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Ten Doctrines That Divide Mormonism and Biblical Christianity

Ten Doctrines That Divide Mormonism and Biblical Christianity

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Jesus Christ: Ten Doctrines that Divide Mormonism and Biblical Christianity
The following table lists ten major LDS teachings about Jesus Christ that differ from those of biblicalChristianity. In most cases, Mormons claim that their belief agrees with at least some statements in theBible. However, in each case the LDS doctrine does not derive from the Bible and in fact disagreeswith the Bible. Some, but not all, of these doctrines are mentioned inchapter 11of the LDS doctrinalmanual
Gospel Principles
. Some of these doctrines we have discussed in reference to early chapters of 
Gospel Principles
, as noted in the table. 
LDS Teaching about ChristBiblical Teaching about Christ
1. Jesus Christ is just the“firstborn” of God’s billions of spirit children and the first to become a God. (See our discussion of chapter 2andchapter 3of Gospel Principles.)Jesus Christ is the only human being whoexisted in heaven before his human life(John 3:31). He did not become a God, buthas always been God (John 1:1). He is calledthe “firstborn of all creation” (Colossians1:15) to mean that he is the Father’s primaryheir, not that he was the first spirit beingcreated.2. Jesus Christ is one of threeGods in the “Godhead,” as is theHoly Spirit, another of God’sspirit sons. (See our discussionof chapter 7of 
Gospel  Principles
.)Jesus Christ is one of three divine persons(Matthew 28:19), but these three persons areone God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 1Corinthians 8:4-6), not three Gods or Godand two of his sons.3. Jesus Christ is not the proper recipient of prayer; we may prayonly to the Father in Jesus’name. (See our discussion of chapter 8of 
Gospel Principles
.)Even Mormons admit that faithful Israelites prayed to Jesus (whom they identify asJehovah) in the Old Testament. The NewTestament also affirms praying to Jesus(John 14:14; Romans 10:9-14; 2 Corinthians12:7-9; 1 John 5:13-15).4. Jesus Christ is the “OnlyBegotten,” which means that heis the only human being whomGod the Father literally begat inthe flesh. God is Jesus’ father inthe flesh and Mary is his mother (
, 52-53).In the Bible, calling Jesus the “only-begottenSon” refers to his eternal nature and status asGod’s unique, divine Son (John 1:14, 18).Jesus was conceived “from the Holy Spirit”(Matthew 1:18), not as God’s physicaloffspring (an idea nowhere taught even inthe LDS scriptures).5. Jesus Christ “inherited divine powers from His Father” whenhe became a human being(
, 53).Jesus did not “inherit” divine powers by being God’s physical offspring because hewas
already
, as even LDS scriptures say,“the Lord Omnipotent…from all eternity toall eternity” (Mosiah 3:5, quoted in 

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