First of all let me state that I am not a great biblical scholar, or theological student, I am in fact just a simple man with a message that I believe was given me by Almighty God through my faith in him. So here goes. It's very simple really. I place my faith in the hands of Almighty God, who "inspired" 44 men and 2 women to compose a book, that toook 1500 yrs to complete. A book that is the foretelling of Jesus The Messiah, an account of His life, while physically on earth, and His instructions for His followers on how to conduct themselves as His "extended body" until His earthly return. Yet it doesn't stop there. It foretells of future events that will bring God's ultimate plan to completion. No other book, not even Jospeh Smith's, can claim the same credentials as the Holy Bible. Romans 3:3 & 4 Says: "For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect ??" Certainly not! Indeed let God be true but every man a liar......." Joseph Smith, claimimg to be a prophet, was in fact just a man. Yet it is clear that through his teachings he endeavors to relegate Almighty God to this same position. In his teachings titled "Teachings of the Prophet" on pages 345 & 347 he states : "God Himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens."
I believe it is very dangerous to claim that God was once like us, which could falsely lead men to believe that they are somehow equal to God. Lucifer (an angel) proclaimed "equality" with God, just as Mr. Smith has procalimed. This is EXACLY what the Antichrist proclaims during the triblation period. (Daniel 7:25) Sounds as though Mr. Smith's beliefs were of the same mind set as those of the coming Antichrist?? Where is faith within such beliefs ???
With regard to the Godhead he states: "Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God. I say, that is a strange God anyhow----three in one and one is three." And again on page 372 he states: "Implicit in the christian verity are all the spirit children of an Eternal Father, is the usually unspoken truth that they are also the offspring of an Eternal Mother." In all my studies within the Bible I have never encountered the concept of an "Eternal Mother". Where do the Mormons get this ??
In the book of Mormon Doctrine on pg. 516 Bruce Mc Conke states: "An exalted man (funny that's what Mr. Smith claimed God was NOW) of Holiness (Moses 6:57) could not be a father, unless a Woman of Glory, perfection and holiness was associated with him as a Mother."
I am confused? Don't Mormons of TODAY consider themselves "Christians?" Yet, you will please note Mr. Smith is drawing a difference in Mormon beliefs and Christian. You will also note that NOWHERE does the Bible teach the "heresy" of an Eternal Mother, or perfect Holy Women of Glory. Who are they supposed to be ?? Who is this Eternal Mother?? It all sounds quite Catholic !!! Did Mr. Smith steal and then incorporate this idea into Mormonisim from the Catholics??
No my friends the Bible teaches things quite differently, in Gen 1: 27 & 28 it says: "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them " be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth," God did not create Holy men and Holy women to bear children. That sounds very much like the creation of a super race, and THAT was the goal of the "godless" Nazis. I am shocked and dismayed that Mr. Smith would espouse these same views. Where is the faith in such beliefs ??
With regard to Jesus Christ, the Mormon belief becomes even more skewed. In the Mormon doctrine of Pre-existence, it is taught that Mother (again who is she?) and Father God had sexual relations and produced spirit children. Supposedly first born Jesus and then Lucifer.
Again here is Mr. Smith attempting to downplay the importance of Our Savior. (He's not the "only begotten" Son of Almighty God, He's merely a Spirit Child, on an equal plane with his "alleged" brother Satan). That's blatant heresy folks.
Yet, once again NOWHERE in the Bible is a Mother God mentioned. There is no account of anyone having "spirit children." No my friends, The Biblical principle of the "Holy Trinity" is proof that Jesus was with God from the beginning. John 1: 1&2 "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God." Please note: NOWHERE does it mention Lucifer as being there in the beginning. Why? because Lucifer was an angel (a created being) NOT a "spirit child" of God and this mythical mother."
The heresy against Jesus continues by claiming: "It was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the realtion whereby He could see His seed before He was crucified" Journal of Discourses Vol. 2 Orson Hyde ; Pg 82.
In all of the efforts for 2000 + years to discredit Jesus as "just a man", no one has been able to prove such claims. Yet here is Mr. Hyde claiming it as if it were the "gospel" notice he too, like so many others, offers no proof of said marriage. There have never been traces of offspring discovered either. Why ?? Because this claim is a lie to discredit the DIETY of the very Son Of God. First Mormons claim that God was, at one time, a man just like us, and now here we have them proclaiming that our Lord and Savior was ALSO just a man, not the diefied Son of God.
Where is the faith in such beliefs ??
But wait more heresy follows. "Now remember from this time forth , and forever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost." Journal of Discourses Vol. 1 pg 51. Written by Brigham Young.
However, the Bible says: Matt. 1: 18 "Now the birth of Jesus was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child OF THE HOLY SPIRIT." And again in Luke Chapt. 1: 31, 34 & 35 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son and shall call His name Jesus." "Then Mary said to the angel, how can this be, since I do not know a man?" "And the angel answered and said to her The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you..........."
Now do I choose to believe the word of God which has stood the test of time for CENTURIES, or the ramblings of Brigham Young ?? The Bible claims that Jesus was born of a virgin through the Holy Spirit. Mormons claim He was born like everyone else. Where is the faith in such beliefs ??
