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People curious about Mormonism should learn about it from Mormons, not atheists, evangelicals, or the media. As for those who don't believe Mormons are Christians.....all they need to do is read a little of the Book of Mormon to KNOW that Mormons are Christian. That book is all about salvation through faith in Christ.
The doctrine of “Trinity” was propigated by the Catholic Church, at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., almost 300 years after the death of Christ! It’s easy to argue whether or not the Early Christian Church, in the early centuries after Christ, believed or taught “Trinity” doctrine. The Apostle Paul always spoke of Christ as the Son of God... not as the same person as God the Father. The word “trinity” appears no where in the Bible.
Also, the Bible supports all the controversial doctrines that Mormons are berated for. Among them: 1. baptism for the dead(1st Corinthians 15:29), 2. The three kingdoms of Heaven (1st Corinthians 15:35, 40-42, 2nd Corinthians 12:2) 3. Man may become like God. The Bible is full of scriptures infering that “man may become like God, “Ye are Gods (Psalms 82:6)” Ye are the children of God,” “Ye are the sons (and daughters) of God,” The Apostle Paul said, “We are the offspring of God.” See…(Psalms 82:6, Galations 4:4-7, 2 Peter 1:4, John 1:12, John 10:33-34, Romans 8:14,16,17, among the many). Do not sons and daughters grow up to become as their parents?
The doctrine that “man may become like God,” is not unique to the Mormon Church. Many Early Church Fathers in the first centuries after Christ also believed that man could become like God. The doctrine was called "Theosis."..look it up on the internet.
The following quotations are from early Church Fathers, theologians, and apologists from the first centuries after Christ, before the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.
· "We were not made gods at our beginning, but first we were made men, then, in the end, gods."
· "Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, of his boundless love, became what we are that he might make us what he himself is."
· But of what gods [does he speak]? [Of those] to whom He says, 'I have said, Ye are gods, and all sons of the Most High.' To those, no doubt, who have received the grace of the 'adoption, by which we cry, Abba Father.'"
Clement of Alexandria
· "Yea, I say, the Word of God became a man so that you might learn from a man how to become a god."
· "[By Psalm 82] it is demonstrated that all men are deemed worthy of becoming "gods," and even of having power to become sons of the Highest."
· "The Word was made flesh in order that we might be enabled to be made gods.... just as the Lord, putting on the body, became a man, so also we men are both deified through His flesh, and henceforth inherit everlasting life...[we are] sons and gods by reason of the word in us."
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