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Do Mormons Worship the God of the Bible? Post 6

Post Author: Darrell

The formal name of the Mormon Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Many people believe that because the name of the church includes the words Jesus Christ, Mormons worship the Christ of the Bible. However, a closer analysis reveals several startling differences between the Jesus of Mormonism and the Jesus of the Bible. While many claim that these differences are simply peripheral in nature, in reality, they are central aspects in defining the nature of the being that is worshiped. As a consequence, when the Jesus Christ of Mormonism is compared to the Christ of the Bible, it becomes obvious that they are most certainly not the same being.

The Mormon Church teaches that all mankind existed as spirit sons and daughters of God in a pre-mortal world. Humans were spirit born into this world of God the Father and a Heavenly Mother. While there are varying opinions among LDS theologians as to exactly how this spirit birth took place, Mormons are united in the belief that all humans lived there as spirit brothers and sisters and that the firstborn among them was Jesus Christ. Former Mormon leader LeGrand Richards says, “Christ was not only the Only Begotten Son of God in the flesh, but . . . he was the Firstborn in the spirit.” In 1916, the LDS First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles said, “Among the spirit children of Elohim the firstborn was and is . . . Jesus Christ to whom all others are juniors.” Former Mormon Apostle Bruce McConkie says Christ “is the Firstborn of the Father.”

As a result of this common spirit birth, in Mormonism, Jesus Christ is viewed as literally being the elder spirit brother of all mankind. However, His station as firstborn carries some significance. In The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles, the LDS Church teaches that Jesus “was the birthright son, and he retained that birthright by strict obedience. Through the aeons and ages of premortality, he advanced and progressed until, as Abraham described [in the Mormon Scripture The Pearl of Great Price], he stood as one ‘like unto God’.”

Being spirit born of heavenly parents and our elder spirit brother, the Mormon Jesus is as ontologically separate from God the Father as all other humans. Mormons believe Him to be united with the Father in purpose; nevertheless, they do not believe that the Father and the Son are one being. In addition, given the fact that Jesus is portrayed as having advanced to become like unto God, He has not always existed as God. Instead, He is a separate being who earned the right to be considered a God through obedience.

In the next post, we will look at the biblical problems presented by the Jesus of Mormonism and wrap up this series of posts.  Stick around… only one more to go.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.denboer Ron Den Boer

    Mormons should have called there religion ” The Church of God the Father of Latterday Saints since they don’t Worship Jesus.

    Our Relationship with the Lord

    BRUCE R. MCCONKIE

    Now, it is no secret that many false and vain and foolish
    things are being taught in the sectarian world and even among us about our need
    to gain a special relationship with the Lord Jesus. I shall summarize the true
    doctrine in this field and invite erring teachers and beguiled students to
    repent and believe the accepted gospel verities as I shall set them forth.

    We worship the Father and him only and no one else. We do not worship the Son, and we do not
    worship the Holy Ghost. I know perfectly well what the scriptures say about
    worshipping Christ and Jehovah, but they are speaking in an entirely different
    sense–the sense of standing in awe and being reverentially grateful to him who
    has redeemed us. Worship in the true and saving sense is reserved for God the
    first, the Creator.

    Christ worked out his own salvation by worshiping the
    Father. After the Firstborn of the
    Father, while yet a spirit being, had gained power and intelligence that made him like unto God;
    after he had become, under the Father, the Creator of worlds without number;
    after he had reigned on the throne of eternal power as the Lord
    Omnipotent–after all this he yet had to gain a mortal and then an immortal
    body.

    http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=6843

    http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=602

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