Re: Jew,Christian, Mormon, a childs question
Jack. I grew up as a Baptist and now am a member of a Berean Bible Fellowship congregation. To my best knowledge - and I'm a bit of a history buff - neither of those two groups have ever offered a bounty on Mennonites.
The Bible says Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven. You seem to be familiar with the Bible, I'm sure you are either familiar with the third chapter of the Gospel of John, or you know where to find it. One of the operate phrases is in 3:18 "The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God."
That isn't what 'my brand' says, it is what the Bible says. So, how does that make me a hater? I'm not happy anyone is going to Hell. Neither is God; that's why He sent His Son to die as atonement.
"Good deeds" are great. However, the determining factor is why a person does 'good deeds'. If one does them as a result of believing in God through Jesus Christ and genuinely desired to love and serve others as God loves us, then it's proper. If one does 'good deeds' in an attempt to make God happy and forgive the person's 'bad deeds' in some sort of spiritual balance beam - that simply isn't going to work.
As for Mormons; they are typically good folks. However, their 'brand' of religion teaches a number of things not found in - and in some cases contradictory - to the Bible. In that their teaching seems to deny the sole redemptive power of Jesus Christ, they are not going to Heaven. Again; I'm not particularly happy about it, but that's the way it is.
Which is not to say I have a problem with Mormon people. Other than the occasional twit - which one finds most places - they are pretty good folks.
Governor Romney, for instance. He and I have some serious doctrinal differences; but I'm not voting for a Pastor, I'm voting for a President. And I think he will do a fine job.
DartSwinger; actually the Latter Day Saint's Church has FOUR 'sacred' books; the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants of the LDS Church, the Pearl of Great Price and the Bible. Of those four, the Bible is the only one considered to be 'misinterpreted' and therefore containing errors.