It is often said that Mormons worship a different God than the rest of Christianity. With that comes the implication that Mormons are not Christian. This extremely divisive rhetoric is most common among Evangelical anti-Mormons. The concept is debatable, and in my opinion has been successfully refuted, especially in Daniel Peterson and Stephen Ricks book “Offenders for a Word.”
I recently read what I think is a very clever reply to those who accuse the LDS of worshipping a different God. I quote the statement here. In speaking of the two greatest commandments (to love thy God with all thy heart and to love thy neighbor) the writer comments:
Some critics, in an effort to be destructive and to avoid any and every similarity of faith, may attempt to claim that the LDS and other religions love a false God with all their heart, soul, and mind… But there can be no doubt about the 2nd commandment. We all have the same neighbor. All religions that worship a Deity have the 2nd commandment in common, in some form or another. In short, to do unto our neighbors as we would want our neighbors to do unto us–an idealistic standard, to be sure.
But, since obedience to the 2nd commandment reflects back on the first commandment, (inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of these the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me), it really doesn’t matter what our traditions are concerning God, because we all show reverence and love to the God of all creation by showing love to our fellowman. Somewhere in this life or the next, these traditions and differences in belief will be straightened out, as the Lord’s sheep will hear his voice, and follow Him, and there will be one fold, and one Shepherd. We all need to be humble enough to hear his voice when He calls so that we may respond.
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.