I have a coworker who is a Mormon. She says that The book of Mormon supports the Bible fully. And that The book of mormon is books written by a man that came along later. Or something of that nature. So my question is, What , exactly does a Morman Generally believe in and how does it differ from being a Christian? And is it wrong? She brought me a book of mormon, but i have yet to read it as i have no real history on it etc.
So , can anyone give me a lil info here? I am just wondering.
Thank you and God Bless each and every one of you.
The Book of Mormon in no way, shape, or form supports the bible, as you will soon see.
Do these teachings sound like they are in line with the bible?
Mormons also believe -
Mormons at Mormon Matters talking about their peculiar or weird doctrines, such as the idea of Heavenly Mother and Mormons becoming gods with their own planets ...
Oh wow. NO it doesnt sound at all like its in line with the bible... Thank you. I havnt read it yet. Not sure i even want to waste my time.
The book of Mormon came about through a man named Joseph. He was supposedly to be the man who by directed by God either given or found I cant remember golden tablets and thus came about the book of Mormon. There is more to it. They also believe that the church fell apart after the disciples died. And that there church is one true church. Also that they have a prophet (whoever he or she is) walking the earth. They also believe that after Jesus' resurrection HE went to America to save people.
Before we get to a discussion of doctrine differences and deviations between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity, let me give you a summary of how the Mormon Church came into existence.
Mormon's believe the King James Bible is the Word of God, but with this qualifier--"as far as it is translated correctly"--which means as interpreted by the Mormon Church.
They also believe that the "Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ" is sacred scripture comparable to the Bible.
Actually, they attach greater importance to the Book of Mormon. The Prophet Joseph Smith said: "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."
The Book of Mormon, they believe, is more reliable than the Bible because it is a direct translation by the Prophet Joseph Smith from the original source documents (the golden plates) whereas the Bible, they say, is a translation of a translation of a translation.
What then is the Book of Mormon? Critics say it is a work of religious fiction, a 19th century novel of people and places that were made up and never existed. There are similarities to the Bible because portions of the King James Bible were cut and pasted into the book and because it is written in a style that imitates the King James English of the early 1600s.
The Mormon Church says "it is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel."
The problem is that unlike the Bible, which is a record of real people and places, there is no archaeological, anthropological or historical evidence to support the claims that of the Book of Mormon that descendants of the Jews of Israel migrated to Central America hundreds of years before the time of Jesus. The book says that the Lamanites and Nephites, the two great civilizations, were totally destroyed by war. Jesus briefly appeared to the Nephites in America after his resurrection. The stories of these people were supposed recorded as engravings in "ancient Egyptian" hyroglyphics on golden plates that were buried in a hill in New York.
So, absent any evidence for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, why would people come to believe Smith's claim that it is the "most correct book ever written?"
The Book of Mormon contains a promise given by the Angel Moroni that if you read the book, ponder it, and then pray with a sincere heart, you will receive a confirmation from the Holy Spirit (a "burning in the bosom") that it is true. The missionaries will give you a Book of Mormon, ask you to read it, and then they will want you to pray about it. If you do not receive this confirmation, this warm and fuzzy feeling, then obviously you were praying with a hardened heart. If you receive the answer that the Book of Mormon is true, then everything else falls into place, including that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that the LDS Church is the true church, and you accept without question the many peculiar doctrines of the Mormon Church that deviate from Biblical Christianity. Can you see the circular logic here? There is a presupposition that the Book of Mormon is true because you have to believe the assurance it contains that the Holy Spirit will answer your prayer. The missionaries will share this couplet with you: If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet; if Joseph Smith was a prophet, the Book of Mormon is true.
Joseph Smith, a young boy growing up in the Northeast in the early 1800s, was confused about which church he should join. So he prayed to God asking for wisdom. Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared before Smith as bright personages and told him he should join none, for they were all false. Their creeds were an abomination before God and their preachers corrupt, he was told.
You see, a short time after Jesus was resurrected and ascended to Heaven, the apostles and their disciples were martyred. The doctrines taught by Jesus and the Bible itself became corrupted and the priesthood authority and the church established by Jesus fell into disarray during what is called "the Great Apostasy." For the next 1800 years, until God sent the Prophet Joseph Smith to restore the true church and the Melchizedek priesthood that had been lost, the Earth was in a sorry state of affairs. Since the 1830s, however, the Earth has had a series of prophets and the true church has been restored.
