mormon templeWhat do Mormons believe?”

The Mormon religion  (Mormonism), whose followers are known as Mormons and Latter Day Saints (LDS),  was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He  claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ  who told him that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph  Smith then set out to begin a brand-new religion that claims to be the “only  true church on earth.” The problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts,  modifies, and expands on the Bible. Christians have no reason to believe that  the Bible is not true and adequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to  believe in His Word, and all Scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes  from Him (2 Timothy  3:16).

Mormons believe that there are in fact four sources of  divinely inspired words, not just one: 1) The Bible “as far as it is translated  correctly.” Which verses are considered incorrectly translated is not always  made clear. 2) The Book of Mormon, which was “translated” by Smith and published  in 1830. Smith claimed it is the “most correct book” on earth and that a person  can get closer to God by following its precepts “than by any other book.” 3) The  Doctrine and Covenants, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding  the “Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored.” 4) The Pearl of the Great  Price, which is considered by Mormons to “clarify” doctrines and teachings that  were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth’s  creation.

Mormons believe the following about God: He has not always  been the Supreme Being of the universe, but attained that status through  righteous living and persistent effort. They believe God the Father has a “body  of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.” Though abandoned by modern Mormon  leaders, Brigham Young taught that Adam actually was God and the father of Jesus  Christ. In contrast, Christians know this about God: there is only one true God  (Deuteronomy  6:4; Isaiah  43:10; 44:6-8),  He always has existed and always will exist (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:21 Timothy  1:17), and He was not created but is the Creator (Genesis 1; Psalm 24:1; Isaiah  37:16). He is perfect, and no one else is equal to Him (Psalm 86:8; Isaiah  40:25). God the Father is not a man, nor was He ever (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hosea 11:9). He is Spirit (John 4:24),  and Spirit is not made of flesh and bone (Luke  24:39).

Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms  in the afterlife: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, the telestial  kingdom, and outer darkness. Where mankind will end up depends on what they  believe and do in this life. In contrast, the Bible tells us that after death,  we go to heaven or hell based on whether or not we had faith in Jesus Christ as  our Lord and Savior. To be absent from our bodies means, as believers, we are  with the Lord (2  Corinthians 5:6-8). Unbelievers are sent to hell or the place of the dead  (Luke  16:22-23). When Jesus comes the second time, we will receive new bodies (1  Corinthians 15:50-54). There will be a new heaven and new earth for  believers (Revelation  21:1), and unbelievers will be thrown into an everlasting lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). There is no second chance for  redemption after death (Hebrews  9:27).

Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus’ incarnation was the  result of a physical relationship between God the Father and Mary. Mormons  believe Jesus is a god, but that any human can also become a god. Mormonism  teaches that salvation can be earned by a combination of faith and good works.  Contrary to this, Christians historically have taught that no one can achieve  the status of God—only He is holy (1 Samuel  2:2). We can only be made holy in God’s sight through faith in Him (1  Corinthians 1:2). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), is the only one ever to have lived a sinless,  blameless life, and now has the highest place of honor in heaven (Hebrews 7:26). Jesus and  God are one in essence, Jesus being the only One existing before physical birth  (John 1:1-8; 8:56). Jesus gave Himself to us as a sacrifice, God  raised Him from the dead, and one day everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is  Lord (Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus tells us it is impossible to  get to heaven by our own works and that only by faith in Him is it possible (Matthew 19:26). We all  deserve eternal punishment for our sins, but God’s infinite love and grace have  allowed us a way out. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is  eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans  6:23).

Clearly, there is only one way to receive salvation and that  is to know God and His Son, Jesus (John 17:3). It  is not done by works, but by faith (Romans 1:173:28). We can receive this  gift no matter who we are or what we have done (Romans  3:22). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under  heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Although Mormons are usually friendly, loving, and kind people, they  are deceived by a false religion that distorts the nature of God, the Person of  Jesus Christ, and the means of salvation.