Comparing Four World Religions
Or, "May The Best Man Win"

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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

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


N/A *

Numerous miracles, well documented in the Bible

Other evidence to support the claims

Absolutely no archaeological evidence whatsoever (gold plates have been taken back to heaven)

Absolutely no archaeological evidence whatsoever (gold plates have been taken back to heaven)

N/A *

The empty tomb; Archaeolog­ical finds throughout the Bible lands

Basic teachings

Love God; Love your family

“Kill the infidels”; “Kill yourself in God’s service”

“Love God; Love your neighbor as yourself”

“Love God; Love your neighbor as yourself”; “Love your enemies. Pray for those who spitefully use you.”

Revelation from God

Part of the Bible (They take the “accurately translated” parts, which is basically anything that does not contradict the Book of Mormon.)

Part of the Bible **, plus the Koran (They claim to believe the gospel while denying its core 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

Angel Gabriel


Jesus and the Holy Spirit 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)


The answer depends on how much you follow the bizarre teachings of Brigham Young… (Become gods?)

Physical pleasure

Still waiting for God’s anointed; hoping for a restored physical kingdom

Eternal life in God’s presence

(This is why Christians sing!)

 * No one person represents the Jews because they’re still waiting for God’s 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.