Massachusetts’ Governor Mitt Romney has finally seen some positive movement in recent Iowa polling after being stagnant for much of the election cycle. As Iowans debate whether Romney is a Conservative or a Rhino, Evangelicals are debating whether he is a Christian.
Many Iowans simple do not consider religion when voting, but the fact remains many do and those who do have a powerful organization and that is what the Iowa Caucuses are all about.
Many Christian Conservatives are still asking what is Mormonism? Is it a Christian religion? These questions take investigation of the individuals who question it, but basically Mormonism is based on the belief that Jesus Christ returned to Americas and that the American Indians are one of the lost tribes of Israel.
Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ in a vision after praying to know which church to join. They called on him to restore the church Christ organized when He was on earth, with the proper organization and priesthood authority that had been lost shortly after the Savior’s death.
Some basic beliefs of Mormons that differ with Christians include:
*God was born and raised on another planet and is only one of countless gods.
*God has a harem of wives. Mormonism still acknowledges polygamy as a divine principle that may apply in heaven, though it’s no longer in practice on the earth (They were forced to stop by the U.S. Government by laws in 1862 to 1887.
*America is the promised land, not Israel. The holy city is Independence, Missouri, not Jerusalem. Jesus’ latter-day agenda is to return to Missouri.
*Mormonism denies one or more of the essential doctrines of Christianity. Of the essential doctrines (that there is only one God in all existence, Jesus is divine, God in flesh, forgiveness of sins is by grace alone (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 4:1-5), and Jesus rose from the dead physically (1 John 2:19; Luke 24:39), the gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, 1 Cor. 15:1-4), Mormonism denies three of them: how many gods there are, the God of Christianity, and His work of salvation.
If Religious beliefs are important in your voting decisions, we encourage to read more about Mormons and make you own decision: Mormon.org
The following video presents the Mormon view of its history:
For those who accept others religious beliefs without question there is more of a philosophical question about Mormonism concerning the Republican party and that is, is Mormonism Socialism?
As a practicing Mormon you are expected to pay 10 percent of your income to move forward the work of the Church. This 10 percent is often used for good, such as helping the poor around the world or helping each other within the community, also known as Socialism.
So is it therefore possible to argue with your heart and soul that individuals should be responsible for themselves and is it possible to argue for low taxes and less social programs when you are brought up with a philosophical view that taking from the rich to give to the poor is expected by your church?
Well only a man’s record could show that and a look at Mitt Romney’s policies as Governor of Massachusetts shows that he clearly believes, for good or bad, in the tenet of Socialism.