The Jesus of Mormonism

The Jesus of the Bible

This Jesus became a God through his obedience and consistent effort in his pre-existent state. (See The Gospel Through The Ages, page 51 by M. R. Hunter.) He became a son of God just as our children are sons. (See Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, page 12 by J. F. Smith.) The Jesus of the Bible is absolute and eternal Deity. Scripture reveals this in John 1:1, Romans 9:5, Titus 2:13 and Hebrews 1:8. He was and is eternally God the Son. His eternal Sonship is presented biblically in John 1:18, Colossians 1:12-19, Hebrews 1:8 and Psalm 2:7.
The Jesus of Mormonism was conceived by a Mary who was a bigamist. She was married to Joseph and to God who is believed to be an exalted man and with whom she entered into sexual union resulting in the physical body of Jesus. (See Deseret News, Oct. 19, 1866 by Brigham Young.) The Mormon Jesus is a product of incest as Elohim is believed to be the father of Mary’s spirit. The biblical Jesus was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14, Matt. 1:23-25). The Holy Spirit was the source of Mary’s pregnancy, "...she was found with child of ("ek" = shows source of cause) the Holy Ghost" (Matt. 1:18). In Matthew 1:20 we learn that Joseph was informed that Mary’s child was conceived of "the Holy Ghost." The true Jesus was born of a virgin (Gal. 4:4).
Mormon theology presents its Jesus as a brother to Lucifer, the devil who wanted to be the saviour of the world. (See The Gospel Through the Ages, page 15, by M. R. Hunter.) The Jesus of the Bible is the only begotten (only, unique) Son, as God reveals in John 3:16. That Jesus is "Son" does not biblically show chronology, rather it reveals relationship.
The Mormon Jesus once needed to be saved himself. (See Deseret News, April 11, 1857 and Mormon Doctrine, page 257.) The real Jesus is the Saviour in whom there never was any sin or personal need (I John 3:5). Deity is utterly and eternally without sin. (See Heb. 1:12, 13, Isa. 6:15, I John 1:5.)
The Jesus taught by Mormonism was a polygamist. (See Journal of Discourses, Vol. II, page 269.) The Jesus of history was never married. He was a guest at the wedding of Cana. He came to be a sacrifice, not to be a husband and/or to become a father.
The Mormon Jesus threw temper tantrums destroying whole cities, killing innocent women and children and sparing the guilty. (See The Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 8 & 9.) The Jesus of the Bible was the Lamb of God (John 1:29) who came to forgive sin (Mark 2:5) and to provide rest (Matt. 11:28). He is meek and lowly in heart (Matt. 11:29).
The Jesus of Mormonism does not have a personal relationship with us. Mormonism refers to this as "false and vain", "perilous", "improper" and part of "Lucifer’s system." (See Deseret News, Church News Section, page 5, March 5, 1982 by Elder Bruce McConkie.) The authentic Jesus is one that we can know personally as Saviour. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door I will come in to him and sup with him and he with me" (Rev. 3:20).
The Mormon "Jesus" was helped in his work of creation by Joseph Smith, Adam and many others including Noah. (See Mormon Doctrine, page 169, by Elder Bruce McConkie.) The Jesus of the Bible is the true creator of all things -- all that ever was created was His work; He needed no assistance from Joseph Smith or anyone else. (See Colossians 1:16, 17.)
The Mormon writings reveal their "Jesus" as one who "was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the Garden of Eden, and who is our Father in heaven." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. I, pp. 50-51) Early Mormon leadership taught Adam was God, even though current writers deny it. The biblical Jesus was Eternal God who partook of humanity (Hebrews 2:14). His incarnation was the work of the Godhead (Hebrews 10:5, Luke 1:35).
Mormon leaders have admitted that they believe in another Jesus, not the One of historic, biblical Christianity. (See Ensign, May, 1977, page 26.) There really is only one true Jesus. False apostles and deceitful workers consistently propagate a false Jesus. (See 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.)

Did You Know?

  • The Bible warns that there will be people who will proclaim "another Jesus" (see 2 Corinthians 11:2). Those who preach "another gospel" (Gal. 1:8, 9) are under the judgment of God.
  • The Jesus of reality died on the cross of Calvary, shedding His blood for our sin (Eph. 1:7). All can be saved by exercising personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible declares "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Eph. 2:8-9). The Mormon gospel teaches that one is saved by faith after all one’s personal efforts have been exhausted (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:23).
  • The blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient to cleanse from all sin. The Bible clearly presents "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9). The Mormon Jesus is unable to save from many specific sins. (See Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, pages 53-54, Mormon Doctrine, page 92 and Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. I, pages 133-138.) The real Jesus gave Himself "a ransom for all" (I Timothy 2:6). John 1:29 exhorts us "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
  • It is vitally important for one’s faith to be firmly placed in the true Jesus. A being simply called "Jesus" is not a worthy object for one’s faith. Only the real Jesus died for our sin, and only He can forgive our sin. "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
  • Perhaps the most important issue facing religious people today is "Who is the Jesus I believe in?"

Courtesy of:
David Doherty, Th.D.

New Brunswick Bible Institute
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