What Do Mormons Think About Other Religions?

Religion is Personal...

What do I, as a Mormon, think about other religions?

I think the logical and common answer to that question is most likely the same as most people feel towards those with differing religious beliefs than their own. First, how they feel about their own religion must be taken into account, which is -- and please don't be offended, because you probably feel this way, too, about yours. So although this goes without saying, my answer is to first state -- that I like mine best.

And of course, is plainly understood. Right? This has absolutely nothing to do with my thinking that I am better than anyone else. Should we not all be lovers of the life that we choose? I was hoping you would understand my meaning, when I say such a conceited and unattractive thing. But honestly, I can't imagine any one of us responding by saying, "Well, since it is not my religion, or how I believe the world to be, then I just cannot accept it, or the people." Unless of course it is a dangerous denomination, that has proven itself to be a threat to me.

Now, with that disclaimer, I would tell you that I actually love that others do claim a personal religion.

I am completely moved by this quote from Thomas Carlyle:

"A mans religion is the most important thing about him. This is what he believes, in, and thinks about, and stands for, and works at and lives by."

From the very first time that I read Carlyle's words, I felt a powerful sense of universal truth being declared. As I have pondered the implications of one who chooses a religion and lives by it, I feel gratitude to all those who seek for truth, embrace it and then do abide in it.

Those with Truth in Their Lives-- Are Not Distracted by that Which Happens to Pass by...

The Power of Choice in Our Lives

Carlyle meticulously crafted this testament with such authority so as to emphasize its order, in the power of an individual's life. You will notice by the placement of each and every word and comma that he chose to emphasize in this thought -- is shown his own belief in this truth, and how it manifests its power in a life. Which is, that one's core belief or religion is the absolute foundation by which people do then, act. It is the reason for, and why -- we place our priorities in a particular order, and ultimately build a life of purpose and integrity. I love the way in which this brief, yet concise declaration, is able to invoke the impact and depth of the meaning and importance of religion in our lives.

Meaning, in our lives, affects everything about us.

In my simple way, I find a deeper sense of trust in others who also hold dear to their chosen beliefs. I also have found that those who accept this understanding, are guided by that which causes us to be humble and accepting of each other. To hold to the truth that there is ONE greater than all of us, who created this planet which we all live upon and to believe that there is a purpose to our lives -- in that alone, there is unity amongst all; even though each understand these truths differently.

I honestly don't believe that it is possible for us to understand how others religion affects their life completely. Nor do I imagine that many will understand fully how mine impacts my life. I do know, that in the lives of those who do hold to a system of beliefs, that it is a blessing to others, both near and far -- and I can feel confident that they have chosen the better part, and have done so with a sincere heart.

We Can Be One...

Through Symbolism
Through Symbolism
by faith,
by faith,
and in truth.
and in truth.

Do we have the right to expect anything more from those who have exercised their right to choose what they believe in... IF that which they produce is rooted in a belief system which is good? I am grateful to live in a country that allows for the dictates of our hearts, in that which we choose to believe.

Each one of us ought be a contribution to the community that we live in.

The harmony in which we are able to live together is grounded in the fact that we trust the overall integrity of those in the community. I think that most would agree that we are more comfortable, with those who are the most like us. I know that in meeting someone for the first time, we all tend to look until we find those commonalities that ultimately will either bring us closer to a friendship or alert us that we are different. It is the differences in us, that cause us to grow as individuals.

What then, will likely be the reason for divisiveness between people? It comes down to whether we sense a sameness or not, and as I see it, is that which determines this choice in us. For me, I must be honest and admit -- that I am much more willing to embrace a person who holds to that which encourages personal and communal integrity. Not necessarily, but those who are in some way religious, or live a spiritual life, tend to live by an acceptable standard to most others.

Mormon Beliefs that are Similar to Yours...

Religious Division...

The religion of choice is not generally a factor for me. Because a person is of a different religion than mine, and the way they believe being contrary to what I believe, even still -- this is not a factor in my acceptance of them as individuals. It is important that all of us respect the choices that others have made, knowing that they have exercised their right to do so. Religion in a life is the most personal of choices we as human beings determine in our lives. To me, it is the mark of kindness in humanity to accept the choices of others respectfully. To exercise more than religious tolerance for me, is to be a Christian.

For this reason, I believe that not only myself, but other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, willingly and openly embrace all that is good in others.

Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, was asked at one time, what Mormons believe? He published a statement then, and is referred to now, as the Articles of Faith.

