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Mormon Teaching about Satan and Jesus

Do they teach Satan and Jesus are brothers?

After Romney’s statement that they’re “attacking my religion, and that’s really low”, he avoided the question that started it all when a reporter asked – don’t Mormons believe Satan and Jesus are brothers?

In areas like this, don’t fall for the political spin. Do a little research yourself – go to the official Mormon web site (lds.org) and you’ll find the following:

We needed a Savior to pay for our sins and teach us how to return to our Heavenly Father. Our Father said, “Whom shall I send?” (Abraham 3:27). Two of our brothers offered to help. Our oldest brother, Jesus Christ, who was then called Jehovah, said, “Here am I, send me” (Abraham 3:27).

Jesus was willing to come to the earth, give his life for us, and take upon himself our sins. He, like our Heavenly Father, wanted us to choose whether we would obey Heavenly Father’s commandments. He knew we must be free to choose in order to prove ourselves worthy of exaltation. Jesus said, “Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever” (Moses 4:2).

Satan, who was called Lucifer, also came, saying, “Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor” (Moses 4:1). Satan wanted to force us all to do his will. Under his plan, we would not be allowed to choose. He would take away the freedom of choice that our Father had given us. Satan wanted to have all the honor for our salvation.

http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,11-1-13-6,00.html

And performing a search on “Jesus Lucifer brothers” finds this question and answer article from “I Have a Question” Ensign, June 1986, 24-27

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 …

That brothers would make dramatically different choices is not unusual. It has happened time and again, as the scriptures attest …

So, all the spin coming from the Romney camp appears wrong. We’ve heard some news reports which, after playing Romney’s comments, state the Mormon church denies teaching Jesus and Satan as brothers.

Somethings fishy somewhere, as those statements don’t match what the official Mormon web site teaches. We’ll give the news agencies the benefit of the doubt, and just say they aren’t getting official Mormon representatives, and haven’t done the research themselves.

Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs, but we wonder why Romney is running away from his. The official Mormon web site declares it, why won’t he?

It’s not attacking someone’s religion to ask what they believe. You can agree or disagree with it as much as you like – that’s what freedom of religion is all about. But it’s ridiculous to claim you’re being attacked just because someone asked what your religion teaches about fundamental issues.

Jews shouldn’t be offended if someone asks about Abraham, the Mosaic Law and Passover. Christians need to have answers about Jesus and salvation. Buddhists need to explain the eight-fold path.

And Mormons should be able to speak about fundamental questions regarding their idea for salvation, which starts with Jesus and Satan as brothers. It’s now a front-row issue in the presidential campaign, and Mr. Romney needs to have answers. Spin won’t do.

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