|WORD OF GOD||CHRISTIAN SCIENCE||JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES||MORMONISM|
God is a Spirit; and they that worship HIM must worship HIM in spirit and in truth – Jn. 4:24
In the name of the FATHER, and the SON, and the HOLY SPIRIT – Matt. 28:19
There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus – 1 Tim. 2:5
God said let US make man in OUR image – Gen. 1:26; God said let US go down – Gen. 11:7.
In the beginning God – Gen. 1:1.
JESUS baptized – SPIRIT descended – The FATHER spoke – Matt. 3:16-17.
The Lord He is God; there is none else beside HIM – Deut. 4:35.
| God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.
God is all-in-all.
God is good. Good is Mind.
God, Spirit, being all, nothing is matter.
God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit or Soul. The only intelligence of the universe, including man.
Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God.
A trinity in unity … God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy Comforter.
Science and Health, 1916, 465:9-10; 113:16-18; 330:11-12; 331:26-27; 331:30-31.
| There is no authority in the Word of God for the doctrine of the Trinity of the Godhead.
The Trinity doctrine is unbiblical in origin.
Rebellion in Eden called into question Jehovah’s position as supreme sovereign. The Scriptures abound with evidence that the primary issue before creation is the vindication of Jehovah’s name and Word.
God is a solitary being from eternity, unrevealed and unknown. No one has existed as His equal to reveal Him.
Jehovah is the almighty and supreme sovereign of the universe – not omnipresent, but with power extending everywhere.
Studies in the Scriptures, V, 54 ff. unbiblical.
Make Sure of All Things, 1957, pp. 191, 386.
Pres. Nathan Knorr, Religion in the 20th Century, p. 388.
The Kingdom is at Hand, p. 507.
| I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage … and that the Holy Ghost is a distinct personage and a Spirit … three distinct personages and three Gods.
In the heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each of whom has his own wife or wives …
The heads of the Gods appointed one God for us…
The Father in heaven has a body of flesh and bones, the Son also…
God Himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man.
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-346, 370-372. Orson Pratt, The Seer, I, March 1853, p. 37. Doctrine and Covenants 130:22.
| The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth – Jn. 1:14.
No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him – Jn. 1:18.
He was in the beginning with God – Jn. 1:1.
When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit – Matt. 1:18.
A virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name, Immanuel – Isa. 7:14.
In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – Col. 2:3.
Declared to be the Son of God with power,… by the resurrection from the dead – Rom. 1:4.
If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless – 1 Cor. 15:17.
This Jesus … will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven – Acts 1:11; Jn. 14:3; 1 Thes. 4:13-18.
| Jesus is the human man who demonstrated Christ.
Christ is the ideal Truth, divine idea, the spiritual or true idea of God.
Mary’s conception of him was spiritual.
Jesus was the offspring of Mary’s self-conscious communion with God.
At the ascension the human, material concept, or Jesus, disappeared, while the spiritual self, or Christ, continues to exist in the eternal order of divine Science, taking away the sins of the world, as the Christ has always done, even before the human Jesus was incarnate to mortal eyes.
His resurrection was not bodily! He reappeared to his students, that is, to their apprehension he rose from the grave – on the third day of his ascending thought!
Science and Health, 1916, 473:15; 332:19; 347:14-15; 332:26-27; 29:32 – 30:1; 334:10-20; 509:4-7.
| Jesus Christ, a created individual, is the second greatest Personage of the universe, the first and only direct creation by his Father, Jehovah … appointed as his vindicator and the Chief Agent of life toward mankind.
Born as a human son of God, October, 2 B.C.
Became the Messiah Seed in Fall, A.D. 29.
Died on a Stake as Ransomer in Spring, A.D. 33.
Resurrected Immortal on Third Day … He was raised “as a mighty immortal spirit Son … a glorious spirit creature.
We know nothing about what became of (his body), except that it did not decay or corrupt.
Make Sure of All Things, 1957, p. 207.
Let God Be True, 1952, pp. 207-210.
Studies in the Scriptures, II, p. 129.
| Jesus Christ is Jehovah, the first-born among the spirit children of Elohim, to whom all others are juniors.
He is unique in that he is the offspring of a mortal mother and of an immortal, or resurrected and glorified, Father.
