Religion guides the way we live our lives. It is big part of who we are because most of our principles and beliefs are founded on it. There are numerous religions in the world, namely Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, Hinduism, Christianity and a lot more. Every religion has its sacred texts and as for Christianity, two of its most popular ones are the Book of Mormon and the Bible. There are, however, many differences between the two even though they both revolve around Christ. They are most of the time contrasted with each other because of these differences. Here are some key points for the argument Book of Mormon vs. Bible.
1. Different Believers
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Christ is a sacred text for the Latter Day Saints Movement. The members of this movement are the main believers of this book. They treat the Book of Mormon as the holy book which is their source for guidance from God. Some of them also believe in the Bible but they put the Book of Mormon in a higher pedestal. On the other hand, most Christian movements treat the Bible as the only word of God and its importance cannot be paralleled to other texts.
2. Different Origins
Another key point in the argument Book of Mormon vs. Bible is the different origins of the two books. The Book of Mormon is a collection of records written by the prophets among the inhabitants of the Americas. The golden plates wherein the accounts were written were discovered by Joseph Smith in a hill in New York. An angel named Moroni told him the location of the plates through his dream. As for the Bible, it is a collection of numerous accounts by different people handed down from generation to generation starting even before Christ was born.
3. Different Teachings
Even though both books record Jesus Christ’s life and works, there are some differences in the ideas, beliefs and teachings written in the sacred texts. The first of which is about the capability of committing sin of children. The Book of Mormon says that young children are innocent and are free of sin while the Bible points out that we are all sinners since birth because of the sins committed by Adam and Eve. Another is that the Book of Mormon teaches people that with both grace and good deeds we can have salvation. This is in contrast with what is written in the Bible that we only need grace to be saved and through this grace we can do good deeds. One major difference worth noting between the two is the teaching in the Book of Mormon that white-skinned people are more superior in the eyes of God than those having black skin. On the other hand, the Bible teaches us that we are all equal to God and He does not distinguish us from each other based on our race, gender, etc.
These are the points supporting the argument Book of Mormon vs. Bible. Even though they have differences, they are also similar in some ways. We should keep in mind, however, that even though one’s beliefs may be different from ours, we should still respect what he or she believes in instead of finding ways to prove him or her wrong.
Most Christians turn to the Bible for guidance in their everyday life. They read the Bible to know the word of God and to strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. For the Latter Day Saint Movement though, they have a different book which serves as their Bible and they call it as the Book of Mormon. It is called as such because Mormon was the person who compiled all of the records of the book. However, its full title is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
The Book of Mormon revolves around the history of how God dealt with the inhabitants of the Americas. This was believed to have happened sometime between 600 BC to 400 AD. It is a collection of the records written by prophets of that time living in the Americas. The writings from this book are somehow very similar to those of the Bible. The Book of Mormon’s most important part was when Jesus Christ appeared to the inhabitants of the Americas after he was resurrected.
Joseph Smith was the one who discovered the golden plates where the Book of Mormon’s contents were written. He said that when he was seventeen which was way back in 1827, Moroni, an angel, was sent to him to reveal that the golden plates were hidden in a hill in New York. When the plates were found, the characters of the writings were not known and Smith decided to call it as reformed Egyptian. Smith took time to translate the writings to English and now the Book of Mormon is written in that language although it has also been translated to other languages.
At the present day, the book is divided into several smaller parts wherein each part is named after the prophet or the author who had written that particular section. Just like the Bible, some versions of the sacred text have chapters and verses. The Book of Mormon has several main beliefs. One of which is that when it comes to the system of government, the ideal is monarchy, just as long as the ruler of the government is righteous. It also has a stand on the subject of war. People during a war can fight for their lives against the enemies just as long as they were not the first ones to attack or take offense.
The Book of Mormon and the Bible may have some differences but what is most important is that they both proclaim that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer and Savior for those who believe in Him.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or most commonly known as the Mormon Church, is ranked as the fourth biggest Christian congregation in the United States with an average number of fifteen million members and over sixty thousand Mormon missionaries being deployed globally. Mormon’s doctrines and tenets resemble that of other Christian religions when it comes to the belief that eternal salvation can only be achieved through Jesus Christ. However, doctrines concerning God’s nature and life after death separate Mormon’s Church from other Christian churches. In addition to the Old and New Testament in the Bible, they also use other forms of biblical canon including the book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants.