In the thirteenth and final article, of our beliefs as members of the Mormon Church it reads -

We Can Be Together Forever... Someday

This is What Mormons Believe

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

It is our belief, that all good comes from God. This is what we value as members of the LDS Church. We don't just recite these words because they sound "good". We accept and embrace the values that are declared and honestly strive to live by them. The Church of Jesus Christ firmly believes, that all people have the right to worship God as they choose, thus in our eleventh Article of Faith it states -"We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may." That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

The Harvest

Sharing Sows Understanding Amongst The Faithful
Sharing Sows Understanding Amongst The Faithful

Respectful Differences are Good

This, we believe is done with reverence, and according to the agency placed in an individual, and which we believe is of God. And as stated, we desire the same right -- which is to live in peace and harmony with others, the beliefs and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It is my personal hope, that your encounters with the members of the LDS Church, have been positive experiences. I am committed to ensuring that the dialogue which is found here on this Hub of mine, would always be respectable to those of other religions --

Even if I still think that mine is best! Note, that I did not say better... But, isn't that the way it should be? Should we not all feel firm in that faith which we have made a choice to live by -- and are then moved upon in this life, to accomplish more good.

I am always ready to speak and say why I believe that which I do believe, and have found to be true principles and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have come to know through study and prayer that The Church of Jesus Christ is the same organization as was set up by Jesus Christ himself, when He was upon the earth. I look forward to sharing the truths of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all that are interested in more information regarding these truths.

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT MORMONS?

What It Means to Me to Be a Christian?

Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I look to Him for my Salvation, knowing with all my heart, that this comes through His Atoning Sacrifice, that He made for me. I have an assurance, that if I will receive Him and keep His commandments, then shall I be cleansed by His blood, and have place with Him throughout eternity.

I am grateful for the peace that comes in knowing my Savior, Jesus Christ, particularly at a time in the world, when things are so unstable and many find themselves without an anchor to their souls. With the many challenges, trials and adversity that each one of us experience, it is such a blessing to know that there is a purpose to our time here in this life. The truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, gives us a peace that can come in no other way.

It is good to be secure, in the faith of Who is in control... during a time when so much around us seems out of control. We can find comfort in knowing that there are so many others, like ourselves, that recognize a Creator who is greater than us all. Everywhere we look, we see evidence of this.

I feel confident, that regardless of how we worship the Creator -- whether, Christian, Jewish, Muslim or even an Atheist, etc... all that do, can feel unified in a universal oneness that ultimately binds us as brothers and sisters. This is an absolute truth, as I see it.

We know in Whom we trust...

tDMg

LDSNana-Ask A Mormon

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coolbreeze 8 years ago from Hawaii

I have worked for with and around Mormans, I have always loved them. They have never judged me. My Quote- (A soul is measured by its ablilty to give and receive love). Thank you for visiting my Hub Rik


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

I will take this opportunity to learn more about your faith.

I agree with your 'My religion is the best,' sentiment. 

That's like feeling good about oneself without belittling others. 

And when people with such strong beliefs share their faiths, everybody is enriched.

Anyway, such meetings are His doing! :)


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks coolbreeze,

I am happy to hear that you have had postive interaction with members of the Lds faith.

Isn't it interesting that those who have never met a 'Mormon' are willing to accept so much confusion about a religion and its people, who in general, are known to be pretty good folks overall?

I agree with your quote, in that how we truly measure one another -- really does come down to the ability that we have to develop relationships with each other. It is always a two way street, where there is a giver and a receiver - and to each other, we are always the one that is needed at any given time.

Thank YOU for stopping by,

tDMg


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Kenny.

I like that you see confidence in ones choices as not threatening to what others choose to believe.

I too enjoy learning what I can from others who have differing beliefs than my own. I find that by doing so, in a respectful way, I am able to be taught and find greater understanding is reached.

Positive communication with others that we see as different than us, usually finds us seeing much differently than previously thought. Which is most of the time a good thing.

tDMg


Pretty Princess 8 years ago

I guess everyone thinks they have the best information, right?


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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

Very nice and non threatening hub. I have a basic understanding of the Lds church and its differences from other Christian religions. To me, all doctrine aside, belief in Jesus Christ as LORD and savior trumps all misconceptions and differences. We are all called to love our neighbor as ourself. Love God first. But your fellow man second. I know it sounds cliché, but we would have a better place to live if everyone lived by this one principle; regardless of religious denomination. I look forward to reading your other hubs as well. Peace!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Rob -

I do not feel it cliché to say such a truth. I also, like you - believe that to love and put God first in our lives, requires that we love His children who are our brothers and sisters - as He does.

His love is perfect for each one of us, flaws and all. He has prepared a way for us to be cleansed through His Son and also overcome this world.

When we begin to understand the power of the atonement, which has the power to enable all of God's children to be found acceptable unto Him - can we do anything less than accept one another - with our many differences?

