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"The truth shall make you free."  John 8:32


A Different Jesus

Does Mormonism Teach a Different Jesus?

The question is often posed, “do Mormons teach a different Jesus than the rest of Christianity?”  Perhaps a more important question is “do Mormons teach a different Jesus than the Word of God (the Bible) declares”?  What any man or any church teaches or believes should never be the real issue when it comes to the things of God.  What does God Himself declare?   That should always be the question.  If we are in line with the Word of God, we are in and in line with the truth. 

 

LDS Doctrine Teaches That Jesus Is Our Brother (as is Satan) and He Became the Savior Only Because He Had a Better Plan and That Jesus “Earned” His Deity.  The Mormon pre-creation story teaches that, in the pre-existence, God the Father called a “Grand Council.” At the grand council, God said, "Whom shall I send?" (Abraham 3:27 – in the LDS scripture, the Pearl of Great Price).  Two of God’s sons, Jesus and Lucifer, both offered to be the one to be sent.  Each presented their respective plans for to mankind to come to earth to receive a body and described how they each would bring about the salvation of humankind.  Jesus’ plan allowed for mankind’s free agency to choose whether or not to follow God and return to Him.  Satan’s plan was to force everyone to do what is right and promised that not a soul would be lost.  After hearing both sons speak, Heavenly Father said, "I will send the first" (Abraham 3:27).  Satan was angry that he was not chosen and rebelled, there was a war in heaven and Satan was cast out to the earth and became the devil.  Thus, according to LDS doctrine, Satan (if he had presented a better plan and had not rebelled) could have “performed” the atonement and been the savior of the world, instead of Jesus. Just as conceivable under this belief is that any one of God's spirit children could have become the saviour of the world, if Jesus and Satan hadn't come forward and had not one of their plans been accepted. 

The Word of God by contrast declares:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was WITH GOD, and the Word WAS GOD.  The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  IN HIM was LIFE; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”  John 1:1-5. 

Thus, we see that Jesus was God in the Flesh (he was not just “a” god. Jesus, the Word, “was” and “is” God.  Note further that with regard to Jesus’ birth it was declared that:  they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23.  In the Old Testament prophesying of His birth it was declared:  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6). In and of Himself as God, He was and is Life. His Words are truth and life and “shall never pass away” Matthew 24:35.

John further explains:

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he POWER TO BECOME the sons of God, even TO THEM THAT BELIEVE ON HIS NAME:  Which were BORN, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but OF GOD.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:11-14. 

Here we see that Jesus is not our brother, as Mormonism teaches.  He is our God, the great I AM.  He did not earn His Godhood. He was from everlasting to everlasting.  “‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,’ says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8.  The Word declares that, not only is Jesus the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, but unto those who believe on His name, He gave power to BECOME children of God. When we put our faith in Christ and accept Him as our Lord and Savior and His free gift of life and salvation, we are born again (“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:7) We are born anew, not of blood or of the flesh, but born of the spirit as a child of God. (“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6). 

“And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST.” John 1:17.  Christ is the end of the Law.  We now live under the New Covenant which is salvation by grace and truth through faith in Christ Jesus. 

Jesus answered, “I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except THROUGH ME.”  John 14:6.  In Mormon doctrine, Eve asks Satan in the garden, “is there no other way.” To which Satan replies, “there is no other way.”  “Then I will eat” is Eve’s response.  That deception continues to be perpetuated through Mormonism today! No!  Disobedience to the command of God was not the way to bring about God’s plan for our salvation!  Adam and Eve did indeed fall and were cast out of the garden and from God’s fellowship and presence.  Sin and death entered into the world through their transgression.  But God, in His infinite love, grace and mercy, has provided the way to redeem us from the fallen state of sin and death.  The Way, and only way, to redemption is through faith on His one and only Son! 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4. 

Can there be any question, from the Word of God, that Mormonism has corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ?  God declares that He loved the world so much that He gave His only Son and that whoever puts his faith in Him, he shall have eternal life.  Mormonism declares: "One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation," (Miracle of Forgiveness, Spencer W. Kimball, p. 206)

We have been warned:

"[B]ut there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:7-8

Once again:

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4. 

Does Mormonism preach another Jesus than that which He Himself taught and that which His apostles preached?  Consider carefully, lest you be corrupted from the simplicity which is in Christ and lest you be led astray. 

The truth shall indeed make you free!

 

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER MORMONISM TEACHES A DIFFERENT JESUS

(1) The Book of Mormon prophesied that Jesus would be born in Jerusalem.  Alma 7:9-10. 

God’s Word:  The coming of the Messiah was central to the message of the prophets of Old Testament.  The bible and actual history both make clear that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, of the kingly lineage of David, in direct fulfillment of the bible prophesy.  [“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  Micah 5:2; “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.” Matthew 2:1; Jesus would be of the house of kingly lineage of David as a rightful king of Israel: Isaiah 9:13; Jeremiah 23:5; John 7:41-43; Revelation 22:16]

(2)  Mormon Doctrine Teaches of a Non-Virgin Birth of Jesus.  “Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers," (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, p. 547).  "Christ was not Begotten of Holy Ghost ...Christ was begotten of God. He was not born without the aid of Man, and that Man was God!" (Doctrines of Salvation, by Joseph Fielding Smith, 1954, 1:18).  "The birth of the Savior was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood---was begotten of his Father as we were of our fathers" (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses vol.8, p.115); and "when the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness [flesh and blood]. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost" (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol.1, p.50). 

