I have started a series that I hope to continue, but unfortunately, there’s not a way I have learned yet, where all the series of articles will go together without other kinds of posts in between. I had done a first article on the idea of approaching this subject of dismantling the tenets and publically available beliefs held by the Mormon cult. The first post was about my interest in finding the truth of Jesus and Scripture to tear down lies of Mormonism. I also noted an experience that I had with a woman I met at college. I hope to proceed now to tear down the lies found in the article of – “What do we believe about Jesus Christ” on the dedicated Mormon website https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/what-mormons-believe-about-jesus-christ, and there is a statement made of individual bullet points that I will post here point by point (Probably making an article for each one), so as to examine it, and show where their ideas and spiritual rules are lacking in light of the Word of God. In the article “What do we believe about Jesus Christ” Bullet Point 1: (Mormons view)
- “We believe Jesus is the Son of God, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh (John 3:16). We accept the prophetic declarations in the Old Testament that refer directly and powerfully to the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of all humankind. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the fulfillment of those prophecies.”
The first phrase I wanted to dissect was this one: “(Jesus) the Only Begotten Son in the flesh”, which they used in the reference seen above, John 3:16 NIV. I found it curious that they used this phrase “Jesus the Only Begotten Son in the flesh”, in light of the evangelical verse John 3:16 from the Bible. It is true that Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God as stated in this verse (Check ), but the “in the flesh” part is weird when the verse is “For God So loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It seemed strange to me that they said “in the flesh” when they related to this verse – John 3:16, because that phrase “in the flesh” is not in that verse. It is true though, that Jesus did come in the flesh. That phrase is found in another place in the Bible. (It’s in 1 John 4; “This is how you can recognize the spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” Spiritually this is a very important verse, because it can help you distinguish demons from angels or the Holy Spirit, I do believe, but also helps to distinguish mankind, to see if they acknowledge Jesus came in the flesh.) So after studying the John 3:16 verse and much more less known 1 John 4 verse, I conclude that nothing has been established to me yet and I’ll have to come back to that thought.
I thought what if it’s like a semantics issue, but reading in another place, Wikipedia, I think they’re honestly trying to be sly and I don’t know quite why. The Wikipedia article called “Mormonism”, seems to put to shine some light on this odd way of communicating and believing. It has this to say about their belief of the Trinity, or I should say their LACK OF BELIEF IN THE TRINITY.
“Latter Day Saints believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three distinct beings, and that the Father and Jesus have perfected, glorified, physical bodies, while the Holy Ghost is a spirit without a physical body.
Latter Day Saints also believe that there are other gods and goddesses outside the Godhead, such as a Heavenly Mother—who is the wife of God the Father—and that faithful Latter-day Saints may attain godhood in the afterlife. Joseph Smith taught that God was once a man on another planet before being exalted to Godhood.
This conception differs from the traditional Christian Trinity in several ways, one of which is that Mormonism has not adopted or continued to hold the doctrine of the Nicene Creed, that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are of the same substance or being.“
So, if I wanted to dismantle the first bullet point (see above), my thoughts towards this information from the website coupled with Wikipedia, is that the main fault is not whether they acknowledge Jesus comes in the flesh, because they do, but its fault that they believe extra things that are not sound doctrine, not found in church history’s Christian traditions, and also not holding to the Nicene Creed. Such things are multiple gods and goddesses, when the first commandment that came down from God to Moses on the Mountain was “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. Additionally, there is no place in Scripture that teaches that God was once a man on another planet that had to attain to Godhood! A main reason Jesus was crucified was for claiming to be “One” with the Father, and He got in a lot of trouble for that. Furthermore, through all of Scripture, to the best of my knowledge, God has always been “The Spirit”, and even the “Holy Spirit”.
King David prayed in the Old Testament, before Jesus arrived, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me” (Psalms 51:11).
My argument would be that since Jesus teaches that the Holy Spirit testifies to Him and His Word (Jesus and Jesus’ Words), they are refusing the idea of the Holy Spirit as of the same substance as God and the Son, because if they did believe that the Holy Spirit was One with the Father and Jesus, it would not allow any credence to their ideas of false gods (See John 14:6). Neither would it allow validity to their strange beliefs of God on another planet before becoming God – even if they had an “angel” teach them this (see Galatians 1:8-9). Paul (apostle Paul of the New Testament) had some strong words for those who must have so be deceived in their “enlightenment”.
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8-9)