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8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention
Paul Ryan, left, is Catholic, while Mitt Romney is Mormon.
August 25th, 2012
06:58 PM ET

8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention

By Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors

(CNN)–For the next four days, the eyes of the political world will be on Tampa, Florida, the site of the Republican National Convention (which will now get started Tuesday, after Tropical Storm Isaac cancelled Monday's events).

Though politics will be the name of the game, it's a safe bet that religion will also play a major role. The convention opens with a prayer from a Hispanic evangelical leader and closes with a benediction from a Catholic cleric who's sometimes called "America's pope."

In between, balloons will drop on the first Mormon to be nominated by a major political party to be president of the United States. Here are eight ways faith will matter this week. What did we leave out? Let us know in comments and we'll expand our list as warranted.

1. The ghost of Todd Akin
Most people couldn't pick him out of lineup and he won't be attending the convention this week. But the Missouri Senate candidate who claimed that women could prevent conception in cases of "legitimate rape" opened a rift in the Republican Party, with GOP chieftains pressuring him to drop out while some powerful conservative Christian activists rally to his defense. Those activists are using the Akin episode to allege that the Republican Party wants quash their socially conservative agenda even as it happily accepts their votes. If the infighting continues into this week, there could be a battle for GOP's soul at a moment when the GOP wants to project unity.

2. The M word
Even now that he's talking more about his religious faith, Mitt Romney almost never refers specifically to Mormonism or to his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And yet Romney has held a series leadership positions in his church. Will the Republican Party continue to studiously avoid one of its presidential candidate's defining characteristics? Or will some convention speaker make a case for why Romney's Mormonism is an asset? Will Romney himself mention his religion as he accepts his party's nomination?

3. Ladies night (or week)?
For months, the GOP has been on the defensive, as Democrats say Republicans are waging a "war on women," a theme the Dems began sounding when the American bishops blasted the White House for its contraception mandate for insurance companies earlier this year. This week, Republicans face a delicate balancing act in trying to assuage the concerns of moderate women voters while also satisfying its religiously conservative base. (See ghost of Todd Akin, above). A big part of that mission falls to Ann Romney, the Republican nominee's wife, and to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, both of whom have choice speaking slots.

4. The possibility of a culture war speech
"There is a religious war going on in this country," former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan told the 1992 Republican convention in a primetime address. "It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as the Cold War itself. For this war is for the soul of America." There are still debates over whether the speech, which provoked a media frenzy, helped or hurt President George H.W. Bush, who would go on to lose to Bill Clinton. But the Republican Party is keen on avoiding such moments as it tries to win over independents this fall. There's some nervousness about what Rick Santorum will say in his convention address.

5. Religious liberty
Many conservatives are livid over the Obama administration's requirement that health insurers offer free contraceptive coverage, even for employees of Catholic institutions. Plus, talking up religious liberty is likely less of a turnoff for moderate voters than is talk about bans on abortion and gay marriage, traditionally the top concerns of religious conservatives. Catholics and evangelicals, two key voting blocs, have been buzzing about religious liberty for months, with mega-pastor Rick Warren recently canceling plans for a presidential forum with Obama and Romney and announcing plans for one on religious liberty instead.

6. Israel
When it comes to foreign policy, look for convention speakers to try outdo one another in pledging support for the Jewish State - and in railing against Obama for what they'll allege are his administration's shabby treatment of a key American ally. Israel is especially important to the GOP's evangelical base, some of whom see a biblical bond with the Jewish people and some who believe Israel must be in Jewish control before the Second Coming can happen. Mitt Romney included Israel as one of his marquee stops on his recent foreign trip, including a photo-op at Jerusalem's Western Wall.

7. Hurricane theology
Will some televangelist claim that Tropical Storm Isaac, which is headed toward the Gulf Coast, is God's way of punishing the GOP for insufficient piety? It wouldn't be the first time a prominent preacher blamed severe weather on American insubordinance.

