As I posted to the question “Are Mormons Christian“, the answer, of course, is a resounding and emphatic yes, and I explain why that answer is so clear.
The dictionary, used to determine socially accepted definitions terms, defines a Christian as “one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ”, and “one who follows Jesus Christ”, and of course, Mormons do.
Still, there are some who seek to strain at the definition of Christianity, to have it be somehow exclusive, and who somehow claim authority over that name as if it were a kind of brand that they could copyright and control, thereby denying all others their right to associate themselves to the term.
These, who would claim the corner on Christianity, endeavor to cast doubt upon the “Christianity” of others (such as Mormons) simply because their beliefs aren’t identical to their own. But in doing so, they illustrate their own improper understanding of what being Christian really means.
Still, these people work diligently to perpetuate certain common arguments intended to confuse and mislead those who sincerely want to know. For this purpose, I have decided to entertain open discussion of these arguments here. I do this for those who have been confused by some of these things, that they might hear the full truth, and then consult with the Lord for themselves, rather than accepting in full the personal opinions of others.
Below, you’ll find a set of posts based on the most common of these arguments. Click on each post to read the argument, the answer, and for discussion specific to that topic. If there are additional arguments not listed here, please let me know in the comments here, and if necessary, I’ll create a post dedicated to it for further discussion.
(note: I’m writing these sections now, one by one, and will post them as they’re done. If you have comments pertaining to one of these, please save it for the dedicated post, so that the conversations can be more focused. If not listed, then feel free to post here, and I’ll add to this list appropriately.)
- A look at the question itself
- Doctrinal differences
- The true nature of God and the Godhead
- The Book of Mormon
- Seeking to become like God (Theosis)
- Baptism for the Dead
- The role of grace and works