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The Nature of God vs. Mormonism

Written by: Computers for Christ    Posted on: 05/02/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

                        THE NATURE OF GOD

    There is but ONE GOD. The BIBLE states that there has been, and presently is, and always will be only ONE GOD. History and the BIBLE show that the Jewish people always believed in ONE GOD of the UNIVERSE. The Jewish nation; However, was lured, time and time again, into going after "other gods" that were worshipped by the people surrounding Israel. That was the sin GOD hated and punished them for practicing. (Jeremiah 2:11 11:9-13 19:13)     In direct contrast, MORMONISM has a basic belief in many gods. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost (in Mormonism) are three separate gods. There were gods before them and will be gods to follow: "If we should take a million worlds like this and number their particles, we should find that there are more gods than there are particles of matter in those worlds." JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES, Vol 2, page 345 [Feb 1855] Orson Pratt     "Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are only one God. I say that is a strange God, anyhow - Three in one and one in three. It is a curious organization ... all are to be crammed into one God, according to sectarianism. It would make the biggest God in all the world ... he would be a giant or a monster." TEACHING OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH, page 372; HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, Vol 6, page 476     "In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods, and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it." JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES, JOSEPH SMITH, Vol 6, page 5; HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, Vol 6, page 308

    Mormons will say they worship only one God; But, whether they worship them or not, believing in the valid existence of many gods -- of the same authority and reality of the one God -- makes you a polytheist!     False Prophets have always led the people of history (and the current peoples of the earth) to go after other gods (Deuteronomy 13:1 to 13). God's strongest wrath was then and is now upon people who worship or believe in other gods (Jeremiah 16:10 to 13 and 22:8 & 9).     Mormonism teaches that "Father God" is married and has many wives: "In the heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each of whom has his own wife or wives, which were given to him previous to his redemption while yet in his mortal state." THE SEER, Orson Pratt, page 37     Look up John 10:34 used by Mormons to justify a belief in "many Gods". Jesus, there, is quoting Psalm 82 in which the judges were referred to as "gods" -- but were wicked and unjust and "die like all men".     Anytime the word "gods" occur in the BIBLE it must be verified in context as referring to the idols, satanic princes or counterfeit gods - (Isaiah 41:23 and 24 and 45:20).

    IN CONTRAST The BIBLE states throughout there is but ONE GOD! Look up these verses:

ISAIAH 43:10-11  "Before me NO god was formed, nor after"       44: 6-8  "I am the first and the last, beside me no                 other"       45: 5-6  "I am the Lord, and there is no other"       45:18-22  "HE created the heavens and earth-there is no                 other" DEUT    6:4      "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord"       32:39    "There is no god beside me" PSALM  86:10    "Thou alone art God" MARK  12:29    "Jesus said, the Lord our God is one; no other" GAL    3:20    "God is one" JAMES  2:19    "You believe God is one - you do well" EPH    4:5-6    "One God and Father of us all" I COR  8:4-6    "There is no god but me"

    GOD IS INFINITE: The BIBLE states that God has always been the same from all time in eternity past and does not change. In direct opposition to this, the Mormon Church has the basic belief that God was once a man, with many gods before Him and many gods to come after Him. They further believe that God is progressing to higher levels of power and ability: "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens ... it is necessary that we should understand the character and being of God, and how He came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and will take away the veil, so that you may see ... he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth the same as Jesus Christ did. "TEACHINGS OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH, page 345; JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES Vol 6, page 3; HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, Vol 6, page 305     "As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become." THE GOSPEL THROUGH THE AGES, Milton R. Hunter, pages 105 & 106     "Our Eternal Father has attained His position of exaltation and Godhood by obedience to the great law of progression ... was once a mortal man who passed through a school of earth-life similar to that which we are now passing." THE GOSPEL THROUGH THE AGES, Milton R. Hunter, pages 12 & 104     "Through modern revelations we learn that the universe is filled with vast numbers of intelligences, and we further learn that Elohim is God simply because all of these intelligences honor and sustain him as such --- But God acquired the honor and sustaining influence of 'all things'. It follows as a corrolary that if He should ever do anything to violate the confidence of 'sense of justice' of these intelligences, they would promptly withdraw their support, and the 'power' of God would disintegrate --- He would cease to be God. Our Heavenly Father can do only those things which the intelligences under Him are voluntarily willing to support Him in accomplishing." THE FIRST 2000 YEARS, W. Cleon Skousen *,pages 355,356 *=FREEMEN INSTITUTE PRESIDENT & B.Y.U. Professor

