A Comparison of Mormon & Christian Terms

Pre-Existence

LDS: Teach that all people existed before being born on earth, man exists eternally. (Doctrine & Covenants 93:29)

BIBLE: Only Christ pre-existed. We didn't have a spiritual existence prior to birth. (John 8:58; Col.1:7; I Corinthians 15:46)

Fall

LDS: Teach that the Fall of man was a "necessary step" and a "great blessing". Adam was given two conflicting commandments, and was suppose to fall to enable pro-creation and to make eternal life possible. (Moses 5:11 Pearl of Great Price, Gospel Doctrine p.33)

BIBLE: God tempts no one, man's disobedience to God brought about a cursing, not a blessing. (James 1:13; 14; Genesis 3:13-19)

Sin

LDS: Specific acts, not man's basic nature. (The Articles of Faith)

BIBLE: Man is in spiritual rebellion until conversion. (Ephesians 2:3; Romans 5:6; Matthew 1:21)

Salvation by Grace

LDS: Christ's death brought universal resurrection, beyond this, man must earn his place in one of three heavens. (Mormon Doctrine p. 669-672)

BIBLE: Salvation is based on belief of each individual. (Romans 1:16; Hebrews 2:8,9)

Gospel

LDS: Mormon Church system and doctrines. (Mormon Doctrine p. 331)

BIBLE: Message of Christ's death and resurrection as atonement for our sins. (I Corinthians 15:1,4; Galatians 1:8)

Born Again

LDS: Baptism into the Mormon Church (Misuse of John 3:1-13, Alma 7:14 Book of Mormon)

BIBLE: We are spiritually dead until our spiritual re-birth. (I Peter 1:23; II Corinthians 5:17)

Sons of God

LDS: Believe that we are literally the spirit children of God. (Doctrine & Covenants 93:21-23, Moses 3:5-7)

BIBLE: Teaches that someone becomes a child of God at conversion. (John 1:12)

Godhead

LDS: God the Father is a resurrected man with a physical body, Christ is a separate resurrected man with a physical body, the Holy Ghost is a separate man with a spiritual body. They are three individual gods, one in purpose only. (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, pp1-55)

BIBLE: God is not a man, there is only one God, and God is a spirit. (Isaiah 43:10, 11; 44:6, 45:21-22; John 4:24; I Timothy 1:17)

Virgin Birth

LDS: God as a resurrected physical man is the literal Father of Jesus, in the same manner in which all men are conceived. (Doctrines of Salvation 1:18; Journal of Discourses 8:115)

BIBLE: Teaches that Mary was with child of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1:18)

Hell

LDS: Is an eternal place, but those condemned there can leave after they pay the price of their sins. (Doctrine & Covenants 76:103-106; 88:32, 102)

BIBLE: No mention of ever getting out of hell. (Revelation 21:8; Matthew 13:24-43; Luke 16:26)

Heaven

LDS: Divided into three kingdoms: Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial. Only worthy Mormons can go to the Celestial Kingdom where God the Father & Christ dwell. (Misuse of I Corinthians 15:40, 41, Doctrine & Covenants 88:28-31)

BIBLE: Only mentions two conditions, everlasting punishment or life eternal. (Matthew 25:31-46)


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