The Bible and the Book of Mormon

According to Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon is “the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than any other book.”[1] This book allegedly provides an abridged narrative of God’s interactions with the indigenous inhabitants of the…

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God and the Trinity in Mormonism

Mormon leaders have long taught that God the Father was once a mortal man who continually progressed to become a god (an exalted man). Mormon general authority Milton R. Hunter said that “God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth life similar to that through which we…

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The Mormon Claim of Being “The Restored Church”

Joseph Smith was reading the Bible one day in the spring of 1820 when he came to James 1:5—“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” The verse came alive for him. He decided to pray in the…

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The Mormon View of Jesus

According to official Mormon doctrine, Jesus was “begotten” as the first spirit-child of the Father (Elohim) and one of his unidentified spouses (“Heavenly Mother”) (Psalm 2:7). Jesus was said to be the first and highest of all spirit children. After all, Jesus is called the “firstborn” (Colossians 1:15). Because the Heavenly Father and Mother had…

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Mormonism and Human Deification

The ultimate goal in Mormonism is to become increasingly perfect and eventually attain godhood. Brigham Young asserted that “the Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like himself.” We were created “to become Gods like unto our Father in heaven.”[1] Exaltation to godhood is known as attaining “eternal life” in Mormonese.…

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The Mormon View of Salvation and the Afterlife

Mormons typically define “sin” as a wrong judgment, a mistake, an imperfection, or an inadequacy, thereby diluting its moral weight. Instead of embracing the concept of original sin, which posits that all people are born inherently sinful, Mormons assert that children are “innocent” until they reach the age of accountability, typically around eight years old,…

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Can Christianity Coexist with Other Religions?

We’ve all seen the bumper stickers: The word “COEXIST” is spelled out using the Islamic crescent moon, a peace sign, the Hindu Om symbol, a star of David, the “i” dotted with a pentacle (pentagram), the ying-yang symbol, and a Christian cross.[1] On the surface this sounds like a great idea, getting along with each…

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What Do Others Teach about Faith vs. Works?

Imputed righteousness Dr. John Ankerberg: One of the things I would like to talk about here, and that’s with the Worldwide Church of God. Herbert W. Armstrong makes this quote, Dr. Martin. He says, “Some religious teachers tell you Christ lived a righteous life for you 1900 years ago and since you can’t keep the…

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What Do Roman Catholics Believe About Salvation?

Roman Catholicism Dr. John Ankerberg: As I see it – maybe you see it different – there are at least four different kinds of Roman Catholics to start off with in the Roman Catholic Church. I wanted to say that, and then I am going to ask you the question. I see some Roman Catholics…

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What Do Other Religions Teach about Salvation?

Salvation  Dr. John Ankerberg: Mary Baker Eddy says about the atonement of Jesus, “The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon the accursed tree then when it was flowing in His veins as He went daily about His Father’s business.” (Science and Health, page 330)…

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