    Mormonism teaches that God is confined to a body of flesh and bones. He is at a particular place at a particular time. The Mormon "god" is a SMALL "god". You can have tremendous faith in a god - BUT, if that god is not THE GOD, then all that tremendous faith is meaningless. Elijah once challenged the priests of "another god" to start a fire, and the "god" who was able to do so would be recognized as THE GOD. The priests for this wooden idol, with great faith and efforts prayed and prayed to their god to bring down fire to prove his godhood. Elijah even became somewhat sarcastic when he asked a rhetorical question of "Maybe your god is asleep? Maybe you should cry out louder to wake him up?". After all these efforts, nothing happened! It didn't matter if the priest and believers of that "god" had a great faith because the OBJECT of that faith was incapable of fulfilling the promise of that faith. The ONE and TRUE GOD fulfills our prayers.     "If God possesses a form, that form is of necessity of definite proportions, and therefore of limited extension and space. It is impossible for Him to occupy at one time more than one space of such limits." ARTICLES OF FAITH, James E. Talmage, pages 42 and 43     "I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other -'This is my Beloved Son. Hear Him!" PEARL OF GREAT PRICE, Joseph Smith 2:17     "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's. DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, 130, v:22     "God himself is increasing in knowledge, power, and dominion and will do so, worlds without end." JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES,Prophet Wilford Woodruff, Vol 6, Pg 120     "We were begotten by our Father in heaven; the person of our Father in Heaven was begotten on a previous heavenly world by His Father; and again, He was begotten by still a more ancient Father ...." THE SEER, Orson Pratt, Page 132

    The BIBLE states throughout that GOD IS INFINITE! We ask that you look up these proofs:     II CHRONICLES 6:18  "Heaven and the Heaven of Heavens cannot                         contain thee."     PSALM 41:13 (90:2)  "God is from everlasting to everlasting"     PSALM 102:25-27    "created heavens, always the same                         without end"     PSALM 139:4-8      "Omniscient and Omnipresent"     JEREMIAH 23:24      "I fill heaven and earth"     HOSEA 11:9          "I am God, and not man"     MALACHI 4:39        "I do not change"     NEHEMIAH 9:6        "made Heaven, Heaven of Heavens and all                         their host"     PROVERBS 15:3      "His eyes in every place"     ACTS 17:27          "He is not far from each of us"     JOHN 4:24          "God is Spirit"     LUKE 24:39          "A Spirit has not flesh and bones"     HEBREWS 4:13        "All things opened unto His eyes"     I JOHN 4:12        "No man has seen God at any time"     I TIMOTHY 6:15      "No man has seen, nor can see ..."     JOHN 1:18          "No man has seen God at any time"     EXODUS 33:20        "There shall be no man see me and live"

    It is clear that the BIBLE refutes the Mormon church's claims and the claims of its prophets and leaders in a most specific manner.     Brigham Young, second Prophet and President of the Mormon Church taught that ADAM was "our Father and our God...": "When our father Adam came into the Garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him ... He is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do ... When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten Him in His own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family ...." JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES, Vol 1, page 50, April 9,1852     "I have learned by experience that there is but one God that pertains to this people, and He is the God that pertains to this earth - the first man. That first man sent His own Son to redeem the world ..." JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES, Vol 4, pg 1, June 29, 1856 Prophet & President Heber C. Kimball     "How much unbelief exist in the minds of the Latter-Day Saints in regard to a particular doctrine which I revealed to them, and which God revealed to me -- namely, that Adam is our Father and our God ... Our Father, Adam helped to make this earth, it was created expressly for him ... He brought one of his wives with him, and she was called Eve ... Our Father Adam is the man who stands at the gate and holds the keys of everlasting life and salvation to all his children.." DESERET NEWS, June 18,1873: Discourse by Prophet and President Brigham Young

    Today, the Mormon Church adamantly denies the "ADAM-GOD" doctrine taught, and as seen above, and affirmed by "Prophet" Brigham Young. There is overwhelming evidence that he did teach, believed and strongly defended this belief. By any, reasonable, interpretation of the BIBLE, Brigham Young must be classified as a FALSE PROPHET (see Deuteronomy 13:1 to 10 and 18:20 to 22 - also Jeremiah 23:16 to 17) ADAM is not OUR god and NEVER will be!     The BIBLE states: "... then the Lord God formed man of dust from the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7)     GOD is ONE and ETERNALLY the same. Creator of the Heavens and the Earth ... All powerful, all knowing, all present. Despite the fact that HE is INFINITE, he knows every hair on our heads and has a plan for each of our lives (John 3:16 & 10:10). It is far better to have a small faith in THE TRUE GOD of the universe than to have a great faith in a small, counterfeit god.     One should keep in mind that faith in a "counterfeit" god is really no more than a misplaced faith in the false prophet and the teaching of a false Prophet. Remember - a counterfeit - to be called a counterfeit - must "resemble" the GENUINE item. If there are many "counterfeit" gods, then there must be a REAL GOD, and HE is found in the scriptures and in everything that surrounds us.

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