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By Sandra Tanner
LDS - teach that everyone pre-existed----we all exist eternally.
Bible - Only Christ pre-existed-not man. (Jn.8:58; Col. 1:17) We didn't have a spiritual
existence prior to earth. (I Cor.15:46)
LDS - teach it brought mortality and physical death not fallen nature-believe Adam was
given two conflicting commandments and was supposed to fall.
Bible - God tempts no one. (Jas.1:13-14). Man is basically sinful - (Rom.8:5-8; I Cor.2:14)
LDS - Specific acts-not man's basic nature
Bible - We are in spiritual rebellion until conversion. (Eph.2:3; Rom.5:6). We do not just
commit sins we are basically sinful. (Mat.1:21)
LDS - Repent of individual, acts not sinful nature.
Bible - Must repent of basic rebellion. (Jer. 17:9; Lk.5:32)
ATONEMENT-SALVATION BY GRACE
LDS - believe Christ's death brought release from grave and universal resurrection. Salvation by grace
is universal resurrection beyond this man must earn his place in heaven.
Bible - Salvation is not universal but based on belief of each individual. (Rom.1:16. Heb.9:28. Eph.2:8-9)
LDS - from mortal death only-not sinful rebellion or spiritual death.
Bible - Christ redeems from more than mortal death redeems us from spiritual death. (Rom. 6:23, Eph.2:1)
LDS - Mormon Church system and doctrines.
Bible - Message of Christ's death and resurrection as atonement for our sins. (I Cor.15:1:4. Gal.1:8)
LDS - Baptism into LDS Church.
Bible - We are spiritually dead until our spiritual rebirth. (I Pet.1:23 2 Cor.5:17)
LDS - Only Mormon Church - true church taken from earth until Joseph Smith restored it.
Bible - As a born-again Christian we are part of God's Church. (I Cor.12:12-14. Mt.18:19-20. Mt.16:18)
LDS - believe only LDS have authority to baptize, ordain, etc.- Have two-part system of' priesthood - Melchizedek
Bible - Christ brought end to Aaronic priesthood and is ONLY High Priest after manner of
Melchizedek. (Heb.5:9; 2 Tim.2:2)
LDS - Must be performed by LDS priesthood.
Bible - Emphasis is on Believer - not priesthood authority. (Mk.16:15-16)
SONS OF GOD
LDS - We are all literal spirit children of God.
Bible - We become a child of God at, conversion. (Jn.1:12)
LDS - Exaltation in Celestial Kingdom - ability to bear children in heaven – must have a Temple marriage.
Bible - Not limited to certain ones in heaven – no mention of parenthood or temple marriage but is given to ALL Christians (I Jn.5:12-13)
LDS- Universal gift-ability to live forever but not Eternal Life.
Bible - Makes no distinction between immortality and eternal life. (2 Tim.1:10)
LDS - Divided into three kingdoms - Celestial, Terrestrial and Telestial – place for almost everyone (misuse of 1 Cor.15:40-41)
Bible - Only mentions two conditions-everlasting punishment or life eternal. (Mt.25:31-46)
KINGDOM OF GOD
LDS- Means Celestial Kingdom-only those in Celestial Kingdom are in God's presence.
Those in Terrestrial or Telestial Kingdoms aren't in presence of Father.
Bible - All redeemed will be in God's presence. (Rev. 21:1-3). All believers are part of Kingdom. (Mt.13:41-43)
LDS- Hell as an institution is eternal - inmates come and go as in jail - don't spend
eternity there - stay until one has paid debt to God.
Bible - No mention of people getting out of Hell. (Rev.21:8; Mt.13:24-43, 47-50; Lk.16:26)
LDS - Father God is a resurrected man with physical body, Christ is a separate resurrected
man with physical body, Holy Ghost is a separate man with a spiritual body - 3 totally separate Gods.
Bible - God not a man. (Num. 23:19). Only one God. (Isa.43:10-11; 44:6; 45:21-22). Father is Spirit and Invisible. (Jn.4:24; I Tim.1:1.7)
LDS- Is a separate God different from Holy Spirit-Holy Ghost is a person – Holy Spirit is influence from Father and not personal.
Bible - Same Greek word used for Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit (I Cor.3:16, 6:19)
LDS - believe God, as a resurrected, physical man, is literal Father of Jesus-same manner in
which men are conceived on earth - believe Mt.1:18 in error.
Bible - says Mary was "with child of the Holy Ghost", (Mt.1:18).