Comparing Four World Religions
|Character and Life of the Leader||Joseph Smith (1805 – 1844; New York, USA): Fought to the death with carnal weapons||Mohammed (~570 – 632; Mecca, Saudi Arabia): Warrior; Vengeful man||N/A *||Jesus (~4 B.C. – A.D. 30; Palestine, Middle East): A peaceful man who insisted that His followers NOT fight their enemies; A healer; A martyr; A Roman ruler stated, “I find no fault in this man.”|
Claims of the Leader's Identity
|The next great prophet (after 1800 years without one on earth); Jesus was just another prophet||The prophet of God; Jesus was just another prophet||N/A *||“Before Abraham was, I AM”;
“I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father except by Me.”; etc.
|Miracles to Support the Claims||None by Joseph Smith or his followers||None||N/A *||Numerous miracles by Jesus and some of His followers, attested by multiple (and even hostile) witnesses|
|Other Evidence to Support the Claims||Absolutely no archaeological evidence whatsoever (and the "golden plates" have been taken back to heaven)||Absolutely no archaeological evidence whatsoever (and the "golden plates" have been taken back to heaven).
No, this is not a "copy-and-paste" error. The similarities between Mormonism and Islam are ... spooky!
|N/A *||The empty tomb; Archaeological finds throughout the Bible lands testifying to the existence of Jesus and His followers and many events recorded throughout the Bible|
|Basic Teachings||Love God; Love your family; Follow Mormon writings||“Kill the infidels”; “Kill yourself in God’s service”; Follow Sharia law||“Love God; Love your neighbor as yourself”; Follow the Torah and rabbinical teachings||“Love God; Love your neighbor as yourself”; “Love your enemies. Pray for those who spitefully use you.”; Follow the Bible|
|Revelation from God||Part of the Bible**, plus the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. (They take the “accurately translated” parts, which is an unspecified list of verses, basically anything that does not contradict the Book of Mormon.)||Part of the Bible **, plus the Koran (They claim to believe Jesus was a prophet while denying the Bible's teachings about the death and resurrection of Jesus.)||Only the Written Torah (a.k.a., Old Testament) **||The entire Bible (the “Written Torah” plus the 27 books “Matthew” through “Revelation”) and no other verbal revelation|
|Means of Revelation||An angel, Moroni||The angel Gabriel||Moses||The Father spoke directly to Jesus, and He and the Holy Spirit spoke to inspired men (Ephesians 3:3-5); “Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel… let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)|
|Hope||The answer depends on how much you follow the bizarre teachings of Brigham Young… (Become gods. Keep all your wives/husbands in heaven.)||Physical pleasure||Still waiting for God’s anointed to restore a physical kingdom||Eternal life in God’s presence (which is why Christians sing!)|
* No one person represents the Jews because they reject Jesus as their Messiah and are still waiting for Godís Anointed.
** Question: On what basis do you accept any of it?
Once you have that answer, on what basis can you reject any of it?
Written by Ink Man
Quotes are from the New King James Version of the Bible.
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