Missionaries play crucial roles in spreading LDS’ teachings to the people. They go to different parts of the world to reach out, preach and baptize converts. They also do various kinds of humanitarian services with the aim of helping people in need. In fact, the LDS church is known to have a large, extensive program in recruiting, honing and developing members to become equipped Mormon missionaries.
Both men and women in the Mormon Church have the opportunities and choices of engaging into proselytizing missions. Men, with ages ranging from 18 to 25, and have passed the minimum standards of worthiness, are highly encouraged by the Church to venture into becoming full time missionaries for two years. Women, on the other hand, also gain the prerogative of joining missions for eighteen months once they’ve reached the age of 19. Unlike men, women are, as emphasized by the Church itself, not under the same level of expectation to become missionaries. Retired couples can also be sent to missions for six to twenty-four months.
Members who are planning to be missionaries are required to pass the minimum standards of worthiness. They must attend church meetings regularly, and also show adherence to the doctrines as well as rules and regulations within the Mormon Church. This involves the regular study of the scriptures, regular prayers, maintenance of sexual chastity and also adherence to LDS’ code of health and nutrition –which is also known as the Words of Wisdom. After their training program, they are all issued the Missionary Handbook, otherwise known as The White Bible, to serve as a guide in all their activities.
Being a missionary is not as easy as one thinks it is. One has to be physically, mentally and emotionally and spiritually prepared to perform the tasks expected of him or her.
Have you heard about Mormons? I’m sure you have seen them around your place. They are the people who wear white polo with tie and they walk around the cities and towns to find people to teach. They go two-by-two. They can be American, Chinese, Asian, European, and other races. They say that Mormons are very particular when it comes to their health. They care so much about their health. They even have law about health. This law is called “Word of Wisdom.” Word of Wisdom is a law given to their Prophet named Joseph Smith through revelation in 18th century. The reason why most Mormons are healthy it’s because of this law that they live.
Word of Wisdom is a law that prohibits members of their church to drink hot drinks (tea and coffee), alcoholic drinks, smoking, eating too much meat, drugs, and anything that can harm your body. Instead, they are advised to eat healthy food such as fruits and vegetables, grains, and other nutritious food that is good for the belly. They are also advised to retire the bed early and not to sleep longer that is needed. And the promise is”you shall walk and not faint, and run and not be weary.” That’s why most members of Mormons are healthy especially those who are strictly obeying this law. If you can see their leaders, they are already old but they are still able, string, sharp memories, and live a longer life. Most of their leaders like their twelve apostles and their prophet are in the range from 70 to 90. Regular people would already have memory gap and physically weak. But their leaders are still travelling around the world preaching and giving instructions to their members. Now you have an idea why most Mormons are healthy. When it comes to physical health of Mormons, they have already proven that obeying the law of Word of Wisdom will make your life longer and you will not get easily sick.
If you notice, those food and drinks that were prohibited for them to eat and drink are the kind of food and drinks that cause serious illness because they contain harmful substances. Tea and coffee may contain antioxidants which are good for the body but the caffeine that they contain can also hurt the body. Of course we also know that smoking, alcoholic drink, and drugs will not do any good to our body. Too much meat can also cause complications. That’s why Mormons are healthy because the live this law and they understand what this can to their bodies.
For Mormon people, they have their own meaning of what they call ‘word of wisdom.’ Mormon Word of Wisdom is defined as the law of health revealed by the Lord to their prophet name Joseph Smith for physical and spiritual benefit of His Children. This revelation was revealed on February 27, 1833, this was recorded in one of their books called the ‘Doctrine and Covenants’ a book known to be the modern revelation, it is in section 89. In this book were revealed the following substances are said to be harmful to the body: alcoholic drinks, tobacco, tea and coffee. Mormon people believe that if they are purposely taking harmful substances into their bodies, they are not living in harmony with the Word of Wisdom.
