How does the Book of Mormons And the Bible compare?



Question: “How does the Book of Mormons and the Bible compare?  Does the Book of Mormons contradict the bible?  While claiming to follow the Bible, are they actually contradicting the Word of God?”



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Following is a short comparison between Christian doctrine and Mormon doctrine.


God


Mormon

"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345).


Christian

God has always been God (Psalm 90:2, Isaiah 57:15).


Mormon

"The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's," (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22).


Christian

God is a spirit without flesh and bones (John 4:24, Luke 24:39).


Trinity


Mormon

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," (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35).


Christian

The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all the universe and that He exists in three eternal, simultaneous persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19, Dent 6:4, John 10:38, 17:11, 17:21, and 14:9).


Jesus


Mormon

"Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers," (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, p. 547).


Christian

Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14, Matt. 1:23).


Mormon

Jesus is the literal spirit-brother of Lucifer, a creation (Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15).


Christian

Jesus is the eternal Son. He is second person of the Trinity. He is God in flesh (John 1:1, 14, Col. 2:9) and the creator of all things (Col. 1:15-17).


Holy Spirit


Mormon

Mormonism distinguishes between the Holy Spirit (God's presence) and the Holy Ghost (the third god in the trinity) (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 144).


Christian

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is not an it, but a person (Acts 5:3-4, 13:2).


Salvation


Mormon

Salvation is to secure for all mankind a universal exemption from the penalty of the fall and to provide a way for Individual Salvation whereby mankind may secure remission of personal sins," (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 78-79).


Christian

Salvation is the forgiveness of sin and deliverance of the sinner from damnation. It is a free gift received by God's grace (Eph. 2:8, Rom. 6:23) and cannot be earned (Rom. 11:6).


Mormon

"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). They believe that salvation is provided by Jesus and through their good works.


Christian

Salvation (forgiveness of sins) is not by works (Eph. 2:8, Rom. 4:5, Gal. 2:21).


Bible


Mormon

"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. . . ," (8th Article of Faith of the Mormon Church).  See Is the Christian Bible Correct.


Christian

While different translations do use different words in places, the meaning is always preserved.  The Lord’s Word is flawless (Ps 18:30).



This is only a small sample of the many differences between Christianity and Mormonism.  Mormonism claims to follow the Bible, but the Mormon doctrine clearly contradicts what the Bible declares.  As such, the Mormons must be following a different god.



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