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The Purpose of the Law

Comparing the Differences Between Mormonism & Biblical Christianity

The Purpose of the Law

What does Christianity teach about the purpose of the law?

God has given us his law in the Bible. Christians believe that God has given us the law so that we can see our sin and will turn to him for salvation.

Christianity also teaches that every law we break proves our unworthiness and earns us eternal punishment. Because God’s standard is perfection, breaking one law is the same as breaking every law.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 3:23

What does Mormonism teach about the purpose of the law?

Mormonism teaches that God has given the law so that humans can prove worthiness by following it. Every law a person keeps increases his or her worthiness. The LDS church teaches that in this way, humans progress in the process of eternal life.

At first glance...

Perhaps at first glance, Mormonism’s view of the law and consequences might feel more manageable. However, God’s standard of perfection hasn’t changed. In Mormonism, humans themselves must still progress to perfection to live eternally with Heavenly Father.

Summary

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Christianity

God has given us the law so that we can see our sin and will turn to him for salvation.

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Mormonism

Mormonism teaches that God has given the law so that humans can prove worthiness by following it.

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