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Published: Sunday, July 17 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

AAARRRGGGHHH!!! Yet another mis-informed talking head that labels Mormons as "Not Christian"! It is SO exasperating to me. I had an interesting discussion recently with a co-worker who is Baptist, and she agreed that certainly members of the LDS Church are Christian. What is the definition of a Christian anyway? Someone who believes in Christ, accepts Him as the Savior, obeys His commandments, and tries to live a Christ-like life. That is the very center of the teachings of our Church. Do black people picture Christ as black? Do Asian people picture Him as Asian? I don't know, but if they did, would that make them less Christian? Every church has a little different viewpoint, or interpretation, of who Christ is. Some believe he is the literal son of God, as the LDS Church does. I'm not sure what the evangelicals believe regarding that. But those differences don't make one church Christian, and another non-Christian. This is a really silly debate, and one that needs to end. There are other issues far more important, especially regarding the upcoming Presidential contest, than whether or not a person is "Christian." Amen...

Salt Lake City, UT

If the acceptance of the doctrines of false leaders of Christianity during the 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries that repudiated and rejected the gospel as accepted and taught by Christ and his apostles is what this co-host means to be "Christian", then she is right. Of course, then neither is Christ or his apostles. Strange exclusive club these followers of Nehor have built.

Kearns, UT

I wrote a letter to FOX News suggesting they assign this "reporter" to do an in-depth report about Hunstman and Romney and their Christian faith. It might do her some good to do some research before she says such misinformed rubbish. Of course, when has Fox News been known for verifying facts?

Provo, UT

Fox News Corp.. what do you expect.

Salt Lake City, Utah

And yet this is were most Mormons in Utah get there news from and Fox is the supporter of the party most Mormons vote for. Lets not forget Mike Huckabee's comments from a few years ago. If this had been CNN or MSNB people on this board would be going crazy, but because it is FOX or republican it is tolerated.

The Missing Link
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

RE: Utah Girl - 1:28 p.m. Vernal, UT
AAARRRGGGHHH!!! Yet another mis-informed talking head that labels Mormons as "Not Christian"! It is SO exasperating to me.

Reply: Sorry to burst YOUR bubble. Romney not a Christian. Mormonism and Christianity have a complex theological, historical, and sociological relationship. Mormons express the doctrines of Mormonism using standard biblical terminology, and have similar views about the nature of Jesus' atonement, bodily resurrection, and Second Coming as traditional Christianity. Nevertheless, Mormons agree with non-Mormons that their view of God is significantly different from the trinitarian view of the Nicene Creed of the 4th century. Though Mormons consider the Bible as scripture (insofar as it is "translated correctly"), they have also adopted additional scriptures. Mormons not only practice baptism and celebrate the Eucharist but also participate in religious rituals unknown to traditional Christianity. Although the various branches of Christianity have diverse views about the nature of salvation, the Mormon view is particularly idiosyncratic.

Mike in Texas
Allen, TX

With apologies to the Savior, Mrs. Earhardt's comment proves that not only are the "poor always with us", but so are the ignorant.

Provo, UT

(Pssst, Mormons: the right wing doesn't like you. They just keep you around as long as you're politically expedient.)

Roosevelt, UT

Live by Fox News ...die by Fox news

Centerville, UT

@the Missing Link

I've never understood why we want to tell other people what they believe. If a person professes to be a Christian, that is good enough for me. Really, it just seems like a trademark dispute: do some Christians have the exclusive right to use the name of Jesus Christ?

South Jordan, UT

This just proves that Americans are about as literate on basic Mormon beliefs as they are on what people they should vote for to maintain this republic.

In other words, the vast majority are totally ignorant about it.

As I hear the reasons many give for splitting hairs and calling Mormons non-Christian because they don't believe in the version of Christ created by a pagan Roman ceasar (the Nicene Creed), I think many of these 'experts' would claim that Christ himself is not a Christian, because I don't think He believes in the Nicene Creed.

