The title of this post presents a strange proposition
We might ask why anyone would ask such a question. After all, isn’t there only one Savior who is called Jesus? No, there are actually others who are called “Jesus,” and are not the Jesus of the New Testament.
There is a Jesus who is described as the brother of Lucifer, who was once a sinful man himself and required a savior to die of his sins. Because of his obedience to this particular religion he was elevated to the position of God. He then came to earth and became the Savior of this world. Sound strange? This is the Jesus that the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, believes in. The sad truth is that the average person who attends this church thinks that they are worshipping the Jesus of the New Testament.
The following are the actual words of Mormon leaders in support of the facts of the previous paragraph:
Jesus is the brother of Lucifer
“We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. 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 the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did, and I will show it from the Bible,” — Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, Vol. 5, pages 613-614
“The story of Lucifer is the most terrible example of such apostasy. … He pitted his own plan and will against the purposes of God. He strove to gain the birthright of his Elder Brother, Jesus the Christ. When his proposition was rejected, he forsook all that he had gained, …. He was no longer Lucifer, bearer of truth, who walked in light, but Satan, teacher of untruth, who slunk in darkness. He became the enemy of God and of all who try to walk according to the Lord’s commandments. One-third of the spirits present in that vast assembly supported Satan and became enemies of the truth that they had formerly cherished. With him these rebellious spirits lost their fellowship with the valiant sons of God.” —Apostle John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, p. 209
“The importance of not accommodating temptation in the least degree is underlined by the Savior’s example. Did not he recognize the danger when he was on the mountain with his fallen brother, Lucifer, being sorely tempted by that master tempter? He could have opened the door and flirted with danger by saying, “All right, Satan, I’ll listen to your proposition. I need not succumb, I need not yield, I need not accept—but I’ll listen.” —The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, President of the Mormon Church, p. 163)
Jesus Was Once a Sinful Man
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens . . . I say, if you were to see him to-day, you would see him like a man in form–like yourselves, in all the person, image, and very form as a man . . . it is necessary that we should understand the character and being of God, and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity, I will refute that idea, and will take away and do away the veil, so that you may see . . . 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,” —Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345, Joseph Smith said that God was once a man, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 3).
Mormon’s Do Not Believe In The Jesus of the New Testament
The president of the Mormon church was asked if Mormon’s believe in the historical Jesus of the Bible. In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints ‘do not believe in the traditional Christ:
“No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. He together with His Father, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in the year 1820, and when Joseph left the grove that day, he knew more of the nature of God than all the learned ministers of the gospel of the ages.’” —Spencer W. Kimball, President of the Mormon Church, LDS Church News Week ending June 20, 1998, p. 7).
I have had many conversations with leaders of the Mormon church and they have told me that I have simply misunderstood what the leaders of their church have said. Perhaps you would like to read what they said and make up your own mind…
The Jesus of the New Testament is Not the Mormon Jesus
The True Jesus that is described by the New Testament, is the Only Savior of the World. The Mormon Jesus, is a created being, the brother of Lucifer, who was once himself a sinful man and required a Savior. This Jesus CANNOT save anyone. The Jesus that is described by the New Testament is the Eternal God, who created all that exists (John 1:1, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not as the Mormon Church teaches; that God the Father had sex with Mary and created his son, The Jesus of the New Testament is not the brother of Lucifer, He is the creator of Lucifer who fell into sin and was lost.
The Mormon church teaches that the angel Moroni taught this new gospel to Joseph Smith and said that the old gospel was not true. It is Interesting that an angel told Joseph Smith a new gospel. Paul said in Galatians chapter 1 that even if an angel preaches a different Gospel, he should be accursed, which is from the Greek word, “Anathema,” meaning assigned to hell with no hope of redemption (STRONG’S NUMBER: g0331 Dictionary Definition g0331. ἀνάθεμα anathema)
If the Jesus that is preached by a church is not the historical, New Testament Jesus, He is not the Savior of the world and he cannot save anyone. Paul warned the Christians at Galatia to not be moved away from the true Gospel that teaches the true Jesus:
Only One Gospel
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” —Galatians 1:6-9 (NKJV
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