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Digital Guide: Are Mormons Christian?

Sources of Authority

Comparing the Differences Between Mormonism & Biblical Christianity

Sources of Authority

What does Christianity teach about sources of authority?

Christians believe that God’s Holy Word (the Bible) is the ultimate authority.

The Bible is the inerrant Word of God. In it, God has promised not to let it become lost. The thousands of Greek and Hebrew copies in existence verify the miraculous accuracy of these manuscripts and various modern translations of them.

God also tells us to put our trust in His Word, to seek his truth in his Word, and to use his word to measure the truth of everything else. God has warned us not to use feelings as a way to discern truth.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: 

If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

Revelation 22:18-19

What does Mormonism teach about sources of authority?

Mormonism teaches that man’s word, logic and emotions are the ultimate authority. This includes the living prophet and apostles, a Mormon’s own feelings, and Mormon scriptures including the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, the Bible (KJV).

Mormonism also teaches that there are thousands and thousands of errors, deletions and deliberate falsifications in all written versions of the Bible. Joseph Smith ‘retranslated’ thousands of passages of the KJV, but the LDS church doesn’t use all of those retranslations. Mormonism teaches that the Book of Mormon is far more accurate than any current Bible.

Mormons believe that if they are sincere, God will let them know what is truth through their feelings.

Summary

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Christianity

The Bible is the ultimate authority.

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Mormonism

Man's word, logic and emotions are the ultimate authority.

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