So, we come back to the first and second great commandments, of which all the laws and the prophets literally hangs.

Thank you for such a truthful comment.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


Chuck 8 years ago

I too am respectful of all others beliefs but at the same time, I am commanded by Christ to preach the truth that he alone is the only way to the Father. That tough love you get from Christians towards Mormons is because we don't want to see you go to hell. As I've stated before, there are too many PRIMARY differences between Christians and Mormons to say they believe the same thing. How we view the trinity and the cross are too extreme for us to believe the same. My pastor likes to say, we Have a huge sin problem not a little one. We lost it all in the Garden of Eden, Christ DID it All on the Cross, and we GAINED it all. We gained it all but were not deserving.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Chuck -

"We lost it all in the Garden of Eden, Christ DID it All on the Cross, and we GAINED it all. We gained it all but were not deserving."

This is the only place that the phrase "on the cross" exist in the KJV of the Bible.

John 19: 19 19 ¶ And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.Personally, I prefer this particular scripture in reference to the "cross" and how it relates to Jesus Christ...

Col. 1: 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

But, here is a listing of all references to the "cross" in the KJV...

http://scriptures.lds.org/en/search?search=cross&d...

Finally, here is the understanding and teachings of Mormonism:

http://scriptures.lds.org/en/gs/c/75

Nonetheless, Mormons would not argue your statement - necessarily. I understand that the cross symbolizes the climax of the covenant atonement that Jesus Christ made for all mankind.

We fully accept His perfect sacrifice "on" the cross as our Savior and Redeemer - as do all Christians.

We also acknowledge His Grace, in offering us Salvation and that there is nothing that any human being could possibly do, that can affect or merit salvation -- without Jesus Christ.

However, it is not my purpose here in writing about the Church, to defend Mormonism or to contend with any of my readers. For those wishing to learn and understand more about Mormonism, or how we live the teachings -- that is my only purpose.

Please read my profile here on Hubpages:

http://hubpages.com/@ldsnana-askmormon

Mormons also accept, without hesitation - that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. Therefore, Mormons absolutely consider themselves to be Christian.

Our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, is at the very center of our lives - and we believe without reservation, that He is the only way to the Father.

Yes, Mormons have a different concept of the Godhead -- we believe that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost or Spirit - are each separate and distinct Divine Beings.

If your comments come from a truly loving place, then I sincerely appreciate your concern for my/our welfare. However, I do not believe it to be necessary in the least.

Please know, that my teachings about Mormonism - come also from a loving and not contentious place.

You must know, that I am firmly grounded in that which I teach, regarding Mormonism and confidently witness of these truths.

Best regards.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

@Ted - Get a blog.

tDMg

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

You are very religius.


daniel 6 years ago

I was a missionaries and one of the first rules was never to criticise other religions or groups.


passingtheword 5 years ago

Joseph Smith said . . .

(first vision where celestial personages appeared to him.) . . .) "My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right — and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong, and the personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in His sight: that those professors were all corrupt . . ." (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 5-6).


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LdsNana-AskMormon 5 years ago from Southern California Author

@passingtheword (Jay)

Hi Jay -

In this context, I believe, the term "abomination" is used to mean that all churches on the earth have taken religious rituals and teachings and without authority, have distorted them. As a member of the LDS faith, I believe there is much good in most churches, as well as wonderful people.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claims a restoration of the "Primitive" Church -- that Christ Himself organized when upon the earth. The churches referred to in Joseph Smith's vision were those attributed to "historic" christianity -- where men have take authority upon themselves, changed doctrine and teach by the precepts of men -- "mingled with scripture".

I don't believe the LDS Church is perfect by any means, but I do know that the authority to baptize and provide the necessary ordinances to the children of God, is found within the LDS Church. That is what sets us apart from other faiths. I don't believe that God was telling JS that people were an "abomination". That's not the God that I know.

I believe that what is "abominable" to the Lord, is any system which does not bring the children of God back to Him. Having the necessary authority to provide the only "way" is critical in our progression. Even Jesus Christ recognized and honored the authority and "way" that his cousin John (and only John) provided for Him, the Savior of the World who was perfect and without sin. Jesus Christ set the perfect example for us to follow.

Thank you for asking.

tDMg

Kathryn


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Kommoon 4 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

I was converted since I was 19. And I do respect what the 95% people of Thailand, my whole country's belief. By doing that , people around me who I know also act the same like I do. Even though they don't really support what i believe, I think it's good enough to not go against it. 'Cos it's very challenging to grow up from one religious and believe in the other. But I do know to myself that i do the right thing and I think I'm lucky to have a freedom to choose and follow what my faith is ^^

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