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What do Mormons believe as opposed to Christianity? They seem to have similarities, except for the Book of Mormon.

Asked By Cynthia

What do Mormons believe as opposed to Christianity? They seem to have similarities, except for the Book of Mormon.

Perhaps the greatest similarities between Mormons and Christians is that they tend to be good neighbors and promote family values. However, the theological differences between the two groups are many.

As you mentioned, Mormons add the Book of Mormon as well as other works by Joseph Smith. They feel these books are as important as the Bible. Most cults will add their own writings next to God's Word.

Mormons also do not believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one God, also called the Trinity. Instead, they teach that both God the Father and God the Son were finite beings who progressively became "Gods" through their obedience and devotion. Both also have physical bodies, but the Holy Spirit is a spirit man and does not. As a result, they do not believe in the reward and punishment of a literal heaven or hell, but in degrees of glory which are attained through good works. No one who is disobedient will suffer eternal misery, only experience lesser degrees of future glory.

In other words, Mormons teach a salvation by works, but the Bible distinctly says it is by grace through faith. The Mormon church believes in baptism for the dead, meaning that Mormons can be baptized for the salvation of those who have already died. This would mean that Christ died on the cross for nothing and it allows people to reject the grace of God while they are living. This is certainly not taught in Scriptures.

Our personal relationship with God is not earned by our good works, nor is it based upon our church membership. Living a clean life doesn't make us ready for heaven either. When death comes, born-again Christians will go to heaven because they are trusting in Jesus who died for their sins and gave them right standing with God; the person who is trusting in the saving power of his own goodness will be lost.

The Bible clearly teaches these truths: (1) "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" (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV); (2) "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy" (Titus 3:5). The Bible also says, (3) "To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness" (Romans 4:5). We must accept salvation as a gift; it cannot be earned.