My name is Jose and I'm currently seeking a
Philosophy degree from the University of North Texas, but I’m very knowledgeable
on New Testament scholarship.
My belief is that Mormonism is a form of Christian
belief, thus valid enough to be called Christian.
Does Christianity require belief in the Trinity?:
The definition of "Christianity" in the modern
world is so shrewd and biased that we have lost the true meaning of being a
Christian. So I will establish a new definition of Christian as my standard to
support my argument.
Being defined as a "Christian" is not embedded in
the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The concept of the Trinity was not established
until 300 years after Jesus and Paul. Nor is the concept of Trinity found in the
Bible. Nowhere in the Bible is there explicit support for the "orthodox"
doctrine of the trinity.
The famous "Johannine Comma", found in the KJV and
other Textus Receptus supported translations, (1 John 5:7-8) would be the only
scriptural support for the Holy Trinity.Unfortunately, the earliest manuscripts
we have of the New Testament (The Alexandrian Text) completely exclude the
1 John 5:7-8: "For there are three
that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and
the three are one."
Strong textual evidence supports the conclusion
that this passage was only added on by later scribes in the 5th and 6th
centuries, when the Holy Trinity was deemed to be "orthodox." The idea of the
"a historical development not a given from
the early years of the faith" (Bart D. Ehrman "From Jesus to
Constantine: A History of Early Christianity")
The Basic idea of the Trinity is that there are
three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit- and these three are all
equally God and of the same substance. But despite of these three persons, they
are but one God. Obviously there are logical discrepancies in this statement.
Now, I will never argue against the wisdom of God.
Nonetheless argue with God on His own substance. But like Dr. Ehrman said, the
Concept of the Trinity was not founded by Jesus, or by the New Testament,
But by MAN alone.
"This Doctrine of the Trinity, which has
become a central doctrine of Christianity, does not appear to be a doctrine
pronounced by the historical Jesus, Paul, or any other Christian writer
during the first few hundred years or so of Christianity... It was not there
in the beginning." (Bart D. Ehrman "From Jesus to
Going further into the historical facts of the
Trinity, historical speculation shows that this doctrine was primarily
established for political measures. In other words, to dismiss the "heretics" of
the faith (From the Arians to the Gnostics). "Heresy" means "wrong belief." Yet,
what puzzles me is why MAN is allowed to choose who has the "wrong belief" or
the "right belief?" (Orthodoxy).
Keep in mind, the early Christians didn't have and
organized New Testament until the latter half of the 3rd Century. These 2nd and
1st century Christians had to talk and debate amongst themselves so they could
establish some concept of the faith. Now, last time I saw, every person is
different. Ultimately leading to different opinion and thus different
interpretations of Christ. But, unfortunately, the idea of "majority rules" came
to establish Christian beliefs. And so the majority established what was
"heresy" and what was "orthodoxy". The Trinity was nothing more than a
politicized action of the Proto-Orthodox Christians to dismiss all the other
Christian beliefs floating around.
But whoever said Man is allowed to establish the
validity of Christ? Like it says in Exodus 4:14 - "I AM WHO I
"Mormon doctrine diverges from the
orthodoxy of established Christianity, particularly in its polytheism, in
affirming that God has evolved from man and that men might evolve into gods,
that the Persons of the Trinity are distinct beings, and that human souls
have preexisted." (Encyclopedia Britannica 2006)
The big difference, in my opinion, between
Mormonism and mainstream "Orthodox" Christianity is in the acceptance of the
Trinity. They don't believe in the Trinity (Like the Jehovah’s Witnesses) in the
way that most Christians believe in it. Are we going to stoop down to the level
of "Majority Rules" again?
I believe in an Ecumenical Church; A Unity
of Christianity. But I understand that people are devout to their own faith. And
I believe that is absolutely okay. But the problem with Christianity is that
there has never been a universal respect among Christian denominations, allowing
for more radical beliefs, like the Mormons, to be banished from even being
called “Christian’. There is a lack of Consensus Gentium, which is
Was it not Paul who asked the Rhetorical Question?
"Is Christ Divided?"
"Mormons accept that Christ came to earth
so that all might be saved and raised from the dead but maintain that a
person's future is determined by his or her own actions." (Encyclopedia
And as C.S Lewis says:
"All Christians are agreed that there is,
in the full and original sense, only one 'Son of God'" (C.S Lewis "Mere
What it seems to me is that Mormons meet some
aspects of the Christian faith. So they must be Christian.
My definition is: "A Christian is a believer
and follower of Jesus of Nazareth."
Simple enough, right? It's not some complex
formula or necessary doctrine. This is all that the 12 Apostles had: their
belief in Christ Jesus. But that poses a problem. As I stated before, every
person is different, thus forcing different opinions:
"When you find yourself wanting to turn
your children, or pupils, or even your neighbors, into people exactly like
yourself, remember that God probably never meant them to be that. You and
they are different organs, intended to do different things. On the other
hand, when you are tempted not to bother about someone else’s' troubles
because they are 'no business of yours' remember that though he is different
from you he is part of the same organism as you." C.S Lewis "Mere
We are all ONE in the body of Christ. Not many,
but one. To believe in Jesus of Nazareth is to be a Christian. And since Mormons
believe in Jesus of Nazareth, Mormons are Christians. Simple Logic. Isn't this
what many Christian denominations preach?
"Justification is by faith and obedience to
the ordinances of the church, repentance, Baptism by immersion, and laying
on of hands for the Spirit gifts (including prophecy, revelation, and
speaking in tongues)." (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Well, that's exactly what the Mormons preach. Copy
and Paste doesn’t do much to prove that was from my search of "Mormon" so just
take my word for it.
C.S Lewis "Mere Christianity," HarperOne, (Reissued 2001)
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Bart D. Ehrman "From Jesus to Constantine: A History of
Early Christianity, The Teaching Company, (2004)
Originally posted: 2007-SEP-08
Latest update: 2007-SEP-08
Author: Jose Davis