I. The Biblical Record of Jesus
The Bible is pretty straight forward when it comes to the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible proclaims that there is one God: “The Lord your God, the Lord is one” Deut. 6.4; “For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth – as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords” – yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist” 1 Cor. 8.5,6.
The Bible also claims that this God had a Son. His eternal Word made flesh (John 1.1,14). The role of the Son was to enable man to become sons of God (Jn. 1.12). The Bible also teaches that this enabling came by grace through faith (see previous post on salvation).
The Jesus of the Bible has “existed eternally as God; lived a holy, harmless, and undefiled life, separate from sinners; and ‘knew no sin.’ He was ‘a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief’ (Isa. 53.3), ‘the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’ (Jn. 1.29)” (Walter Martin, Kingdom of the Cults 251-2).
II. The Jesus of Mormonism
The Savior of Mormonism is an entirely different being from the one described in the Bible. In fact, it seems as if Joseph Smith and the other founders of the Mormon Church didn’t even try to pass off their Jesus as being similar to the one in the Bible.
1. Virgin Birth – The Mormon doctrine of the virgin birth alone (where the Adam-god had sexual relations with Mary and impregnated her, see previous post on virgin birth) is enough to distinguish the two Jesus’. The differences don’t end with the virgin birth though.
2. Membership in the Trinity – in Mormonism, Jesus isn’t the second member of the Trinity. This is because, as we have seen earlier, Mormons reject the orthodox view of the Trinity.
3. Jesus is the Spirit Brother of Satan – This doctrine is alluded to in “The Pearl of Great Price” Moses 4.1-4: “And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying – Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor. But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me – Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever. Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down; And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.”
Brigham Young would later affirm this doctrine clearly. “When men say: “O Lord, we are the clay, you are the potter! Fashion, shape and make us, and do with us as seems good in Thy sight, only let us know Thy will, we are here to perform whatever Thou requirest,” it makes me think of that second person that came forth in the heavens when the voice went forth: “Who will redeem the earth, who will go forth and make the sacrifice for the earth and all things it contains?” The eldest son said: “Here am I;” but he did not say “send me.” But the second one, which was “Lucifer, son of the morning,” said, “Lord, here am I, send me, I will redeem every son and daughter of Adam and Eve that lives on the earth, or that ever goes on the earth.” “But,” says the Father, “that will not answer at all. I give each and every individual his agency; all must use that in order to gain exaltation in my kingdom; inasmuch as they have the power of choice they must exercise that power. They are my children; the attributes which you see in me are in my children and they must use their agency. If you undertake to save all, you must save them in unrighteousness and corruption. You will be the man that will say to the thief on the cross, to the murderer on the gallows, and to him who had killed his father, mother, brothers, and sisters and little ones, “Now, if you will say, I repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, or on the Savior of the world, you shall be saved.” This is what all the religious sects of the day are saying now, but Jesus did not say any such thing” (Journal of Discourses, 13.282).
4. Jesus was a Polygamist – According to apostle Orson Hyde, Jesus was married to “Mary and Martha, and the other Mary,” at Cana of Galilee “whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified” (Journal of Discourses 4.259; 2.82).
Clearly Mormons believe in a different Jesus than the one proclaimed in the Bible. This is yet another reason why Mormons should not be considered Christian.