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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Romney fails the honest test about his religion.

Romney fibs about what Mormons believe about Jesus Christ.



First let me be clear: I have no problem with Mitt Romney's Mormonism. I'd happily vote for a Mormon if I thought they'd make a great president. (Clearly, this is not Mitt Romney.) I'd say the same for any religion or lack of it. I wish all Americans would be like me and respect the US Constitution which prohibits a religious test for office.

However, I expect the candidate to be truthful if they chose to talk about their faith. Romney was not, yesterday:
"There is one fundamental question which I'm often asked: What do I believe about Jesus Christ? I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the savior of mankind.external link
This is deceptive.

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is a son of a god.
The church teaches that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are "one God" in the sense that they are one "in purpose", but does not accept the Nicene Creed's definition of Trinity, that the three are "consubstantial". Rather, the church teaches that the Father and the Son are two distinct beings, both with glorified, perfect bodies of flesh and bone, while the Holy Ghost is a distinct being with only a "spirit body". God the Father is understood to be the literal father of all the spirits who inhabit this earth and the father of Jesus' spirit body and his physical body.external link
Romney's believes that "god" is one god among many who live on many planets. Jesus is his son but one among billions.

This is very different than the exclusive claims about God and Jesus Christ in orthodox Christianity.

As a liberal Christian I respect people who disagree with me on issues of faith. God bless them too, I say.

However, I don't respect them if they fib and deceive about what they believe.

1 comment(s):

For the record, it was not a fib. We do believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of the our Father in Heaven. While He is the Father of our spirits, He is Christ's biological father. So when we say is the God's son, we mean exactly that. We also believe Christ to be our Savior and Redeemer and life on Earth would be pointless without His sacrifice, as none of us would be able to overcome the urges of physicality that prevent us from maintaining the purity required to reenter the presence of the Father. Our lives center on becoming worthy of that.

By Blogger Blazing Goddess, at 5:10 PM  

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