Do you think Mormonism is wrong or goes against Christianity?In the bible it states that the word should never be changed in any way. Because someone wrote the book of mormon does that go against...

Do you think Mormonism is wrong or goes against Christianity?

In the bible it states that the word should never be changed in any way. Because someone wrote the book of mormon does that go against the bible.

Asked on by deadlyshot

16 Answers | Add Yours

scarletpimpernel's profile pic

scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

I currently teach a Mormon student and have taught others in the past.  According to my student, he and his family view themselves as Christians.  They celebrate Christian holidays, believe in Jesus Christ, etc.  For the most part, Mormonism is normally categorized with Christianity.

Some Christians, however, depending on which denomination or branch of Christianity they belong to, would see Mormonism as a cult or false version of the Christian faith.  While many would disagree with this, this is simply how some Christians view Mormonism and is similar to differing religious groups who argue over works-related salvation issues and faith-based salvation.

ask996's profile pic

ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted on

I have very little first hand knowledge of the Mormon faith, but there are several reputable sources out there. The best that I have found that might help you figure out the answer to your question is the Mormon’s own website in which the document their beliefs, practices, and professions of faith.

http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/basic-beliefs/membership-in-christ-s-church/articles-of-faith

drmonica's profile pic

drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted on

I don’t know enough about the specific details of contemporary mainstream Mormonism to be able to judge definitively whether or not it meets the criteria for being labeled a branch of Christianity. I do know that famous Mormons such as Mitt Romney and Marie Osmond have stated publicly that Mormons are also Christians. What little I have read about contemporary Mormonism is about how they have a marriage ceremony to seal a marriage “for time and eternity.” My understanding is that this means that the marriage will endure beyond the boundaries of death; I have also read that Mormons believe that each of these married couples will go on to establish their own planets and kingdoms. If this is in fact true that Mormons believe this, then I would not be willing to classify them as Christians, because Christianity as I understand it limits the eternal kingdom to that ruled by God.

pohnpei397's profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

What it comes down to is that it's a problem of definition.  Mormons say they're Christian.  Their church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

There is no central authority that gets to say who is or is not Christian.  So whether you think they are comes down to how you define Christian and whether you think they fit the defnition.

linda-allen's profile pic

linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted on

I won't say that Mormonism is wrong. I will say that it is wrong to separate Christianity and Mormonism. The Mormon faith is a branch of Christianity; it is a denomination, like Baptist or Methodist or Catholic.

Most Mormons are very virtuous and moral people. However, according to my faith, I would say that they have been misguided through their founders and leaders. My belief is that no book should be called holy by Christians except the Bible.

readerofbooks's profile pic

readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

I think an honest approach would be to say that Mormonism and Christianity are two religions that share some things in common. This is not to belittle any religion. For example, no one would say that Judaism and Christianity are the same, even though they share a lot in common. Joseph Smith and his understanding of Christianty is not historic Christianity; it is Mormonism. Separation is good, otherwise there is too much confusion.

pohnpei397's profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

It seems like that just depends on your interpretation of the Bible and on what you believe.  So it's just a matter of faith.

My feeling is that the best way to figure this out is to go to the horse's mouth, so to speak.  The link below tells you what Mormons would say in response to your question. Once you're read that, then you have both sides of the story and can decide for yourself what you believe.

 

http://www.jefflindsay.com/LDSFAQ/FQ_Bible.shtml#add

clyoon's profile pic

clyoon | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted on

Mormonism goes against Christianity because of the disobedience the religion started upon. It was clearly stated that the Word should not be changed. The Word should not have been added onto. Yet Joseph Smith did exactly this and went against God's will and command. However, I'm not sure if God still accepts Mormons because they still do believe in Christ and God and stuff. This would be a whole new argument/discussion in itself though. This is very complex stuff.

All Christians do sin though and disobey God in different ways. I'm not exactly sure if Mormonism would lie in the same category of simply sinning and disobeying but still believing in God like any other Christian. Only God can judge this in my opinion, but I would definitely say still that what Mormons added to the Bible and the Christian belief is against God's Word.

frizzyperm's profile pic

frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted on

Your question suggests that believing in a religion which is not 'your version of christianity' is automatically wrong.

Go and tell that to the 1,000,000,000 Hindus in India. I'm sure many of them would panic if their sister became attracted to an alternative religion.

sltanner's profile pic

sltanner | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

What is the definition of a "Christian" religion? To me it is one that follows the teachings of Christ. I was raised in the Mormon Church - official name "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints". I was taught out of the Bible my whole life as well as the Book of Mormon and other LDS books. So I was shocked when people started saying that Mormons were not Christians. Jesus Christ is at the center of everything that is taught in the Mormon/LDS church. So why do people say that it is not a Christian church?

deadlyshot's profile pic

deadlyshot | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted on

The reason i ask is because my sister resently got bapotized in to mormanizme. She believes it is a form of christianity but ive been told otherwise

spazzer16's profile pic

spazzer16 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted on

Well on that you really cant choose. its all a matter of beleif. If you believe that its wrong then its your beleif.

I dont think it is because its a choice and the higher being (or whatever you beleive in) gave us that right

little-alice's profile pic

little-alice | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted on

There are many different Religions: Jews, Catholic, Muslim, Scientology *giggle* Buddisim, Protestant (like Baptist and Methodist) there are Satan Worshippers, Gypsies, and finally; (in my short, edited list) Mormons.

Mormons have nothing to do with the bible, or Christianity; That's like saying "Is Guns in Roses Slash being wrong to Recess Pieces because he is a musician; that's a big contrast, but, to Mormons, we are that much different.  

kaup's profile pic

kaup | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

From my prespective as a Mormon, we are Christians in that we worship and try to follow Christ. Therefore, Mormons are not Jewish, Muslim Buddist, etc. The official name of the Mormon church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". In the 1800s, people who did not like the church started calling members Mormons because they have the book of Mormon. Just like followers of Christ were called Christians by people who did not like the church anciently. Both terms stuck and are now acceptable.

Modern day Christianity uses their interpretation of the bible as the standard for Christianity. Therefore, if something does not meet that interpretation or is not stated in the bible, it is not "biblical" or Christian.

The Mormons also use and interpret the bible but the standard for Mormonism is the words of modern day prophets. Since the bible is vague enough to interpret in a miriad of ways, Mormons also feel that they are abiding by the precepts in the bible.

A common complaint against Mormons is that they have continuing revelation which goes against the statement in the book of revelations that nothing should be added to this book. The problem with this is that the book of revelations was written hundreds of years before the bible was compiled and was also written before the book of John. The statement does not refer to the bible at all, how could it?

We’ve answered 318,916 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question