https://www.quora.com/What-do-Protestants-and-Catholics-think-of-Mormons/answer/James-Hough-1


#811

As a convert from Protestantism, I’d say most do believe in the Trinity, and only a minority don’t. Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, etc. all do. There are some Pentecostals that don’t, JW’s don’t, and maybe a few others whose names escape me.


#812

Why would we let Origen, a convert to Christianity from paganism, define the God of Judaism?

Official Jewish teaching is:

G-d is Incorporeal

Although many places in scripture and Talmud speak of various parts of G-d’s body (the Hand of G-d, G-d’s wings, etc.) or speak of G-d in anthropomorphic terms (G-d walking in the garden of Eden, G-d laying tefillin, etc.), Judaism firmly maintains that G-d has no body. Any reference to G-d’s body is simply a figure of speech, a means of making G-d’s actions more comprehensible to beings living in a material world. Much of Rambam’s Guide for the Perplexed is devoted to explaining each of these anthropomorphic references and proving that they should be understood figuratively.

We are forbidden to represent G-d in a physical form. That is considered idolatry. The sin of the Golden Calf incident was not that the people chose another deity, but that they tried to represent G-d in a physical form.

1). Do you think the Jewish people should be able to define the God of Judaism?

2). Why is the LDS God different than the God of Judaism?

http://www.jewfaq.org/m/g-d.htm


#813

I’m quite certain that all of Christianity, up to and immediately following the Reformation, shared a belief in the Trinity.

It was after the Reformation when these various sects emerged, changing things up.

So now there are various groups such as JW’s, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist…that have each defined their own version of the Trinity.

So, the question is -Do Mormons recognize other sects as Christian as well?
It wouldn’t make sense if they do, IMO, because then there would be no reason to become LDS

I know that the Mormons were never fans of the JW’s, but now that the Mormons are implementing their plan of ecumenism maybe they are trying to smooth out the differences.


#814

I feel like I’ve heard of some Mormon denomination who are Trinitarian, but I’m not sure. Do they exist?


#815

Yes, most Christian denomination, especially the older ones, are Trinitarian.


#816

I have never heard of that, but it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

They would have to be Mormons who have disregarded Joseph Smith’s doctrine on the Godhead.

If they are disregarding Mormon doctrine and Joseph Smith, it’s hard to understand how they would consider themselves Mormons.

However, as we can see on this thread, LDS are constantly changing their beliefs and then claiming it was never church teaching.


#817

Really? My mom was raised Lutheran and she was taught that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were separate beings. Maybe that was just her church.


#818

After the death of Joseph Smith, the Mormon church split. One group, lead by Brigham Young, went to Utah. The other, (IIRC) led by others, including Smith’s widow, Emma, and their children stayed behind in Missouri as they believe Smith had set up the authority to go to his oldest son, Joseph Smith III. For many years they were known as the “Reorganized Church of JCoLDS”

I believe that this group, not called the Community of Christ (again, IIRC) may now be trinitarian, as the BoM is more trinitarian than not.


#819

That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard a Mormon say- LDS don’t keep track of other Christian faiths!

So, then why do the missionaries target specific individuals and attempt to discredit their religion?

All I ever heard was Catholics do this wrong and believe this wrong…How would LDS know what Catholics believe if they weren’t keeping track?

If we all believe in Jesus, is that good enough or do I need to become LDS?


#820

To be honest, Grandma, I would agree that Mormon don’t really keep track of individual faiths. They tend to cast them all as in a state of apostasy.

If any individual member knows about other faiths, it’s because they have studied that faith on their own time

As a whole, the Mormon faith does not put any effort into teaching it’s members about other faiths


#821

That would be interesting- a group of Mormons who follow the Book of Mormon and the Trinity
-but-
Don’t follow the teachings of the prophet that gave them the Book of Mormon.

Whew!


#822

Im not even sure they call themselves Mormon. This group goes back to, again, when the Mormon church split after Smith’s death. They are headquartered in Missouri. Not sure if they consider the D&C (Doctrine and Covenants) scripture


#823

In my experience, neither does the Catholic faith. And to be fair, it’s not really smart to teach your members about the strengths of other faiths, because then for what reason would they remain a member of yours? I’ve never been taught anything about other faiths besides Catholicism, in fact, I didn’t even know other religions existed besides Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Judaism before I started doing my research. I was taught nothing about other religions in CCD class.


#824

Completely agree.


#825

Oh come on - you can’t be serious!

https://bycommonconsent.com/2008/09/14/the-missionary-training-manual-for-the-jewish-proselyting-program-1979/


#826

Very serious. Look back at what I said in my previous post.
Look at the website you posted. It’s by individual Mormons doing their own thing. Read the “About” like on their homepage

It’s not the Mormon Church itself teaching it’s faithful about other faiths. It’s individuals who are taking an initiative on their own


#827

That’s not an entirely unplausible suggestion, that one could believe in the Book of Mormon and yet object to the teachings of Joseph Smith. As far as I’m aware, the Book of Mormon corresponds to the teachings of the Bible quite closely, and it’s the teachings of the D&C and PfGP that other churches often object to. This goes to the extent that, if I am not in fact mistaken, a few teachings of the D&C contradict those of the BoM.


#828

"The Community of Christ teaches that the “one eternal living God is triune”. It acknowledges God, who is a community of three persons, as the Creator and the Source of love, life, and truth. It states that “[t]his God alone is worthy of worship”. Jesus Christ is described as both Savior and as a living expression of God and is acknowledged as having lived, died, and been resurrected. As the name of the denomination implies, Jesus Christ is central to its members’ study and worship. The Community of Christ’s Theology Task Force states that “Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh, both fully human and fully divine”.[19] The Holy Spirit is described as the “continuing presence of God in the world” and as the source of divine inspiration.[2]


#829

So they believe in the Trinity?


#830

Yes, according to their website

" God

We believe in one living God who meets us in the testimony of Israel, is revealed in Jesus Christ, and moves through all creation as the Holy Spirit. We affirm the Trinity—God who is a community of three persons. All things that exist owe their being to God: mystery beyond understanding and love beyond imagination. This God alone is worthy of our worship."


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