He was the executive of the Father, Elohim, in the work of creation.
He is greater than the Holy Spirit, which is subject unto Him, but His Father is greater than He.
Talmage, The Articles of Faith, pp. 471-472.
Doctrine and Covenants 76:24.
Joseph F. Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, I, p. 18.
| When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth … He will bear witness of Me – Jn. 15:26.
And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment – Jn. 16:8.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth – Jn. 16:13.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit … He will teach you all things – Jn. 14:26.
… the SPIRIT of GOD DWELLS IN YOU – Rom. 8:9, 11; 1 Cor. 3:16; 5:18.
| The Holy Ghost is Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love.
Science and Health, 1916, 588:7-8.
| The holy spirit is the invisible active force of Almighty God which moves his servants to do his will.
Let God be True, 1952, p. 108.
The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit … A Man may receive the Holy Ghost and IT may descend upon him and not tarry with him.
The bestowal of the Holy Ghost … is effected through the ordinance … pronounced by the specified authority of the Holy Priesthood, accompanied by the imposition of the hands of him or those officiating.
Such references as being filled with the Holy Ghost … have reference to the powers and influences that emanate from God … The actual person of the Holy Ghost cannot be in more than one place at a time.
Doctrine and Covenants 130:22-23.
Talmage, The Articles of Faith, pp. 161, 165.
WORD OF GOD
Sin is the transgression of the law – 1 Jn. 3:4.
All unrighteousness is sin – 1 Jn. 5:17.
Whatever is not of faith is sin – Rom. 14:23.
The one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin – Jas. 4:17.
… SIN, because they do not believe in Me – Jn. 16:9.
There is none righteous, not even one … For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Rom. 3:10, 23.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves (and make Him a liar), and the truth is not in us – 1 Jn. 1:8, 10.
| Here also is found the cardinal point in Christian Science that matter and evil (including all inharmony, sin, disease, and death) are unreal.
Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death.
Whatever indicates the fall of man … is the Adam-dream, which is neither Mind nor man…
Death is another phase of the dream that existence can be material.
Misc. Writings, p. 27. Science and Health, 1916, 475:28-29; 282:28-30; 427:13-14.
| Adam and Eve’s sin (was) a literal eating of the tree; their missing the mark brought death upon all mankind.
Adam disobeyed God, and for this the penalty was death to the whole man, body and soul. For man IS a soul; he does not possess a soul separate from the body.
Death is “utter cessation of conscious, intellectual, or physical activity, celestial, human or otherwise,” “termination of existence.”
No soul is conscious after death.
Adam was not sent to Eternal torment, but to Unconscious Annihilation in Dust of the Ground.
New Heavens and New Earth, p. 207; Make Sure of All Things, 1957, pp. 86, 157, 287, 344-345, 348-349.
| Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy.
Men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning.
Were it not for our transgression we should never have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God gives to all the obedient.
Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:25; 2nd Article of Faith; Doctrine & Covenants 93:38; Pearl of Great Price, Moses 5:11.
| The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all unrighteousness – 1 Jn. 1:7.
My blood … which is to be shed of behalf of many for forgiveness of sins – Matt. 26:28.
Redeemed … with the precious blood of Christ – 1 Pet. 1:18-19.
In Him we have redemption through His blood – Eph. 1:7.
Released us from our sins by His blood – Rev. 1:5-6.
Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness – Heb. 9:22.
Having made peace through the blood of His cross – Col. 1:20.
He offered one sacrifice for sin for all time – Heb. 10:11-14.
| One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin.
The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner’s part.
The way to escape the misery of sin is to cease sinning. There is no other way.
The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon ‘the accursed tree’ than when it was flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father’s business.
Science and Health, 1916, 23:3-5; 327:12-13; 25:6-10.
| Jesus Christ laid down in sacrifice … a perfect HUMAN life, equal to that which Adam forfeited.
His sacrifice was the RANSOM which releases from inherited sin and from prospects of eternal death as a result of sin.
His atonement provided the redemptive price whereby mankind by obedience and service could gain perfect human life with its rights and EARTHLY prospects.
Adam, with some others, was willfully rebellious, beyond repentance, and his sentence is beyond recall.
