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					                             THE PURPOSE OF LIFE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
                                   Mormonism vs. Biblical Christianity

                                  WHO ARE WE? WHERE DID WE COME FROM?
                MORMONISM’S ANSWER                                                 BIBLICAL ANSWER
The spirit of Adam and the spirits of all other humans          We are children of Adam and Eve, created in God’s image
were not created on earth or in the womb, but rather, were      as His special creation, but cursed because of the sin of
begotten in a spirit world to Heavenly Father and               Adam and Eve. God is a Spirit and not an exalted Man.
Heavenly Mother. Adam’s fall was a necessary step to            Human spirits were not begotten in a pre-existent, pre-
procreate children.                                             mortal life.
   • “The doctrine of the pre-existence… shows that                • God made man and women in His image as His
        man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of                      special creation (Genesis 1:26-27). Mankind did not
        heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the                 preexist as “spirits” prior to creation on this earth
        eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming                 (1 Corinthians 15:46).
        upon the earth in a temporal body to undergo an            • God’s image is a spiritual “image,” not a physical
        experience in mortality.” —Encyclopedia of                      human body (Colossians 3:10; John 4:24; Hosea 11:9;
        Mormonism, vol. 4, 1992, p. 1668                                Jeremiah 23:19; Romans 1:22-23).
   • “By definition, exaltation includes the ability to            • God formed the physical body of Adam (the first
        procreate the family unit throughout eternity. This             man) from the dust of the earth, and He created
        our Father in heaven has power to do. His marriage              Adam’s spirit by breathing the breath of life into his
        partner is our mother in heaven. We are their spirit            nostrils (Genesis 2:7). God made the first woman
        children, born to them in the bonds of celestial                from a rib that He had taken out of Adam
        marriage… GOD WAS ONCE A MORTAL                                 (Genesis 2:21-23).
        MAN.” —Achieving a Celestial Marriage Student              • God is the “father of spirits” (Hebrews 12:9) only in
        Manual, p. 129                                                  the sense that He is the Creator of each human
   • “God himself was once as we are now, and is an                     spirit during the physical development of the
        exalted man… you would see him like a man in                    human body in the womb (Zechariah 12:1). Unlike
        form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and              Jesus Who (because He is God), pre-existed prior to
        very form as a man.”—Teachings of the Prophet                   the creation of His human body, all other human
        Joseph Smith, p. 345                                            spirits have their origin in the womb, not in a pre-
   • “In Joseph Smith’s philosophy of existence Adam                    existent, spirit world as Mormonism teaches (John
        and Eve were raised to a foremost place among the               8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:46; Genesis 2:7).
        children of men, second only to the Savior. Their          • When Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God’s
        act was to be acclaimed… The so-called ‘fall’                   command not to eat of the forbidden fruit, mankind
        became a necessary, honorable act in carrying out the           fell physically and spiritually (Genesis 3). All
        plan of the Almighty.”—John A. Widtsoe, Joseph                  creation is under the curse caused from mankind’s
        Smith—Seeker After Truth, 1951, p. 160                          sin of disobedience against God (Romans 5:12-14;

                                                 WHY ARE WE HERE?
               MORMONISM’S ANSWER                                                 BIBLICAL ANSWER
Our spirits were sent to earth to obtain physical human         We were born here on earth to glorify and worship God, to
bodies (tabernacles), which this religion claims is a           care for his creation, to proclaim His salvation, and to
requirement for mankind to be “exalted” as a “god” like         glorify Him with our lives as He conforms us to His image.
Heavenly Father. Mortal probation (earthly life) is a
process of physical training and development to attain              •   We are to mirror the image of God to creation in the
“perfection” as a “god.”                                                way that we rule over creation, keep ourselves pure,
   • “Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior, has given us               and populate the earth (Genesis 1:27-28; Romans
        our map— a code of laws and commandments                        12:1; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Psalm 139:13-16).
        whereby we might attain perfection and, eventually,         •   We are to worship God, giving thanks in all things in
        godhood… Men came to earth consciously to                       the midst of the blessings and trials that He brings
        obtain their schooling, their training and                      into our lives to build our character and to conform us
        development, and to perfect themselves…”                        to the image of Christ (Philippians 2:14-15; Ephesians
        —The Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. 6-7                            5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
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                              THE PURPOSE OF LIFE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
                                    Mormonism vs. Biblical Christianity

