Why Christians glory in the cross
By Bill McKeever
Why Not Gethsemane?
By Bill McKeever
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Mormonism Researched, May-June 2005.
Where Christ actually took upon Himself the sins of mankind has been a bone of contention between Mormons and Christians for decades.
In their book Third Nephi 9-30: This Is My Gospel, Mormon authors Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate correctly note,
During 2014, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is underlined is from the manual, with […]
During 2013, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is underlined is from the manual, with our […]
Quetzalcoatl. An ancient Central American Aztec god believed by many Mormons to be Jesus Christ who visited the Americas after His resurrection. The name means plumed serpent and is derived from a colorful bird (quetzal) and a snake (coatl). “Quetzalcoatl, under a variety of names as presented in the traditions of the Indians of North, […]
Jesus. Known in the pre-existence as Jehovah. One of three gods in the Mormon godhead. The spirit brother of Lucifer and elder brother of the human race, Jesus was the literal firstborn (the Only Begotten) son to Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. He became a God in the pre-existence prior to experiencing mortality. He worked His way to perfectin, as President Joseph F.
Jehovah. The name given to the premortal Jesus, the son of Elohim. Apostle James Talmage said, “It is to be remembered that the Personage most generally designated in the Old Testament as God or the Lord, is He who in the mortal state was known as Jesus Christ, and in the antemortal state as Jehovah” (Articles of Faith, 465-466).
The Mormon doctrine of God is not the same as the historic Christian view. It holds that God and man are essentially of the same human species, and that God the Father is fundamentally a material being with a body of flesh and bones. He is not uniquely self-existent, transcendent, or eternal. Neither is he truly the creator of all things, for he is one among potentially billions in a genealogy of Gods, and does not even have the ability to create matter.
In a December 11, 2007 Associated Press article written by Libby Quaid, the question of whether or not Mormonism teaches that “Jesus and the devil are brothers” was addressed. In response to this inquiry, Quaid noted that a spokesperson for the LDS Church said such a “question is usually raised by those who wish to smear the Mormon faith, rather than clarify doctrine.” Sadly, Kim Farah, the spokesperson in question, missed another opportunity to be unambiguous with the American people. Rather than answer this with a simple yes or no, she questions the motive of anyone who dares to ask the question in the first place. She then launched into an explanation that was anything but lucid.