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    Do You Consider Mormonism to Be Christian?

    Do you? This is a contentious topic, especially in the U.S where we have a large Mormon population. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, was a serious candidate for the Republican nomination for President. Evangelical groups, key members of the Republican coalition, were publicly uncomfortable with Romney's Mormonism.

    What are your thoughts? The Mormons definitely consider themselves to be Christian. However, their theology is so radically different from Orthodox/Catholic/Protestant Christianity that I don't really consider them to be a Christian denomination. I'm not a practicing Christian, though, and I'm interested to hear what Christians think about the Mormons.

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    I considered them to be within the Chrisitan sphere of religion. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I did live among them for several years & I have no personal problems with them. They are much more in sync with my views on social issues then many of the mainstream Churches (UCC, Episcopalians, United Methodists). They are extremely in favor of the traditional family unit & have not practice polygamy for over a hundred years, though some splinter groups continue to do so.

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    For me it's a sick dogmatic religion like Jehovah's Witnesses !!!
    Religions who's arising in US are mostly sick... and don't have cultural bases, but they have strong capitalistic bases !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    I considered them to be within the Chrisitan sphere of religion. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I did live among them for several years & I have no personal problems with them. They are much more in sync with my views on social issues then many of the mainstream Churches (UCC, Episcopalians, United Methodists). They are extremely in favor of the traditional family unit & have not practice polygamy for over a hundred years, though some splinter groups continue to do so.

    The polygamy doesn't seem as out of step with mainstream Christianity as their other beliefs. If the only major difference was a belief in polygamy, then they could be lumped with the other eccentric American Protestant offshoots (like Seventh Day Adventists) that practice Old Testament practices.

    Their beliefs, as I understand them, that IMO arguably place them outside Christianity are those that pertain to the nature of God, Jesus, and Joseph Smith. The idea that God was a mortal space alien who became a God and created humanity is certainly at odds with mainstream Christian ideals, as is their veneration of Joseph Smith.

    Further, Jesus is different to them than to other Christians. Instead of Jesus being one aspect of an enternal God, the Mormon conception of Jesus is that he is the flesh and blood son of Jesus (begotten through actual sex with Mary). In mainstream Christianity, Jesus died to redeem the sins of the world and repair the rift between God and Humanity. From what I understand about Mormonism, Jesus died so that men could be resurrected after they die. If they were just, then those resurrected men could become Gods themselves and create their own worlds and their own men. Presumably the Mormon God had a Jesus figure on his mortal world that died for God's power of resurrection. Whereas Jesus is universal to mainstream Christians, the Mormon conception of Jesus seems to be finite and confined to this world/plane/whatever.

    The Latter Day Saints use Jesus Christ in their names, but Islam also reveres Jesus yet is not Christian. Both share the feature of having a later prophet who comes to clarify the true message of God.

    If there are any Mormons who post here, I'm open for correction if I am mistating Mormon views. It is not my intention to do so.

    I admire the Mormons' social practices regardless of whether or not they are considered "Christian."

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    Most of what the above post cited as mormon doctrine isn't the churches mainstream teachings.

    As a former mormon, yes mormons are christian. Christ is viewed as the son of God, his only begotten, the redeemer. Mormons believe that before christ the jewish rituals of sacrifice were necessary for the repentance process but the sacrifice of Christ, the lamb of God, makes that unnecessary. Instead mormons pray for forgiveness through Christ.

    The main difference between mormons and other christian sects can be summed up pretty easily, Jesus chilled with the Indians... and Indians are actually jews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hierwend View Post
    Jesus chilled with the Indians... and Indians are actually jews.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q6brMrFw0E


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    Haha, I love that video =)

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    Anyone who believes Christ is the messiah is a Christian. Mormons do so I would say yes.

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    Absolutely not. Mormonism is a cult based on the writings of a false prophet, Joseph Smith.

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    I may be qualified to answer this, with "Mormonism" being my primary religious persuation for most of my life. My view is that Joseph Smith's revelation on the "true church" started out as a Protestant pursuit, but it wound up transcending all the religious views on the known earth before it. It was both a restoration of past dispensations and a new, unique dispensation in and of itself.

    It is based in Christ, but I wouldn't call it "Christian" as the world understands the word. Christ plays a role in the faith, and is the key member of the Godhead's presence on earth, but the purpose of the Church is to bring man "immortality and eternal life", which is the purpose of God the Father and all of his predecessors. Mormons see Gods much like ancient pre-Christians do. They are both corporeal and ethereal (spirit), and last but not least immortal. There is very little separating Gods and men in Mormon theology. One need only live a virtuous life and pass through specific ordinances to move on to the next step. It is fairly dependent on faith in its early stages, but as one progresses, they gain independent power and authority. It is much like a baby that goes from complete dependence to independence through about 20 years, only stretched out over a span of thousands if not millions of years. There is no glass ceiling before or after reaching so-called "godhood", as it has been said that there is no end to the progression.

    I hope no one takes this as a "missionary testimony" or something, seeing how it's only my second post. I generally still agree with most of the doctrines of the faith, but I'm not overly sold on the emphasis on aggressive missionary work. It is no secret that Mormons want to convert as many people as possible. I feel like people shouldn't be pressured to convert, nor should they feel that their religion is without value. I have found answers in other religious disciplines to questions that nothing in Mormonism satisfied. It's just that I've seen the most answers to troubling questions within the Mormon faith, so I stuck with it. I feel more is destroyed by converting people through brute force than is won. Good thing the church embraces truth in all faiths, but most of the time its just seen as a convert and baby factory.

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