In addition to those harmful substances are drugs. But aside from revealing harmful substances, the Lord also revealed to Joseph Smith as part of the Word of Wisdom that food that we should eat that are good to the body: vegetables and fruits. It was also revealed the use of flesh of the ‘beasts and of the fowls of the air’ which is ‘to be used sparingly.’ One more factor that can also be good to the health is the use of grains such as wheat, rice, and oats. They believe that if they will live the Word of Wisdom, they will be blessed as quoted in Doctrine and Covenants “shall receive health in their navel and morrow to their bones”; “and shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures”; “and shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.” These are the blessings that they believe they will receive as they obey and live the Word of Wisdom.
Word of Wisdom is all about taking care of your health. It’s also commended that sleeping longer than is needed can also affect your health. Instead you need to sleep early and retire to bed early. Another reason why Mormon people are really serious with this matter it’s because they believe that our body is the “Temple of God” as stated in the book of 1 Corinthians 3: 16-17. That’s why they really avoid anything that can be harmful to the body. Another definition why it was called the “Word of Wisdom” it’s because in this you will be using your wisdom. If you think that it’s harmful to your body, you need to decide by using your wisdom.
You might be familiar with the “Mormon” sect. You might have heard or read about them in the internet. You may also have an idea about some of their beliefs that you may find it weird or hilarious. Some of the things that you had read may be true but some of them maybe wrong. If you want to know the real deal, you need to check their official website “ww.lds.org.” There you can read and understand everything about their beliefs. But since you are in this page, let me share to you some of the very common Mormon beliefs. Here are the four most common and basic beliefs of Mormonism.
Living Prophets & Twelve Apostles
One of the very interesting that Mormon beliefs is up to this day they still believe in living prophets and apostles just like what you read in the bible. The prophet is called the President of their church and he is the one who leads the church. Ones the prophet died, he will be replaced by another living prophet. The replacement takes place through revelation coming from above (Deity). Mormons believe that the prophet is the representative of the savior here on earth. He serves as the spokes person of God here on earth. So, whatever he says is considered as modern commandments. These commandments will depend on the needs of the members in this modern generation.
Another interesting belief is the revelation. Mormons believe that they are entitled to receive revelation, especially their prophet. Their prophet receives revelation from God telling him what he should do to govern the church. The revelation also serves as warnings to the members for the future safety and salvation of the members from damnation.
Book of Mormon
If you have noticed those two Mormon missionaries that walks around, knocking from door to door and giving away a book. That book is called “The Book of Mormon.” This book is commonly misunderstood by many because from the name of the book, most people think that it’s about Mormon. But below the title of the book there is a statement that says “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” which means that the book talks about Jesus Christ and not about Mormon, although Mormon is one of the characters in the book. They believe that the book also tells the story about the visit of Jesus in ancient America after his resurrection.
Another interesting belief is they believe that they have been given as authority that came from God to establish the Church of Jesus Christ that he ones established before during his ministry and where taken during the time of apostasy. And through the modern prophet Joseph Smith who was chosen to restore the church through the authority given to him, which is called the priesthood.
Now you see that it’s really interesting to know about this sect. You can always go to their website for more information.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or informally known as “Mormon Church” is a Christian church that is believed to be the restoration of the church founded by Jesus Christ during his ministry. Their headquarters is located at Salt Lake City, Utah. They have established congregations known as “ward and branches.” They also send missionaries around the world to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and also their beliefs. They also build temples like in ancient times and they consider it as a sacred place of worship. Their membership have already reached 14 million plus. It is ranked by the national Council of Churches as the fourth largest Christian domination in United States. Now you might be wondering what this religion have and practice that other sects or religion don’t practice or have. Let me give you the basic foundation of their religion.
