He said he has heard Mormons have horns, there not Christian, they don’t believe in the Bible and there are individuals in general that are naïve about the Mormon faith in general. When in fact Mormons do consider themselves to be Christian and they do believe and practice the
Technically, discussions of worldviews will fall into 1 of 6 categories – theism, deism, pantheism, naturalism, and polytheism – but in the real world, peoples belief are not always that easily categorized. Mormons claim to be monotheistic (theism), but are essentially polytheistic, as the teaching of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, stated: "I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a spirit; and these three constitute three distinct personages and three distinct gods". Additional data supporting the position that Mormons truly are polytheists is their belief and worship in both God the Father (Doctrine and Covenants 18:40) and Jesus Christ (3 Nephi 11:17; 2 Nephi 25:29), as well as their view of God the Father and Jesus as two separate gods. One of the more interesting aspects of Mormonism is its reliance and use of the Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Mormon. While many reason the Book of Mormon is their criterion for the Mormon worldview and practice of the church, the reality is that there is not a single unique doctrine of Mormonism imparted within its pages.
His cosmological argument states that every affect has a cause, which itself has a cause. You cannot have an infinite chain of causation so there must be a first cause. This first cause must be God. The second role that was established by Aquinas for God is Causa Sine - the first cause. God being transcendent does not need a cause but he is the first cause for everything within the universe.
Modern Christians believe that this one god handmade all of the earth and the people in it. Gnostics, however, believe that there are two different Gods. Some Gnostics say that there is a Creator God of the Old Testament who is mean and hateful and full of wrath, and then they say there is the New Testament God who is kind and forgiving (28). Orthodox Christians will argue that there is only one God who brings both joy and pain, but those who believe in the gnostic gospels wonder why such a nice god would create such a terrible world for all humans to live in. To them, if there is a good side to the world and a bad side to the world, then there must be two gods to keep track of it all.
Jehovah Witness and Christianity The belief system of a Jehovah Witness, in comparison, is like those of Christianity when only momentarily glanced at. Any person could easily mistake the two for the same religion, just different sects or denominations. However, in reality, they differ quite profligately. The enigma that we find between these two groups is they both claim to be “Christian.” Christianity has many sects; nonetheless, a Jehovah Witness is not one of those. Jehovah Witness stands alone claiming to be the only “true Christians,” while all the other Christians are not truly Christian according to them.
The most important factor regarding the faith of Thomas Jefferson--or any of our Founding Fathers--isn't whether or not he had a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The debate over the religious heritage of this country is not about who is ultimately going to heaven, but rather about what the dominant convictions were that dictated the structure of this
Denys Turner makes the point that Aquinas is misread, he says that Aquinas is just clarifying the existence of God for people who already believe rather than in an attempt to persuade non-believers. If this is the case, then this would mean that the Cosmological Argument does have value for religious faith. In conclusion, the Cosmological Argument shows no reason to believe in the loving Christian God which is why it has little
The purpose of the resurrection was not to prove that Christ was who He claimed to be rather it was necessary. A sign like raising Lazarus was not for any purpose except to help those who doubted as Thomas did to believe. The apostle Paul went so far in emphasis as to argue that if there is no resurrection, there is no Gospel. All that we teach and preach today would be pointless if it had not been for the resurrection, unlike a “sign” that was not necessary for our salvation. I am not saying this because of the importance of Christianity, I am simply pointing out a fact of the difference in the two.
Mormons operate one of the world’s largest genealogical libraries. Are Mormons Christians? While many other religions do not recognize Mormons as being Christians, the LDS church believes otherwise. They believe that they are Christians because they do follow Jesus Christ just as other Christian religions do. They state that what separates them from the more traditional Christian churches is the way that they practice their Christianity.
Both stories have many similarities and also many differences. Many of the similarities pertain to God and the nature of God. There are also differences between the two creation stories such as the mention of the fall from grace in Genesis whereas the Leiden Hymns have no mention of this. Both the Leiden Hymns and Genesis are about the creation of the world. Both stories portray God as a perfect, all seeing, all knowing being, “God is a master craftsman… all powerful one”(1,7) “And Sarah dissembles, saying ‘I did not laugh,’ for she was afraid.