The Instigator
kingcaine
Pro (for)
Tied
0 Points
The Contender
jmf552
Con (against)
Tied
0 Points

Mormons are Christians

Do you like this debate?NoYes+0
Add this debate to Google Add this debate to Delicious Add this debate to FaceBook Add this debate to Digg  
Post Voting Period
The voting period for this debate has ended.
after 0 votes the winner is...
It's a Tie!
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/4/2014 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 293 times Debate No: 48317
Debate Rounds (5)
Comments (0)
Votes (0)

 

kingcaine

Pro

In this debate, i will be asserting the fact that Mormons are Christians. A Christian by definition is someone who believes and follows Jesus Christ. The fact that the official name of the religion is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints". This strongly suggests that it is a Christian church.

The First article of faith states "We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost". This means that the church believes in Jesus Christ.

I invite anyone to challenge me in this debate. If you want to know the core beliefs of the church, please look up the 13 articles of faith, which are 13 concise statements published by the church in order to make its beliefs clear. So please don't come and say that Mormons do not believe in the Bible when the 8th Article clearly states "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly".

Let the debate begin!
jmf552

Con

Your argument is that "A Christian by definition is someone who believes and follows Jesus Christ." By that definition, Muslims would be Christians, because Jesus is their second most important prophet. The followers of Neem Karoli Baba in India would be Christians, because he told his followers to "pray as Jesus prayed" and "meditate as Jesus mediated." Basically any group that recommends following some aspect of Jesus' life or teaching would be Christians. But these groups are not considered Christians because they do not follow Christian tradition, that is, the lineage from Jesus to the present-day practice. Although Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants disagree on many things, they all have some version of that in common.

I have nothing against the CLDS, but to my mind, it is a different tradition. It also takes the radical departure from Christian tradition of claiming there is sacred scripture beyond the New Testament, one of the most sacred Christian traditions. So believe what you want, worship how you want, it's all good, but I say it's not a Christian church.
Debate Round No. 1
kingcaine

Pro

Thank you for joining me in this debate. The Oxford dictionary defines a Christian as a "religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ". The religions you have mentioned take advise from Christ but do not regard him as Divinity. Mormons, believe that Christ is the Son of God, that he died for our sins and that he rose from the dead 3 days after his death. This is core doctrine to the Mormons. Surely this makes them a branch of Christianity.

Concerning the Christian traditions, Mormons perform all the ordinances that Christ performed on earth. Mormons baptize in the same manner that Christ was baptized, they administer the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, as Paul did in Acts 19:6, and they take the sacrament, which is what Christ commanded his apostles to do when he broke the beard and water just prior to his Crucifixion. This makes Mormons Christians not only in their beliefs, but also in their actions.

Concerning adding scripture to the New Testament, i really don't see why that would prevent a religion from being considered Christians. Do you really think that all that God has revealed to mankind can be found only within the Bible? Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God and consider it scripture. Young Mormons are expected to read and study the Bible during high school for 2 years as well as participate in seminary (Bible study class) every morning before school starts. However, God has not stopped to reveal things to mankind. The Bible and the Book of Mormon work hand in hand and do not contradict one another. In fact, Ezekiel 37:19 speaks about the Book of Mormon. The Stick of Joseph (Book of Mormon) will be put with the stick of Judah (Bible) and they shall be made one stick, and they shall be one in the hands of God.
jmf552

Con

jmf552 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
kingcaine

Pro

kingcaine forfeited this round.
jmf552

Con

jmf552 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
kingcaine

Pro

kingcaine forfeited this round.
jmf552

Con

jmf552 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
kingcaine

Pro

kingcaine forfeited this round.
jmf552

Con

jmf552 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
No comments have been posted on this debate.
No votes have been placed for this debate.