The Angel Moroni led Joseph Smith, the prophet and founder of the Mormon Church, to these plates. Smith spent several months translating the plates into English with special tools provided by Moroni. When he was finished, the Angel took away the plates.
Later, John the Baptist baptised Smith and the Apostles Peter, James and John appeared and layed hands on Smith conferring on him the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the authority of the royal priesthood.
Mark Twain once called the Book of Mormon "choloform in print," meaning that reading it would put you to sleep. He also said that if it were stripped of its verbosity and repetitive use of meaningless phrases, such as "and it came to pass that...", it would be a pamphlet not a book.
The peculiar doctrines of the Mormon Church are generally not found in the Book of Mormon. They are found in other revelations received by the prophet Joseph Smith from God. These include additional scriptures known as the "Pearl of Great Price" and the "Doctrines and Covenants."
In D&C 130, for example, we are told that God and Jesus are men of flesh and bones just like we are, the difference being that they have achieved an exalted state of being. "As man is, God once was; as God is, man can become" is a couplet coined by an early Mormon Church President, Lorenzo Snow. Joseph Smith said that God lives on a planet near a star called Kolob.
If You Could Hie to Kolob - Mormon Hymn - Christian?
I think that's enough to load your boat there. Try to avoid getting into a debate with your coworker about this especially during work hours. Just stand firm that you are a Christian and have been redeemed already by Christ Jesus. Tell her you can't get anymore saved than that. The End
In my experience Mormons don't even try to defend their faith. But that could just be the one's that I know.
Jessi, Please understand that Mormons will go to great lengths to assure you that they believe the Bible, know and love Jesus Christ, and are Christians. They want to be accepted as such. Even the name of their church includes the name of Jesus Christ, they will say.
If your co-worker offers to have the pair of Mormon missionaries assigned to your area come to your home to answer questions about the Book of Mormon and LDS doctrines, my advice would be to respectfully decline. Their objective is to bring about your conversion and baptism into the Mormon Church. If you want to learn more about the Mormon Church, check out Sean McCraney's series "Heart of the Matter" on YouTube and Christian apologetics Web sites, such as www.carm.org, www.exmormon.org, and www.equip.org.
Unless you have a thorough understanding of the Bible and training in apologetics, you will be at a distinct disadvantage. The missionaries have been trained in how to present their faith in the best possible light and how to answer criticism. They have experience in meeting with many people that are skeptical, even hostile. They also know the Bible fairly well and have verses at the ready to support their arguments.
Also, it is easy to become confused or misled when talking to them. While they borrow and use many of the same words and phrases as Biblical Christians, they often attach very different and unbiblical meanings to them. When we think of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, for example, it brings to mind Jesus' agonizing pain, suffering and slow death on the cross. Mormons, on the other hand, think of Jesus sweating blood in the Garden of Gethsemene.
Mormonism pays lip service to the Bible (but only as they interpret it), attaching greater importance to the revelations of God to the prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon (the most correct book ever written!), and its companion scriptures, the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrines & Covenants.
Yes, JESUS CHRIST is the name of the church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), but that is not what defines or makes a Christian. The Jesus that they believe in and the Jesus of the Bible are not one in the same. There are very significant differences between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity.
lolol. Did that help answer your question girlie?
She says that The book of Mormon supports the Bible fully.. I know is not a question but allow me to answer these hehehehe... Its not fully support the Bible sis impact it conflict the truth of the scripture. According to my research about the mormon book. It was an ancient Egyptian scroll that Joseph Smith found which he claim that the angel guide him to search for the scroll. I know you have an idea about the Egyptian way of life, tradition, rituals, and belief right? So the mormonism base their belief on that Egyptian scroll that satan and Jesus are brother, and we are the children of their god moroni to his wives. That's what Egyptian are thousand years ago. You can read it during the time of Abraham to Moses itself.
I don't know why many deceive about these belief which it was clearly common sense when it comes to mind the word Egyptian scroll. Truly sometimes sense is not common at all to those who are mislead. Well what can i say, as God said, "My people are destroyed because of IGNORANCE"...
I think people must dig deeper to every religion about their founder, historical background, person involve, and all the information they need. Nowadays people base the truth how good the preacher delivered the messages, how fill their ego and pride how the message impact others instead of there selves. "Some says, That was an awesome messages Rev. but it sad to say he/shes not here." Must dig deeper!!