Book of Mormon
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or popularly known as the “Mormons” has other book that they believe to be another Testament of Jesus Christ aside from the bible’s New & Old Testaments. This book is called “The Book of Mormon”. This is the reason why people called this religion “Mormons” because they give away Book of Mormon. This book they say is the book written in ancient America where Jesus Christ Also visited after His Resurrection. This is the other sheep that he is referring too that is not on the fold in Jerusalem. This book teaches everything about the Savior and it supports the principles and doctrines written in the bible. The members believed that this book contain the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints still believes in temples and the sacred ordinances being performed that are necessary for the salvation of mankind. In this present time, they already build more than hundred temples all over the world and there are still more to come.
Next will be the living prophets. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints members believed that when God has restored his church on earth, the organization and the foundation of his church has also been restored. That’s why if we believe that there are prophets before whom God talk to and reveal his plans, today Mormons still believes in that idea that’s why they still have living prophets that leads them.
Another factor is the revelation. Mormons still believe in revelation that is sent through the prophets to warn his people of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Everybody is entitled to receive revelation for themselves. Leaders are also entitles to receive revelation for the people that he leads.
Last is the priesthood. The priesthood is the authority and power given by God to men to establish and rule his church here on earth.
I’m pretty sure that you have heard about Mormons or Mormonism. You might have heard about different things about them and their beliefs. Many people have found their beliefs to be bizarre, crazy, and weird. Other people also believe that Mormons are a group of “cult”. Others say that it’s the only religion that practice polygamy. There are actually lots of arguments when it comes to Mormon beliefs. But we should respect whatever beliefs they have. Okay before we got o their basic beliefs, let me first correct some arguments and confusion about Mormonism. First, the Name of the religion is not “Mormons” as what is popularly known, the name of the church is actually “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” or also known as the “LDS (Latter-Day Saints)”.
Next is they are not cult. They don’t worship the devil or Satan. Next is the most controversial issue of polygamy. Yes it’s true that in ancient time like in 18th century, the Mormons had practiced polygamy as commanded by “God” through his prophet Joseph Smith for a reason that there are many widows whom their husbands have been killed and died defending the church. These widows need a husband and a father for their children and someone who will take care of them. But few years later, this practiced was also stopped as commanded by “God” again because the practice has been a big issue to the government and also to protect the church name. Up to now people still think that Mormons are still practicing polygamy which in fact they are not. It was stopped a long time ago. Now, let us talk a little bit about the three basic life questions.
Where Did We Came From
This is one of the most common topics when it comes to our identity. In some sects or religion this question is not frequently discuss. What they don’t realize is it’s important that we know where we came from. Mormons believe that we already lived before we came here on earth. We came from the place called “Pre-Mortal Life”. We have already live as a spirit and we have lived together with our Heavenly Father.
Why Are We Here
The next question is why are we here? What is our purpose why we were born in this earth? Mormons believe that we are here to be tested if we will keep the commandments of God and will do things according to his will and go back to his presence someday.
Where Do We Go After This Life
Another popular argument is where do we go after we die? Mormons believe that when we die our spirit and body separates. Our bodies will be left here on earth and our spirits will go to a place called “Spirit World”, where it will wait for the day of resurrection and judgment day.
There are simpler and basic beliefs about Mormonism that are interesting to know about. You could check for more detail in their official website.
People are learning more and more about the Mormon missionaries every day. Whether it is something that they see on television, or someone knocking on their front door. Either way, this is a fascinating religion that is taking the nation by storm.
A Mormon missionary is someone who leaves their family for a minimum of 18 months to 2 years to serve God as well as everyone that they run into. Some people are under the impression that missionaries get paid for their service. However, this is not the case. They actually have to pay their church to serve a mission. Because this is something that is not cheap, many missionaries start saving from the time they are quite young.
The Mormon missionaries will come into your home and teach you about the LDS (aka the Mormon)religion. They will ask you to read the book of Mormon. After you have finished this book, they will encourage you to pray about it. If you feel that this is the word of God, they will invite you to get baptized into their religion.
Some people are under the impression that the Mormons don’t believe in the Holy Bible. However, this is not true. They do believe in the King James version. As a matter of fact, it is quite common that you will find the Mormon missionaries quoting scriptures from the Holy Bible.
There has to be something to this religion is these young people are willing to leave their personal lives behind to serve God. They are not allowed to talk with their parents on the telephone except on Christmas and Mother’s Day. They are allowed to e-mail home once a week. It is a fascinating religion and everyone should learn a little more about why they are so excited to serve.
