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Are Mormons Christian Essay

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Are Mormons Christian

Are Mormons Christian?

Cathy Candelaria

Research Essay

Katherine Lambert-Scronce

July 25, 2008

Are Mormons Christian
Are Mormons Christian?
During Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign for President of the United States, his Mormonism became a controversial issue and the question was raised “are Mormons Christian?” While Mormons (properly known as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) (LDS) do not believe in the Trinitarian doctrine as other Christian religions do, Mormons do believe in and worship Jesus Christ.
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In 319 A.D. Alexander of Alexandria held a meeting where the Holy Trinity was discussed. During this council one of the attending priests, Arius, stated “if the Father begat the Son, then he who was begotten had a beginning in existence, and from this it follows that there was a time when the Son was not.”[2](n.d. Thunder Ministries) This argument caused much conflict and Emperor Constantine, in an effort to gain unity, called another council. During this council Constantine suggested Christ should be defined as homoousious † one in essence with the Father. Some of the bishops and priests in attendance did not agree with this. They were outvoted and the Trinitarian doctrine was adopted. The definition of the Trinity is three eternal Persons, namely, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; one supreme God who consists of three persons or essences.[3] Mormons believe in the Godhead as being God, the Father, Christ, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; three distinct and separate persons which is different from the Trinitarian doctrine of three persons or essences contained in one body. Harpers Bible Dictionary states the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament. (1985) If the Trinitarian doctrine is not found in the New Testament why do other Christian denominations use this as reasoning behind their claims that Mormons believe in a different Christ? How did the Mormons come to their claims of three separate and distinct personages? Joseph Smith (the first Mormon Prophet) was 14 in 1820 when he turned to Bible scripture for guidance as he was searching for knowledge as to which church he should join. In the New Testament, James 1:5, he read “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”[4] In other words, ask Him, who will not criticize, with sincere intent, and He will answer. Taking this scripture to heart Joseph found himself in secluded woods where he prayed and asked God which church he should join. According to his account, “When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Joseph Smith-History chap. 1 vs. 16-17) This vision showed to Joseph that Christ was a separate being from God the Father; that they were one in purpose but not one in body.
Salvation through Christ
Christians believe that salvation through Christ is given by grace only as taught in Ephesians 2:8-9 “for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast.”[5] This scriptural passage means that if one has faith in Christ and gives all glory (credit) to Him, salvation...

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