By Sharon Lindbloom The following was originally printed in the November-December 2013 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. For several hours each night before the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah, music is broadcast over loudspeakers. One might hear popular Mormon songs like Come, Come Ye Saints (a pioneer song) or […]
In its fifth essay of a series published on lds.org meant to explain hard teachings, the issues of godhood and new worlds are discussed. “Becoming Like God” was first published on 2/25/2014, with the doctrines of preexistence and exaltation serving as the focal points. We have reprinted this entire article, with our commentary scattered throughout. Can the information in this article be supported by the Bible? Is what is written here corroborated by other LDS leaders and manuals?
During 2014, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The text that is underlined is from the manual, with our comments following.
When it comes to the origin of the universe, there are important differences between biblical Christianity and Mormonism. According to Chrsitianity, God created matter by His spoken word. Mormonism’s leaders disagree, saying matter has always exsited. Let’s contrast the viewpoints to see which one makes better sense according to the Bible and Christian history.
Trinity. Three separate gods: the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost make up the Mormon godhead. They are “one God” only in the sense that they are united in the attributes of perfection. “Each occupies space and is and can be in but one place at one time, but each has power and influence that is everywhere […]
By Aaron Shafovaloff
“As man is God once was, as God is man may be.”
Many non-Mormons make the mistake of either stereotyping Mormons as those who firmly believe in the entirety of the Lorenzo Snow couplet or over-generalizing Mormonism as strongly abandoning the belief. Based on the collective experience of myself and those in the ministry with me, here are some thoughts on the issue that I hope will be helpful to anyone trying to sort this out.
The Mormon doctrine of God is not the same as the historic Christian view. It holds that God and man are essentially of the same human species, and that God the Father is fundamentally a material being with a body of flesh and bones. He is not uniquely self-existent, transcendent, or eternal. Neither is he truly the creator of all things, for he is one among potentially billions in a genealogy of Gods, and does not even have the ability to create matter.
By Bill McKeever
The ability to attain godhood in the next life is one of the more unique (and blasphemous) teachings associated with Joseph Smith and the LDS Church he founded. Brigham Young mixed no words when he said,
By Bill McKeever
It was fifth LDS President Lorenzo Snow who coined the expression, “As man is God once was, as God is, man may be” (Articles of Faith, pg. 430). If there was ever an area of proof to show that Mormonism and biblical Christianity is incompatible, this phrase would seem to erase all doubt. Mormon leaders have stated that Elohim (God the Father), as a mortal on some distant planet similar to Earth, went through the same struggles as present-day humans in order to obtain his Godhood.