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Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price by The Church of Jesus Christ ...
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it was ok

The Book of Mormon claims to be an affirmation of the Bible and Christian doctrine, but with a closer read, I think the core teachings of who God is and how man experiences salvation is quite different. It seems to me one central point of the LDS literature seems to be focused on man's exaltation, showing how man can attain or earn his glory. Whereas the Bible is focused on how eternal life cannot be earned through obedience, but by realizing our personal failure to obey God's law, and fully depending on what Jesus did on the cross for mankind. The Bible says that Jesus shows mercy to those who recognize their need for him, for those who have realized that they have failed God; not to those who have earned his mercy through obedience. Jesus says himself, "I am the doctor for the sick, not those who think they're righteous." I find that these two approaches are very different. The LDS teachings are about people making themselves worthy to be with God by personal obedience, but the Bible teaches how rebellious mankind is made worthy because of Jesus obedience and sacrifice (Ephesians 2). In orthodox Christianity, salvation isnt something to be earned, but a gift to be received. . . Also the doctrine of who God is and where he came from is surprisingly different in the LDS teachings than orthodox Christian teaching. The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price is definitely interesting and full of intense stories, but I dont think it lives up to the Christian book that it claims to be.
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Ryan Harwell Wonderful comment. I do want to point out that in some of your statements actually disagree with LDS/Mormon doctrine. For example, it is well recognized and explained in the church that it is through the mercy of Jesus Christ only that men can be saved.
Again, thank you so much for trying to refrain from any personal judgement on the religion itself (although your comment "In orthodox Christianity, salvation isnt something to be earned, but a gift to be received. . . Also the doctrine of who God is and where he came from is surprisingly different in the LDS teachings than orthodox Christian teaching." would be considered religiously charged).


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