Fox News asked 21 questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and gave LDS officials a chance to answer.  You can read the article here.

I found it somewhat vague at times.  The thing with LDS compared evangelical Christianity is that we use the same terms, but those terms mean different things to each group.  Like with Jesus, the LDS Church will say that Jesus is the Son of God, but do they believe He is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father?  Do they believe that God is one, but in three persons?  Then there is the Book of Mormon where is the historical and archeological evidence that backs its claims?  Just some random questions that came to mind as I read the article.

Some who commented on an earlier post on the LDS Church encouraged readers of this blog to check out the LDS website, and they also have a website specifically to explain their doctrine.  It is helpful to read in their own words what they believe, but I also believe one who is discerning needs to realize that we may use the same lingo, but meanings are not always the same.

Rob Bowman provides further clarification on these questions at Parchment and Pen – a theology blog of Reclaiming the Mind Ministries.

HT for Fox News article and Rob Bowman blog to: Justin Taylor

Also you can check out James White’s article on the 21 questions over at the Alpha & Omega Ministries website, and Aaron Shafovaloff of Mormonism Research Ministry also gave an analysis of the Fox News article.

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  1. Yes, Mormons believe that Jesus is co-eternal and co-equal with God the Father, for Jesus received “all that the Father hath” (John 16:15). They believe in one Godhead, which consists of three distinct persons, which are God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. These three persons make up one Godhead, but are not the same being.

    FARMS at BYU just released two DVD documentaries that catalog many archaeological, cultural, social, linguistic, anthropological, and other evidences that back the claims of the Book of Mormon (see Journey of Faith DVDs). Their website (farms.byu.edu) and others such as fairlds.org, as well as countless books and articles, also catalog much of the scholarship that has been done on the historicity of the Book of Mormon.

    As Krister Stendahl, a prominent Lutheran, has pointed out, the best way to learn what another faith believes is to ask them directly, not their critics or enemies. You can learn more about the LDS Church by visiting lds.org or mormon.org.

  2. Yes, Mormons believe that Jesus is co-eternal and co-equal with God the Father, for Jesus received “all that the Father hath” (John 16:15). They believe in one Godhead, which consists of three distinct persons, which are God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. These three persons make up one Godhead, but are not the same being.

    FARMS at BYU just released two DVD documentaries that catalog many archaeological, cultural, social, linguistic, anthropological, and other evidences that back the claims of the Book of Mormon (see Journey of Faith DVDs). Their website (farms.byu.edu) and others such as fairlds.org, as well as countless books and articles, also catalog much of the scholarship that has been done on the historicity of the Book of Mormon.

    As Krister Stendahl, a prominent Lutheran, has pointed out, the best way to learn what another faith believes is to ask them directly, not their critics or enemies. You can learn more about the LDS Church by visiting lds.org or mormon.org.

  3. Yes, Mormons believe that Jesus is co-eternal and co-equal with God the Father, for Jesus received “all that the Father hath” (John 16:15). They believe in one Godhead, which consists of three distinct persons, which are God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. These three persons make up one Godhead, but are not the same being.

    FARMS at BYU just released two DVD documentaries that catalog many archaeological, cultural, social, linguistic, anthropological, and other evidences that back the claims of the Book of Mormon (see Journey of Faith DVDs). Their website (farms.byu.edu) and others such as fairlds.org, as well as countless books and articles, also catalog much of the scholarship that has been done on the historicity of the Book of Mormon.

    As Krister Stendahl, a prominent Lutheran, has pointed out, the best way to learn what another faith believes is to ask them directly, not their critics or enemies. You can learn more about the LDS Church by visiting lds.org or mormon.org.

  4. Bryce –

    When you say “these three persons make up one Godhead, but are not the same being.” Are you saying there are three distinct beings?

    The traditional Christian view of the Trinity is three persons (not distinct beings), one God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I will check out the website, but I have my doubts. The archeological and historical proof the Bible has been well documented. The Book of Mormon… not so much. Just the fact that there is a third testament puts the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside Christian mainstream.

    I did put up links to lds.org and mormon.org and links to those who disagree (to be balanced). Also, the Fox News article did go straight to the source – LDS Church officials so they had a chance to answer questions that were posed.

  5. Bryce –

    When you say “these three persons make up one Godhead, but are not the same being.” Are you saying there are three distinct beings?

    The traditional Christian view of the Trinity is three persons (not distinct beings), one God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I will check out the website, but I have my doubts. The archeological and historical proof the Bible has been well documented. The Book of Mormon… not so much. Just the fact that there is a third testament puts the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside Christian mainstream.

    I did put up links to lds.org and mormon.org and links to those who disagree (to be balanced). Also, the Fox News article did go straight to the source – LDS Church officials so they had a chance to answer questions that were posed.

  6. Bryce –

    When you say “these three persons make up one Godhead, but are not the same being.” Are you saying there are three distinct beings?

    The traditional Christian view of the Trinity is three persons (not distinct beings), one God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I will check out the website, but I have my doubts. The archeological and historical proof the Bible has been well documented. The Book of Mormon… not so much. Just the fact that there is a third testament puts the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside Christian mainstream.

    I did put up links to lds.org and mormon.org and links to those who disagree (to be balanced). Also, the Fox News article did go straight to the source – LDS Church officials so they had a chance to answer questions that were posed.

  7. “FARMS at BYU just released two DVD documentaries that catalog many archaeological, cultural, social, linguistic, anthropological, and other evidences that back the claims of the Book of Mormon” (Bryce)

    How many Indigenous people were part of the project and their oral histories – like the Huron or the Mohawks? I’d be interested to know that – as for your evidence – pure joke is all I can say. I am an Indigenous person from Canada and guess what – no proof we came from a Jewish lineage (which can be tested actually) and none of the same linguistics are found in this part of America – nor same type of housing or the Torah scrolls for that matter.

    I’ll check out your link.

  8. “FARMS at BYU just released two DVD documentaries that catalog many archaeological, cultural, social, linguistic, anthropological, and other evidences that back the claims of the Book of Mormon” (Bryce)

    How many Indigenous people were part of the project and their oral histories – like the Huron or the Mohawks? I’d be interested to know that – as for your evidence – pure joke is all I can say. I am an Indigenous person from Canada and guess what – no proof we came from a Jewish lineage (which can be tested actually) and none of the same linguistics are found in this part of America – nor same type of housing or the Torah scrolls for that matter.

    I’ll check out your link.

  9. “FARMS at BYU just released two DVD documentaries that catalog many archaeological, cultural, social, linguistic, anthropological, and other evidences that back the claims of the Book of Mormon” (Bryce)

    How many Indigenous people were part of the project and their oral histories – like the Huron or the Mohawks? I’d be interested to know that – as for your evidence – pure joke is all I can say. I am an Indigenous person from Canada and guess what – no proof we came from a Jewish lineage (which can be tested actually) and none of the same linguistics are found in this part of America – nor same type of housing or the Torah scrolls for that matter.

    I’ll check out your link.

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