Who Are These Mormons?
Mormon-Its Just a Nick-Name
The true name of the Church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints". The term "Mormon " was adopted by non Mormons and based it on the title of the "Book of Mormon". In debating the issue of Mormons and "are they Christians", the hub by Harlan Colt he states that they are not. At least not believers in the same Christ as "real" Christians. I felt that this idea needed an update, since it was written two years ago.
Colt's Ideas of What Mormons Believe-#1
Colt says that this is what Mormons believe about Christ:
1.They believe he was born in the pre-existence and is a brother to Lucifer and to all mankind.
Christians do not believe this. So, what is the harm in a little more knowledge? The basic truth about Mormonism is that it takes the bible teachings and adds knowledge to them.
Christ and Lucifer
"Jess L. Christensen, Institute of Religion director at Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some—especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures and the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel “who was in authority in the presence of God,” a “son of the morning.” (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25–27.) Both Jesus and Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge and influence. But as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer’s older brother. (See Col. 1:15; D&C 93:21.)
How could two such great spirits become so totally opposite? The answer lies in the principle of agency, which has existed from all eternity. (SeeD&C 93:30–31.) Of Lucifer, the scripture says that because of rebellion “he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies.” (Moses 4:4.) Note that he was not created evil, but became Satan by his own choice.
Men Are Brothers
God is not only our Ruler and Creator; He is also our Heavenly Father. All men and women are literally the sons and daughters of God. “Man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal [physical] body” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith , 335).
Every person who was ever born on earth is our spirit brother or sister. Because we are the spirit children of God, we have inherited the potential to develop His divine qualities. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can become like our Heavenly Father and receive a fulness of joy.
What Colt Thinks...#2
2.They believe that Heavenly Father had physical sex with Mary. Christians believe in the immaculate conception.
This is a false statement. Mormons do not know , or pretend to know , how Jesus was conceived, other than Heavenly Father is his literal father.
"The paternity of Jesus Christ is one of the mysteries of godliness. It may only be comprehended by the spiritually minded. The Apostle Matthew recorded, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 1:18). Luke renders a more plain meaning to the divine conception. He quotes the angel Gabriel saying to Mary: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing [being] which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35;. " -Ezra Taft Benson, 1979
Colt's Idea #3
3.Adam was the God of this world and many others and is our Heavenly Father.
This is a very twisted statement. Adam is our father in that he was the first man and began the population of this world. If anything, he is our earthly father, but not our Heavenly Father. Also, if Adam was the God of this world then how come he could be cast out of the Garden of Eden? A god could stay where he wanted
"Adam held the keys of the First Presidency and stood directly after the Savior in authority (see Teachings, p. 168). He received those keys in the Creation, according to the Prophet Joseph Smith, who added, “Christ is the Great High Priest; Adam next” (Teachings, pp. 157–58).
Who was Adam that he was privileged to begin the human race here on earth? Had he been some very special personage in the premortal world?
Indeed, Adam was very special and very important. Before coming into mortality, he was known as Michael. The Prophet Joseph Smith clearly identifies both Adam and Michael as one and the same person, an angel, the chief angel, or archangel, of heaven, the special servant of God and Christ.
When Michael came into mortality he was known as Adam, the first man, but he was still his own self. Although he was given another name, that of Adam, he did not change his identity.
After his mortal death he resumed his position as an angel in the heavens, once again serving as the chief angel, or archangel, and took again his former name of Michael.-"Mark E Peterson
Colt's Idea #4
4. Jesus paved the way for us to be saved predicated on our obedience.
Mormons believe that ALL mankind will be saved through Jesus' atonement. Perhaps the confusion comes in the fact that man will be judged according to his works, but this is a judgement to determine which world he will live on.
"In preparatory times of the Old Testament, the practice of atonement was finite—meaning it had an end. It was a symbolic forecast of the definitive Atonement of Jesus the Christ. His Atonement is infinite—without an end.29 It was also infinite in that all humankind would be saved from never-ending death." Russell M. Nelson
Colt Concludes that Mormons and Christians Believe in a different Christ
While this is all very diplomatic, it is not exactly right. Mormon's believe in the Bible and in the Biblical Jesus. Is that not the same Jesus Christians believe in? The difference lies in the fact that Mormons know more about Jesus because there is more in the book of Mormon. This book is from the perspective of the ancient people who lived on the American continent. They were the ancestors of the American Indian. They brought their Judaic beliefs with them. Their history tells of their religious experiences and their faith in Jesus Christ. This ultimately culminates in Jesus' appearance to them after his crucifixion. Yes, I know, this is so probably unfathomable to you and that you will think Mormons are crazy. But still, the point is, its still the same Christ.
Hopefully, this clarifies some of the Mormon beliefs. You don't have to believe them; just be aware of them. Mormons believe in the God of the New Testament; the same God that Christians believe in.