The un-funny truth about Mormonism

Growing up in a Christian school my entire life I have studied fundamentalist Christianity at least 5 hours a week for the last 12 years.  It dates back to the simple memorization of verses, and feltboard Jesus stories.  Then as I progressed in years I learned of Islam and other world religions.  They were taught as false and condemning to hell, hardly arguable.  However as I began to pop my bubble of Grace seclusion I met many people who seemed to be Christians.  They read the “Bible” the believed in “God” and “Jesus”.  However after a deep delve into sotieriology I realized the finer points of mankind and God.  After meeting two Mormon elders while pushing in carts at Vons I started to wonder.  These boys have devoted their lives to something so close to Christianity that most Christians would not be able to tell the difference.  However I wondered were they saved?  Did they believe the basic elements that I believe define a Christian?  I decided to set up a meeting with.  I was not going on the offensive.  They had spent years studying and 20 minutes of rhetoric would no convince them of anything important.  However if I could understand what they believed I could plan future attacks, and decide if they were even necessary.  When I met with them I asked the first basic question.  Do you believe in the divinity of Christ Jesus as the son of God, who was transfused with man, maintaining his Godness? (I said it more elegantly but I cannot recall)  To my surprise he claimed that Jesus was true God.  I was feeling good.  Nothing pleases me more than when someone is strait in understanding.  However I was in for a big surprise.  My next question was the Trinity.  Their answer almost knocked me down.  They said “one in purpose”.  Not homouisius, the same substance, but only same purpose.  They denied the triune God.  I asked further if they believed they were the same person.  Simply they claimed no, they work together for the salvation of man.  What does this make of Mormonism?  Polytheism?  A harsh conclusion?  They claimed the Divinity of Christ but not the Trinity.  I believed both are required for salvation.  This could very well be a misrepresentation of the Mormon faith, however this is merely an account of my experiences. 

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2 Comments

  1. nice josh, thats awesome how you set up with a meeting and everything with and thoses were good questions to ask them. You should also ask them, if you havent already, to prove how their belief is right in their bible and you should show them some of these verses(john 6:27, john 1:1, acts 5: 3-4, and Matthew 28: 18) and explain to them how this shows the trinity. Hopefully that will help a little bit.

  2. So I was blog hopping and saw your post about the visit from the mormons and thought I would post my thoughts.

    This may or may not of been pointed out as well. In Luke 3:21 and 22 it says:
    21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
    22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

    This shows 3 separate figures. Christ in the water, the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove and the Father’s(God) voice from heaven identifying and bearing witness of his Son.

    as you said 20 minutes isn’t going to change the mind of anyone but this was pointed out to me and I ended up thinking about it a lot looking at the other verses in the Bible that talk about the Holy Trinity and praying about it. That is what we are told to do in James 1:5 and 6 ask God and he will answer your question. Be it confirming what you ask is true or that it is false. Anyway, thanks for letting me post on your topic! God Bless.


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