Reason #25 — A different Jesus
Most of the arguments asserting that the Jesus of Mormonism is not the Biblical Jesus have to do with where His past diverges from the Biblical record — a Mormon “prehistory” that is finite, beginning with his “birth” to one of God the Father’s wives and a battle in heaven against his brother, Lucifer. None of these things are “verifiable” by human means.
However, I have an even more compelling reason to reject the Mormon Jesus — and it has to do with the aftereffects in human history of this person. And this can be verified. According to Mormon doctrine, Jesus founded a church in New Testament which he promised to protect, and that the “gates of hell” would not prevail against.
This church was not just identified as a group of people, but also as something intimate to him — his bride.
The Mormon Jesus was quite a bridegroom — not only did he stand aside and let the world ravage his bride, he watched without comment as they actually killed his bride, the church.
Then, 1750 years later, he appeared to Joseph Smith and asked him to get him a new bride.
Would you want to “marry” a bridegroom like that?
Not me — I’ve escaped into the arms of the all-powerful “Faithful and True.” Praise to His name.
For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading devices.