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Is Mormonism Considered Christian by the Forums?

Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by jseek21, Feb 4, 2003.

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  1. Blade

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    Boy there "keys of the kingdom" keeps getting lost and found. How about Joseph Smith said if he lived untill he was 85 he would see Jesus return. But he changed that a few times. You see its the stuff they say that is not even in there there word. The same with JW. I have one next door. I showed him writings from his own people and how they have twested and said things that were never said in the word. There was stuff that he was never told and never new. After he looked it up himself he said, we did get some things wrong back then but were doing better.
     
  2. Havoc

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    Blackhawk:

    That particular Criteria is not all that historical. The Roman Catholic Church has long maintained that scripture and tradition together constitute doctrine. Even the Nicene creed was far from unanimous. Only some nimble political skullduggery which conveniently ended up in the death of the leader of the opposition (which had considerable following) made it possible for the Nicene to be with us in it's present form. Had Arianus only a little more political sway with Constantine you would all be Arians right now.

    What matters is the baseline. The baseline for defining Christians is one who follows Christ. All Christian sects claim to do so, which is why all are defined as Christian by Religious Studies departments in secular Universities, who are unbiased in that they have no stake in the outcome.
     
  3. Quath

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    When it comes to the language, Mormons have come up with their own defense as seen here: http://www.jefflindsay.com/BMEvidences.shtml#egyptian. 

    Also, the Bible itself is attacked for being self contradicting.  Yet the general argument against that is something like "God is mysterious" or "it makes sense if you study it enough."  Any contradiction problems with the Mormon book has been dealth with like the thousand of other Biblical contradictions.

    It is hard to say one version is more accurate than the other when logic and physical evidence are tools seldom used to evaluate them.

    Scott (Quath)
     
  4. Blackhawk

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    True but tradition never goes against scripture. I have debated doctrine with my RCC brothers many times and never when I say the Bible is against such and such doctrine do they say it is okay because Tradition supports it. 

     

    Well we are not and hundreds of years of Orthodox Christianity has labeled him as a heretic so I do not think your point has a leg to stand on. 

     

    No. That is not the definition given by orthodox Christianity.  One can't jsut say " folloe Christ" and not believe in what Christ taught.  It might be a short definition that some use but in it is the assumption that in following Christ one has to believe in what he taught. 



    First they are biased and do have a stake in the outcome.  Second why do they get to define what is Christian?  Thirdly their define what is Christian just based upon a relgion tree.  You know this religion came from this one and so forth.  Since Mormons and Jws say they are Christians the secular sources let them be Christians without looking at the vast difference of beliefs. 
     
  5. Blackhawk

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    Okay and I am just saying that their arguments are not good ones.   

     

    I see your point here because many apologists say these things.  However I do not know of a good apologist who uses these as copouts.  I will admit that the first one is a good argument in some circumstances.  Some arguments can't be proven and if god is God there should be mysteries we can't solve.  For example the Trinity is one where I would say something like it is a mystery.  But I would not say it if I was arguing that the Bible is myterious in its support of a Trinitatian God.  Also the second does not make sense in the form you gave it but I cna see me saying " If you study scripture and the context in which it was written it would make sense."  That is jsut an argmument for you to do further study. 



    Who said logic is seldom used in evaluating Christianity?  I have not.  I believe logically we must know that logic can't explain everything.  That we must take somethings on faith.  That is what I do with some of the arguments for Christianity.  I make an educated assumption and then go with it.  You do much the same with your beliefs.  Neither of us can prove anything without first making some very logical leaps of faith. 
     
  6. Erwin

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    I'm moving this debate out of Apologetics and into the Unorthodox Theological Doctrines Forum. :)
     
  7. Havoc

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    The point is that your Doctrine is not only arbitrary is has changed several times over the course of history. This removes your arguement of historicity. The only arguement that remains as far as I can see is one of validity, which is the only arguement that matters. You cannot show your criteria as being more valid than theirs.

