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Our Motivations...

show Why do you have a website like this?

Simply put, we made this website because we want to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to Mormons. That's it. Some will wonder why we even think we need to share Jesus with Mormons (after all, don't they already have him?) And we know that some will dismiss this as "anti-Mormon propaganda." However, if that's your reaction, ask yourself if this is simply a knee-jerk reaction, instead of something based on facts and truth. If you really examine all the materials we present here and still believe that we are "anti-Mormon" then by all means, contact us and let's talk about it. But try not to equate a challenge with an attack.

Our sole motivation is to support and an encourage those Mormons who are seeking to know the Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible. We have absolutely nothing against the Mormon people; in fact, its out of concern for them that we do this. Our objections to Mormonism go only so far as its teachings and doctrines obscure the t about Jesus Christ, and how we can have eternal life through Him. We believe that truth matters, and eternal truths matter eternally. So we invite anyone to correct us if they encounter something in our materials that is unfactual or untrue.

For further reading about our motivation, we talk about this at length in our open letter to Mormons.

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show Jesus wouldn't go around criticizing other faiths. Why do you?

show I see you take donations on this website. Are you guys paid for doing what you do?

The Bible...

show With all the changes and re-translations made throughout history, how do you know that today's Bible is reliable?

show What Bible do you use? And how do you know it's the "right" one?

There is only one Bible, though there are many different translations of the Bible. Translations are necessary, unless everyone who wants to read the Bible learns ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. (And a lot of people actually do that; but most of us have to rely on translations in our own language.)

Some languages, like English, have the Bible in several common translations. With very few exceptions, the commonly used ones are based on the original ancient texts, and are NOT simply rehashes of the King James. If you look at some translations side-by-side. You may see some slight wording differences, but no differences of any significance in meaning. (You can do that online at biblegateway.com, a great online Bible resource.)

Modern translations exist because language changes. The English of 1611 (when the King James Version was first published) is different from the English of the twenty-first century. Some words have faded into obscurity, and some words have even shifted meaning. So updated translations are valuable tools for understanding the original text.

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show What about all those books they took out of the Bible?

Beliefs & Practices of Evangelical Christians...

show Do you teach that all I have to do is pray a little prayer, and I'm saved so I can go sin all I want?

show So what's the deal with the Trinity, and why does it matter?

show James teaches that faith without works is dead. So how can you say that salvation is by grace alone?

show Where does your authority come from? How do you know that your church is the right one?

show Do you believe Mormons are Christians?

Well, first we have to agree on a definition of "Christian." The popular, secular definition of "Christian" is "a member of a religious organization that claims a tie to the person or teachings of Jesus Christ." Or even broader--someone who exhibits behavior or ideals consistent with Jesus' teachings. The trouble is, this popular definition is so broad that it's practically meaningless. It could be applied to just about anyone who wants to lay claim to it.

However, the Bible's definition of a Christian is a person who is a follower of Jesus Christ. The word "Christian" literally means "little Christ." The idea is akin to "a chip off the old block." That is, someone who belongs to, is subject to, is like, or imitates Christ. So being the member of a church--any church--is not what makes you a Christian. What makes you a Christian is whether or not you know and follow Jesus.

So a better question is, does Mormonism, as an organization, lead someone to really know, love, and follow Jesus?

Most believing Mormons would say without hesitation, "Of course! His name is in the name of our church!" Be that as it may, but does that fact make it truly 'Christian'? A close examination of what the Bible says about Jesus shows that Mormonism, by and large, does not preach about the biblical Jesus Christ. It fails to proclaim the gospel that Jesus proclaimed. (For a list of doctrinal comparisons, click here.) The Jesus of Mormonism is a starkly different character, in terms of his nature, being, and purpose--than the Jesus you read about in the Bible.

These are very important distinctions. There are eternal matters at stake. Jesus was proclaimed that the truth of who He is matters eternally. So even if you think we're just voicing our own opinions, you owe it to your mortal soul to make doubly sure that you know the real Jesus. It's quite literally a matter of life and death.

In addition to the nature and being of Jesus, Christianity has historically held to a short list of biblically-derived doctrines, all of which Mormonism rejects to some degree or another. It is for this reason that most of traditional Christianity does not consider Mormonism to be "Christian" in the biblical sense.

If you want to learn more about the core Christian doctrines, click here.

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Issues about Mormon Beliefs and Doctrines...

show You are saying some things about what Mormonism teaches that I don't believe is true. What are your sources?

show I've heard some Christians say that the Mormon Jesus is "Another Christ." What is that all about?

What is in question is the nature, identity, and purpose of Jesus. Who is he, really? What did he come to do?

Mormonism does affirm certain historical aspects of a man named Jesus that the Bible teaches; that he was born in Palestine in the first century, that he taught his disciples, that he performed miracles, that he was called the Son of God, was crucified and resurrected. (Mormonism also teaches an account of Jesus appearing in the Americas, which is backed neither by the Bible nor any other historical sources outside of Mormon literature.)

However, there are many things that Mormonism teaches about Him that are in direct conflict with what the Bible, and consequently historical Christianity, teaches, and these are not trifling differences; they strike at the core of His being.

The Bible teaches that Jesus is God--not one of several or many gods, but that He is the one and only, the Eternal Creator, God Almighty. (View some biblical references here.) Jesus is the human, in-the-flesh representation of God, since God is spirit. The Bible teaches that Jesus came to be the final sacrifice for all sin, and to grant eternal life--everlasting life in God's presence--to all who believe in and place their trust in Him.

Mormonism, on the other hand, maintains that Jesus is the literal, biological offspring of Heavenly Father (and Heavenly Mother), the same as every other person, making Jesus our literal spirit brother. It has even been taught that Jesus' conception on earth was the result of the physical union of Heavenly Father (who, according to Mormon teaching is a man with flesh and bone) and the virgin Mary. According to Mormonism, Jesus' coming to earth was a part of his own exaltation process. According to Mormonism, Jesus did pay for the world's sin, after a fashion; the "atonement" took place in his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. His death on the cross and resurrection are acknowledged. In fact, Mormonism rejects the cross as a symbol. The "atonement" that Jesus purchased was not eternal life, according to Mormonism; what he provided was resurrection for all mankind, which while it's considered an important step, it's not the whole picture. Beyond resurrection, our eternal destiny is determined by our works.

But according to the Bible, Jesus is eternal; he has always existed as God and always will. He is before all things and nothing existed before him. He created all things, us included. He is not our "brother" in the biological sense. Jesus came to be the substitute offering to cover all sin; his death on the cross and the resurrection are the central events of human history, through which he paved the way not merely for eventual resurrection, but for our eternal life with God. The "work" that is required of us is to place our faith and trust in Him.

We challenge Mormons to really stop and consider how much Jesus is a part of their daily life and worship. While you may be quick to say, "We talk about Jesus all the time!", stop and think if this is really true. We're not talking about how you close a prayer, or a casual mention of Him here and there. How often is there any substantive mention of Jesus--who He is, what He has done on our behalf, how He changes our lives, how we love and cherish Him, how worthy He is of our worship and adoration, in church meetings? In General Conference talks? In our own daily thinking and praying?

All things begin and end with Jesus. As the apostle Paul says, "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Galatians 6:14) and "For I am determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:1-3). If Jesus Christ, and the truth about Him, is not the central focus, the center of worship, the center of teaching, the center of life...then can such truly be called "Christian"?

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