God is well-pleased! Let’s Listen to Jesus. + Your Daily LOVE Message

Matthew 17:5

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I LOVE; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

A Spirit-Filled Proclamation! + Your Daily LOVE Message

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Matthew 12:18

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I LOVE, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

The Father is well pleased with Jesus. Let’s listen to Him today! + Your Daily LOVE Message

Matthew 17:5

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I LOVE; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV84) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

How does God feel about His Son Jesus? Love and delight. + Your Daily LOVE Message

Matthew 12:17-21

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
THE ONE I LOVE, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he leads justice to victory.
21     In his name the nations will put their hope.”

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV84) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Real love is all about Jesus. Take up your cross and follow! + Your Daily LOVE Message

Matthew 10:37-39

37 “Anyone who LOVES his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV84) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Money, money, money! + Your Daily LOVE Message

Matthew 6:24
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and LOVE the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV84) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Don’t pray like this. + Your Daily LOVE Message

Matthew 6:5
Prayer ] “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they LOVE to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV84) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Who to love? + Your Daily LOVE Message

Matthew 5:43-46

Love for Enemies ] “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?”

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV84) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Are you hearing voices? + Your Daily LOVE Message

Matthew 3:17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I LOVE; with him I am well pleased.”

What does the Bible say about LOVE? These Daily LOVE Messages from the New Testament (NIV84) help us to look to Scripture as we prepare for Live Love(d), The July 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas… Stay connected to Jesus and His Word every day!… Lutheranyouth.net is a service of The Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

A Look at Mormons Part One: Who Is God?

Mormons (officially named “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”) have made the news a lot lately. I’ve seen them featured on the campaign trail (Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is a faithful Mormon). I’ve seen them on news shows like Brian Williams’ Rock Center on NBC. Many of us have Mormon friends, neighbors and family members. The questions that I’m hearing from people lately are “What do they believe?” and “Are they Christians or a different religion altogether?”

In the next few blog posts, I’m going to feature some comparisons on chief Christian doctrines like God the Father, the Trinity, Jesus, the Gospel, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, and the Bible. I will cite the Bible and other Mormon texts, and share links so that you can read them and answer these questions for yourself. Here’s topic number one:

WHO IS GOD?

When we look at the Christian Bible, we see verse after verse describing who God is, what He’s like, etc. One of the basic ideas of Scripture is that there is only one God. Take a look at these:

I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior. (Isaiah 43:11)

“This is what the Lord says—
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)

Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” (Isaiah 44:8)

I am the Lord, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God. (Isaiah 45:5)

The Bible makes God’s position pretty clear. There are no other “gods” other than He. Now, let’s take a look at the Mormon understanding of God. Here’s a quote from “The Pearl of Great Price,” a Mormon sacred text:

And they (the Gods) said: Let there be light; and there was light. (Abraham 4:3)

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, believed that there are many gods in many universes, and that both God and Jesus were once men dwelling on earth who progressed to “godhood”. Here are a couple of brief quotes from his writings:

God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible,–I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form–like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man;

It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did. (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.345)

Mormons also teach in their “Doctrine of Eternal Progression” that human men have the ability to progress and become gods themselves in the next life, inhabiting their own worlds like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have done.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all resurrected and perfected mortals become gods. They will dwell again with God the Father, and live and act like him in endless worlds of happiness, power, love, glory, and knowledge; above all, they will have the power of procreating endless lives. Latter-day Saints believe that Jesus Christ attained godhood and that he marked the path and led the way for others likewise to become exalted divine beings by following him. (K. Codell Carter, LDS FAQ)

Traditional Christianity speaks against this teaching of the Latter Day Saints. Christians have always believed and taught that there is one God, and that we are His children; that Jesus is God, but not a separate God from the Father or the Spirit. You may have noticed from above that Mormons teach that even God Himself was just a man at one time. God’s Word says that God has always been God.

Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:2)

For this is what the high and exalted One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place.” (Isaiah 57:15)

As we read above, Joseph Smith and current Mormon doctrine teaches that if we were to see God the Father, we would see flesh and bones, a body like ours that is exalted like Jesus. Scripture says that God the Father is a spirit without flesh and bones

Jesus said, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)

Jesus said, “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” (Luke 24:39)

What are your conclusions about traditional Christianity and Mormonism so far? Mormons are indeed different, but are they worshiping a different god? Search the Bible, and talk to your friends. Talk about this to your Mormon friends too. The next time I write, I’ll explore what Mormons believe about The Trinity.

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