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THE CROSS UNVEILED

Biblical JesusCitationMormon JesusCitation
Is born by the Holy Spirit (a miracle)
Matt 1:18,20; Luke 1:35
"Begotten in the flesh"
Begotten through sexual intercourse by God (who has a body of flesh and bones) and Mary. (no miracle)
Dec. 2013 Ensign, p. 7; JOD 1:51; JOD 8:115; JOD 4:218; JOD 8:211; DOS, vol. 1, p. 19; MD, B. McConkie, p. 547 & 742
Is God
John 20:28-29; Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 43-45; Micah 5:2; John 1:1,14; 8:24; John 10:30-33, 8:58 with Exod. 3:14 & Deut. 32:39 & Isa. 43:10; 1 Tim. 3:16; Col. 1:15-16, 2:9-10; Deut. 4:35,39, 6:4; Matt. 1:23; Luke 7:16; John 14:9; Heb. 1:8; BOM title page;
Is the literal Son of God (a god) 
same verses as how Jesus was born; Gospel thru the Ages p.51; MD p.576-7. (The BOM teaches Jesus is God - testimony of three witnesses; 2 Nephi 26:12, 31:21; Alma 11:38-40,44; Mormon 7:7; Mos. 15:1-5; Ether 3:14; D&C 20:28 and many others; Lectures on Faith #5)
Always existed as God as he is uncreated (He is the Alpha and Omega - beginning and end)
Psalm 90:2; Rom 1:22-23; Isaiah 43:10-12, 44:6 with Rev. 1:17-18; Isa. 44:8, 45:5,14,18,21,22, 46:9, 47:8
The firstborn of billions of spirit children of god and one of his wives who became a man and has progressed to Godhood (BOM & D&C teach there is only one God and He has always been God from eternity past)
Deseret News June 18, 1873, pp. 308-309; TOPJS p.345; HOC p.305; Gospel Principles 1997 p.305, 1978 p.228; Joseph Smith's King Follett sermon, Ensign, Apr 1971, p.13–14; (BOM Alma 11:28-29; Mos. 15:1,5; 2 Neph. 31:21; Moroni 8:18; Mos. 3:5; Alma 13:7; Moroni 7:22; D&C 20:17)
God created all things in heaven and earth ex-nihilo (out of nothing)
Gen. 1:1,31; Col. 1:15-16; Neh. 9:6; John 1:3; Heb. 1:2-3, 1:10-12
Gods organized (did not create) existing matter to form the earth (BOM teaches God is the sole creator of all things)
Abraham 4:1 (BOM: 2 Nephi 2:14-15, 22; Mosiah 4:2, 9; 5:15; 18:28-29; 22:10-11; 3 Nephi 9:15; Mormon 9:11; POGP Moses 2:1)
Jesus is the one and only Messiah (Savior)
Isa. 42:8, 43:10-11, 45:21-22; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 John 4:14
Jesus is one of many Saviors / Mormons are the saviors of the world
JOD 14:71, MD p.92, JOD 4:219-220 / JOD 6:163
Created LuciferCol 1:16-17; John 1:3; Eze 28:14-16
Spirit brother of Lucifer
Gospel Principles, 1997 p.17-18; JOD 6:207
Is prayed toActs 7:55-60; Rom. 10:13 with Joel 2:32; 1 Cor. 1:1-2 with Zech 13:9 and 1 Kings 18:24
Is not prayed to
Mormons pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ only. Apostle B. McConkie BYU devotional speech "Our relationship with the Lord"1 (Even in the BOM the people pray to Jesus, 3 Nephi 19:18,26)
Is worshipedMatt. 2:2,11, 4:10, 14:33; 28:9; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6
Is not worshiped
Apostle B. McConkie BYU devotional speech "Our relationship with the Lord"1
Is not our elder brother
no mention in Bible
Is our elder brother
Moses 4:1; Gospel Principles 1997 p. 17-18; JOD 6:32
Jesus atoning sacrifice on the cross provides salvation and eternal life with God in heaven to all who believe in Him and His shed blood.
This is the central message of the entire New Testament.  As stated below, salvation, by the biblical definition, is referenced in the Bible over 125 times.
