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Huckabee and Romney — Is Jesus Satan’s Brother?

This week in politics we’re focused on religion instead of the real issues after Romney’s response “They’re attacking my religion” as reporters asked a question of another candidate about what Mormons believe (it is a silly and irrelevant question, but it certainly isn’t an attack to ask what a religion believes). Are they really attacking Romney and Mormonism? What does the Mormon church teach about the relationship between Jesus and Satan?

Don’t guess or listen to the various parties spin and dodge, go to http://lds.org (the official web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons as they’re commonly known), and in the search box type in “Jesus Lucifer brothers”, and you’ll find the following question and answer (from “I Have a Question” Ensign, June 1986, 24-27 — currently the first search result, although that may change):

How can Jesus and Lucifer be spirit brothers when their characters and purposes are so utterly opposed?

On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some—especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations …

When our Father in Heaven presented his plan of salvation, Jesus sustained the plan and his part in it, giving the glory to God, to whom it properly belonged. Lucifer, on the other hand, sought power, honor, and glory only for himself. (See Isa. 14:13–14; Moses 4:1–2.) When his modification of the Father’s plan was rejected, he rebelled against God and was subsequently cast out of heaven with those who had sided with him. (See Rev. 12:7–9; D&C 29:36–37.)

That brothers would make dramatically different choices is not unusual. It has happened time and again, as the scriptures attest: Cain chose to serve Satan; Abel chose to serve God. (See Moses 5:16–18.) Esau “despised his birthright”; Jacob wanted to honor it. (Gen. 25:29–34.) Joseph’s brothers sought to kill him; he sought to preserve them. (Gen. 37:12–24; Gen. 45:3–11.)

So there it is, straight from LDS’s web site. Romney may not know the answer about his religion, but now you do.

So unless the Mormon Church decides to change doctrine, the issue should be settled now — Mormon teaching is Satan and Jesus were brothers. Agree, disagree or don’t care about the truth or falsity of the statement as you wish, but Mormon teaching is clear.

In the end, Huckabee apologized for answering a question truthfully and factually (though he shouldn’t have taken the bait, instead declining to answer a ridiculous question), Romney went into clueless persecution-mode, and the public was treated to a side-show distracting from the real issues. Swell.

Now that the facts are out Mr. Romney, drop the persecution complex and get back to the issues. Please. Playing the “they’re attacking my religion” card makes you look weak and petty — you’re trying to be President, remember?

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6 Comments

  1. slivermoon22 says:

    Yep, I said this too. Except that it’s not a silly question. You’d have to be a Mormon, or rather a X MORMON,to understand how critically important this is. To mormons, their god comes first – BEFORE country, and they have a multi billion dollar agenda that doesn’t include freedom of religion in this country. In addition, when you pair that agenda with Romney ties to Blackwater…..well, my friend, all I can say, it’s not only not silly, it’s as urgent as it gets.

    peace

  2. Susan Jones says:

    Your comment is not only full of prejudice and ignorance, it is full of…well, let me say this…As a 6th generation Mormon I am not in cahoots with my church to destroy the very liberty and freedom that makes our religion possible. It is a beautiful complex religion that allows for universal salvation and eternal families, something everyone else wants and no other church doctrinally achieves. Some of these ‘christian-types’ seems to have hi=jacked Jesus into their domain and are holding him hostage against any other interpretation or belief. Besides, a little information into Christian history and doctrine will show there is more to the discussion that your anti-mormon types would like you to know. But then you would have to use knowlege not just spout that same old…stuff. So, for anyone not filled with hate, anger and political or personal agendas, seek for the truth, because ‘the truth shall set you free’. And if YOUR GOD doesn’t come before all else, then you are not in keeping with the very religion you profess…Matthew 22:36-40 The first and great commandment in the law is the love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and the second is to love our neighbor as ourselves.” If YOU don’t believe that, perhaps you are not the Christian you claim to be. I not only believe it, but dilligently strive to keep those commandments. PLEASE people, find out for yourself and stop this inflamatory persecution. With all my heart, I love my savior, Jesus Christ; I rely upon his Atoning sacrifice and grace for my salvation, and I attempt to keep his commandments as he has asked (John 14:15) to show my love for him. That makes me and Mitt Romney a Christian. If your depiction of the the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is different, you don’t know any more that I do, and that is called FAITH. Perhaps the greatest points of Christianity are FAITH, HOPE and PURE LOVE. I hope so in my life and in yours. God bless you all. Now, let’s talk about energy policies, balanced budgets and protecting our bourders.

