Mormons and Christians

In an editorial in the NY Times, a devout Mormon claims he is not, and has no interest in being, Christian because Christians are mean or stupid or something. (What? A religious commentary in the Times that tries to insult and diminish Christianity? Save that issue! I’m sure it will be a collector’s item one day.)

Well, I certainly agree with the first part of the guy’s premise, but his theology is about as sound as the Spanish banking system. In response, Justin Taylor takes a minute to cover the actual differences between Christianity and Mormonism. For example:

What do Mormons believe about God? 

Mormons claim that God the Father was once a man and that he then progressed to godhood (that is, he is a now-exalted, immortal man with a flesh-and-bone body). 

What does the Bible teach about the nature of God? 

Based on the Bible, God is not and has never been a man (Num. 23:19; Hos. 11:9). He is a spirit (John 4:24), and a spirit does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Furthermore, God is eternal (Ps. 90:2; 102:27; Isa. 57:15; 1 Tim. 1:17) and immutable (or unchangeable in his being and perfections; see Ps. 102:25-27; Mal. 3:6). He did not “progress” toward godhood, but has always been God.