Mormonism: Theology and Ethics

Sep 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics, Featured Issues

God. Mormonism teaches that God the Father was once a man, but became God.  He has a physical body, as does his wife (the Heavenly Mother).  Mormons deny the trinity, arguing that the Father, Son and Spirit are three separate gods.  Mormons likewise teach that it is possible for all faithful Mormons to one day become gods too.

Jesus Christ. Mormonism teaches that Jesus is a separate god from the Father (Elohim) and is the spirit child of the Father and Mother in heaven.  He is, therefore, the ?elder brother? of all men spirit beings.  His body was created through sexual union between Elohim and Mary.  In fact, Mormonism teaches that Jesus was married, as a polygamist, to the two Marys and Martha.  His death on Calvary?s cross does not provide full atonement, but does guarantee resurrection for everyone.

Scripture. Without question, Mormons equate The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ with the Bible; in fact, they regard it as more authoritative than the Bible.  That book is complemented by other Mormon texts, the Pearl of Great Price and Doctrines and Covenants.

Salvation. The LDS church actually defines salvation as exaltation to godhood, which can only be earned through obedience to LDS leaders, Mormon baptism, tithing, marriage (which they believe is eternal) and secret temple rituals.  Using 1 Corinthians 15:29, the LDS church also teaches that present day Mormons can be vicariously baptized for their ancestors, who will then be ?saved.?  For that reason, Mormons spend a great deal of time studying their family?s genealogy so that they can be baptized in their place. PRINT PDF

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