8. "America's pope"
The convention's closing prayer will be delivered by Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who leads the American Catholic bishops and is sometimes referred to as America's pope. It's a good indication of just how important the Catholic vote is thought to be this year, with Catholics accounting for 1 in 4 Americans and considered to be the quintessential swing bloc. Whoever wins these voters will likely win the White House.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Mormonism • Politics

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  1. albie

    This honestly makes me sick to my stomach - religion should be scourged from politics and if I had my way it would be completely forgotten. It is the sign of an immature country to hold religious beliefs so strongly. The rest of the world laughs at this aspect of the US and rightly so. You can always tell how intelligent someone is by how religious they profess to be, the two are inversely related most of the time.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • hello

      Does this make you sick that the same is at the DNC? except it also includes muslims leaders like siraj wahad who preached hatred to gays and women.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  2. JustTheFax

    I think the article on how much money the strip clubs are looking to make off the GOP was much more interesting.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  3. Tavernvoice

    So now Blog Editors are becoming the headliner creators for what was once a leading news resource. If people cannot see the agenda implications behind this coverage – major headliner no less, then you are blind. Once upon a time, news organizations were just that. Now CNN and others are simply opinion generators, disguising it as news and using it to promote agendas. What a tragic regression.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  4. NYKnows

    We'll be too busy next week going back to school, paying September bills, and worrying about jobs and healthcare to watch rich men in Tampa cry about their lives. They can shape their fiction any way they want, we won't be paying any attention to it – and it's really ironic that the GOP wants us to forget Bush2, so he ain't to be seen, and they want us to forget the thousands of Americans left to suffer and die in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina – and another hurricane is looming again due to hit poor New Orleans. See – we are not supposed to forget the horrendous failure of the Bush corruption!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Bob

      Why do you have to worry about healthcare, Obama took care of it. You seem to have a problem with white men, have you always been a bigot ?

      August 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  5. zaphed

    Hey, all religions are methods of political oppression. Trust me , if there is a god that created all the existensw we can see and the one we still cannot see, he will have no means of communicating with his creation. He is too immense to communicate with sub molecular structure, ie us, and he is too busy achieving wonders beyond what is on a small scale like us. Come people, wake up and try to make the best out of your existence. That is why I say to heck with any political party that uses religion. In the dark ages , religion ruled europa and the old world. May the hurricane wreck all GOP plans. Amen.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  6. lolo

    The Gop/TP party insist on mixing politics and government with religion which should not be happening. No wonder they turn people off so much. Now Romneyhood wants to talk about his mormon faith when from the begining he refused, just like turning over his taxes and business records. This man is a phony periond. Nothing but a puppet for the GOP because he wants to be president to add to his resume. He cares nothing about the United States Of America. He only follows the almighty dollar. This man has no morals or convictions. He only agrees when it is time to get votes from the TP base and he is using them good. Lord help us if the puppet gets into office. He will be wearing blindfolds as president. Like they said they just need a president to sign the legislation into law for the GOP. Vote Democrat across the board. If and when he wins he will be an illegitemate president because the only way he is going to win is by suppressing the voters and stealing votes. What a way to become president. Romneyhood's motto is to win by hook or crook.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  7. jake90

    Look, let's talk about religion rationally. Native Americans are a lost tribe from Israel, and in 1978 god changed his mind about black people.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      and I found all this out by putting seer stones into my hat and then putting the hat over my face and dictating the book of Mormon to a friend.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  8. Dave T

    I keep seeing our soldiers returning from war in the Middle East with seen and unseen injuries. With today's Internet, every word can be read around the world, by both friends and foes alike. I believe our political infighting causes our US standing around the world to decrease; therefore may cause more potential harm to our troops overseas. We, as a nation, need to stop saying words like communist or bigot toward the other party. The following could be an issue we could talk about, instead of the negative political ads and speeches. For example, I do agree with Mr. Romney, we need to set a goal of becoming energy independent by 2020. However, we need to find ways to conserve energy, as well as produce more energy.

