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Study Resources :: Articles and Books :: Exposé of Mormonism :: 10. Comparing Doctrine

10. Comparing Doctrine

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10A. Do we need to compare LDS beliefs with Christianity?
Comparing LDS Beliefs with First Century Christianity.

Yes, the Mormon Church has asked us to check their doctrine.

"...convince us of our errors of doctrine, if we have any by reason of logical arguments, or by the word of God, and we will be ever grateful for the information, and you will ever have the pleasing reflection that you have been instruments in the hands of God of redeeming your fellow beings from the darkness which you may see developing their minds.

Orson Pratt, The Seer, pp. 15-16
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils."
I Timothy 4:1
10B. Are we to expose the false doctrines?

Yes,

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
Ephesians 5:11
10C. Do Mormons believe in more than one God?

Yes,

"in the beginning the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and the people in it."

Journal of Discourses, Vol 6, Sermon by Joseph Smith.
"In the heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each of who has his own wife or wives which were given to him previous to his redemption while yet in his mortal state."

The Seer, Vol 1, Page 37 Apostle Orson Pratt.
10D. Is there more than one true God according to the Bible?

No,

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me."
Isaiah 43:10
"Thus saith the Lord, the King of Israel, and his redeemer, the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."
Isaiah 44:6

Also read: Isaiah 44:10, 44:8, 45:5, 46:9 & I Timothy 2:5

10E. Do Mormons believe that God has a body of flesh and bone?

Yes,

"The Father has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as man's; the Son also, but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones but is a personage of Spirit..."

Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22
"My next sermon will be to both Saint and sinner...Our God and Father in heaven, is a being of tabernacle, or, in other words, He has a body, with parts the same as you and I have;...I will tell you how it is. Our Father in Heaven begat all the spirits that ever were, or ever will be, upon this earth; and they were born spirits in the eternal world."

Journal of Discourses, 1:50 - Brigham Young.
10F. Do Mormons believe that God is an exalted man?

Yes,

"God was once as we are now and is an exalted man."

Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 3
"Remember that God our Heavenly Father was perhaps once a child and mortal like we are and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome until He has arrived at the point where He now is."

Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 123
"When our father Adam came into the Garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body and brought Eve, one of his celestial wives, with him...He is our father and our God and the only God with whom we have to do."

Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, p. 50, Brigham Young
"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil. So that you may see...It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible."

History of the Church, 6:305, 306
10G. Does the Bible teach that God is a glorified man with a body?

No, the book of Hosea states:

"...for I am God, and not man;"
Hosea 11:9
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of a man, that he should repent."
Numbers 23:19
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
John 4:24
"For I am the Lord, I change not."
Malachi 3:6
"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."
Psalm 90:2
10H. Are the Mormons guilty of changing the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image of corruptible man?

Yes,

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."
Romans 1:22, 23


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