Lds founder joseph smith said, if the veil were rent today, and the great god who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible-i say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form (teachings of the prophet joseph smith, p 345. In lds scripture, joseph smith recounts his first vision when in 1820, god the father and jesus christ warning him that there were no true christian reason that while christianity, judaism, even islam fall into the camp of monotheism, mormonism with its belief in the existence of many gods is unexcusably polytheistic. That is, they believe that the father, son, and holy spirit are three separate beings, thus denying the essential monotheistic statements of both the ot and nt that god is one in other words, the de facto position is that mormonism is to a significant degree a works religion even when it comes to salvation. As these changes had their effect and as the old guard passed away, lds doctrine subtly shifted in emphasis if not substance a more traditional view of the family one very noticeable difference between lds religion and culture in the contemporary period as contrasted with the period before the 1970s.
There is no way to know just what was on joseph smith's mind when he made that change, but that hasn't stopped a lot of people from trying however, when we focus on the fact of the change, we inherently begin to ask the wrong questions several authors have discussed this change as evidence of an evolving lds. What's the difference between christianity and sikhism while christianity is about 2000 years old, sikhism is a relatively newer religion that originated in the indian subcontinent in the fifteenth century both religions are monotheistic but their rituals and practices are very different.
Writing in the encyclopedia of mormonism, arnold green observed, “the initial comparison was perhaps made in 1834, when the anti‑mormon pastor edhowe suggested that joseph smith matched muhammad's 'ignorance and both are adamant regarding the monotheistic understanding of god. “in this month's solid ground, i do what the lds is failing to do my aim is 'simply to educate' on some of the foundational differences between classical christianity —the christianity of the last 2000 years—and the mormon church “in this article, i 'm not asking if mormonism is true i'm only trying to determine. Most mormons respond by arguing the vast majority of these changes were simply grammatical in nature and were oversights on the part of the scribe or the printer they argue these changes are insignificant and meaningless they don't impact the validity of mormon scripture but is this true if the book of.
If the book of mormon is true, then why has the mormon church changed it examples are: 1 nephi 11:21 19:20 20:1 and alma 29:4 compare these with the original book of mormon (gerald and sandra tanner have counted 3913 changes in the book of mormon, excluding punctuation changes) how did joseph smith. On the other hand, mormons believe categorically that the bible contains errors, so mr romney may have tripped himself up when he blurted out that he did believe among the major differences with traditional christianity: mormons do not believe in the concept of the unified trinity the book of mormon is. But if you use the technical definitions, lds theology would perhaps be more accurately henotheistic (none of the exceptions are themselves separate from the single, supreme god the father), so common parlance would just group us in with the monotheistic religions, because there's not really a practical difference.
I understand mormonism is polytheistic because it teaches that the father, son, and holy spirit are three separate gods when i recently told a pair of mormon missionaries they were polytheists, they heatedly denied it, claiming their church teaches the doctrine of the godhead of the trinity and worships.
Their reasoning went like this: if joseph smith had taught that jesus did everything necessary for exaltation to godhood, and that “plural marriage” was required for the jesus himself quotes the old testament, “the lord our god, the lord is one” (mark 12:29), thus affirming its insistence on monotheism. Theistic satanists who worship satan as a divine being, would strictly speaking also be regarded as monotheistic (or henotheistic if they also believe in the comparing lds beliefs with first-century christianity (march 1988), ldsorg ↑ t l givens, p l barlow, the oxford handbook of mormonism. Mormonism creates definitions for polytheism and monotheism that deviate from traditional or standard lexigraphic uses they possess all things, and all things are subject to them they act in unison and if one has power to become the father of spirits, so has another if one god can propagate his species.
This section needs additional citations for verification please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources unsourced material may be challenged and removed (june 2013) (learn how and when to remove this template message). Mormonism contradicts christianity in several essential ways where mormonism is polytheistic, christianity is monotheistic (isaiah 43:10 44:6, 8 45:5) mormonism says god is in the form of a man (d&c 130:22), where christianity teaches that god is not a man (john 4:24 luke 24:39) mormonism says. In this they are quite correct the traditional view about the trinity is well over a thousand years old, and time has a way of hallowing ideas, whether or not they are true one of the most demonstrable truths from the bible is the physical, bodily resurrection of jesus christ when jesus came forth from the tomb, he showed. In fact, members of this church (commonly called “mormons”) can become quite offended when this belief is denied but given the fact the following contrasts will illustrate clearly the differences between mormon doctrine and biblical doctrine regarding the person and work of jesus christ in this essay.