of the Doctrine and Covenants is incorrect, and the Pearl of Great Price is incorrectly capitalized. I’m sorry for being picky about grammar on that last one, but I think it would help your website look more credible.
    -Again with grammar: the last sentence of the second paragraph is a fragment.
    -Every time a reference is made to “Christians” believing something other than Mormons, it gives the distinct impression that Mormons are not Christians. This is not true. I think that the wording “Other Christians” or “Protestants and Catholics” would be more accurate. Please note that this occurs several times throughout the text.
    -”Heavenly Father” should be capitalized each time it appears, just as you would capitalize “God” or “Jesus Christ.”
    -Mormons believe in one God; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost. This is clearly outlined in the Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith 1:1. I think the wording of the 6th and 7th sentences of the 4th paragraph could be better worded in order to explain this doctrine more accurately.
    -”Sin” is not a proper noun and should not be capitalized unless it is at the beginning of a sentence.
    -The 6th paragraph should be revised for accuracy. What is said about LDS doctrine therein is a half-truth.
    -There are several fundamental doctrines that are not included herein. While I realize that this is not supposed to be a comprehensive list, I think it might be helpful to refer to the Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith. These are some clear statements about the beliefs of the LDS Church.
    In conclusion, it seems that the person who wrote this article wasn’t very familiar with LDS doctrine. I would respectfully ask that such articles in the future be better-researched and that this one be revised. As to the grammar corrections, I am not trying to be rude, just to give some polite tips and help.
    I have no desire to be rude or offensive in any way, but I think that people have the right to get clear, correct information about the LDS Church.
    All the best :)

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