Digital Guide: Are Mormons Christian?
Who is Jesus?
Comparing the Differences Between Mormonism & Biblical Christianity
What does Christianity teach about Jesus?
Christianity teaches that Jesus is God, one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is our savior. His perfect life and sacrificial death gains eternal life for everyone, but only those who believe receive it.
Through faith, believers are credited with Jesus’ righteousness. He is our substitute — his works and perfection become ours. On the cross, Jesus paid our debt to sin. He bought us back, paid off the obligation we owed and set us free.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:56-57
What does Mormonism teach about Jesus?
Mormonism teaches that Jesus is the literal son of the Father. He earned his way to godhood in the pre-existence, before he came to earth. He is not equal with the Father. Mormons believe Jesus is the Savior, but limit his atonement to providing physical resurrection for all people.
Mormonism teaches that Jesus is an example. Each Mormon must prove his or her own worthiness and earn perfection. Jesus’ atonement simply refinanced the debt of sin.
What a burden to bear!
Rather than being set free, Mormons believe they still have to pay back the debt to Jesus through good work.
Jesus is our perfect substitute. Eternal life in heaven is ours because of his perfect life and sacrificial death.
Jesus is our example. Mormons must still prove to be worthy through good work.