  3. Susan, your comments didn’t address the point. According to the lds.org, the Mormon church teaches Jesus and Satan are brothers. That is not an attack on your religion, it’s just discussing foundational doctrine of the Mormon Church; we’re sorry that bothered you. Religious freedom means you are free to believe whatever you want, it does not mean discussion is persecution, and we’re sorry you took it as such.

    We encourage everyone to know what they believe, and why they believe it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Buddhist, Mormon or Christian – people should have answers for others when asked about what they believe, and be able to defend it.

    It’s in that light Mr. Romney’s refusal to discuss basic Mormon doctrine strikes us as strange. If he has conviction in his beliefs, why not discuss them?

    PLEASE people, find out for yourself and stop this inflamatory persecution.

    We did want to find out for ourselves, and did so by going to lds.org and looking around for fundamental Mormon doctrine on salvation, specifically about Jesus and Satan. We did not want to listen to any spin, and sought out what the Mormon Church itself teaches. It’s available on lds.org, and is what we quoted.

    Discussing Mr. Romney’s religion and political positions is not persecution – he’s running for president, people should know and debate his positions and beliefs. Is it off-limits to discuss this? Is Mr. Romney the only candidate who gets this protection, or should we just vote based on their photos and not discuss any candidate’s positions at all?

    Thanks for commenting, and if you have any other insight into this area of Mormon teaching, please leave another comment. As a Mormon yourself, we’d be especially interested in anything you could say in this specific area of Mormon teaching about Jesus and Satan – in light of what the lds.org web site states. Has the church changed position? Is the web site incorrect? What were you taught about this? Does it align with the web site?

    • ahmed zahmed says:

      CC, I think Susan’s post was actually a reply to Silvermoon22’s post.

      As a convert to Mormonism of more than 30 years, I’ve always known from the beginning that LDS people were taught that Satan was a spirit brother of Christ. In fact, it’s taught in the discussions to people who wish to join the church. It makes total sense to me. I don’t see how it diminishes the Divinity of Christ at all. Nor does it raise the station of Satan at all. The fact is, all of us here on Earth are spirit sons and daughters of God the Father. As such, we are all brothers and sisters. And yes, that means Hitler is our brother. It does not diminish me nor you for that to be a fact and it certainly does not increase the stature of Hitler. So it is with Satan and Christ. Satan is the antithesis of Christ, the very essence of anti-Christ. He was Lucifer, a “son of the morning” as we are taught in Genesis, who was cast out of Heaven for rebellion and became Satan, the father of lies. Why is this so strange to people?

  4. summitdave says:

    I find it interesting that when I go to the lds.org website now (1/21/08) the search for “Jesus Lucifer brothers” now shows 0 results. Yet the reference you give certainly states what you have reported!

  5. summitdave says:

    I returned to lds.org and searched for the word “Lucifer”. In response to this search answer #36 reads:
    36. People to Know
    Old Testament Stories

    The devil is called Lucifer or Satan. Lucifer Lucifer is a spirit son of Heavenly Father.

    THEREFORE, MORMANS INCORRECTLY ARE TAUGHT THAT LUCIFER IS A SPIRIT SON OF HEAVENLY FATHER, MAKING JESUS CHRIST AND LUCIFER BROTHERS.

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