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The main difference could well be a different source of authority for teaching although there may well be differences of opinion on this. From this different source of authority come major differences in teaching. The ultimate source of authority for Christians is The Bible. Although the Mormons also claim this as a source they also have the Book of Mormon and Doctrines and Covenants which they say add to and complete the revelation given in the Bible. They also claim that they believe the Bible. However, whenever there is a contradiction between the doctrines taught in the Bible and the doctrine of their other writings they always will side with their 'extra revelation' against what the Bible clearly teaches.

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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called Mormons) consider themselves Christian because they believe in Jesus Christ, follow His teachings, learn of Him and believe that salvation can only come through Christ - and none other. But Mormons do not consider themselves as belonging to the Catholic or Protestant traditions. They believe they belong to the restored church of Jesus Christ - not a remodel of the Catholic Church.

The reasons why many mainstream Christians do not consider 'Mormons' to be Christian are:

Christians believe the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one being/essence (the trinity), while 'Mormons' believe that they are three separate beings (the Father and Son having the appearance of man), united in purpose.

Certain more vocal factions among Christians believe that salvation is through grace alone, and that whether or not a person does good deeds on this earth does not matter. 'Mormons' believe that not only does a person need 'belief' in Jesus Christ, but they must strive to become like Him, and follow His example of charity and love. They also believe that one must be baptized by genuine Priesthood authority to be saved.

Christians generally believe that only the Bible is the word of God and that no other book can contain it. 'Mormon' Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and that the Book of Mormon and Doctrine & Covenants are also the Word of God.

Most Christians do not believe that the Mormon Christian belief in building and worshipping in temples is Christian. LDS Christians build temples so that they can offer salvation (through baptisms and other ordinances) for the dead, as described by Paul the apostle. They do not believe that if a man dies without ever hearing of Christ that he will go to hell, but that if his earthly baptism is performed for him in a temple, he will have the opportunity to choose heaven or hell in the afterlife.

Most of Christendom does not believe that God still calls prophets and apostles, as He did in Biblical times, but 'Mormon' Christians believe in modern prophets, apostles, and modern revelation. They believe that God still appears to and speaks to men just as He ever did in the Bible.

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Mormons are Christian, as are Baptists, Lutherans, Catholics, etc.

Each of these churches has its own distinguishing characteristics.

Mormons are actually members of 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'.

The Church is named after Christ, whom its members believe is its Head.

LDS members practise Christian ethics and follow the teachings of Christ as do many other Christians around the world.

The prime distinguishing characteristics of the Church are that the Church teaches a Restoration of many vital lost truths over the centuries following the killing off of God's ancient apostles and the Restoration of such lost authority from God to act in God's name on the earth.

In other words, the Church testifies that God has called prophets and apostles today - in these latter days - to teach and guide the church and to prepare for the Lord's Second Coming.

These would be the two most significant differences.

Basically, all Christians should be endeavouring to lead Christlike lives.

This is what 'mormon' Christians also attempt to do.

Answer:First, while Christians believe that God is spirit (John 4:24), Joseph Smith taught, "God Himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens." Mormonism also holds to a plurality of gods and contends that "as man is, God once was; as God is, man may become." The Latter Day Saints compromise the nature of the God-man Jesus Christ. In Christianity, Jesus is the self existent creator of all things (Colossians 1:15-20). In Mormonism, he is the spirit brother of Lucifer who was conceived in heaven by a celestial mother and came in flesh as the result of the Father having sex with the Virgin Mary. In sharp distinction to Christian theology, Mormons do not believe that the Bible is the infallible repository for redemptive revelation (2 Timothy 3:16). In their view, the Book of Mormon is "the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion." Two further revelations complete the Mormon quad, namely Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price. Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of divine revelations that includes the doctrine of polygamy. Not until threatened by the Federal government did Mormon President Wilford Woodruff receive a revelation relegating polygamy to the afterlife. The Pearl of Great Price is no less troubling. It was used by Mormons to prevent African Americans from entering the priesthood and from being exalted to godhood. Finally, while Christians believe that they will stand before God dressed in spotless robes of Christ's righteousness (Romans 3:21-22, Philippians 3:9), Mormons contend that they will appear before the heavenly Father dressed in fig leaf aprons holding good works in their hands. According to the Latter Day Saints, virtually everyone qualifies for heaven. Murderers, unrepentant whoremongers, and the world's most vilest people make it into the Telestial heaven. Lukewarm Mormons, religious people, and those who accept the Mormon gospel in the spirit world typically enter the Terrestrial heaven; and temple Mormons make it into the Celestial heaven. Only those who are sealed in secret temple rituals, however, will make it to the third level of the Celestial kingdom and become gods of their own planets.

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Mormonism is a subset of Christianity. Protestantism is also a subset of Christianity, as is Catholicism.
Mormons and Christians both believe in Christ.

Mormons believe in The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon

Mormons believe they can achieve godhood if they follow their teachings.

There's a plenty more differences, but I can't think of them all. Those two are the major ones.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) is a Christian religion. They are not Catholic or Protestant, but they are Christian. Scholars generally consider them a "Restorationist Christian" denomination.

Some things that make them unique from most other Christian denominations is a belief that there is scripture in addition to the Bible, a belief that there are prophets now just as there were anciently, and a belief that those who died without accepting Jesus Christ can still receive salvation. Mormons also believe that Jesus Christ is their personal Savior, that the Bible is the Word of God, and other basic Christian beliefs.

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The Mormon religion is christianity, a basic summary are the following called "The Articles of Faith".

  1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
  2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.
  3. We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
  4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
  6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
  7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
  9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
  10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
  11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
  12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
  13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul--We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
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Actually, Mormons are Christian because they believe in Jesus Christ. Mormon is just a nickname for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However, some Christians believe in the trinity, where the three members of the Godhead are all one person, but Mormons believe that the members of the Godhead are three separate beings.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) is a Christian faith. Mormonism is often categorized as a "Restorationist Christian" denomination, rather than Catholic or Protestant. As all Christians, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that salvation comes through Jesus. They also believe that the Bible (King James Version) is holy scripture and the word of God.

Unlike many other Christians, Mormons believe that Christianity went astray shortly after the death of the Apostles. They believe that Jesus Christ and Biblical prophets appeared to Joseph Smith and restored to him the authority, doctrines, and practices of the original Biblical Christian Church. Some other beliefs and practices that separate them from most other Christian denominations are a belief in a modern living prophet, providing salvation for the deceased through proxy baptisms, marriage as an eternal union, scripture in addition to the Bible, and denouncing the traditional Trinity in favor of a belief that the Father, Son, and Spirit are three individual beings.

You can learn more about Mormon beliefs at their official website at the "Related Links" below.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) is Christian. This is like asking what the difference between fruit and apples is. Just as apples are a type of fruit, Mormonism is a type of Christianity. Mormons worship Jesus Christ and believe that He is the Son of God and the only way to salvation, just like all Christians.

Check out the "Related Link" below to learn more about what Mormons believe.

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