In my post on born-again Mormons, a commenter challenged me to "write down the Book of Mormon descriptions of Christ and Salvation and then the Bible descriptions then compare the two." I knew that this type of endeavor could take some time, since there are many, many, many passages on the Savior in the Book of Mormon. So for this post, I thought I would narrow down my search. When I typed "Christ" in to the scripture search engine at lds.org, the first results to appear were in the book of Moroni. Today I will thus compare Moroni's teachings on the Son of God in Moroni chapter 7 to New Testament Christology. Here, in chart form, are some of the correlations I found:
(you may have to scroll down, since my first attempt at HTML tables didn't work very well.)
|Believers in Christ enter into his rest||Moroni 7:3|
Wherefore, I would speak unto you that are of the church, that are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord, from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven.
For we which have believed do enter into rest...Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
|Christ's followers cannot be servants of the devil||Moroni 7:11|
For behold, a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water; neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water; wherefore, a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ; and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil.
And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
|Prophets testified that Christ would come||Moroni 7:23|
And God also declared unto prophets, by his own mouth, that Christ should come.
And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
|We are saved by faith in Christ's name||Moroni 7:26,38|
And after that he came men also were saved by faith in his name; and by faith, they become the sons of God.
For no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ, save they shall have faith in his name
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
|After he finished his work on the earth, Christ ascended to heaven and sat on the right hand of God||Moroni 7:27|
Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
|Those who have faith in Christ will have great power||Moroni 7:33|
And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.
|Matthew 17:20 |
And Jesus said unto them...If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
|Through the atonement and resurrection of Christ, humankind can be raised to eternal life||Moroni 7:41|
Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
|True followers of Christ will become like him||Moroni 7:48|
...that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is
|1 John 3:2|
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Edgar Goodspeed's book How to Read the Bible says of Christ that Mark records the doer, Matthew the teacher, Luke the compassionate Savior; and John reveals him as the universal Lord--not just someone for Judea or the Middle East, but the universal Lord. Likewise the Book of Mormon portrays Christ as the living head and organizer of his church. In the Book of Mormon he is a doer, he is a teacher, he is a compassionate Savior, and as well he is the universal Lord of light, life, and salvation for all mankind in all nations.
This exercise has had the effect of strengthening my conviction that the Savior taught by the Book of Mormon and to the Latter-day Saints is that same being who is worshipped by orthodox Christians and who is found within the pages of the Bible. I am an amateur genealogist, and when I check my work on the Church's genealogy program, family search, I am often given a program to compare my ancestor with someone in the database. I have found that when I have a person with the same first and last name, birth date, place of birth, who has the same spouse and children, that this person is most likely the same though I may have a different middle name than the one on the program.
Mormons and evangelical Christians may have some different understandings of the nature of Christ, or some interpretations of the Bible which conflict. But as this post has shown, we can feel confident that we are worshipping the same being and we might do well to trust that the other community will not be damned for their sincere beliefs.