    What you say is basically "Only people that believe as I believe are Christians". Being as that is exactly the same thing every other sect says. Since you cannot prove your claim the definition of Christianity has to belong to the basline, or remain undefined.
     
  8. Job_38

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    &nbsp;Seeing that Christianity is based on the Bible, this is the doctrine used, and the Mormons and JW's and whatever use OTHER dotrinal beliefs, they are not Christians. They are Mormons.

    &nbsp;What if I claimed to be a witch, but said I had the Bible that proved it?
     
  9. Job_38

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    What Changes?

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    &nbsp;But lets get deeper, why do you reject Christian theology.

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  10. Job_38

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  11. jseek21

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    Rephrase...

    Havoc this forum may be OPEN DISCUSSION AND DEBATE however this thread is open only to Christians because a nonchristian cannot have a say in what is truth and what is not because they do not know truth in the first place. You cannot distinguish that which you have not seen.

    End of discussion.

    Please ignore Havoc's debates and answer the question at hand or continue to discuss with those who can distinguish truth.

    Quath, you seem to not only misunderstand Christianity but also not know the history, teachings, or leadership of the LDS church. Look at these sites:
    www.concernedchristians.org
    www.saintsalive.com
    The added books does not make them "More Christian." It makes them less. Not only does the Bible speak against their beliefs and say that you cannot add to it, but their own leaders and literature is the most damning evidence needed. The claims of Jospeh Smith were unsubstantiated, he was proven wrong at every turn, he claimed to have translated egyptian hieroglyphics into the Pearl of Great Price - The Accounts of Abraham, but when the rosetta stone was found and these hieroglyphics were actually decifered it was found to be the book of the dead - pagan literature. He made over 90 false prophesies, commanded his people to do that which goes against God's Word and his own teachings, and created a man made religion that leads to death. How this could be considered Christian (even if it says "Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints) is unbeknownst to be. It teaches a false god, false christ, and false method of salvation.
     
  12. Job_38

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    Amen Josh.
     
  13. Hojo Hominygrits

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    It wasn't until recently that Mormons even wanted to be considered "Christian". Before they wanted it to be known that they were NOT Christians but Latter Day Saints. Why all of a sudden are they wanting to be included in historic Christianity?
     
  14. Auntie

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    Huh?:scratch:

    The name of the church is: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". Sounds to me like they consider themselves Christian.
     
  15. Zyon

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    That is the first that I've ever heard that mormons didn't want to be considered christian. All my life, I have never considered myself not to be a christian, except recently but that's another story. All I'm saying is where I'm from, we've always consider ourselves to be christians.
     
  16. OldShepherd

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    I believe this is a slight misunderstanding. The label that LDS has historically objected to is "Protestant". The Protestants came into being "protesting" against the Catholic church. LDS claims to predate the Catholic church therefore they are not protestant.

    And OBTW I am NOT a LDS!
     
  17. Job_38

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    &nbsp;No, they consider themselves true followers of Christ, but they claim that all other churches are abominations. They believe that the Church died when the Apostles died. They also believe the Bible to be corrupt and mistranslated.

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  18. Job_38

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    About God the Father

    There is more than one God
    God was once a man
    God is progressive
    God has a body
    God cannot create man, man's spirit has always existed


    About Jesus
    Not conceived by the Holy Ghost
    Conceived by sex with Mary
    Spirit brother of Lucifer
    Was a polygamist father

    About the Trinity
    The Trinity is the false doctrine
    There are countless gods
    Preexistence

    Human spirits have always existed and are eternal
    Choices in preexistence determine position on earth
    All earthly humans chose Christ in preexistence

    About the fall

    Adam's choice was right
    The fall made it possible to become a god
    Adams choice was a transgression, not a sin
    About apostasy

    Christ's church was overcome by Satan
    All current Christians are in a state of apostasy