    •   “It is absolutely necessary that we should come to the        •   We are “ambassadors” for God in proclaiming
        earth and take upon us tabernacles; because if we                 reconciliation through the death, burial and
        did not have tabernacles we could not be like God,                resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8;
        nor like Jesus Christ. God has a tabernacle of flesh              1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21).
        and bone. …We must go through the same ordeal in              •   We are here to defend and contend for the true
        order to attain to the glory and exaltation which                 gospel that was not lost from the earth (Jude 3;
        God designed we should enjoy with him in the eternal              Matthew 16:18). We expose counterfeits like
        worlds.” —Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p. 64.                Mormonism and its claim that men can become
                                                                          “gods.” This doctrine is a lie that originated with
                                                                          Satan in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:5;
                                                                          Isaiah 14:12-14; Ephesians 5:11).

                                                WHERE ARE WE GOING?

                MORMONISM’S ANSWER                                                   BIBLICAL ANSWER
After death, we go immediately to Paradise to await               Unlike Mormonism, there is not a second chance to receive
judgment to inherit one of three Kingdoms (Celestial,             the gospel of Jesus Christ after death. Once dead, we are
Terrestrial, or the Telestial Kingdom) or we go to a              judged on the basis of whether we had personally accepted
temporary Hell (Spirit-Prison) to be punished for sin and         the pardon for sins offered in the blood of Jesus Christ.
to learn the Mormon gospel in order to inherit the                Those who had accepted Jesus in mortality will inherit
Telestial Kingdom.                                                Heaven for eternity. Those who rejected Him, will inherit
    • “Celestial… Those who inherit the highest degree of         eternal punishment in Hell.
        the celestial kingdom, who become gods, must also             • After death we face judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
        have been married for eternity in the temple…                 • All will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell
        All… will live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ              (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:22-31; Revelation 20:11-15).
        forever...” —Gospel Principles, 1995ed., p. 297               • Those who receive Heaven are the ones who
    • “Terrestrial These are they who rejected the gospel                 “obeyed” Jesus Christ (John 3:36) by accepting the
        on earth but afterward received it in the spirit world.           “work” of faith alone in Christ (John 6:29; Romans
        These are the honorable people on the earth… They                 11:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9).
        will be visited by Jesus Christ but not by our                • “Many” will go to eternal destruction in Hell because
        Heavenly Father.” —Gospel Principles, p. 297-298                  they chose to pay for their own sins by relying on
    • “…in the spirit prison are those who rejected the                   their own good works (“filthy rags” of pride), which
        gospel after it was preached to them... These spirits             are an unacceptable offering to God (Matthew 7:13-
        suffer in a condition known as hell… After suffering              14; James 2:10; Romans 3:10, 23; Ephesians 2:8-9;
        in full for their sins, they will be allowed to inherit           Galatians 5:4; Isaiah 64:6).
        the lowest degree of glory, which is the telestial
        kingdom.” —Gospel Principles, p. 292

                               THE MORMON GOSPEL VS. THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL

                    MORMON GOSPEL                                             BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN GOSPEL
“We labor diligently to write, to persuade… to believe in         “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by    yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”—2 Nephi 25:23      should boast.” —Ephesians 2:8-9
“And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their       “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
sins… no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven…         that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.” —Alma 11:37          —2 Corinthians 5:21
“And now, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, will not lay any    “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
sin to your charge; go your ways and sin no more; but unto        according to our iniquities… As far as the east is from the
that soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the     west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
Lord your God.”—Doctrine and Covenants 82:7                       —Psalm 103:10, 12

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