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Hey guys!

I just wanted to share something I’ve been thinking about lately.

People get into a lot of arguments about who is a Christian and who is not. For instance, growing up, I learned Catholics are not Christians; neither are Mormons. And neither were a variety of other people who did not believe exactly as I was taught.

I’ve come to realize this is completely false. Salvation from sin is based solely on Jesus Christ’s finished work at the cross. If you accept his sacrifice (that’s faith/belief) then that’s what makes you a Christian. Being a Christian doesn’t have to do with believing in a literal 6 day Creation (though personally, I do), or taking every part of the Bible literally.

When I was told that you had to take everything in the Bible literally, the explanation was that you can’t pick and choose parts of the Bible. If you believe one part of the Bible (Jesus’ death and resurrection) you also must believe everything else. Makes sense right? Otherwise, you’re being inconsistent…right?

Well, yes and no. Yes, it would be inconsistent to pick and choose parts of the Bible, but it’s OK to have a different interpretation/belief of different scripture verses. It’s ok to believe that some things are to be taken literal, and some things are parables, metaphors, or commands meant to be applied to specific situations.

For instance, some people believe women should never be pastors, other believe Paul’s words are meant to be taken in context–only applied to the specific situation of that specific church. Not as universal command for all times.

As you can see, this disagreement has nothing to do with salvation. It’s important, yes, but it doesn’t define whether or not you love and accept Jesus. And this concept can be applied to anything else people disagree with in the Bible. I know of some Christians who accepts evolution, some who believe in a literal hell, some who don’t, some who believe Noah’s Ark was a parable, and some who take everything in the Bible as literally as possible.

These things are important, yes, but again, they do not define whether or not you are trusting in Jesus for salvation.

April 4, 2016 at 13:25


Yeah, technicality they are. I always just considered Catholics mislead Christians. I don’t mean to offend anybody by that so please don’t take it that way.
Mormons I never really looked into their beliefs but I have bad memories of them, (Like my mom being spit on because we weren’t Mormon in a play ground..) I never considered them Christians though But I guess they are.
It’s also not my choice to choose who goes to heaven or whatnot. Its Gods. Have you ever heard the song Heaven I’m Headed To by Deirks Bentley? That is a very good definition of what I believe.

Here are the lyrics to the song;

April 4, 2016 at 17:20
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I agree with much that you have to say. Salvation only depends on belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, though the evidence of salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life sanctifying them and making them more like Christ and my personal belief is that with that would come a belief in the entire Bible as the inspired word of God, but that is not required for initial salvation. One thing I would disagree with you on is the salvation of those who are members of the LDS church. I have not studied LDS doctrine in depth but I have studied it a little bit and the understanding that I have come to is that they believe that Jesus is not Jehovah God but was born from sexual relations between Heavenly Father (God) and Heavenly Mother which would mean that He was not born of a virgin as the Bible says, and they key thing, that His death and resurrection is not all that is needed for salvation but rather, you also need to do specific good works to get into heaven.

April 5, 2016 at 15:11


I think we are definitely not in a place where we can figure out who is saved and who is not. That is a heart matter between each individual person and God.

But I do encourage you to look into beliefs (specifically the LDS faith). I have studied a lot of it as a few of my close friends are LDS and I have family members that are. I also have a few friends and family who have converted and there are a lot of misconceptions about what they believe. But just like everything else, I still believe it is between the individual person and God.

And Amelia, you have things a bit mixed. They believe it was a relation between Heavenly Father and Mary, which still goes to the fact she was not indeed a virgin.
Jesus’ death was enough to save them, but their good works is what deems what “level” of Heaven they get to enter.
They also believe that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers, which I don’t even know how they came to that conclusion. And they don’t believe in the trinity. Yet they still believe in only 1 God (which is where I get lost on that, but Im also slightly lost on the trinity despite believing it) But the biggest inconstancy is that the Bible warns about adding to it, and how that is a major problem, and they have The Book of Mormon. Ive gone to a few events with my friend and when they read out of it I just get this horrible feeling in the pit of my being.

But despite all that, I still believe it is up to the individual person. God never said “You have to read this this way, and then do this, and then say this and you are saved” He said “acknowledge me and make me your King and Savior. Confess your sins and turn away from them. And follow me” There is a big difference.

April 5, 2016 at 20:31


“Does the Mormon Church believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God?”

A: Mormons believe Jesus Christ is literally the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer, who died for the sins of humankind and rose from the dead on the third day with an immortal body. God, the Father, also has an immortal body.

Q: Does the Church believe in the divinity of Jesus?

A: Mormons believe Jesus Christ is literally the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer, who died for the sins of humankind and rose from the dead on the third day with an immortal body. God, the Father, also has an immortal body.

Q: Does the Church believe that God is a physical being?

A: Mormons believe Jesus Christ is literally the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer, who died for the sins of humankind and rose from the dead on the third day with an immortal body. God, the Father, also has an immortal body.

I found this article on this website:http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/12/18/21-questions-answered-about-mormon-faith.html

And this on Mormon.org:

“Jesus suffered and was crucified for the sins of the world, giving each of God’s children the gift of repentance and forgiveness. Only by His mercy and grace can anyone be saved. His subsequent resurrection prepared the way for every person to overcome physical death as well. These events are called the Atonement. In short, Jesus Christ saves us from sin and death.”

In case anyone starts wondering, I’m not Mormon, but I do know someone who is. I disagree with almost everything else Mormons believe, (TBH, I find most of it bizarre, and in conflict with the way I read scripture) but I guess it’s just frustrating to me when people let different beliefs like that separate them.
And you made a good point Mandi, it’s not up to us to decide who has a relationship with God and who doesn’t.

April 5, 2016 at 22:31


I loved reading your topic, because you obviously just took the words out of my mouth and heart. I don’t believe that we are in the place to judge who is ‘saved’ and who isn’t as well as who is a ‘real’ Christian and who is not. It is only the LORD who has the right and authority to pass judgment and make decisions like that. It is our job to love people and share the love of Christ instead of judging them. I have had some very good experiences with Mormon believers in the past and I can say that even though some of their beliefs are not what I can personally agree with, the integrity, kindness and dedication of the Mormons I know is praise-worthy. As a Christian I choose to look at the good in people and love them for who they are instead of judging them for what I do not like or do not agree with.

April 6, 2016 at 01:47
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