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Katie Owens wrote:

Hello,

I was reading your comments on the girl who's been dating a Mormon guy and I find them to be quite wrong.

  • For starters, have you even really looked at the Mormon religion?

If you had, you would not have stated that Mormons are not Christians. That is false; Mormons are Christians. By definition a Christian is someone who:

  • professes a belief in Jesus Christ
  • is Christ-like, and
  • is humane.

Mormons are and do all of those things which makes them Christian.

Also, Mormons are quite far from being a cult. The Latter-Day Saints (LDS) church would be the last church to lead anyone to eternal damnation!!

I think before you go answering questions on the Mormon religion, or about the Mormon religion, you need to do some more research on it.

Katie

  { Why would you say Mormons are not Christians when they are? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Katie —

I believe that in order to be a Christian, one must believe that Jesus Christ is the Incarnation of the Only Son of the One and Only God and Father.

Mormons believe that what Jesus is, we all will be, and that we can all be Father and Mother Gods whose children go to other worlds.

Mary Ann Parks

John replied:

Hi, Katie —

Mormons don't believe in the same Jesus as the orthodox (small o) Christians do. Hence, they profess faith in a different Jesus.

They believe among other things that Jesus and Lucifer were soul brothers. They believe the Father is separately God not, just a Person in the Trinity. This Father God lives on a planet near the star Kolob.

They are actually too big to be considered a cult anymore; nevertheless, they are an institutionalized heresy.

John DiMascio

Richard replied:

Hi, Katie —

To add to what my brethren were saying, let me bring out the definition you offered:

You said:
By definition a Christian is someone who:

  • professes a belief in Jesus Christ,
  • is Christ-like, and
  • is humane.

Many people think along those lines when they speak of someone as a Christian, but the ancient churches looked at it differently.

Yes, being Christ-like — being a disciple of Jesus — is a central theme of living a spiritual life. Being kind and humane is also a beautiful virtue. However, these are not the Church's definition of a Christian. The example of Scripture makes this clear: in Acts, the believers in Antioch are the first to be called Christians. One becomes a Christian by believing the Apostles' message and being baptized.

In the Church, we follow this same pattern: one is a Christian if one holds the Apostolic faith and is baptized, as the early Church did. So if a baptized believer does something wrong, unkind, or un-Christ like, we don't say he's not a Christian anymore — unless he goes so far as to give up believing. There are good, virtuous, faithful Christians, and there are weak, sinful Christians.
I'm sometimes one of the weak ones and sometimes I'm one of the virtuous and faithful ones!

So when a religious movement such as the LDS, or the Jehovah Witnesses, come along with many good, kind people, but with different beliefs about God and about the identity of Jesus Christ — then we are forced to admit that those beliefs are not the same as the faith of the early Church, and we consider them to be not quite within the fold of Christianity.

In contrast:

  • the Catholic Church
  • the Eastern Orthodox Churches:
    • Greek
    • Syrian
    • Russian
    • Coptic, etc.
  • and the historical Protestant communities and movements: e.g.
    • Anglican
    • Lutheran
    • Baptist
    • Presbyterian
    • Methodist
    • etc.

hold to the same understanding of basic doctrines:

Who God is:

There is only one God, who is eternal, without beginning or end. God is called a Trinity: that is, there are three divine Persons in this one Being. Each is divine, omniscient and all-powerful. Because there is more than one Person in God, we can truly say that God is love.

God's relation to the world:

God created the universe freely out of nothing, and made all creatures, including the angels and us human beings.

Who Jesus is:

The Son, one of the three divine Persons of the Trinity, wishing to save us sinners, became human, with a real human soul, mind, and body, even while he remained a divine Person: eternal, omnipotent and omniscient. He was born of Mary, the Virgin, and He — being truly human — "is like us in all things", except that He does not sin.

What the death of Jesus means:

Jesus, the God-man, willingly suffered and died, and his self-sacrifice has infinite value to make amendment for our sins.

Jesus truly rose from the dead:

He laid down his human life freely, and — being God — He freely took it up again, gloriously, on the third day of His entombment. His body is now glorified, and He has ascended to Heaven. Thus He is a human being now — with body and soul —
in the presence of God, the Father.

Jesus the Son of God remains truly divine and truly human, the eternal mediator of man and God, the High Priest whose worship is pleasing to the Father.

When you read the classic declarations of Christian doctrine — for example, the Nicene Creed or the Athanasian Creed, you'll see that these are the doctrines the Church considers most important for our salvation.

I hope all these various observations shed some light on the subject. When the Catholic Church regards Mormonism as set apart from Christianity, it's not a judgment on the individuals at all, but an acknowledgment that we have some differences in these basic doctrines.

Thanks for writing! It gives us an opportunity to answer more questions and improve the web site.

And of course, it's good to hear from another person who desires to love God.

God bless!

— RC

Mike replied:

Dear Katie —

Thank-you for taken the time to comment on one of our postings.

We have received objections from some Mormons who have never hear some of what my colleague John has mentioned. If we state something about someone else's faith, we should be able to back up what we say. For Mormons or members of the LDS who have never heard this they can check out the following references on Wikipedia:

If you are interested in the Catholic reply to Mormon beliefs check out this page and what Catholic Answers has to say on the topic.

Hope this helps,

Your brother in prayer, your brother in Christ,

Mike

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