Posts Tagged ‘Romans 4

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WHAT IS FAITH?

 A fundamental difference between Mormonism and Christianity is the definition of the word “faith. Mormonism defines faith as power. “So simply put, faith is the power of God, and only this power of God can justify a person.” (Life and Teachings. . .p.319) “Faith is a principle of action and power. Whenever you work toward a worthy goal you exercise faith.” (True to the Faith, p. 54) Many Mormons think that Christianity defines faith simply as giving lip service to Jesus or describing it solely as head knowledge. That is not accurate. The heart of Christian faith is trust – relying on what Jesus has done for us. Faith, to a Christian, is resting his entire hopes on living eternally with heavenly Father on the salvation Jesus has already achieved for him. There is a tremendous difference between these two definitions. Mormonism’s definition points a person to a person’s works. So much so that Joseph Smith added works to the translation of Romans 4:16. The King James Version says: “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace.” The JST (Joseph Smith Translation) says: “Therefore ye are justified of faith and works, through grace.” In striking contrast, Christianity keeps the focus on Christ. It’s all about what he has done. A Christian confidently trusts that Jesus has done everything for him – that salvation is truly a free gift. What a joy and relief that is!




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