Does the Fox News Article, “GOP Hopeful Mike Huckabee Asks if Mormons Believe Jesus, Devil Are Brothers,” Tell the Whole Truth about Mormonism?
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2007
On Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Fox News reported on Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee’s question, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” While the article quoted the authoritative Encyclopedia of Mormonism and a spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it failed to give the full story about what Mormons really believe concerning the identity of Satan and Jesus.
The article stated, “The authoritative Encyclopedia of Mormonism, published in 1992, does not refer to Jesus and Satan as brothers. It speaks of Jesus as the Son of God and of Satan as a fallen angel, which is a Biblical account.”
While it is true that the Encyclopedia of Mormonism does not say explicitly that Jesus and Satan are “brothers”, it does claim that Jesus and Satan are both “spirit” beings of the Father. It says the “Jesus is the Son of God… he is the firstborn spirit child of God the Father and thereby the elder brother of the spirits of all men and women… Satan and his followers remain spirit beings made in the image of God but are still rebellious and evil.” (pp. 739, 1405)
Not only does the Fox News Article fail to explain the true teachings of the Mormon Church in regard to Jesus and Lucifer being called spirit “brothers,” but it fails to note that Gospel Principles, an official publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, explicitly states that Jesus and Lucifer are “brothers.” The following quote from Gospel Principles can be found on the official LDS Church website (lds.org):
Other explicit statements made by Mormons to the effect that Jesus and Lucifer are spirit “brothers” include the following:
For more information on the Mormon View of Jesus Christ compared to the Biblical view see:
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