The present debate due to the upcoming USA presidential election now encircles around the theological beliefs of the Mormonism and Christianity, since both the presidential candidates are from the opposite poles of religion, there is more curiosity existing in everyone’s mind. Generally, the Mormons believe themselves to be Christians with more conservative practices and beliefs, however denouncing the doctrines of the Catholic and the Protestant Church as wrong and erroneous. On the other hand, the Catholics and the Protestants do not consider Mormonism as part of Christian beliefs and practices because even though there are little differences in their core beliefs the Mormons believe themselves to be superior from others.
The Mormons are different from the Christians because they have different beliefs about the God, the Holy Trinity and the Holy Book. Instead of being under a major Church, they have their own church which is known as “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – Day Saints”. Being more disciplined and conservative, the Mormons avoid addictive substances such as tea, coffee, beer, cigarettes etc. Beginning thousands of years after Christianity in 1820 by Joseph Smith, the Mormons believed in the restoration movement from other churches whose creeds they believed were wrong and corrupted.
To some extent the Mormon beliefs matches with the Christian beliefs, for example, they believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried and resurrected on the third day. They also believe Jesus will return to this world and will judge the people based on their good deeds which could open their path to salvation. For this reason, the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Church regards Mormonism to be distinct from the traditional practices of Christianity. The Mormon belief of the Holy Trinity is also different from that of Christianity as they believe the Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, for them Holy Spirit is a different spiritual essence which is contradictory to the Bible. Also, they believe that the Holy Father is not a spirit but a human of flesh and bones whose son is Jesus.
Whether you a Mormon or Christian, you should not mix the beliefs, practices and ideas between the two. Even though the Mormons actively assert their Christian identity, they have a different set of theological faith and practices. Besides, they also deny some of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity such as the existence of one true God, the forgiveness of sins through salvation of Christ, the Holy Bible as the only holy book and the resurrection of Jesus physically.
The God, Jesus and the Holy Trinity described by the Mormonism is different from that of Christianity, so that Mormons are not really Christians. The Mormonism considers salvation to be both forgiveness of sins and universal resurrection, but the Christians believe salvation to be only the forgiveness of sins. Moreover, Mormonism questions the reliability and authority of the Holy Bible and for this reason the Bible contradicts Mormonism. In order to think Mormons as Christians for once, you should at least examine their doctrines about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible honestly, this will give you the answer.