Many people will agree that the health of Mormons is better than that of other religions. The reason behind this is because they work hard to take care of themselves. They try to eat healthy foods. They don’t use drugs or alcohol. They also try to eat certain foods in moderation. However, it’s important to remember that this is the typical Mormon. Not all of them are going to be like this. Believe it or not, they are just like the outside world.
Mormons are encouraged to exercise so that they have strength to work hard to take care of their families. They are not encouraged to lie around watching television all day. In fact, their religion keeps them quite busy with callings in the church. Not only does every Mormon have a calling, the youth also meet during the week for mutual. This means that they have to come home from school, do their chores, do any homework and then they get to go spend some time with other youth in the church. This is usually a spiritual activity where the kids are also encouraged to have a little bit of fun. Sometimes it includes physical activities such as volleyball, swimming, hiking, or even basketball. It all depends on what the youth leaders decide to do.
The health of Mormons is something that should always be considered seriously. Adults are encouraged to prepare healthy meals for their families. The women in the church are called the Relief Society. In Relief Society, the women are taught what they need to do in order to raise healthy children in a healthy home. They exchange recipes with one another. They also encourage one another to live a good life. This is a very helpful religion and everyone seems to be willing to help others along the path.
The recent campaign of a Mormon candidate for the presidency has caused many people to become interested in the Book of Mormon. While many people are interested in what this book has to say, few have taken the time to read its contents. It is an interesting book, and while similar to the Bible, it contains some different stories as to the Messianic vision of the future. For this reason, many people view Mormonism as a strange religion.
The Book of Mormon vs. Bible
The Book of Mormon was said to be dictated to Joseph Smith by an angel named Moroni. This angel appeared to Smith and gave him the information needed to found his new religion. This is said to have taken place at Hill Cumorah. To commemorate this event, the Mormons gather every year in Palmyra, New York and put on a tremendous pageant play. This play takes place on the exact hill where the information was given to Smith. The play has Hollywood style special effects and takes place on a huge, multi-tiered stage with hundreds of participants. The play is free and open to the public. During the play, spectators can learn many of the differences from the Bible that are presented by the Book of Mormon.
One example, is that Mormons believe that Christ appeared in the Americas when he went to death for the three days and nights before he rose. They believe he walked among the Indians and that is why they recruit very heavily in South American countries. They also believe that they will eventually attain godhood themselves, and they have the opportunity to gain their own planet. There is nothing like this discussed in the Bible. You can receive a complimentary copy of the Book of Mormon by writing to the church and asking for one.
Many people ask what the Book of Mormon is all about and why it is important. There are many misconceptions and rumors spreading around due to the fact that not all people have the initiative to study and learn what it contains. Before judging any religion, it is important to understand that each person has his or her own way of expressing faith. No one should argue against religion as long as it does not step on the rights of any individual. Here are some facts about the Book of Mormon and why it is vital to everyone.
What is the Book of Mormon?
It is another testament of Jesus Christ that was compiled and translated by Joseph Smith. During the ancient times, the Lord sent revelations and teachings to prophets in the west just like what he did in the east, where the Bible was born. In the west, teachings of different prophets were written in golden plates which were hidden by Mormon in a hill, which is now called Hill Cumorah. The plates were revealed to Joseph Smith in 1823 and were translated through the help of the Urim and Thummim, a tool which God has prepared to translate the plates from ancient to modern language.
Do People Need It?
Aside from the Bible, this book contains other teachings of the Lord. As a Christian, it is important to study scriptures closely and ponder on them before creating speculations. Many people who do not believe the book are those who do not want to accept the fact that a boy named Joseph Smith, whose family is not rich nor famous will get his hands on such sacred texts which restored the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Who Can Read It?
Anyone can read this book and get inspiration from the Lord. This book has been compiled by prophets and was sent by Heavenly Father to provide guidance to His earthly children. Not all people are able to understand and accept the teachings of Jesus Christ right there and then but by studying this book, fasting and constant prayer, answers will always be given.