...consider becoming a Christian?
A very valid question indeed. Why? I thought I already was a Christian. I'm not perfect, and I have a
I normally don't talk about my Mormonism all that much, as I normally defend mainstream Christianity. While I may not agree with most denominations on everything, there are many things in common we have. Like for instance, our acceptance of our Lord and Savior, and oftentimes morals that have often been scoffed at in an increasingly godless world. But sometimes, some don't realize that we are Christians as well, preferring to think of us as heretics. Harsh feelings between denominations is nothing new. Contention between sects is what prompted Joseph Smith to pray about which one was the correct sect in the first place. What I say in the following doesn't represent Mormon beliefs perfectly, but I'll do my best.
1. What's wrong with extra-biblical sources, when it points to Christ? Most copies of the Book of Mormon are subtitled with the phrase, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Why shouldn't people, such as Latter Day Saints, welcome another book that testifies of Christ?. The page sites 2 Timothy 3:16, which states that the Holy Scriptures are sufficient for teaching a good Christian. You will never meet a Mormon who doesn't agree with this. The next scripture is Revelations 22:18-19, which condemns anyone who "adds to this book". What many don't realize is the fact that the scriptures weren't compiled into a single book at the time. So in other words, it was referring specifically to the book of Revelations, not the Bible itself. 2 Nephi 29:3-13 also mentions the irony of not wanting another book of Christ.
2. The idea that we believe in a "Lesser God" isn't based on official doctrine. Some Mormons may wonder if God had obtained Godhood the same way we have to, but this isn't official doctrine. We don't pretend to know everything about God, and I'm certain Christians don't know everything there is to know about God either. This point is tied to the next one, so I will address more about this.
3. This point relies on purely emotional reasoning. We don't deny the sinful nature of man, nor do we worship any other god but God. Nor do we believe in the possibility of Godhood out of a desire to usurp God's power. In fact, we believe that Lucifer tried to obtain Godhood by forcefully taking it. Whereas we believe that the way to exaltation is obedience to God's commandments. There's a very clear difference, and we don't believe in a lesser God because of it. Is there anything wrong with believing in our eternal potential, as long as we are aware of the Christian idea of sinful nature, something that only the blood of Jesus could redeem? We're not secular humanists, who mistakenly disregard the notion of sinful nature. I think that Mormons and Christians can both agree that God is greater than we can imagine. Psalms 82:6 and John 10:34 even contain the line "Ye are Gods." Was Jesus being blasphemous when he said that?
4. Both Mormons and mainstream Christians have the tendency to misunderstand the concept of grace. Do you need works? Or is grace enough? Mormons have often stated "Faith without works is dead". To a degree, it's true. Is merely confessing to a pastor good enough? Or does there also have to be some work done to repair the damage, or in the very least, to live a better life afterward? The best way to show your faith is through works. That doesn't mean that we aren't saved by grace. Did Jesus pay our debt just enough so that we could pay the rest? No, He paid in full. It's like a parent who pays for their kid's piano lessons. Could the kid pay for what their parents did by practicing the piano? No, but it is a way to take full advantage of the opportunity they have been given to learn, grow, and become a musician. We aren't EARNING heaven or exaltation. We are practicing and learning the things we need to do in order to receive exaltation. We believe the purpose of life is to learn and to grow spiritually and mentally. CS Lewis even said,
"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself."
What does it profit him, when a man claims to accept Christ into his life, and yet doesn't show his acceptance of Christ through his works? What good does it do when it doesn't turn a man into a better person? I'm convinced that those who are unrepentant, whose behaviors were not CHANGED by the blood of the Lamb, won't want exaltation or even heaven. It won't be the unrepentant begging God for a second chance at the judgement seat. They will likely demand to be removed from God's presence. They rejected Christ before, and they will do so again at the final judgement.
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So, the ultimate difference between Mormonism and Christianity is that Christianity declares a God who is eternally self-existent, who set a perfect and holy standard that we cannot live up to, and who then, out of His great love for us, paid the price for our sin by sending His Son to die on the cross for us.
Those aren't differences. Those are similarities. We don't know exactly where God came from, and we don't pretend to know everything there is to know about God, and yet we choose to worship Him and Him alone. We also believe that God has set up a perfect and holy standard that we cannot live up to, and that we have been shown mercy by having the price paid for us by His son dying on the cross. I also love how they conveniently left out what they think Mormons believe that contradict those three things
We are the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. We believe in Christ, we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Who are other Christians to tell us that we haven't accepted Christ?