Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:8-10
Religion originates on Earth in the minds of men and women while Christianity originates in Heaven in the trinity of God. Jesus did not appear only to one prophetic figure, but to tens of thousands of ordinary people. He himself did not claim to have received divine revelation; he claimed to be the very source of divine revelation. He didn’t say “I have come to teach you the truth”. Instead, he said “I am the truth” (John 14:6).
Joseph Smith, of Mormon fame, sat in a tent transcribing what he claimed to be the oracles of God inscribed on gold scrolls delivered to him by the angel Moroni. When he emerged from the tent the angel and the gold scrolls had disappeared. Jesus, on the other hand, lived in the ‘tent’ of a human body from birth to the age of over thirty. He taught in full sight, died before witnesses, rose from the dead and was seen by hundreds, and the ascended bodily into heaven in front of his disciples.