    The following may be new ways to reduce our energy demand.
    1) Synchronize traffic lights so cars are not stuck in traffic wasting precious fuel.
    2) Create new "bus trains" on wheels with major bus stops far and few in between. Then these buses could haul people in record time. Major stops may include apartments, medical centers and employment centers.
    Diamond lanes could be painted just for these long buses and emergency vehicles. Traffic lights would be synchronized for these long buses. Vans could transport people from areas near these major bus stops to these bus stations.
    These buses could be used for when many baby boomers should not drive due to age, as well.
    3) Encourage businesses to create new tiered scheduling for their workers so to reduce rush hour traffic. They could create perhaps 1 day a week for employees to telecommute. Perhaps all the employees could be given a number from 1 to 5. Then the employees could work from home the day the number is assigned to the worker. A 1 will be a Monday. All the way to 5 will be a Friday. They could rotate these numbers if necessary. This will produce 4/5 total rush hour traffics on any given day. This will help with traffic jams by 4/5. Thus will help reduce our demand for foreign oil.
    4) Turn food waste into fuel. A recent study suggests we throw away 40 percent of food produced. There are new recycling programs around this country that does just that. Can we as a nation find creative ways to reduce our food waste? Could a new APP be created or better food containers be produced to greatly reduce this food waste? Until then, let us greatly expand food recycling to be used as fuel. Can excess school cafeteria food that are being thrown away, be recycled as fuel? This fuel could then be made to power school buses.
    5) Create new contests for college students to compete to help reduce our fuel demand. They could funnel political campaign money to be used as winnings for new ideas that does just that.
    We need to find ways to conserve energy, as well as produce more energy. I do agree we need to set a goal of becoming energy independent by 2020. Then we can bring our soldiers home!

    Finally, with todays unstable world when talking about nukes in the Middle East and the instability of Afghanistan.It could be wise to create issues oriented campaign commercials.
    Finding new ways for the US to conserve energy could be a start.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Rob

      An illuminated, with a bad case of verbal diarrhea. Get a job quick...

      August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  9. Libdumb

    I propose that only atheists be drafted. Nothing ventured, noting lost.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • zaphed

      Hey, Atheists do not belive in the crap you believe in. You go get drafted to defend your imaginary friends, allah, God and Jehovah. You must have no brain cells republican.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • albie

      This my friends is a very good example of the religious brain at work - see the logic and compassion there? Gee, I wonder why Christianity is responsible for so many deaths ...

      August 27, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • sqeptiq

      Let's let you theists go fight it out over which of your gods is biggest. Leave the atheists out of your childish tantrums.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  10. hello

    All you people have no clue that the same is going to be at the DNC, except it is even worse, you will also have the muslim brotherhood to give a prayer service.
    Go figure why the left wing loonies are silent about that.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Libdumb

      Because your Prez is Muslim. Get out your prayer rugs. You are going to need them to comfort your knees.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • MaryM

      hello, you and the GOP really that desperate

      August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • JustRight

      Yeah youre right. We should hate everyone with different beliefs.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • zaphed

      Hey, to spite you, I wish Obama get reelected and declare Ramadan a Holiday and apologize , on your behalf, for all the atrocities you committed against all nations from Native Americans to Asians and muslim countries. Down with GOP forever.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • hello

      @JustRight: typically Loonie left response.
      Noone hates buddists or Hindus or Sikhs or Zorastrians or Jews or Christians ( iam an Athiest).
      Of course I will not tolerate anyone that preaches hatred, just becasue you want to be politically correct and a coward.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • hello

      @zaphed: Ramadan is almost 30 days. It would be great if he declared Ramadan a holiday. I would love to use it.

      Little knowledge is a very dangerous thing.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • JustRight

      @hello –
      "Noone hates buddists or Hindus or Sikhs or Zorastrians or Jews or Christians" – ha ha really? Do you read the news?
      "Of course I will not tolerate anyone that preaches hatred" – what exactly do you think youre doing? And youre crazy if you think any religion doesnt preach hatred

      August 27, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • hello

      @JustRight:
      Yes you are right. I do read the news. The people who hate the budhists, hundus, zorastrians, sikhs, jews and christians are muslims and sadly some athiest ike you. (nigeria, India, Philipines, Dafur, Somalia, sudan, kenya, uganda)
      How am I preaching hatred. Becasue I try to stand up against intolerance?

