One of the difficult questions that comes up regularly in conversation about the LDS Church and Christianity is why many people say that Mormons are not Christians. Many years ago a radio personality in Texas said on the air that Mormons are not Christians, and I was still a Mormon at that time. I was deeply offended and vowed never to listen to that person again. And while I would certainly advocate the use of discretion when talking about such a topic, I now better understand the reasons why that assertion is made. To that end, it seems that with a little explanation and then a list of objective comparisons between the two, maybe it will become a bit clearer why that is.
Traditional or Biblical Christianity is based on what is taught in the Bible. Since the Bible is God's word, we only need look there to understand who God is, what our relationship to Him is, and how we should respond to that knowledge. It is where the doctrine comes from, and it is believed that since the
The atonement for sin
"We accept Christ's atonement by repenting of our sins, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and obeying all of the commandments," (Gospel Principles, Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1979, p. 68