Is Mormonism a branch of Christianity?

Decent Essays
Katie Hill
AP English
26 May 2010
Mormonism v. Christianity
The definition of religion is, “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects” (“Religion”). Many of the world religions at first glance appear to be very similar. However, on closer examination, the differences in the religions are made clear. For example, Mormonism is often described as a branch of Christianity because both religions have Jesus as a central figure. Despite this misconception, Mormonism and Christianity have major differences in their historical backgrounds, key writings, definitions of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, beliefs about salvation and what happens after death, among other
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He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God”(The Holy Bible). The history and the facts of Christ are very important to the Christian faith. If Christ had never been resurrected from the dead, then the whole Christian religion would be false (“History of Christianity”). 1 Corinthians 15:14 explains, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”(The Holy Bible). The resurrection of Christ is extremely important to Christians, because the resurrection proves what they believe, giving purpose to their lives. “About 32 percent of people in the world, or 2.1 billion individuals, describe themselves as Christians. Some Christians believe that only those who are 'born again ' can claim to be Christians, which is why the number tends to fluctuate”(King). Another difference between the LDS Church and the Christian Church revolves around how the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are defined. They believe that, “God the Eternal Father was once a mortal man…He became God—an exalted being—through obedience to the same eternal Gospel truths that we are given opportunity today to obey”(Hunter 104). Doug Adams, a Bible teacher at Berean Christian High School, stated that, “The Father in the LDS church is not eternal, spirit, nor immutable. The LDS church also teaches that the Father lived on another planet called Kolob. The Father had
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