REMINDER: MORMONISM IS A SUBCHRISTIAN CULT (PART 2)

Mormons believe there are many gods …

Mormon View:

“How many Gods there are, I do not know. But there never was a time when there were not Gods” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 7:333).

 Christian View:

There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 33:26-27; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 45:5, 21; 46:9; 1 Timothy 2:5).

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Mormons believe the Trinity is composed of three separate gods …

MORMONS HOLD FALSE VIEW OF GOD

Mormon View:

“Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are only one God! I say that is a strange God anyhow—three in one and one in

three__ It would make the biggest God in all the world. He would be a wonder­fully big God—he would be a giant or a monster” (Joseph Smith, Jr., History of the Church 6:476). “I have always declared God to be a dis­tinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods” (Ibid., 6:474).

Christian View:

If we understand that there is more than one god, then there is really no sovereign God. God, if He is to be God at all, by necessity is all powerful, all knowing, and in complete control of the universe. If there were two or more gods, one would possess power and knowledge not held by the other or the many—an idea that negates either as God. The Mormon belief in many gods demon­strates what can happen when one accepts biblical passages that speak of God’s plu­rality, but denies verses that set forth God’s unity. The Trinity of orthodox Chris­tians, which takes into consideration the full counsel of God, is the only logical way to reconcile both kinds of verses.

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MORMONISM'S CIRCLE OF LIES

Mormons believe God the Father is an exalted man (a man who has progressed to godhood) with a body of flesh and bones …

Mormon View:

“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man…. I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in a form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man” (.Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 1973 ed., p. 345). “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also” (D&C 130:22).

Christian View:

The Bible is most explicit in stating that God is not a man (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hosea 11:9). God the Father, the eternal God, is Spirit (Isaiah 55:8-9; 6:1-5; 57:15; Psalm 90:2; 113:5-6; John 4:24; 8:23). Jesus said that a spirit does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).

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Mormons believe neither the Father nor the Son nor the Holy Ghost is omnipresent …

Mormon View:

“The Holy Ghost as a personage of Spirit can no more be omnipresent in person than can the Father or the Son” (Mormon Doctrine, 1977 ed., p. 752).

Christian View:

God is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:24; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).

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Mormons believe God the Father also has a father …

Mormon View:

“The Prophet also taught… that there is ‘a god above the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’… if Jesus had a Father, can we not believe that he had a Father also?” (Mormon Doctrine, 1977 ed., p. 577).

Christian View:

God the Father has always existed as the Father. He had no beginning; He had no father. The term “Father” implies that the Son is subordinate to the Father in func­tion rather than implying that the Father conceived the Son (Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13).

The term “Father” is also used to describe our relationship with God. Scripture often compares our relationship with our perfect Heavenly Father to the way we relate to our earthly, physical fathers (Luke 11:11-13). It must always be kept in mind, however, that the term “Father” is not indicative of gender. God is spirit; hence, He can be neither male nor female.

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Mormons believe God the Father became a God after learning truth, aggressively pursu­ing godhood, and being obedient to the laws of the gospel …

Mormon View:

“God undoubtedly took advantage of every opportunity to learn the laws of truth and as He became acquainted with each new verity He righteously obeyed it. As He gained more knowledge through persistent effort and continuous industry, as well as through absolute obedience, His under­standing of the universal laws continued to become more complete… until He attained the status of Godhood. He became God by absolute obedience to all the eternal laws of the Gospel” (The Gospel Through the Ages, pp. 114-15).

Christian View:

God the Father has always existed as such (Deuteronomy 33:27; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 45:5, 21; 46:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13). As Psalms 90:2 and 93:2 state, God has been God “from eternity to eternity.”

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Mormons believe God the Father has a wife, through whom he procreates spirit children …

Mormon View:

“Implicit in the Christian verity that all men are the spirit children of an Eternal Father is the usually unspoken truth that they are also the offspring of an Eternal Mother. An exalted and glorified Man of Holiness (Moses 6:57) could not be a Father unless a Woman of like glory, perfection, and holiness was associated with him as a Mother” (Mormon Doctrine, 1977 ed., p. 516).

Christian View:

The Godhead determined to make man in their image, not to procreate spirit children (Genesis 1:26). Nowhere does Scripture even hint at the existence of an Eternal Mother.

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Mormons believe God is not a uniquely eternal being. All spirit is self-existent matter and is eternal (with­out beginning or end). Such “matter” (called intelligences) sometimes becomes “organized” into a spirit being through birth to celestial par­ents. Then that spirit is born through human parents on earth. Like all peo­ple, God took this course and eventu­ally reached God­hood …

Mormon View:

“… spirit element has always existed; it is co-eternal with God…. It is also called intelligence…. portions of the self-existent spirit element are born as spirit children, or in other words… is organized into intelligences” (Mormon Doctrine, 1977 ed., p. 751).

“Abraham used the name intelligences to apply to the spirit children of the Eternal Father…. Use of this name designates both the primal element from which the spirit offspring were created and also their inherited capacity to grow in grace … until such intelligences … become like their Father, the Supreme Intelligence” (Ibid., p. 387; see also D&C 93:29, 33; Abraham 3:18-23).

Christian View:

God is not God unless He is all-powerful, all knowing, absolutely in charge. If God exists only as God because of support given from other intelligent forms, He is not God at all (Isaiah 44:6; Romans 3:4; Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13).

Mormons rely heavily on extrabiblical rev­elations to substantiate their concept of God. In this quote from Mormon Doctrine, for example, Abraham is said to have spo­ken of spirit children and eternal spirit matter called “intelligences.” These words come not from the Bible, but from LDS writings (specifically the Book of Abraham, which we have shown to be a fraud) that are allegedly restored truths that were either lost or intentionally removed from the Bible. Such assertions, which serve to undermine the authority of Scripture, have no basis in fact and cannot be proven.

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Mormons believe God would stop being God if intelli­gences stopped sup­porting Him as God …

Mormon View:

“… the universe is filled with vast num­bers of intelligences…. Elohim is God simply because all of these intelligences honor and sustain Him as such…. if He [God] should ever do anything to violate the confidence or ‘sense of justice’ of these intelligences, they would promptly with­draw their support, and the ‘power’ of God would disintegrate” (Former BYU Prof. W. Cleon Skousen, The First 2000 Years, p. 355).

Christian View:

God is unchangingly omnipotent, and no purpose of His can be thwarted. He is not overruled by anyone (Genesis 17:1; Job 36:22-23; 42:2; Isaiah 14:26-27; 40:13-14; Jeremiah 32:27; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Acts 17:24-25; Revelation 19:6).

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