The Mormon Religion
The Mormon religion is the popular name for the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on April 6, 1830, by Joseph Smith, Jr., who was a prophet of God in our day. Mormon history is full of persecution and struggle. Despite the religious freedom granted by the United States Constitution, Latter-day Saints were driven from their homes in four different states for their Mormon religion before finally fleeing west and settling in the Utah territory.
What is so different about the Mormon religion compared to other Christian faiths? What was it that made people who were otherwise good, law-abiding, faithful people turn on their neighbors with such hatred and malice? While there are many levels to answering these questions, for the most part, there are several straightforward responses.
Even today, there are members of many Christian denominations who feel a burning hatred for and distrust of the Mormon religion. This is largely because of misunderstandings and misconceptions, but there are some legitimate differences between the Mormon religion and other Christian faiths which are rooted in doctrinal issues of great importance.
Latter-day Saints do not believe in the Trinity that is defined in Christian creeds. Mormons reject the idea that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are three different manifestations of an unknowable, indefinable being. They believe that God has a tangible body of flesh and bone and that He is the literal father of Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son. Jesus Christ was born of Mary in a miraculous virgin birth. As the literal Son of God and as the son of a mortal woman, He had the power to die, but also had the power to take up His life again, which He did, rising from the grave on the third day after His death. The Mormon religion teaches that Jesus Christ lives, in a resurrected body, on the right hand of God and is our Mediator with the Father. The Holy Spirit, also known as the Holy Ghost, is a spirit being, who is the third member of the Godhead. He speaks to our hearts and testifies of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Another doctrine which sets the Mormon religion apart from other Christian faiths is that of authority. Latter-day Saints believe that the priesthood authority which Jesus Christ gave to His apostles when He organized the early church after His resurrection was lost after the deaths of the apostles due to the wickedness of men who took over the church. Instead of taking the existing doctrine and authority on faith, they tried (successfully) to instill the popular philosophies of learned men of their day into the doctrine and make the doctrine conform. Thus, the authority to act in God’s name was lost. A restoration, not a reformation, was needed to bring this authority back, which is what happened in 1830. Joseph Smith was set apart as the first prophet of our dispensation, and he was given the power and authority by those who had held it last: John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John.
The Mormon religion also loses popularity with other Christian religions because it claims to be the only true church on the earth today. It is understandable why this view may not be taken well by other churches, but it is also important to understand that the Mormon religion recognizes that all religions which teach good principles have truth. The distinction is that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church on the earth today which has the fulness of the truth. They do not want to take away from people’s faith and beliefs; they simply want to add to the goodness that they already possess.
The most important thing to know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that the doctrine is focused on Jesus Christ as our Savior. The danger in referring to this belief system as the Mormon religion is that it takes away from that focus, but that is a nickname that has been stamped on the LDS Church since its early days because of its belief in a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. Christians often do not take kindly to the Book of Mormon, either, calling it the “Mormon Bible,” but the Book of Mormon is a companion book of scripture to the Bible and serves as another witness that Jesus is the Christ.
Everything in the Mormon religion focuses on Jesus Christ and the fulness of His gospel.
Article Written By Doris