Huckabee Questions Mormon Beliefs on Jesus and Devil

AP: GOP Hopeful Mike Huckabee Asks if Mormons Believe Jesus, Devil Are Brothers

While treading lightly on the subject of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism so far, it seems Mike Huckabee recently dropped a bombshell question in a New York Times article to be published Sunday.

However, I believe the question to be an almost rhetorical one. Mormonism really is a different apple than true Christianity…and even more accurately, different than having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

This from the AP story:

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks in an upcoming article, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”

The article, to be published in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, says Huckabee asked the question after saying he believes Mormonism is a religion but doesn’t know much about it. His rival Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is a member of the Mormon church, which is known officially as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The authoritative Encyclopedia of Mormonism, published in 1992, does not refer to Jesus and Satan as brothers. It speaks of Jesus as the son of God and of Satan as a fallen angel, which is a Biblical account.

A spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Huckabee’s question is usually raised by those who wish to smear the Mormon faith rather than clarify doctrine.

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Although the AP writer quotes from the “authorative” Encyclopedia of Mormonism, the writer could have gone a step further and researched material that shows that Huckabee is really not that dumb on the subject…or far off.

The following is from “All About Cults” and on its page, “What Do Mormons Believe – Doctrinal Differences.” The publishers of this site are the same people that publish AllAboutGOD.com, a site I highly recommend.

What Do Mormons Believe: The Nature of Jesus Christ

The Mormon church views Jesus and Satan as spirit brothers and sons of God. God put forth His plan of salvation for the world, and Satan proposed his own plan. Jesus accepted the Father’s plan and offered to implement it as the Savior. The Father chose Jesus, and the spirit of Jesus was given a body through the virgin Mary. He was crucified on a Roman cross, and rose from the dead three days later to establish His deity. The character and life of Jesus is attainable by anyone who performs at such a righteous level. The Christian church teaches that Jesus Christ has existed eternally as the Son of God, the second “person” of the Trinity. Jesus took on human flesh about 2000 years ago and was born into the world through the virgin Mary. He was crucified on a Roman cross for our sins, and rose from the dead three days later to establish His deity.

To read more from the “What Do Mormons Believe?” page, click here. You’ll find answers to questions like “What do Mormons believe about how we achieve salvation?”

UPDATE: FoxNews, Wednesday, Dec. 12

Romney Says Attacking Religion ‘Goes Too Far’ After Huckabee Questions Mormonism

BOSTON — Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney answered rival Mike Huckabee’s upcoming published comments about Mormonism, declaring Wednesday that “attacking someone’s religion is really going too far.”

In an article to be published Sunday in The New York Times, Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”

Romney, vying to become the first Mormon elected president, declined to answer that question during an interview Wednesday, saying church leaders in Salt Lake City had already addressed the topic.

“But I think attacking someone’s religion is really going too far. It’s just not the American way, and I think people will reject that,” Romney told NBC’s “Today” show.

Hmmm, must be a complicated answer if he can not repeat what the “church leaders in Salt Lake City had already addressed.”

Team Huckabee’s response:

Huckabee’s campaign released a statement claiming his remarks were taken out of context:

“In fact, the full context of the exchange makes it clear that Governor Huckabee was illustrating his unwillingness to answer questions about Mormonism and to avoid addressing theological questions during this campaign,” the statement said.

Who said religion and politics don’t mix!

- Alexander

TheScroogeReport.com 

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5 thoughts on “Huckabee Questions Mormon Beliefs on Jesus and Devil

  1. Pingback: Huckabee: Not a Mormonism expert, but… « TheScroogeReport

  2. Mormons believe that all people are eternal. That is, they existed forever before birth and will continue to be after death.

    Jesus has existed eternally. Before his mortal birth in Bethlehem he was a spirit being with God. And before his mortal birth in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln was a spirit. The same with every person ever to exist on earth.

    Lucifer was a spirit with especial preeminence (one could call him an Angel), but with his high status he chose pride, rebellion, and expulsion from God. He had great potential, but wasted it.

    So they are brothers. Mormons just have a clearer picture of our pre-earth family.

  3. Dear Christian Friends

    I have to ask you a question; And then tell you my story of life based on my true facts.
    Question and a challenge to every one.
    To prove me wrong.
    I was not raised in no church till a pre-teen size.
    Why can a child no less than a man both recall living in heaven with our heavenly father as a spirit.

    Story; My self was born in 56 in Texas as a mortal.
    But not before I witnessed God in heaven his self holding a young boy bout 8 or 9 years old of age.
    As I was being ready-ed for my own life in this place first thing I saw was a cloudy sky with no smog in it.
    Then I fell through a cloud bank to only see what looked to be a destroyed a city out of stone buildings like you find in the bible country.
    I also fell over a downed column its self causeing my lower left knew to hurt and both ankles landing on the ground its self wrong.
    The thing that gets me is a blacked out door way with a large man in staure gurading it.
    And falling through another tunnel and only to cross over right away in to the womb with a unknown featus that was not born yet.
    later turned out to be me.
    I ended up stuck neck deep and getting pissed on in the face as my birth was taking place.
    The mother was having a hard time of it.
    And I heard this tall nurse tell her if she could not get me out of her.
    They were going to have to take my life in order to save hers.
    Because it had gone too far to go back then.
    I was already in birthing canal with head hanging out of her.
    caught neck deep.
    I’m 52 now.
    This is some thing I do not want to ever go back over again even if the clock could be turned back.
    I would not be enterested in doing so.
    I am child 2.
    This was very real for me.
    And No church taught me this as I know it to be gospel as I went through the true feelings of expierence its self.

  4. The real issue wasn’t whether Huckabee questioned a particular doctrine of the LDS church. It was that it was disenguous of him to act as if he was not sure what Mormons believe and therefore this was an “innocent” question. This from an ordained Southern Baptist minister who had done extensive reading on what Mormons believe. Not to mention on the eve or a couple days before a very important primary. I lost any respect I had for Mr. Huckabee’s campaign and personal character at that time.

  5. @Steve…disingenuous to ask a rhetorical question? This IS what Mormons believe. He was actually being polite.

    Do you have a better way of approaching falsity?

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