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MORMON - DOCTRINE OF GOD

 

I THE BACKGROUND TO HIS DOCTRINE OF GOD

1a The struggles of Smith

1b The differences in Protestant denominations

1c Smith’s mother, sister, and two brothers had become Presbyterian and he leaned toward the Methodist persuasion

2c However, he did not follow the Methodists because of the divisions among themselves and there divisions with other Protestant denominations

3c He therefore sought to find something better

2b The incomprehensible Protestant God

1c How could an incomprehensible God love something as different from Himself as man and visa versa?

2c How could God be a pure spirit without some form of body, “this indeed would be ridiculous?”

2a The solution of Smith

1b Lower God to the image of man: make God that fit the image of a man – a God who is flesh and bone, who marries, and has children

2b Elevate man to the image of God: through time, experience, and religion man has the potential to become God

3a The mistake of Smith: Smith misunderstood at least three important truths about God and His relationship with man

1b Man and God do share a common bond

1c Man is God’s creation – therefore he is dear to God and God should be loved by man

2c Man is created in God’s image – man and God have a lot in common

3c God became a man – Christ becomes the mediator between man and God (1 Tim. 2:5)

2b Bodies can be other than physical – there can be spiritual bodies ( 1 Cor 15:44)

3b A God capable of creating a whole Universe out of nothing should be above man’s comprehension – this should not be problem (Job. 37:5; Eph. 3:18-19)

II THE TEACHING OF HIS DOCTRINE OF GOD

1a Teaching #1: God is an exalted man

1b Stated

1c God was a man just as we are at one time, but through divine evolutionary development He eventually became God

2c God therefore has a physical body of flesh and blood as we do

Doctrines & Covenants 130: 22. “22 The aFather has a bbody of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of cSpirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.”

2b Argued: the Mormons give the following as proof

1c There have been some who have seen God with their eyes (Gen 32:30; Ex. 24:9-12, 33; 9-11)

1d #1 God is a Spirit (Jn. 4:24)

1e No man has seen God the Spirit –(1 Jn 4:12; Jn. 14:9) – to counter this the Mormon’s have added phrases in their “inspired version” of the Bible as rendered by Joseph Smith

1f John 1:18, “No one has ever seen God except he who hath borne record; God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.” (NIV)

2f 1 Jn 4:12, “No one has ever seen God except those who believe; if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (NIV)

2e God is seen through His Son Christ Jesus (Heb. 1:1-4; John 14:8-11)

2d #2: God is not a man (Num. 3:19; Hosea 11;9)

2c God created man in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27)

1d The physical body that we bear is in the image of the creation – made from the dust of the ground and with similar bodily shape and function

2d God’s image in man is his spirit (Gen. 2:7) – as also demonstrated in the angels as well

3c God has a physical body parts

1d Ex. Hand (1 Sam. 5:11), an eye (2 Chron. 16:9), mouth (Psa. 105:5), ear (2 Kings 19:16)

2d The term are used here in a metaphorical sense of a special place of power: like such phrases as the sun rises and sets, in the dog house, or pick up your room.

2a Teaching #2: God is married to many wives and has fathered many children

1b As God, He fathers the souls of all men born into this world

1c These spirits are our pre-existent spirits before we took upon ourselves a physical body to move on in our evolutionary progress toward deity

2c In this spirit condition:

1d Alert and active

2d We had spirit bodies similar to our physical bodies with hands, feet, heads, eyes, etc.

3d Knowledge was lost temporarily when we took on a body

3c It should be noted:

1d That our spirit’s do not come into existence until we are conceived

Man was to reproduce after his own kind – thus we are the son of Adam and his fallen nature is past on (Lk. 3:38; 1 Cor. 15:21)

2d There is no mentioned that God has any wives – just the Trinity existed before Creation

3d God declares that He is the only God (Isa. 44:8; 45:5-6, 14)

2b For the Mormon women, it is essential for her to be married to a Mormon man so she can be continually pregnant bearing new souls into existence

3a Teaching #3: God is one of many God’s in the Universe and the God of this world

1b We give homage to Him because He created this world and this part of the universe

2b Other alien races worship their own Gods who are the creators of their worlds and parts of the universe

4a Teaching #4: God’s two eldest sons are Jesus and Satan

1b A council was convened in heaven to determine how to bring about the giving of physical bodies and to remove the guilt of sin in order that man might prove himself worthy to be some day a God

2b The two eldest sons submitted their proposals: Adam-God chose the plan of Jesus

1c Satan became enraged and 1/3 of the spirits in heaven joined him

1d They did ot keep their estate

2d In judgment, God cast them out of heaven, never to receive a body and never to progress further than being a spirit

2c Jesus went on to create the world and Adam-God and his wife Eve created the first bodies of the human race

1d Adam and Eve (Bible says they were created out of the out of the ground – Gen. 2:7, 21-22)

2d Jesus was born of a virgin, the natural offspring of Mary and Adam-God (Matt. 1:18; the Holy Spirit also Luke 2; reminds one of Hercules)

3d Christ lived a normal life, married many wives, and bore many Children – necessary to be a God someday (no mention in Scripture of Christ being married, polygamy, or children – at the cross the only responsibility he had was to Mary His mother)

4d He died on the cross and was resurrected by God

5d He was then deified (Jn. 1:1; 17:5 – He was God before He entered this world and so also Phil. 2)

5a Teaching #5: The Holy Spirit is not another person of the Godhead but is a fluid that God dispenses in varying degrees to varying individuals

6a Teaching #6: Having received their physical bodies, if the individual proves him/herself worthy, a day is coming when we join the other Gods to become a God themselves, create a world and a universe.