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What They Believe 2

13 Jun

What They Believe- Mormonism

 

The Mormon Church or their real name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, makes many claims.  One such claim is that they are Christian, well on this page you will see for yourself how untrue this claim is, as their beliefs vary very greatly from what is taught in the Bible.  The source for this material is taken from http://www.carm.org/lds/mormon_beliefs.htm  with little to no changes made to their work:

  1. Book of Mormon
  2. The book of Mormon is more correct than the Bible, (History of the Church, 4:461.)
  3. Devil, the
  4. The Devil was born as a spirit after Jesus “in the morning of pre-existence,” (Mormon Doctrine, page 192.)
  5. Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers and we were all born as siblings in heaven to them both, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163.)
  6. God
  7. God used to be a man on another planet, Mormon Doctrine, p. 321.  Joseph Smith,  Times and Seasons, Vol 5, pp. 613-614; Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol 2, p. 345, Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 333.)
  8. “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as mans…” (D&C 130:22).
  9. God, becoming a god
  10. After you become a good Mormon, you have the potential of becoming a god, (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pages 345-347, 354.)
  11. “Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them,” (DC 132:20).
  12. God, many gods
  13. There are many gods, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163.)
  14. “And they (the Gods) said: Let there be light: and there was light (Book of Abraham 4:3)
  15. God, mother goddess
  16. There is a mother god, (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 443.)
  17. God is married to his goddess wife and has spirit children, (Mormon Doctrine p. 516.)
  18. God, Trinity
  19. The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. “That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man.” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35.)
  20. Heaven
  21. There are three levels of heaven: telestial, terrestrial, and celestial, Mormon Doctrine, p. 348.
  22. Holy Ghost, the
  23. The Holy Ghost is a male personage, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, (Le Grand Richards, Salt Lake City, 1956, page 118; Journal of Discourses, Vol. 5, page 179.)
  24.  Jesus
  25. “Therefore we know that both the Father and the Son are in form and stature perfect men; each of them possesses a tangible body . . . of flesh and bones.” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 38).
  26. “The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood – was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8: p. 115).
  27. “Elohim is literally the Father of the spirit of Jesus Christ and also of the body in which Jesus Christ performed His mission in the flesh …” (First Presidency and Council of the Twelve, 1916, God the Father, compiled by Gordon Allred, pg. 150).
  28. Joseph Smith
  29. If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation.  There is no salvation [the context is the full gospel including exaltation to Godhood] outside the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 670.)
  30. Pre-existence
  31. We were first begotten as spirit children in heaven and then born naturally on earth, (Journal of Discourse, Vol. 4, p. 218.)
  32. The first spirit to be born in heaven was Jesus, (Mormon Doctrine, page 129.)
  33. The Devil was born as a spirit after Jesus “in the morning of pre-existence,” (Mormon Doctrine, page 192.)
  34. Salvation
  35. “One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation.” (Miracle of Forgiveness, Spencer W. Kimball, p. 206.)
  36. A plan of salvation was needed for the people of earth so Jesus offered a plan to the Father and Satan offered a plan to the father but Jesus’ plan was accepted. In effect the Devil wanted to be the Savior of all Mankind and to “deny men their agency and to dethrone god.” (Mormon Doctrine, page 193; Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, page 8.)
  37. Jesus’ sacrifice was not able to cleanse us from all our sins, (murder and repeated adultery are exceptions), (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3, p. 247, 1856.)
  38. Good works are necessary for salvation, Articles of Faith, p. 92.)
  39. There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, p. 188.)
  40. “The first effect [of the atonement] is to secure to all mankind alike, exemption from the penalty of the fall, thus providing a plan of General Salvation. The second effect is to open a way for Individual Salvation whereby mankind may secure remission of personal sins (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 78-79.)
  41. “As these sins are the result of individual acts it is just that forgiveness for them should be conditioned on individual compliance with prescribed requirements — ‘obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.'” (Articles of Faith p. 79).
  42. “This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts” (LDS Bible Dictionary, p. 697).
  43. “We know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do,” (2 Nephi 25:23).
  44. Trinity, the
  45. The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. “That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man.” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35.)

It is almost impossible to get an objective or third party opinion on basic Mormon beliefs because of the flood of Mormon websites that appear when one searches.  One has to be careful in their pursuit of research that they do not get confused and pick a site they think is NOT Mormon when it really is.