    About the Bible

    The Bible is corrupt
    About the Book of Mormon

    The most accurate book ever

    About the Atonement

    Covers only Adams transgression
    Some sins are beyond Christ's atonement
    Atonement in Gethsemane, not on cross
    About Grace and Works

    Saved by grace alone is false doctrine
    Salvation by grace coupled with work

    About Heaven and Hell

    Three kingdoms of Heaven
    Outer darkness
    About Communion and Baptism

    Sacrament of salvation
    Saved by Baptism

    Priesthood Authority

    Melchezidek priesthood
    Aaronic priesthood
    God needs priesthood to function
    The Word of Wisdom

    Abstain from certain food and drinks

    About the Temple

    Only for the worthy
    Baptize the dead
    Eternal marriages
     
  19. Job_38

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    STATEMENT DM192





    Book of Mormon vs. The Bible (or common sense)


    by Marian Bodine





    “. . .If we compare the historical, prophetical, and doctrinal parts of the Book of Mormon with the great truths of science and nature, we find no contradictions–no absurdities–nothing unreasonable.” Talmage’s Articles of Faith, page 505

    1. Compare I Nephi 1:2 with Nehemiah 13: 23-27. The Egyptian language was a very corrupt language from idol worshiping people who had persecuted the Children of Israel as Hitler did the Jews during World War II. No Prophet of God would have ever used a corrupt language to convey God’s message at this point in history. See the above quote from Nehemiah as to that prophet’s reaction to a mixed language.

    2. The Book of Mormon speaks clearly that it was not inspired by God when you compare it with what God has already said about inspiration. I Nephi 1:3; 19:4-6: II Nephi 11:1; 25:7; 33:1; Mormon 1:2-6; Jacob 7:26-27, contrasted to Deuteronomy 4:2; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21.

    3. I Nephi 2:5, Sam is a Yankee name, Samuel would have been a Jewish name.

    4. I Nephi 2:8. There is no river in all of Arabia now or ever in recorded history, and no river which empties into the Red Sea!

    5. I Nephi 5:14. How could a devout Jew not know what tribe he was from until he saw the “plates?”

    6. I Nephi 8:4, “Methought,” an Elizabethan English poetic word.

    7. I Nephi 10:8, exact quote from John 1:27. (An example of plagiarism.)

    8. I Nephi 10:11, “Holy Ghost” is a King Jamesism and was not known in 600 B.C.

    9. I Nephi 10:17, “Faith on the Son of God.” A term never used by an Old Testament Prophet, keeping in mind that was allegedly written between 600-592 B.C. The Messiah, who would be King and Deliverer was expected but not, the Son of God.

    10. I Nephi 10:18, “same yesterday and forever”; a quote from Hebrews 13:8, 600 years before it was written.

    11. I Nephi 11:21, “Lamb of God,” strictly New Testament language. Compare with John 1:20.

    12. I Nephi 11:27, baptism of Jesus–John 1:29-34. The one who wrote the Book of Mormon had read much of the New Testament.

    14. I Nephi 13:23, why the explanation to Nephi when they had these “plates” containing this information all the time (cf. 5:11,16)?

    15. I Nephi 16:18, bows of steel? “Iron, steel, glass, and silk were not used in the New World before 1492 (except for occasional use of unsmelted meteoric iron). Nuggets of native copper were used in various locations in pre-Columbian times, but true metallurgy was limited to southern Mexico and the Andean region, where its occurrence in late prehistoric times involved gold, silver, copper, and their alloys, but not iron.” (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)

    16. I Nephi 16: 28,29, faith given to the “ball.” Does God ask us to have faith in anything but Him?

    17. I Nephi 21 and 22, copied from Isaiah 49, 50 (another example of plagiarism).

    18. II Nephi 4:17, “O wretched man that I am,” exact quote from Romans 7:24 by the Apostle Paul, 600 years before he was born?

