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PatrickDecember 28, 2016

I disagree as a Mormon on one of the points. I agree that Christ came to reveal the Father to us but I also know that Christ wanted us to have Him as the center of our lives. We are to worship the father and Son. Please clerify more.

Mary NooseNovember 22, 2016

Does traditional Christianity believe in a Heavenly Mother? I know Mormons do.

Mark StoddardOctober 28, 2016

Several have wondered why I didn't write about what beliefs Mormons have with other Christians. I already wrote about this first. https://meridianmag.wpengine.com/as-a-mormon-i-believe-in-some-crazy-christian-things/

John NicholsonOctober 28, 2016

It is interesting to note these differences, and it is interesting to note also that highlighting differences continues to polarize Christian believers, whilst commonalities will unite all of us! Perhaps you could follow up with a list of commonalities in order to draw us closer to each other. If we always talk about commonalities, we can, and will, draw closer to each other - and,who knows - they may well take a first step towards the Church. John Nicholson

Sasha Bill KwapinskiOctober 27, 2016

One additional difference: Mormons also do not believe in the Doctrine of Original Sin (advocated by several Christian denominations) which holds us personally guilty, from birth, for the sin or transgression of Adam. We believe, as stated in the Articles of Faith, that men will be punished for their own sins and not for Adam's transgression.

Albert SchindlerOctober 26, 2016

Boy, do I ever agree with you, Bro Stodard, on every one of the 21 points that you listed! It is this thinking that has made me abandon any former doctrine of Christian belief that I had and adopt the LDS view -- and I can't think of any one of the 21 items that you mention that would disagree with official Church doctrine.

Mavin SwappOctober 26, 2016

Number 8. I know of no revelation that overrides scripture. Saved by Baptism; 1 Peter 3:21; The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Mark 16:16; He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Which are we save by, faith alone, grace, hope or baptism? Acts 2:38; Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 2 Nephi 9:23; And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God. Moroni 7:34; And he hath said: Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, and have faith in me, that ye may be saved. Doctrine and Covenants 18:22; And as many as repent and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

CarolineOctober 26, 2016

Nothing about the Atonement? "Your love for Jesus Christ and your discipleship in His cause must be the consuming preoccupation and passion of your mortality. You must strive every day to know the Savior in the most personal way you can--to study His life, to learn His teachings,mot follow His doctrine, to reverence His priesthood....And you must carry in your heart forever the deepest possible gratitude for His merciful Atonement and the joy of the Resurrection it purchased." Elder Holland. I believe that our expanded understanding of the Savior's Atonement is another significant difference, but at the same time many faithful Christians' great love and gratitude for the Savior is something we have very much in common.

Tom JohnsonOctober 26, 2016

Mark, you raise a lot to think about in your list. I wish I had the opportunity to sit down with you and clarify your meaning on some of the items. I agree with you that there are significant differences between "Mormonism" and traditional Christianity, but I would also be interested in your doing a list of the same or similar beliefs so that our Christian friends realize we have very much in common.

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