You May Survive Armageddon, p. 39; Make Sure of All Things, 1957, pp. 293-294; Let God Be True, 1952, p. 114; The Truth Shall Make You Free, p. 113.
| Even the unbeliever, the heathen, and the child who dies before reaching the years of discretion, all are redeemed by the Savior’s self-sacrifice from the individual consequences of the Fall … the resurrection of the body is one of the values achieved by Christ through His atoning sacrifice. (General Salvation.)
Unconditional Redemption “means to restore us from this mortal state to the immortal state; in other words, to give unto us the resurrection. That comes to every creature, not only to men but also to the fish, the fowls of the air, and the beasts of the field … All of them had spiritual existence before they were placed upon the earth; therefore they are to be redeemed.
Talmage, The Articles of Faith, p. 85.
Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 11, pp. 10-11.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name – Jn. 1:12.
He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God – Jn. 3:18, 36.
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy… – Titus 3:5.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast – Eph. 2:8-9.
Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus – Rom. 3:24.
This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent – Jn. 6:29.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes – Rom. 10:4.
| The great work of Jesus was to teach the way of Life by demonstration.
He was the way-shower, and his crucifixion demonstrated practical affection and goodness for mankind.
We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter.
Man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.
Science and Health, 1916, 24:27-28; 497:16-22.
| All who by reason of faith in Jehovah God and in Christ Jesus dedicate themselves to do God’s will and then faithfully carry out their dedication will be rewarded with everlasting life … Some of these, that is 144,000, will share in heavenly glory with Christ Jesus, while the others will enjoy the blessings of life down here on earth.
The greater mass of humankind will be resurrected to find life here on earth amid paradise conditions. This will take place, after Armageddon, at the beginning of the great Judgment Day, 1,000 years long (Millennium). He that exercises faith (in that Day) has everlasting life; the disobedient is judged adversely and will sleep a perpetual sleep.
Let God Be True, 1952, pp. 279, 281, 298.
The sectarian dogma of Justification by Faith alone has exercised an influence for evil.
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.
The priesthood of Aaron … holds the keys of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins.
The living may be baptized for the dead “who died without a knowledge of the restored gospel.”
Only those married “for time and eternity” (Celestial Marriage) in Mormon temples can receive fullness of glory and “continuation of seeds forever and ever. Then shall they be gods, because they have no end.”
Talmage, The Articles of Faith, p. 479.
3rd Article of Faith; Doctrine & Covenants 13; 128:5; 132:19-20.
|JUDGMENT|| And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt – Dan. 12:2.
Die once … after this comes judgment – Heb. 9:27.
I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne; they were judged according to their deeds – Rev. 20:12.
Hell … the unquenchable fire – Mk. 9:43, 47-48.
The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution (judgment) to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord – 2 Thes. 1:7-10.
| Hell is mortal belief, error, lust … suffering and self-destruction, self-imposed agony, effects of sin.
Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science.
No final judgment awaits mortals, for the judgment day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error.
Mortal belief dies to live again in renewed forms, only to go out at last forever.
Science and Health, 1916, 588:1-3; 39:22-24; 291:28-31; 556:10-12.
| Certain are excluded from any hope or resurrection, and from any second chance. These include Adam and Eve (Paradise Lost, p. 236), Cain, those who died in the Flood, Judas Iscariot, and others. There is no hope for those destroyed at the Battle of Armageddon.
The final test will come (at the end of the Millennium) by the loosing of Satan the Devil out of his restraint.
All who then yield to Satan’s temptations … will be consigned to the second death, symbolized by the lake of fire. This is annihilation, “as if they had never existed before.”
Let God Be True, 1952, p. 293.
New Heavens and New Earth, p. 354.
Sons of Perdition are “those whose sin is the unpardonable one, whose transgression has carried them beyond the present horizon of possible redemption … They, having learned the power of God afterward renounce it … sin willfully in the light of knowledge, etc.”
They are “doomed to suffer the wrath of God … in eternity … There is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come.”
Punishment will be graded according to sin.
Any punishment ordained by God is eternal, for He is eternal. Talmage, The Articles of Faith, pp. 60, 409-410; Doctrine & Covenants 76:33-34.