      August 27, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • JustRight

      @hello –
      An athiest like me? Ha ha i wasnt aware i was athiest. You said in an earlier post that youre the one who is athiest. So you mean an athiest like you, right?
      Youre not standing up to intolerance, youre posting rumors (hateful rumors) on a news website. You didnt even bother to google the man did you? Youre just spewing the rumors as you hear them.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • hello

      @JustRight: Sadly you chose to ignore my statement about Muslims hating people of all other religions. ( and its not a tiny minority. Its the way of life in Muslim world).
      Its funny you have no problem for a hate monger like Siraj Wahhaj to be at the DNC, but lo a christian prayer at RNC and you are up in arms about it.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • JustRight

      @hello –
      Im not up in arms about any prayer from anyone...again youre just spreading rumors without checking your facts. I think its perfectly reasonable for a Christian, muslim,....to pray at any of these conventions. The difference between you and I (aside from me being intelligent and you not so much) is that im not on this site spreading rumors about things i dont know about and trying to pass it off as "standing up to intolerance". Nimrod

      August 27, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  11. Brooklyn Boy

    It is truly horrendous to watch these pandering phonies falling all over themselves to try to look like the most dedicated followers of a mental illness. But then, by invoking the big daddy in the sky they can distract the voters from those pesky little issues that are supposed to be what the election is about in the first place!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      amen!

      August 27, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • zaphed

      Right on Brooklyn Boy. Those people are NUTS literally.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  12. paul321

    Shouldn't they have some representation from the Mormon's? – sounds like Mitt is trying to play that one low key – after all – dont want to upset the fundamentalist Christians do we?

    August 27, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Cap'n Rita

      I'm wondering precisely the same thing. I'm sure most of us are. Can he conveniently ignore his "principles" when they aren't so convenient? I feel this is truly a huge sign about who this man really is.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  13. Jake

    A man in the desert comes up with a religion in the 1800s, claiming voices from God and a bunch of idiots believe it. That man today would be committed to a mental hospital. Yes, mental hospitals are stocked with many like him who hear voices claiming to be God or God's agents. Why isn't this ridiculous is beyond me.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  14. Crusader

    CNN trolls....read the lies here: "it's a safe bet that religion will also play a major role". 'Religious right' is a left wing media term, do not buy into it. Reagan went to church, as did Carter, Bush, Clinton and Obama (although he goes to a mosque). There is no evidence here about religion belong a part of this convention...just conjecture and fanaticism from CNN.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ... good one ... thanks.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Cap'n Rita

      Where is your proof that President Obama ever attended a Mosque? By spewing your hate filled non-truths you are negating your argument. Back under your bridge, troll.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      Troll or nutcase ?
      I say both.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    BREAKING NESW... BREAKING NEWS... BREAKING NEWS...

    Isaac hits the Teapublican National Convention...

    TRANSLATION: AN ACT OF GOD!!!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • zaphed

      I love it. God must be un pleased,... Wait , is God on the democrat's side nowadays? Wow.. I wish the south starts to see this as an OMEN and switch sides. lol

      August 27, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  16. fairandbalancedfredo

    How come a Mormon bishop isn't giving the benediction? Why does Romney and the Republicans try to hide Romney's Mormon faith?

    August 27, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      because if anyone knew about seer stones or the planet Kilob, it'd be over.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • sendai

      Romney is coming in under cover of Evangelical Christianity. Watch for it.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Jake

      And magical underwears, the kind Mitt wears to protect him from evil spirits...what a crock of BS.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Kathy Burklund

      he's probably afraid if he admits he's a mormon he'll lose! so keep quiet Mitt...deny your religious beliefs

      August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  17. nbpt

    The slam is on by the liberal media.
    Religion in our own country is being persecuted by the media.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      "attacks on religious freedom" is a concept invented by republicans and FOX News!

      how will catholics justify voting for Romney who beleves in a cult that spits in the face of far more catholic beliefs than Obama ever could.

      do "attacks on religious freedom" only concern abortion and no other part of the christian faith?