Atonement of Jesus only resurrects everyone from the grave. This is the Mormon definition of "salvation". Entrance to 1 of 3 levels of heaven based on works and obedience to laws and ordinances.
This is the central message of Mormon Doctrine (2nd & 3rd Articles of Faith and many Ensign Articles), which is condemned by Jesus and his Apostles throughout the New Testament. Even the BOM teaches the biblical doctrine of "salvation" in Alma 11:37-40, Alma 22:13-18, Mosiah 3:9-13, Mosiah 5:7-10, 3 Nephi 9:14-17, 3 Nephi 11:31-40.
Saves by grace through faith alone
Romans 4:4-5, 5:15-21, 6:14, 6:23,11:6; Gal. 2:20-21, 5:4; Eph 2:8-10;John 5:24, 6:28-29; 2 Tim. 1:8-10;Titus 3:5. There are over 125 verses in the NT referring to salvation by faith alone.
Saves by grace through faith only after we keep all the laws and ordinances of the church, deny ourselves of all ungodliness, repent of every sin and never commit them again, and give our best effort. Then his grace may be sufficient.
2 Nephi 25:23; Moroni 10:32; The Miracle of Forgiveness by S. Kimball p.169, 176, 206, 208, 209, 210, 325, 354-355; 3rd Article of Faith; "Grace" in LDS Bible dictionary and the guide to the scriptures
Atoned for the sins of mankind on the Cross
1 Pet. 2:24; Col 1:20-22, 2:14; 1 Cor. 1:17-18, 23, 2:2; Rom. 5:10-11; Gal. 6:14; Eph. 2:13-16; Heb. 10:10-14, 12:2; Isa. 53:5
Atoned for the sins of mankind in the garden of Gethsemane
D&C 19:15-19; LDS Bible dictionary under "Atonement"
Covers all mankind's sins forever
1 John 1:7, 9; Eph. 1:7, John 1:29,2:2; Mic. 7:19; Jer. 31:34
Covers certain sins only. Others cannot be covered by the atoning blood of Christ.
DOS v.1 p. 135, JOD 4:219-220, 4:49,53,54; 3:247
Encouraged to have a personal relationship with Christ
Religion teaches what you must do in order to be saved.  Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with the One who love us so much He died for us so that we may have His perfect righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21)
Discouraged to have a personal relationship with Christ as it is "improper and perilous"
Apostle Bruce McConkie speech, BYU Devotional, Our Relationship with the Lord, March 2, 19821; Church News, March 20, 1982, p. 5
Never appeared in the Americas
no mention in Bible
Appeared in the Americas
 ​BOM Purpose
Jesus (God) does not dwell in temples, but in people's hearts
Matt. 12:6, 18:20; Acts 7:48-50,17:24; Col.1:27; 1 Cor 3:16-17,6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:19-21;Heb. 9:11-12; 1 Pet. 2:5; Rev. 21:22
God dwells the celestial room of LDS temples
What every LDS member is taught about the temple.  BOM actually states the Lord dwells in the hearts of people in Alma 34:36. This contradicts D&C 130:3, which says the Lord does not dwell in the hearts of men.
3 persons in one God (One Being)
There are too many to list, but a great summary of the trinity in the scriptures is found at: https://carm.org/dictionary-trinity1 of 3 separate gods in the godhead (In contrast, the BOM describes the traditional Christian trinity)
TOPJS p. 370; (BOM portrays the traditional trinity: testimony of three witnesses; 2 Nephi 31:21; Mormon 7:7; Mos. 15:1-5; Mormon 9:12; Ether 3:14 and many others)
Is a Spirit
Num. 23:19; Jer. 23:24; John 4:24;Col. 1:15; BOM teaches this too in Alma 18:26-28; Alma 22:8-11
God has a body of flesh and bones
D&C 130:22
Jesus is the only plan for Salvation
John 14:6; Acts 4:12
Jesus and Lucifer offered plans of Salvation
POGP Abraham 3:27
Will return to Jerusalem
