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Robert StarlingMay 27, 2019

In regard to the question of how one chooses a church, C.S. Lewis suggested that when a person accepts Christ and becomes a "mere Christian", it is as though he or she enters a large hall filled with people. There are many doors leading off the main hall, representing different churches (I believe there are many more than 175, perhaps more like 3,400). Lewis says "And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which one pleases you best by its paint and paneling.” He says the “mere” Christian must ask of a “door” he might plan to enter; “Are these doctrines true? Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this?” Then finally he adds, “When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors.

Robert StarlingMay 27, 2019

To Geoffrey: Since both Catholics and Latter-day Saints believe that baptism is essential for salvation, the biggest difference between the two churches is the answer to the question, who has the authority to act for God in performing a baptism that He will accept as valid? Catholics believe that priesthood authority comes through an unbroken line from Peter to the Popes. Latter-day Saints believe the priesthood of God was taken from the earth because of apostasy, and restored by resurrected heavenly messengers (including Peter) in modern times (1829) in accordance with prophecy. That is the practical difference. The existence of an "unbroken line" of priesthood authority is inconsistent with history. (There were once three popes who all excommunicated each other.) The truth of the restoration of the priesthood in 1829 can only be determined in the heart of each individual by spiritual means (James 1:5).

KathyMay 27, 2019

I love the articulateness, stated here, of how our church differs from the rest of the churches of the world. This article is carefully crafted in reason and logic. It is easy for anyone, who sincerely wants to know the differences, to follow the progression from the original church moving forward. I'll bet your firesides are powerful and spirit-filled! Thank you

Romney BiddulphMay 27, 2019

The Restored Church of Jesus Christ believes in the Christianity of the New Testament era. Catholics and Protestants believe in Fourth Century Creedal Christianity. Here are the beliefs of Christians of the New Testament era: 1. Baptism by immersion by the father (who has the authority) of the family 2. Lay, married clergy 1st Timothy 3:2 3. Baptism by proxy for deceased ancestors 1 Corinthians 15:29 4. God and Jesus organized the world, rather than creatio ex nihilo. 5. Belief in a tripartite anthropomorphic Godhead, as witnessed by the Apostle Stephen. Acts 7: 55-56 6. Belief in theosis (that faithful Christians can acquire god-like attributes). All early Christian leaders believed in theosis. 7. Belief in God’s Plan of Salvation, given by Jesus Christ to the Apostles during the 40 days after His Resurrection. (Sophia Jesu Christi) 8. Belief in sacred esoteric ordinances which allow faithful Christians to ascend to the highest heaven. Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, administered these ordinances until 350 AD. (Catechetical Lectures 20 and 23). 9. Belief in Eternal Marriage, as recorded in the Book of the Apostle Philip. 70:20 Which is the true Christianity? New Testament Era or Creedal?

Geoffrey TurnerMay 27, 2019

Sorry, but this is simply a re-hash of LDS justification, it doesn't answer the question asked by the elderly Catholics - How does this Church differ from ours? If I was the one asking this question (and, as a sympathetic investigator, I think I could well be), I would want to know how the end results of all the history quoted differs without all the verbiage in the article. Both Churches believe in Christ and that he is the way to salvation; both Churches have a leader through whom they receive guidance; both celebrate the Sacrament and, on the ground, members of both Churches do all they can for their neighbours. So what is the practical difference that flows from what the article describes? Are Catholics not "saved"? Does the Pope not receive guidance from God? i assure you, this is a genuine enquiry.

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