American Fork, UT

Religion is the worst thing that can happen to politics. Nonetheless, if someone wants to put it out front they had better be willing to have it come back on them. I don't feel any sorrow or empathy for Huntsman; he signed up for this. The real dilemma is how Utah reconciles this with their darling, Fox News.

Puyallu, Wa.

Sounds like Fox News is getting behind Perry doesnt it? Romney or Perry..I wouldnt vote for either but would vote for Romney 10 times ahead of Perry if I had to go that way.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm guessing she meant to say that he's a non protestant. That would be more accurate and fair. He does believe in Christ and by that definition is a Christian. But he is not a protestant, which is what people usually think of as a Christian.

Ogden, UT

RE: The Missing Link | 2:02 p.m. July 17, 2011
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

It is interesting to observe the "traditional christians" squabble over who is, and who is not a "christian" and what defines who is.

If one delves into the fundamental doctrines of all accepted "christian" churches one quickly sees a broad spectrum of divergent incongruant beliefs on such basic tenets as the method of baptism, priesthood celebacy, the natures of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit, the reality of Christ and the atonement, etc, etc, etc.

All proclaim an authoritative stance rooted in scripture and mortal interpretation. Each asserts their view to be the "correct" interpretation of holy writ.

What unites all "christians", and is the only real test of christianity, is a fundamental belief that Jesus Christ, whether a manifestation of a trinity or a being separate from and an offspring of God, is the Savior of mankind; that only through Him can salvation be attained.

In this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unequivocal in its proclomation. He is who He claimed, and only through Him and His atonement can we return to God. Therefore, they must be "christian".

Fillmore, Utah

To Missing Link:

Respectfully, I am curious if you believe Catholics to be Christian?

Anchorage, AK

The Missing Link posted:
Mormons agree with non-Mormons that their view of God is significantly different from the trinitarian view of the Nicene Creed of the 4th century.
I must apologize, I clicked "recommend" when I thought I was clicking "reply", button is in same place in another forum where "reply" is selected.

We're are different then the Nicene Creed, but the same as the NT.
The Nicence Creed describes Christ that the NT didn't describe. LDS simply believe in Christ same as the NT, not some man made creed which modifies scripture.

The idea that three beings are in substance the same being with 3 different personalities is preposterous. We are each a distinct being, and yet, we can be one with God, Christ and Holy Spirit, as they are one with each other.

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

However we as distinct beings can be one with them, they are distinct and yet one with each other.

Sanpete County, UT

Fox News. Nothing new. It's just that this time, we, as LDS, know the truth about ourselves - Mormons are Christian in every definition of the word - so we can see Fox News for what it is.

Too bad most LDS cannot see the Fox News errors on other topics and simply take its word for what is "true."

Federal Way, WA

It is one thing to say something out of ignorance which is bad enough for a TV reporter but this person did intended to confey a false idea. I understand that there was a point to be made that LDS are not Evengelical Christians who are sure to support the Texas Governor but a good reporter would clarify that and not use the general term of Christian to say that Romney isnt their first choice.

Very poor reporting and a case of the media favoring one chandidate over another.

Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

Thank you, runwasatch, for your comments back to Missing Link. Hey, Missing Link, of course there is additional scripture, and the verse in Revelations that says the no more can be added to THIS book, was referring only to the Book of Revelations. The Bible did not exist as a combined book at the time John wrote that. Do you think God is no longer capable of conversing with His children here on earth? I KNOW that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are 3 separate and distinct personages, who are united in action and purpose. Just because you do not does not make one of us Christian and one of us not. That is absurd. Even within the Protestant and Evangelical communities, there are differing beliefs in what Christ is and is not. We do not accept the Nicene Creed because it flies in the face of everything that Christ taught while He was on the Earth establishing His church.

Can we not, as Christians, all agree that we disagree over our interpretations of Christ, but that we all DO agree that Jesus is the Christ, and that through Him we are saved? I hope so.

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