Zec. 14:4
Will return to a future temple in Missouri
D&C 84:1-5
Mentioned Passover to disciples
Matt. 26; Mark 14, Luke 22
Jesus did not mention Passover
no mention in BOM
Jesus gave one testament
Matt. 26:28, Mark 14:24, and Luke 22:20
Jesus gave another testament with the BOM
BOM Cover
Born in Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah
Micah 5:2; Matt. 2:1, Heb. 7:14,Rev. 5:5, Matt. 1:6, 1 Sam. 16:1,Matt. 15:22; 21:9; Mark 10:47, Gen. 49:9-10
Born in Jerusalem, which is of the tribe of Benjamin. (And Bethlehem is not a "suburb" of Jerusalem as LDS apologist claim. It is a different city 6 miles away. Not a single non-LDS archaeologist would agree.)
Alma 7:9-10
Jesus built his church and it would exist for all-timeMatt 5:18, 16:18, 24:35; Psalm 100:5; Isa. 40:8; 1 Peter 1:23-25
Jesus' church ceased to exist and Joseph Smith restored it
BOM Purpose
Is not a Polygamist
no mention in Bible
Is a Polygamist
JOD 1:345-346, 2:210, 11:328, 13:309, The Seer p.172 
Is not Married
no mention in Bible
Jesus married in Cana; was married to Mary, Martha,and others and also had many children
JOD 2:82; Seer, 1853, p.158, p.37; MD p.516
Has no Father
Isa 44:6; Hebrews 7:3
Father is Adam (1st Man)
JOD 1:46-51; JOD 2:6 
Has no literal children
no mention in Bible
Has literal children
JOD 2:210
Only way to Heaven is thru Jesus alone
John 14:6; Acts 4:12
Only way to Heaven is with consent of Joseph Smith. No Salvation without accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God.
JOD 7:289; DOS, Vol. 1, p. 188.; 1988 Melchizedek Priesthood Study Guide, p. 142
Jesus holds the keys to heaven
Matt. 28:18
Joseph Smith holds the keys to heaven
D&C 90:3; JOD 7:289
Become adopted children of God once we believe on Jesus
John 1:12; Gal. 3:26
Are the literal offspring of God
JOD 14:136
Jesus was born no later than 4BC (Herod died in 4BC)
Matt. 2 & Mark 6
Jesus was born about 1 AD
3 Nephi 1:19 (bottom of page)
When Jesus died darkness covered the land for 3 hours
Luke 23:44; Matt. 27:45; Mark 15:33
When Jesus died darkness covered the land for 3 days
Hel. 14:27; 3 Nephi 8:3,22-23, 10:9; 1 Nephi 19:10
Jesus is the only mediator between God and man because the temple veil separating man from God was torn so we can now have direct access and a personal relationship.
1 Tim 2:5-6
Prophet of the LDS church is the mediator between God and man
The LDS prophet is the only person who can speak for God.  Also you must have the consent of Joseph Smith to enter the Celestial Kingdom (Brigham Young, JOD 7:289)
Jesus and the body of believers is the church 
Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27; Col. 1:18,24; 2 Cor. 6:16; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:19-22, 4:15-16;5:23-30; 1 Cor. 12:12-13, 27
LDS Church is the only true church; all other churches are of the devil

BOM 1 Nephi 13:26, 14:3,10,17; D&C 1:30; JOD 24:185, 6:167, MD 1958 ed. P. 130, 314-315

Jesus is the only High Priest after the order of Melchizedek
Heb. 2:17, 3:1, 4:14-16, 5:1-6,10,6:19-20, 7:23-28, 9:11-12, 10:11-14, 10:19-22. Compare to Lev. 16;2 Cor. 5:21
Most LDS men above 18 are Melchizedek priesthood holders


DOS: Doctrines of Salvation (Joseph Fielding Smith)

POGP: Pearl of Great Price
BOM: Book of Mormon

MD: Mormon Doctrine (Bruce McConkie)
D&C: Doctrine and Covenants HOC: History of the Church
TOPJS: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith

JOD: Journal of Discourses