Romney and the Divinity of the Christ
The question raised in the thread is the nature of the Trinity. The Trinity is a central Christian tenant that describes the mystery of the "three-in-one" God. The idea of the Trinity was part of a response to gnosticism which was a recurring heresy in the early church. The Council of Nicea was an early attempt to formally address this heresy and has influenced Christian thought ever since.
The LDS view on the Trinity is a central issue as to whether or not the LDS faith really is a Christian tradition. I lived in Utah for a short period and trying to get at this idea with my LDS friends was surprisingly difficult. They know which parts of their faith sound odd and know how to avoid/dodge the issue which can be quite frustrating. Disclaimer: because of this the following is my understanding of LDS doctrine but is likely skewed and misses important subtleties
The LDS doctrine is basically that
Jesus, the eldest son of the Father, was chosen after a "Grand Council" to deliver the true message to humanity which has since been perverted and lost until it was later revealed to Joseph Smith and other prophets.
There is a Trinity in the LDS faith, but it represents three separate beings. The Christ was a messenger sent by the father. He was the son of the Father, but at the same time so is everyone else. The LDS doctrine includes the divinity of the Christ, but that is technically true since the Christ shares the same divinity as everyone else.
If you believe that the divinity of Christ is a central tenant of Christianity and that Christ's death on the cross was a sacrifice of the carnate God made for humanity then there is a serious question as to whether or not the LDS faith is a Christian faith. It is certainly not consistent with the Christian tradition that came from Council of Nicea. In fact Joseph Smith explicitly stated that the Church had twisted and lost the real teachings of Jesus.
When LDS church members say they believe in a Trinity it is not about a mystery of the nature of God. Rather, it is a simple fact about three important beings in the teachings of Joseph Smith. This is not something found in the bible, and Joseph Smith taught that this fundamental idea was purposely lost by those who wished to deceive others. The question is not whether or not the LDS Church includes a doctorine of the Trinity, but what is the Trinity and what is the nature of the Divinity of the Christ.
The Prophet, Joseph Smith, explicitly stated that the true message of Jesus had been twisted and lost. For other Christian traditions to embrace the LDS faith as a Christian faith is problematic and should raise questions about the central role of the Christ's carnate life.
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