    19. II Nephi 1:3, “land of promise” for the Jew was the land of Canaan. See Genesis 13:14-18.

    20. II Nephi 4:21, the love of God causes his flesh to be consumed?

    21. II Nephi 5:21, black is not beautiful!

    22. II Nephi 5:23, don’t marry a Lamanite or you will be cursed. Mormons tell us that the Lamanites are the American Indians.

    23. II Nephi 6-8, compare with Isaiah 50-51. (Example of plagiarism.)

    24. II Nephi 10:7, a false prophecy. The Jews are back in their own land, only in unbelief. Compare with Deuteronomy 18:20-22.

    25. II Nephi 12-24 are Isaiah 2-14. (Example of plagiarism.)

    26. II Nephi 13 compare with Isaiah 3. (Example of plagiarism.)

    27. II Nephi 25:19, “Christ” was not His last name. Christ means “The Anointed One” or the Messiah. The name “Jesus” was not foretold in Old Testament times. Check Isaiah 9:6. The first time the name was mentioned was when Gabriel told Mary as recorded in Luke 1:31, “and shalt call his name JESUS.”

    28. The Book of Mormon is purported to be “a second witness to the Bible.” Who needs the kind of witness that condemns? See II Nephi 29.

    29. II Nephi 28:8-9, seem to condemn Mormonism’s doctrine of repentance after death.

    30. II Nephi 29:11-13, God dealt only with the Children of Israel and commanded them speak in His name in Old Testament times. In the New Testament, John 12:47,48, Jesus tells us we are to be judged in that last days by the the things He has spoken.

    31. Jacob 2:23-3:12, condemns polygamy, see Doctrine and Covenants 132.

    32. Jacob 7:27, “Adieu,” French in 544 B.C.?

    33. Mosiah 2:3, “. . .offer sacrifice and burnt offering according to the law of Moses.” The Book of Mormon “Nephites” and “Lamanites” were from the tribe of Manasseh, (Alma 10:3). No Manassite could give attendance at the altar according to the law of Moses. Exodus 28-31; Numbers 3:7; Nehemiah 7:63,65; Hebrews 7:12-14 tells us only the tribe of Levi and particularly the Sons of Aaron could give attendance at the altar.

    34. Alma 7:10 Jesus born at Jerusalem? See Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4. The Mormon argument is that “Jerusalem” referred to the general vicinity, but in I Nephi 1:3 it is called a “city.”

    35. Alma is supposed to be a prophet of God and of Jewish ancestry. Alma in Hebrew means a betrothed virgin. Hardly a fitting name for a man.

    36. Alma 46:15, “Christian” in 73 B.C., contradicted by Luke in Acts 11:26.

    37. Alma 44:12-16, the bad guy gets scalped and suffers nothing but anger, causing him to fight more powerfully afterward. Incredible!

    38. Ether 1:34-37, the language of the Jaredites not confounded at the Tower of Babel, contradicts Genesis 11:9.

    39. Ether 1:43, the Jaredites are promised by the God of the Book of Mormon to be the greatest nation on earth, and that there would be no greater nation. However, in the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 15:1-5; 17:1-9, 19; 18:17,18; Romans 2:2) this promise is made. The seed of Abraham is still with us and the Messiah came through that lineage. The Jaredites destroyed each other and within a few generations ceased to exist.

    40. Throughout Ether chapter 2, we find the God of the Book of Mormon needs to be given instructions and corrections, for his instructions are foolish. See Job 38-40, for God’s reaction to anyone who might try to instruct Him.

    41. Ether 3:9-13, 19, redeemed from the fall because the brother saw the finger of the Lord. Compare Hebrews 9:11-15, 22. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. See also Abel’s offering (Genesis 3:7).

    42. Ether 15:30,31, Shiz struggles for breath after his head was cut off.

    43. IV Nephi 6, 57 words are used to say 59 years had passed away.

    The question should be asked:

    “HOW MANY LIES DO YOU HAVE TO FIND IN A BOOK TO KNOW IT IS NOT FROM GOD?”
     
  20. jseek21

    jseek21 Radical Biblicalist

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