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|LDS Teachings||Biblical Teachings|
|GOD: The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate Gods, though one Godhead. God the Father was once a mortal man like us and became exalted to Godhood. He still has a physical body. He has a wife in heaven, a Goddess.||GOD: There is one and only one God (Is. 43:10; 44:6-8; 1 Tim. 2:5); the "Godhead" is one Divine Being (Acts 17:24-29). God the Father was and is not a man but is an infinite Spirit (Ps. 139:7-10; John 4:20-24). There is no Goddess.|
|MAN: All human beings were spirit children of God and his wife in a preexistent spirit world and have the potential to become Gods, like the Father, through exaltation.||MAN: The first man became a living being when he was formed from dust (Gen. 2:7). Christ preexisted in heaven, but we did not (John 3:13, 30-31; 8:56-58).|
|CHRIST: Jesus was the firstborn of God's billions of spirit children. He then became a God in the preexistent spirit world. He was conceived and born of Mary and God the Father as his literal, natural mother and father in the flesh.||CHRIST: Jesus is the only heavenly, divine Son of God (John 1:14-18; 5:17-23; 6:46; etc.). He has always been God (Ps. 90:2; John 1:1; Heb. 1:10-12). He was conceived and born of Mary by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:35).|
|SALVATION: Christ's suffering in Gethsemane guarantees the salvation of all but a perverse few, whether they believe or not, to one of three heavens. Exaltation to Godhood comes to full participants in the LDS religion and temple ceremonies. Many people will be saved in the afterlife through the LDS baptism for the dead.||SALVATION: Christ's death (Rom. 5:8-10; 1 Pet. 2:23) saves only believers (John 3:16-18; Rom. 3:21-28; Eph. 2:8). Unbelievers will get eternal punishment, while believers will get eternal life (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; Rom. 6:23). No one can become a God (Is. 43:10). There is no second chance after death (Heb. 9:26). Baptism for the dead was unknown except among heretics (1 Cor. 15:29).|
|CHURCH: The LDS Church is the only true Church. Early Christianity became apostate and the church was dead for well over a millennium until restored through Joseph Smith.||CHURCH: Some people would become apostates, but never the whole church (Matt. 16:18; 18:20; 28:20; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Tim. 4:1; Jude 3).|