Are Mormons Christians? (I)
“Heavenly Father created your spirit, and you lived with Him as a spirit [child] before you were born on earth. . . . During this pre-earth life, Jesus Christ [a spirit child] was chosen as the Saviour; you learned that through Him you would be able to overcome the effects of your wrong choices. . . . Satan, one of God’s spirit children, rebelled against Heavenly Father and did not accept His plan. . . . Satan and his followers [more spirit children] were sent away from God’s presence and were not allowed to be born on earth. . . . Because of your choices, you were born on earth. Only by making these same choices can you find peace in this life and be able to return to live with Heavenly Father after this life is over.”
Mankind did not exist as a spirit child in pre-earth life; we are a special physical creation: “An God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our own likeness, . . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. . . . And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 1:26a & 27; 2:7) “My substance was not hid from thee when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139:15)
Jesus is not a spirit child created by God; Jesus is God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3) “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, . . . And every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord . . .” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Satan is not God’s spirit child; Satan is a fallen angel: “Thou art the annointed cherub that covereth, . . . . Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” (Ezekial 28:14a-15) “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12) “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because their is no truth in him. . . . for he is a liar . . . .” (John 8:44) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8)
We cannot possibly make enough good choices to obtain Heaven: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; . . .” (Isaiah 64:6a) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
*The Plan of Salvation, pamphlet by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (2005).
^Bible verses quoted from the King James Version.