      How convenient it must be to cherry pick parts of your religion to justify your own political views and pretend the contradictions don't exist.

      What a crock!!!

      August 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Bayousara

      So much for separation of church and state in America. Without it, we will ultimately fail! Look how it has destroyed one country after another all over the world where there is no separation. Egypt is mucked up again due to religion. If you shove your religious stuff at me I will and do speak up and out!

      August 27, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • nbpt

      The only ones throwing religion are the media (you did read the story right?) Who's throwing it in your face? The media. The liberal media – day in and day out. It's not the candidate.

      Dyslexic doG

      "attacks on religious freedom" is a concept invented by republicans and FOX News!
      +++++++++++++++++++
      Comical that the liberal left always mention Fox as if we're not slammed with liberal media 24/7 by NBC, CBS, ABC and as if MSNBC doesn't even exist!
      It's not invented. If you read (you do read, right?) the article, it's the MEDIA bringing up religion time and time again. It's not Romney and it's not the Republican party. It's all the liberal media. Slam them!

      August 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • DN

      If you're going to make an accusation, please back it up with factual examples. Otherwise you just look like someone ignorantly railing against the opposing party.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      When we start throwing you in with the lions
      then you can beoch.
      Till then...you know.....STFU.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  18. Jake

    The America Taliban is alive and well in America...watch the convention and see America's Version of the Taliban. I think in America it's called...Romnyban. Will they stone the women on the stage or is that in the back rooms.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  19. simp

    @Matt"s stupid comment

    what a complete idiot you are. Where did this person state he wanted the muslins to rule the US? You are a big fat liar and you need to get your small mind, uneducated fact correct, moron!!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  20. Dyslexic doG

    Is Mormonism Christian?" is a very important question. The answer is equally important and simple. No. Mormonism is not Christian.

    The reason Mormonism is not Christian is because it 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.

    Mormonism teaches

    Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones (D. & C. 130:22) and that Jesus is a creation. It teaches that he was begotten in heaven as one of God’s spirit children (See the Book, Jesus the Christ, by James Talmage, p. 8). This is in strict contrast to the biblical teaching that he is God in flesh (John 1:1, 14), eternal (John 1:1, 2, 15), uncreated, yet born on earth (Col. 1:15), and the creator all (John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17). Jesus cannot be both created and not created at the same time. Though Mormonism teaches that Jesus is God in flesh, it teaches that he is "a" god in flesh, one of three gods that comprise the office of the Trinity (Articles of Faith, by Talmage, pp. 35-40). These three gods are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This is in direct contradiction of the biblical doctrine that there is only one God (Isaiah 44:6,8; 45:5). See Trinity for a correct discussion of what the Trinity is (see also, false trinity)

    Because Mormonism denies the biblical truth of who God is, who Jesus is, how forgiveness of sins is attained, and what the gospel is, the Mormon is not Christian – in spite of all his claims that he is Christian. Quite simply, the Mormon god doesn't exist.

    Mormonism teaches

    Mormon theology teaches that God is only one of countless gods, that he used to be a man on another planet, that he became a god by following the laws and ordinances of that god on that world, and that he brought one of his wives to this world with whom he produces spirit children who then inhabit human bodies at birth. The first spirit child to be born was Jesus. Second was Satan, and then we all followed. But, the Bible says that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; 45:5), that God has been God eternally (Psalm 90:2) – which means he was never a man on another planet. Since the Bible denies the existence of other gods (and goddesses), the idea that Jesus is the product of a god and goddess couple is rejected. The Bible tells us that Jesus – The Jesus of Mormonism – is definitely not the same Jesus of the Bible. Therefore, faith in the Mormon Jesus is faith misplaced because the Mormon Jesus doesn't exist.

