Mormonism and Islam

Friday, October 8, 2021

Mormonism was conceived by Joseph Smith about 1200 years after Muhammad founded Islam. But there are startling similarities between the two religions.

Both claim they are based on revelation that an angel brought to a man. Both have a holy book that they believe is written on mysterious golden plates stored in heaven. Both have sacred stones. Both believe that biblical Christianity is corrupt, reject the doctrine of the Trinity, refuse the doctrine of original sin, and believe that one must do good deeds in order to receive forgiveness. In Islam, it is a crime to question matters of religion. In Mormonism, it is sin to do so. Both religions have a very brief confession of faith. The early Mormon practice of having many wives is a reminder of the multiple wives in Islam. Both Muhammad and Joseph Smith claimed to be the final prophet. In Islam, religious leaders are trained not to think for themselves or ponder issues that might deviate from the accepted norms of their religion. In Mormonism, the same is true. And the list of similarities goes on.[1]

Prayer

You alone, O holy God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—deserve our worship. We in no way see ourselves as superior to these people. Without you, we would be as lost as they are. Yet, we come to you because your Word tells us they are separated from Jesus, the only Savior. In the confusing darkness of the night, they have taken the wrong road.

Have mercy on them and bring them to Christ Jesus. He alone is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the only One who can give them hope and joy.

May they receive, through Christ the Lord, forgiveness of sin, a new relationship with you, Father, and assurance of eternal life. Remind them to refuse any gospel other than the one recorded in your holy Word, even if an angel from heaven were to preach it (Galatians 1:8).

Endow us with power, knowledge and courage to bring them to the cross of Calvary, by your Holy Spirit. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.

Promise

Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls (Jeremiah 6:16, NLT).

Footnotes

[1] I have in my library a 3-volume, 1400 pages, copious comparison between Muhammad and Joseph Smith compiled by a friend.

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