128. The Trinity: So what’s the major difference between Christians and with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons?

06 Dec, 2011

[John Travolta in ‘Battlefield Earth’]

Two Jehovah Witnesses came to my door and were gone in under two minutes because I was able to coherently show my understanding of the difference between their view and Christianity. Well, it was either that or because I smelled like feet and beef. What I’m going to talk about happens to be the main difference with Mormons – who also believe in the “Bible”.

Christianity believes in the Trinity. You know, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all God. The three-in-one. JW and Mormonism don’t believe that Christ is God, but rather a god. JW have their own weird translation of the Bible, which messes things up. The Mormons, however, add a sequel to the Bible – a kind of third testament. Making the Bible like a trilogy. But instead of Part III being like Return of the Jedi – it’s more like if Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back were followed up by Battlefield Earth starring John Travolta.

By doing so, both Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism believe things apart from the real Word of God. The main difference with Christianity is that both of these religions deny that Christ is God. The JW Bible alters John 1:1 that talks about Christ from, “and the Word was God” to “and the Word was a god.” Mormonism believes that God the Father was a man, became a god, had Jesus, who was a man, and then became a god. In this case we are not worshipping the same God. The same goes for any other religion that doesn’t believe that Christ is God  – such as Islam and Judaism.

Just because we may all may name the all powerful deity “God”, doesn’t mean we’re worshipping the same thing. If my name was John Travolta – that doesn’t mean I also starred in the worst movie of all time (which of course is Battlefield Earth). What is important is the substance of what we believe, not what we name it. Yes the Trinity is a difficult concept to understand, but it is foundational to our beliefs and is what helps us define who Christ is… and therefore who God is. What we believe shapes our worship. And worship is a crucial part to our relationship with God.

John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Take time to pray: Praise God for His attribute of existing in the Trinity – the Great Three-in-One.