    Mormonism teaches that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross itself (and receiving it by faith) is not sufficient to bring forgiveness of sins. It teaches that the forgiveness of sins is obtained though a cooperative effort with God; that is, we must be good and follow the laws and ordinances of the Mormon church in order to obtain forgiveness. Consider James Talmage, a very important Mormon figure who said, "The sectarian dogma of justification by faith alone has exercised an influence for evil," (Articles, p. 432), and "Hence the justice of the scriptural doctrine that salvation comes to the individual only through obedience," (Articles, p. 81). This clearly contradicts the biblical doctrine of the forgiveness of sins by grace through faith (Rom. 5:1; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9) and the doctrine that works are not part of our salvation but a result of them (Rom. 4:5, James 2:14-18).

    To further confuse the matter, Mormonism further states that salvation is twofold. It maintains that salvation is both forgiveness of sins and universal resurrection. So when a Mormon speaks of salvation by grace, he is usually referring to universal resurrection. But the Bible speaks of salvation as the forgiveness of sins, not simple universal resurrection. Where Mormonism states that forgiveness of sins is not by faith alone, the Bible does teache it is by faith alone. Which is correct? Obviously, it is the Bible.

    Mormonism and the Bible

    In order to justify its aberrant theology, Mormonism has undermined the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible. The 8th article of faith from the Mormon Church states, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." This means that when the Bible contradicts Mormonism, the Bible isn't trustworthy.

    The interesting thing is that Joseph Smith allegedly corrected the Bible in what is called The Inspired Version, though it is not used by the LDS church. Though they claim they trust the Bible, in reality they do not. They use Mormon presuppositions to interpret it instead of letting it speak for itself. For example, where the Bible says there are no other gods in the universe (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8), they interpret it to mean "no other gods of this world" – which is not what those verses say. They do not trust the Bible and they often state that the Bible is not translated correctly.

    Conclusion

    Why is Mormonism a non-Christian religion? It is not Christian because it denies that there is only one God, denies the true Gospel, adds works to salvation, denies that Jesus is the uncreated creator, distorts the biblical teaching of the atonement, and undermines the authority and reliability of the Bible.

    No-one denies that Mormons are good people, that they worship "a" god, that they share common words with Christians, that they help their people, and that they do many good things. But that isn't what makes someone Christian. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, " Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (NKJV). Becoming a Christian does not mean belonging to a church, doing good things, or simply believing in God. Being a Christian means that you have trusted in the true God for salvation, in the True Jesus – not the brother of the devil, not the god of Mormonism, not the gospel of Mormonism. Mormonism is false and cannot save anyone.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Bayousara

      Why don't you go to bible college and become a preacher? Then you can get it out of your system and you won't then clog up the blogs with all of this trivia!

      August 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • nbpt

      You don't have to go to the middle east to find religious persecution. It's right here in the United States alive and well, just like this comment.
      America was suppose to about freedom and the right to practice whatever religion one wanted to. Our freedom is being taken away from us every day.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • hello

      yeacch!! get a life.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      no persecution. I just need people to know that the origin of Mormonism is a man putting "seer" stones into his hat and then putting the hat over his face and dictating the book of Mormon to a friend.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      nbpt

      You don't have to go to the middle east to find religious persecution. It's right here in the United States alive and well, just like this comment.
      America was suppose to about freedom and the right to practice whatever religion one wanted to. Our freedom is being taken away from us every day.

      ----------------------------------------------------
      Your religion and your money is being used to pass laws against other Americans.
      Did you get arrested for praying ?
      Then STFU.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • zaphed

      Check Elohim visits mary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Hwszx1SQo, and check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip4qQnz2fFo&feature=related/ and magic underwear, the future us induxsry.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Salute

      Regardless of whether I agree with your assessment or not, I must say it is like a breath of fresh air to have an intelligent and researched position here on the CNN comment board.

      I am not being sarcastic...good job, sir or ma'am. I salute you.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • nbpt

      Fearless Freak

      +++++++++++++++++++
      You're far too smart for me. Have at it.

      August 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • LinSea

      You have some of your facts correct, but they are mixed in with incorrect and/or incomplete interpretations of LDS doctrines.

      August 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
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