This post is not designed to be antagonistic but the comments of the last few days leave me somewhat perplexed.
As a non Christian, my perception was that a Christian is someone who accepts Jesus as the messiah. Muslims are not Christians as they believe Mohammed is the final phrophet and Jesus is just one of many prophets. The Koran also calls Jesus the son of Mary to deny his divinity.
I understand that the basic set of books in the Old Testament and New are somewhat more flexible than commonly assumed. Eithiopians accept some works such as the Book of Enoch into their cannon that are considered apocrypha in other denominations. Yet I do not think anyone would say that they are non-Christians.
The first part is I want to hear from Christians themselves, who is a Christian?
The second part is somewhat more complex. The books considered apocrypha are a mixed lot.
However, I do recognize the inherent difference between the book of Enoch and the book of Mormon? Yet what role if any should those texts have for religious people. The beloved Rav Roov has read those texts, but at some point I will have to discuss them with him.
The third and last part is that if Mormons accept Christ as their ultimate savior does this not make them Christians. I do grant that some of the notions advanced seem to fall into an area that can be best described as strange. On the whole the Mormons I have encountered are decent people who believe a different faith than I. This is the same way I describe the many Hindus and people of other faiths whose path I cross every day.
This sounds like a job for Rob and Justin.