Saturday, April 22, 2017

Is Mormonism Christian?

by Steve Ray on April 22, 2017

The simple answer is NO! Not even close to Christian. To start a new religion by stealing the terminology from an established religion and then redefining the words does not make the new religion the same as the religion they cannibalized.

Mormonism’s theology is strange, completely new and foreign to early Christianity. They never tell you what they believe at your door.

They wait until you are hooked with “familiar” terminology and only slowly are you indoctrinated with their strange views. They deny the Trinity, the divinity of Christ and the uniqueness of God.

In the whole scheme of things it is a very young and novel attempt at redefining Christianity. They are not the first heretics. The first heretics with similar ideas were debunked by the Fathers of the Church.

(Taken from www.CatholicCulture.org) — Most of  us have had Mormon missionaries at our doors, and people keep asking whether Mormons are Christians. Many Mormons believe that they are, but in my latest blog post, I summarize the arguments which show why Mormonism is not Christian in any meaningful sense of the term. See Is Mormonism Christian?

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, raised exactly the same question in an outstanding essay eight years ago, which has the same title: Is Mormonism Christian? Fr. Neuhaus reaches the same conclusion, but offers a prolonged reflection on Mormonism and its place in American society.

bom.miss_.2-300x270At this point, perhaps it would be wise to demonstrate what else you can find on this topic in our library. If you want to become knowledgeable about Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), consider these outstanding resources:

Fr. Brian Harrison, The Appeal of Mormonism, an interesting essay taken from This Rock in 2003.

Fr. Leslie Rumble, The Book of Mormon I and The Book of Mormon II, from Homiletic & Pastoral Review back in the late 1950’s. For my previous blog on Mormons, click here.

I also have other links available here. My earlier blog on Mormons can be read here.

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This is a conversion story – conversion from self-sufficiency, money and possessions to Christ. Pain, suffering, loss of everything brought Terry to Christ. Quite a roller coaster story. Enjoy!

It was late one Friday evening, when my wife and I got the call. My Brother and his daughters were involved in an accident on their way to visit us in Lake Tahoe.  We took the long drive to the hospital.  His oldest daughter of 21; a wonderful human, great friends, great student, in the prime of her life, had been killed. 

One of the most difficult things I have ever had to do in my life was to go tell my wounded Brother.  It was unbearable wheeling his wheelchair to her casket.  But, I somehow got by the matter; the funeral; the hospital stay; and the trial for the drunk driver.  With vivid realization of life’s uncertain length, one might think I would turn to God. 

 We had really become quite good, as the children of a military officer, to be independent and strong and to get through anything, to stuff pain, relying only on ourselves.  What could God do?   How I wish I had looked God’s way.

 Possessions had become my security.  I had everything the world says one should need.  My business was more monetarily successful than I could have ever imagined.  My material cup ran over.  My long-term retirement set in plan and place.  I had anticipated cash from my apartments to provide for me in my old age. Why would I need God to provide?

Read the whole story HERE. For hundreds of other conversion stories, click HERE.

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