They also attack the Holy Spirit, "The Holy Ghost is the third member of the God Head. He is in the personage of spirit, a spirit Person, a spirit Man, a Spirit Entity. He can be in only one place at a time, and he does not and cannot transform himself into any other form or image than that of the Man whom he is, though his power can be manifest at one and the same time through all imensity." Mormon Doctrine pg. 359But the Bible says The Holy Spirit is Omnipresent : Ps 139:7 & 8 "Where can I go from your Spirit ? Or where can I flee from your presence?" "If I ascend into Heaven you are there, If I make my bed in Hell behold you are there." The Bible says the Holy spirit is Omnipotent. Luke 1:35 (b) ......"and the power of Highest shall over shadow you....."(that was speaking of the Holy Spirit). It is ludicrous to believe that the Holy Spirit can only be in one place at one time. He is here drawing you to Christ as I witness to you, as He is in countless other places as the word of God convicts men of their sins at this very moment across the globe. He isn't "just a man" how can He be, when Jesus Himself proclaimed Him a vital part of the Trinity in Matt. 28:19 " Go therefore andmake disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy spirit," He lives in the hearts of every Christian Believer, now certainly that is in more places than just one.. But I forgot, Mr. Smith taught that there was no trinity. So who's right Jesus Christ SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, or Jospeh Smith "self proclaimed" prophet? And the hersey just keeps coming when we speak of sin. "In the true gospel of Jesus Christ there is no orginal sin." Evidences and Reconciliations John Widtsoe pg. 195
But the Bible says Rom. 5:12-14 "Therefore just as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned." " For until the law, sin was in the world but sin was not imputed when there was no law." "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come."
And again they say. "The fall of man came as a blessing in disguise......I never speak of the part Eve took in this fall as sin, nor do I accuse Adam of sin....."
But the Bible says that Eve understood the command of God. Gen. 3:2 & 3 "And the woman said to the serpent "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden, God has said you shall not eat, nor shall you touch it, lest you die." She willingly chose to disobey that command. Adam also knew the command of God and he too chose to disobey. Thus original sin entered the world. (despite Mormon teaching)
And again, "it is not always a sin to trangress a law....We can hardly look upon anything resulting in such benefits as being a sin, in the sense in which we consider sin." Doctrine of Salvation Vol.1 Joseph Smith pages 114 & 115
Whoa, where do I begin ?? Transgression IS a violation of God's law, despite Mr. Smiths' beliefs. Adam & Eve had but one commandment to live by, and they willingly chose to break that commandment. This wasn't a blessing in disguise, it was a curse that cost the sacrifice of God's own Son to redeem that which was lost. (the whole of mankind) Where is the benefit in suffering, pain and death by crucifiction?? Rom. 8:9 tells us "But God demonstrates His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." And verse 10 "For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." Jesus went to His death on the cross for your sin and for mine, He took our place and paid our debt. Rom. 3:23 says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," We are all in need of a Savior. And finally, it is Almighty God who determines what is and is not sin. Mr. Smith may consider all he wishes, but he is not Almighty God. Even though in his teachings, he clearly thinks he can be.Unfortunately the heresy just goes on and on, as we move on to the subject of Salvation. "All men are saved by grace alone without any act upon their part, meaning they are resurrected." What Mormons Think of Christ; Bruce Mc Conke pages 24 & 25.
"Those who gain only this general or unconditional salvation will still be judged according to their works and receive their places in their terrestial or telestial kingdoms. They will therefore be damned." Mormon Doctrine Pg.669.
"Full Salvation is attained by virtue of knowledge, truth, righteousness, and all priciples. many conditions must exist in order to make such salvations available to men. Without continuous revelation, the ministering of angels, the working of miracles, the prevalence of gifts of the spirit, there would be no salvation." Mormon Doctrine Pg. 670
But the Bible says: Ephesians 2: 8 & 9 "For by GRACE you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." And again in Romans 10:3 "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God." Romans 10:9 proclaims " that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heartthat God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." No my friends salvaton isn't based in the study of principles and conditions, or in constant revelations, it is based solely in faith. A faith that accepts the Lord Jesus Christ's death on Calvary's cross for your and my sins. A faith that reaches out and accepts the free gift of salvation provided us by the grace and love of our Heavenly Father who according to the scriptures in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." Jesus took our place in sin, there is NOTHING we can do to repay that.
And so my friends these are just some of the reasons why I'm a Christian and not a Mormon. There are many others but just these few, were enough to convince me that Christianity was the right path to salvation. I'll close by saying this, ALL religions claim to be the right path to the Almighty, and yet all with the exception of Christianity take the same journey. What is that journey you ask, that even Mormons like all others pursue ?? First, they worship a dead messiah, and spend their lives "working" at some prescribed task or tasks to attain right standing within their faith. Secondly, If you study this or most ANY other relgious belief, you will see this same thread of thought, that BY WORKS they attain a future promised "salvation." So how does Christanity's faith differ??? We believe in a risen savior, he isn't dead. We place our faith and trust in the fact that He has done the work of salvation for us. He took our place on the cross. We are worthy of Salvation only through our faith in Him, not by anything we must do, except believe that He was crucified, died for our sins, was buried, and that He rose again on the third day. That alone my friends is a vast difference. No other religion stands up to that test, and that's why I'm a Christian.
Prayer for forgiveness:
Let's Pray: "Jesus, I believe that you died for my sins, and that God raised you from the dead I'm sorry Lord that I have sin in my life. I turn away from my old life, and choose to follow you as my Savior and Lord. Create in me a new heart, living for you today and for the rest of my life. Thank you Lord for all you have done. In Jesus name amen.
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