I recently saw an interview with a famous Pastor. At some point in the interview, he was asked about other religions, and if all roads ultimately lead to the same God. He made emphasis in believing in Jesus, but what happens when the Jesus other religions believe in is not the Jesus of the Bible? Mormonism claims to believe in Jesus, but a look into their most basic teachings show something different. This is a quick attempt to explain why their god, is not the God of the Bible.
Since our last elections, Mormonism got a lot more exposure than ever before. TV commercials that emphasize family and moral values have deceived many to believe that Mormonism is another form of Christianity that promotes good values. But getting a closer look at some of their basic doctrines, we realize that at the core of their message is a doctrine that is no where to be found in the Bible, and it contradicts the very essence of the God of orthodox Christianity which has been accepted for centuries. As of 2011, according to Wikipedia, the LDS church has a membership of 14,441,346 around the world from which about 6 million are in the USA. As I mentioned before, they promote a message of moral values and integrity, and also help good causes through humanitarian work, which results in a clouded view of what they really believe. And since they accept Jesus’ teachings, especially when promoting the unity of the family, often times are considered to be Christians, but a closer look to some of their beliefs show that the Christ they believe in, is not the one that the Christian church by tradition has accepted since the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. I will enlist some of the erroneous beliefs upon which Mormonism is founded, and then see scripture for answers to these.
Even though many are deceived by the family oriented marketing strategies, and Christ serving and caring people showing mercy unto others, their doctrine of how we came to existence differ greatly with that of orthodox Christianity. One of these doctrines is called the doctrine of the law of eternal progression, and its basic message is this:
“As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become”
They believe we all can be gods if we persist in the faith, that is believing in their message and no other. This already is a heresy, but more than that, the fact that they believe that God was a man once is simply erroneous. The Bible, which they claim to believe, says that there is no other God: To you it was shown, that you might know that The Lord Himself is God; there is none other besides Him. (Deut. 4:35 NKJV). This erroneous belief is based on their teaching that says that there are countless planets scattered in the universe that are ruled by exalted man-gods that once were humans like us. And since all of their teachings are based on a sole purpose, which is one day become a god, their salvation becomes one earned by works. This contradicts what scripture tells us about salvation “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast..” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV). Not only their ultimate goal in eternity is contrary to scripture, but also the way to obtain such reward is against what Christianity has held for centuries. Nowhere in the Bible, we find a promise for us that say we will be gods one day, in fact, God condemns idolatry and any form of other gods. In scripture, it was when the chosen people turned to other idols that God’s presence departed form them. Let us take a look at some of the passages that condemn idolatry.
3“You shall have no other gods before Me
17“You shall make no molded gods for yourselves.
4‘Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the Lord your God.
8I am the Lord, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
These are just a few passages on this subject. How could God want us to be like Him? This teaching contradicts one of the basic messages of the Bible, there is only one God, and He has revealed Himself to us through Jesus. The Bible also says that God is eternal, with no beginning and no end (Gen. 21:33; Deut. 33:27; Psalm 119:89; Is. 26:4), and since there is no beginning in God, how could he had been a man, His attribute of eternity refutes any idea that says that God once was a man. This belief also brings conflict between the deity of Christ, and its oneness with the Father. There is only one God, but Jesus claimed to be one with the Father, He claimed to be God, and also, scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is God. Even though at first glance, one can be deceived into believe that Mormonism believe in the Trinity, a closer look shows what they really believe about God, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Mormons most commonly use the term “Godhead” to refer to the Trinity. The first article of faith for the Latter-day Saints reads: “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” Latter-day Saints believe God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are one in will and purpose but are not literally the same being or substance, as conceptions of the Holy Trinity commonly imply. However, the following passages not only show a different God, they also prove that God is three in one.
There is only one God:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
The Father is God:
Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead
Jesus is God:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Holy Spirit is God:
Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
Probably the best way to share truth and bring light to this religious movement is to go to the core of their beliefs about who God is, and how we came to know about Him. The revelation they claimed to have received by Joseph Smith, has no solid historical foundation, there is no evidence, and moreover many of their prophecies have not been fulfilled. The concept of how we came to existence is totally contrary to that of the Bible, and relies upon a shaky foundation trusting in a man made doctrine. The Bible stands strong against such believe not only because of faith, but also its reliability as an historical document backed up by outside sources, fulfilled prophecies in Jesus, the harmony between the OT and the NT, anthropological evidence, and many more facts. The God of the Bible is true, and the revelation we have in the canon of Scriptures is enough to know Him and His will for humanity.