Is the Mormon Jesus Different from the Christian Jesus? - 08/10/2008
I have asked this question to Mormon Joel
Hardy of mormonhaven.com, and this is his response. Can you provide a
response to his response? Thank you for your help.
can the Mormons call themselves Christians when they believe in a
Jesus that is different than what all true Bible-believing Christians
A. We do not believe in a different Jesus. It
only seems different because through modern revelation we have
learned more about him than what other Christians know.
We obey the commandment "Whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in
my name." (3 Nephi 27:7) Every prayer we offer is in His name. Every
ordinance performed is in His name. Every baptism, confirmation,
blessing, ordination, every sermon, every testimony is concluded with
the invocation of His sacred name. It is in His name that that we heal
the sick and perform other miracles. In the sacrament we take upon
ourselves the name of Christ. We covenant to remember him and keep
his commandments. He is present in all that we believe. He is our
Lord, our God and our Savior.
Some misunderstanding may
come from the fact that some Latter-day Saints have tended to focus
on Christ's Sonship as opposed to His Godhood. As members of earthly
families, we can relate to Him as a child, as a Son, and as a Brother
because we know how that feels. We can personalize that relationship
because we ourselves are children, sons and daughters, brothers and
sisters. For some it may be more difficult to relate to Him as a God.
And so in an attempt to draw closer to Christ and to cultivate warm
and personal feelings toward Him, some tend to humanize Him,
sometimes at the expense of acknowledging His Divinity.
is true that we believe that Jesus was our Elder Brother in the
premortal life, but we believe that in this life it is crucial that
we become "born again" as His sons and daughters in the gospel
We believe in the Jesus of the New Testament,
and we believe what the New Testament teaches about Him. We do
believe things about Jesus that other Christians do not believe, but
that is because we know, through revelation, things about Jesus that
others do not know. It is a twisting of language to call this a
"different Jesus," as though we have created some other individual by
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Well, Mr. Hardy has been less than forthcoming. I can show you how the
Mormon Jesus differs from the true Jesus of the Bible, and also how
even LDS authorities concede they believe in a different Jesus.
Biblical teaching shows us that Jesus is part of the ONE triune God.
He is not a separate God from the Father. He is a distinct and
separate person from the Father, but the two - along with the Holy
Spirit - form one God (see my article on the Trinity by
clicking here). However, Mormonism teaches that Jesus is but one
of many gods, and is a separate god from the father. They teach that
Jesus is our eldest brother and also the brother of Lucifer (Satan).
The Bible teaches us that Jesus was born of Mary - a virgin who was
overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and miraculously conceived the body of
Jesus. However, Mormonism teaches that Jesus was conceived through a
physical union of Mary and God the Father. Past LDS prophet Ezra Taft
Benson said, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
proclaims that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in the most literal
sense. The body in which He performed His mission in the flesh was
sired by that same Holy Being we worship as God, our Eternal Father.
Jesus was not the son of Joseph, nor was He begotten by the Holy
Ghost. He is the Son of the Eternal Father!” (Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson
(Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988), p 7.). LDS Apostle
Bruce McConkie said, “Christ was Begotten by an
Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal
fathers….And Christ was born into the world as the literal Son of this
Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real, and literal sense
that any mortal son is born to a mortal father. There is nothing
figurative about his paternity; he was begotten, conceived and born, in
the normal and natural course of events, for he is the Son of God, and
that designation means what it says.” (Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine,
pp 547, 742.). The Bible teaches us that the blood (sacrifice) of
Jesus Christ cleanses us from all unrighteousness. The Mormons believe
there are some sins that cannot be covered by the blood of Christ.
Finally, while not official LDS doctrine, many LDS leaders (their
prophet Brigham Young among them) believed that Jesus was married and
had children. The Biblical Jesus did not.
Now, if Mr. Hardy believes the LDS Church teaches the same Jesus as
Christians believe in, perhaps he should examine the following
statements by Mormons:
So you can see, the Jesus of Mormonism differs from the true, biblical
Jesus. Even LDS apostle and prophets recognize the difference. I hope
this answers your question.
- “And virtually all the millions of
apostate Christendom have abased themselves before the mythical throne
of a mythical Christ” (Apostle Bruce McConkie, Mormon
- "It is true that many of the Christian
churches worship a different Jesus than is worshiped by the Mormons or
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." (Bernard P.
Brockbank, member of the Quorum of the Seventy, Ensign (May
- When speaking to a group of Latter-day
Saints in Paris in June 1998, President Hinckley responded to claims
that Ladder-day Saints do not believe in the traditional Christ by
saying, "No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they
speak is not the Christ of whom I speak."