God’s Word:  Jesus was born of a virgin – begotten by the Holy Ghost.

"The Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).

"Now the birth of Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit…for that which was conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 1:18,20).

"Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’. And the angel answered and said to her ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you’" (Luke 1:34-5).

[Have you ever noticed that Mormonism over and over reduces God to the level of man, instead of exalting and glorifying Him as the one and only omnipotent God of the Universe that He has declared himself to be.  For example Mormon doctrine teaches that: as man is God once was; God has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as a man's; spirit is matter and has always existed (God isn't really the "creator" of all things - he is the chief "organizer of all things"); God only follows natural laws (which He knows and follow perfectly); I am bound when you do what I say, etc.]

(3)  Mormon Doctrine Teaches That Jesus Paid the Price for Sin Not By the Shedding of His Blood and His Death, But By Having the Weight of the Sins of the World Placed Upon Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

God’s Word:  In contrast to the LDS doctrine on the atonement, what the New Testament makes abundantly clear is that Christ bore our sins while on the cross (and not through a mere obscure passage but through a multitude of explicit statements).  For example, Peter unequivocally states it is Christ: 

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”  1 Peter 2:24. 

Does this not mean exactly what it says?  Only if you ignore the plain and simple Word. 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

 

The Wages of Sin:  It is only through the New Testament account of Christ’s crucifixion as the sacrifice for sin that the Old Testament makes any sense.   We are told that the wages of sin is death.  Romans 6:23.  Indeed, under the old covenant of the Old Testament, sin could be cleansed only by the shedding of blood (by death – not a blood draining, sweating or by any other means; the shedding of blood by slaying of the animal slain).   Under the old covenant, atonement had to be perpetually made.   But Christ was the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world.  Revelation 13:8   Christ:  “did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”  Hebrews 9:12.  The Most Holy Place was where the sacrifice was slain for the sins of the people.  

Indeed, the Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, declared that Christ was “wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5.  How could Gethsemane be the event where Christ was “wounded” for our transgressions and “bruised” for our iniquities? 

Does having the weight of the sins of the world placed on Jesus in Gethsemane sound even remotely like what scripture plainly declares that sacrifice for sin to be?   Once again, the Mormon doctrine and teaching is in conflict with the Word of God. 

(4)  Mormon Doctrine Teaches That Christ Did Not Pay For All Sins – There Are Some Sins That Are Not Covered By The Atonement of Christ.  "But men may commit certain grievous sins - according to his light and knowledge - that will place him beyond the reach of the atoning blood of Christ. If then he would be saved he must make sacrifice of his own life to atone - so far as in his power lies - for that sin, for the blood of Christ alone under certain circumstances will not avail. ATONEMENT AND SINS UNTO DEATH. Joseph Smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these offences are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, in their behalf. This is scriptural doctrine, and is taught in all the standard works of the Church.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1., pp. 134-135). 

There are sins that men commit for which they cannot receive forgiveness in this world, or in that which is to come, and if they had their eyes open to see their true condition, they would be perfectly willing to have their blood spilt upon the ground, that the smoke thereof might ascend to heaven as an offering for their sins; and the smoking incense would atone for their sins, whereas, if such is not the case, they will stick to them and remain upon them in the spirit world. ....I know that there are transgressors, who, if they knew themselves, and the only condition upon which they can obtain forgiveness would beg of their brethren to shed their blood, that the smoke thereof might ascend to God....It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins through the fall and those committed by men, yet men can commit sins which it can never remit...” (President Brigham Young, Sept. 21, 1856, Deseret News, page 235; very similar to Journal of Discourses 4:53-54).  Suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, and put a javelin through both of them, you would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdom of God. I would at once do so in such a case; and under such circumstances, I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands. (President Brigham Young, March 16, 1856, Journal of Discourses, 3:247). I could refer you to plenty of instances where men have been righteously slain, in order to atone for their sins. I have seen scores and hundreds of people for whom there would have been a chance (in the last resurrection there will be) if their lives had been taken and their blood spilled on the ground as a smoking incense to the Almighty, but who are now angels to the devil, until our elder brother Jesus Christ raises them up--conquers death, hell, and the grave. I have known a great many men who have left this Church for whom there is no chance whatever for exaltation, but if their blood had been spilled, it would have been better for them. (President Brigham Young, February 8, 1857, Journal of Discourses, 4:220).

God’s Word:  “[T]he blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7.  “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:  But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.  Mark 3:28-29. (No exception for any sin committed is ever given in the bible, except for blasphemy against the Holy Ghost). 

The doctrine of Mormonism goes astray from the Word of God because it teaches that we have the responsibility to “atone” for our own sins by our own efforts of making good the wrong that we caused.  Some wrongs we obviously cannot make restitution for.  God's grace only comes in and makes up the difference between what is required and what we were able to do ourselves - "It is by grace we are saved, after all we can do." But this is contrary to the Word of God which declares unequivocally that forgiveness is in and through Christ alone, because of His shed blood.  His grace is sufficient.  We can’t add anything to what Jesus has already done through the shedding of His blood and His death and resurrection.  Forgiveness is not conditional upon anything but our faith in Him and what God's Word declares that He has done for us and our accepting that and asking for forgiveness. 

May God bless you as you honestly seek Him in truth. 

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