Mormonism 101—comparative beliefs
Similar beliefs of both Mormons and mainstream Christianity
Both believe in God the Father
Both believe Jesus is a part of Deity
Both believe in the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit
Both believe in a Heaven where the just shall ascend
Both believe in a Hell for those who are persistently evil
Both believe our Earth was created by God and/or Jesus
Both believe in the Old Testament and the New Testament
Both believe similarly in the conception of, and birth of, Jesus
Both believe in the “last days” and the Second Coming of Jesus
Both believe in the atonement of Jesus (he died for the sins of mankind)
Both believe in the same events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus
Both believe the 10 Commandments as God’s basic laws for mankind social living
Both do ‘not’ believe in Evolution … and assert that Adam and Eve were our first parents
Some drastic differences between Mormonism and mainstream Christianity
Mormons believe in marriage for time and eternity
Mormons believe God speaks to more than the Jews and Israel of Old and New Testament
Mormons believe in plurality of wives in the afterlife, but because of mans laws, prohibited in mortal life
Mormons believe in governing body of 12 apostles as per Jesus’ day
Mormons believe all mankind started out as ‘spirit children of God’ in Paradise
Mormons believe spirit children come to Earth to gain experience through imperfection
Mormons believe in many inhabited planets beyond Earth…”near numberless”
Mormons believe in a “spirit world” intervening between Earth-life and heaven
Mormons believe in 3 levels of heaven, per Paul’s statement “caught up to the third heaven”
Mormons believe that ‘men’ are given authority to act in God’s place through “the priesthood”
Mormons believe in living revelation from God … rather than just God speaking through scripture
Mormons once believed those of the ‘black skin’ were “less valiant” in pre-existence life with God
Mormons believe God revealed to their prophet in 1978, to stop the ban against blacks
Mormons never did categorize ‘dark’ skin the same as ‘black’ skin. Only the black race was banned from Priesthood and Temple rights. Dark skin was simply taught as being a cursed people resulting from sin
Mormons believe in large families to make homes for the more valiant of the pre-existent spirits
Mormons believe Gods way of funding his Church is through the ‘tithing’ system (yielding 10% of one’s income)
Mormons believe active membership must include abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea
Mormons do not have a paid clergy, but rather, regular qualified members takes turns at the helm of clergy
Mormons believe premarital sex is a sin
Mormons believe any sex outside of marriage is a sin—including masturbation and homosexuality
Mormons believe one way of signifying sacred covenants with God is in wearing sacred undergarments
Mormons do not use rhythmic beats such as with guitars and drums in music of worship meetings
Mormons are well noted for their church choirs–the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is one of the most famous choirs in the world
Mormons believe one must be baptized (by proper authority) in order to obtain entrance to heaven
Mormons believe in vicarious baptisms and marriage ‘sealings’ for the deceased; this only in the confines of the Temples. This ceremony is only efficacious when the deceased accepts “the gospel” in the spirit world – life after death.
Mormons believe that when Jesus returns again, it will usher in a 1000 year millennial reign of peace—after which the “earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory
Mormons believe in hard work and explicit honesty and in giving of monthly “fast offerings” to those less fortunate
As an Examiner who has lived both as a Mormon and as a non-Mormon—it is apparent that logic and reality has won over tradition and ignorance – especially in the last 100 years of Mormonism. Mormonism, just like any other religion and mind-set, had to adjust to outworn prejudices and misconceptions. It would be wonderful if Mormon leaders could acknowledge “yes, we were in error and needed to make adjustments.”
Certainly Mormonism has been in error regarding their earlier days attitude against the black race—wherein they once taught them to be of the seed of Cain and the linage from which Lucifer’s “fence-sitters” could materialize.
Certainly Mormons were in error in their original teachings that those of a “dark skin” or “brown skin” were “loathsome” and “a filthy people.” Shame on any Church, group or people that would believe and teach such gibberish and claim it is a directive from God.
Below are 3 example references from the present day Book of Mormon which will likely prove to cause Mormonism more dissent—than did the “black skin” issue. Are Mormons really saying that the dark skinned natives, the Asians and the Polynesians of earth are “less than” those of a white skin? Can Mormon leaders capitulate this teaching is in error? These three versus are in reference to those ‘natives’ of the American continent who were of a dark skin.
- 2 Nephi 5:22
22 And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities.
- 1 Nephi 12:23
23 And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations.
- Mormon 5:15
15 And also that the seed of this people may more fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them from the Gentiles; for this people shall be scattered, and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry.
See also Mormonism 101—a brief History