Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of Christ, Scientist
F-Ellen G. White, others
P/F-Mary Baker Eddy
F-Charles Taze Russell
New York, USA
Boston, MA, USA
and Book of Mormon
Kitab-i-Agdas (Book of Laws)
and Science and Health
Consider themselves Christian?
No, but recognize divinity of Christ
Considered Christian by Mainline Christian Denominations
No clergy, highest leadership reserved for males
No clergy; women and men readers
No clergy, elders only men
Stance on homosexuality
Contrary to scripture
Every 19 days
Yes and No
Not strictly speaking
Go to War
Some Identifying Beliefs:
Latter-day Saints (LDS) — Jesus visited and taught among the Native Americans in North America after his resurrection. Source of the Book of Mormon: Mormon was a prophet who left his gospel written on golden tablets which Joseph Smith translated under God's inspiration. The family is the fundamental unit of the church. At death, the soul is separated from the body, but, if you have been a good Mormon, soul and body will be reunited at the time of the resurrection.
Baha'i Faith — Prophets of all faiths were divine messengers of God, suited to different times and places, including Abraham, Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus, and others. The last and final Prophet is Baha'u'llah. No sects or branches of Baha'i are allowed; they value unity, and hard work is a form of worship. Respect for diversity is written into religious doctrine. After death, the soul leaves the body and journeys toward or away from God. Heaven and hell are not places, but states of being. The purpose of human life is to develop the spiritual and moral qualities that lie at the core of an individual's nature.
Seventh-day Adventists — At Armageddon (the last day, when Christ returns to judge the living and the dead), the wicked will be punished a brief time in hell, then annihilated, rather than suffer in hell for eternity. Many are strict vegetarians in order to avoid breaking Mosaic dietary laws and to live purely. Some, as a spiritual discipline but not required by doctrine, do not drink, smoke, dance, play cards, read books for pleasure, or go to worldly movies.
Christian Scientists — Matter does not exist. Truth and goodness are real; evil, error, and physical existence are illusions. They refer to God as Father-Mother, and do not practice communion or baptism. Often do not accept medical care, believing a more complete understanding of God through prayer will bring about healing. However, the Mother Church encourages cooperation with authorities if there is conflict over medical care. This differs from Jehovah's Witnesses.
Jehovah's Witnesses — Christ returned secretly just before World War II, and the age of judgment is currently underway. They do not vote or serve in the military; do not use the cross as a symbol, or celebrate traditional Christian holidays or birthdays. Will refuse blood transfusions for themselves or their children because of a Bible directive to abstain from blood. Refused to join the Nazi Party in Germany and were targeted in the Holocaust. Have published "The Watchtower" monthly magazine continuously since 1879.
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