 

 

What They Believe-Jehovah Witnesses

A little easier to find independent research on the beliefs of the Jehovah Witnesses than it is with the Mormons, here are the basic beliefs of this cult and again taken from http://www.religionfacts.com/jehovahs_witnesses/beliefs.htm with little or no changes:

1. Bible: In agreement with most conservative Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses affirm the full inspiration of the Bible by God and the preservation of its copies over the centuries. Witnesses see the Bible as a gift from God that tells humans about what God is like, how to cope with problems, and how to please God. {1} Witnesses use a special translation of the Bible – the New World Translation.
2. God: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in one God, the Creator of the universe and the God of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. They stress the fact that God has revealed his personal name to humanity, which is Jehovah. Jehovah has a spirit body and lives in heaven, but sees all things. Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the doctrine of the Trinity. {2}
3. Jesus Christ: Jehovah’s Witnesses disagree with the mainstream Christian belief that Jesus was “fully God, fully man.” Witnesses teach that Jesus was not God, but rather God’s first creation. Jesus existed in pre-human form as God’s agent of creation and God’s chief spokesman (the Word), and took on human form as the man Jesus by means of a virgin birth.
The purpose of Jesus’ incarnation on earth was threefold in the view of Witnesses: (1) To teach the truth about God; (2) to provide a model of a perfect life for people to follow; and (3) to sacrifice his life to set humans free from sin and death. His crucifixion was not on a cross, but a single upright stake. After his death, God raised Jesus from the dead “as a spirit creature” and Jesus returned to his home in heaven. Jesus was not made King, however, until 1914. (See End Times, below.) {3}
4. Holy Spirit: In accordance with their rejection of the doctrine of the Trinity, Witnesses disagree with mainstream Christianity that the Holy Spirit is one of the three Persons in the Godhead. Instead, they believe the Holy Spirit to be “God’s active force.” {4}
5. Human Nature: Like most Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses trace humanity’s current situation to the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden. The disobedience of the first couple caused death to enter the world, and as a result, all human beings get sick, age, and die. This is against God’s plan, which was to make the entire Earth a paradise. {5}
However, Witnesses do not emphasize the spiritual consequences of Adam’s sin on humanity nor they teach that human free will has been damaged. Rather, Witnesses expect and encourage their members to strive to do God’s will and remain pure in his eyes. {6}
6. Meaning of Life and Salvation: For Jehovah’s Witnesses, the purpose of life is to earn the right to participate in God’s future Kingdom on earth, and to help others to do so. Witnesses therefore focus on living a moral, acceptable life before God and witnessing about their faith to others. {7}
Witnesses believe that salvation was made possible through Christ’s death, who made up for the sin of Adam. {8} But eternal life comes not simply from faith in Jesus but from “learning about Jehovah and obeying his requirements,” proving oneself to be God’s loyal subject, and listening to the Kingdom message and acting on it. {9}
7. Afterlife: Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the existence of hell. Instead, they hold that the souls of the wicked will be annihilated. The death that Adam brought into the world is spiritual as well as physical, and only those who gain entrance into the Kingdom of God will exist eternally. However, this division will not occur until Armageddon, when all people will be resurrected and given a chance to gain eternal life. In the meantime, “the dead are conscious of nothing.” {10}
Witnesses also have a slightly different view of heaven than mainstream Christianity. Based on their reading of prophetic books like Daniel and Revelation, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only 144,000 people will go to heaven to rule with God and Jesus. The remainder of the righteous will enjoy paradise on earth – a restored Garden of Eden in which there is no sickness, old age, death or unhappiness. {11}
8. End Times:  A belief that is unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses is that the eschatological events predicted in Revelation began in 1914. This is when God gave Jesus his Kingdom, and Jesus has been ruling from heaven ever since. At this time Jesus threw Satan and his demons out of heaven and down to earth, which is why, according to Witnesses, the world has been getting progressively worse since 1914. {12}
Jehovah’s Witnesses look forward to a theocracy, in which all human governments are abolished and God rules the entire earth himself. This is expected to occur soon. Although Witnesses once predicted specific dates for this event, they now state that “the Bible does not give a date for these events, but it provides evidence to show that we are living in ‘the last days’ of this troubled world.” {13}
9. Other Religions: Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves true Christians, but most mainstream Christians do not agree that they are. The feeling is mutual, however: Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that other Christian groups are true Christians.

 

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