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Mormonism and Eternal Truth

Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
(Henri-Frederic Amiel)

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLICAL GOD

GOD’S SELF-REVELATION

Common sense tells us that the being who created us would have had to have been far superior to us in every way. If truth be told, our finite intellects would not have the ability to stretch far enough to envisage such a being. The only way we would be able to gain even a basic understanding of Him would be if He chose to reveal to us as much of Himself to us as we could grasp. And He has done just that, firstly through the Old Testament prophets and then lastly through His living Word who became flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” (Hebrews 1:1,2, KJV) (c/f Hebrews 1:3).

ONLY ONE GOD

God is unique. He is the only deity who has ever existed. He was the first and will be the last. The first means before anything else, and the last means after everything else.

“… I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.” (Isaiah 46:9, KJV).
“… Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” (Isaiah 43:10, KJV)
“… I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6, KJV).

A study of idolatry will reveal that behind every other so-called god stands that great deceiver, Satan.

An entire copy of the book of Isaiah was discovered amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was written in the square form of the letter, which dates it two centuries before Christ. So it was the same version from which Christ quoted. And it agrees with our modern translations, including those of the above verses.

GOD IS SPIRIT

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that God is Spirit (John 4:24). He also said that a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Paul said that God is immortal and no man can see Him as He really is because He is surrounded by unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16).

“… Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:20, KJV)
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18, KJV)

However, Moses and the elders saw Him (Exodus 24:9-10). And Isaiah had a vision of Him in the temple (Isaiah 6:1). This indicates that God can manifest Himself in a visible form. And we know that a spirit can manifest itself in a bodily form because John the Baptist saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove on Jesus (Matthew 3:16). Nevertheless these appearances of God are not His essence, but manifestations of Him.

GOD IS OMNIPRESENT

Because God is Spirit, His presence is unlimited. It fills the universe.

“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:24, KJV)
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3, KJV)
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” (1 Kings, 8:27, KJV)

GOD IS ETERNAL

God is not a created being. His existence as God had no beginning and will have no end because He is self-existing. He always has been deity eternally. He is the first cause, the creator, the source, the origin and sustainer of everyone and everything that exists.

“ the Father hath life in himself.” (John 5:26, KJV).
“… with thee is the fountain of life.” (Psalm 36:9. KJV).
“… From everlasting to everlasting Thou art God (Psalm 90:2, KJV).

God always has been, and always will be pre-eminent. James described Him as “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (James 1:17). Stuart Briscoe amplified James’s statement in this way:

“When the sun is at its peak at midday directly overhead, there are no shadows. As it moves across the sky, so shadows start appearing and shifting. However, God is always at a shadowless peak, without rising or setting, beginning or ending. He doesn’t revolve around anything else, but is always central and supreme.”

God is eternally unchanging. Although all else may be subject to change and decay, neither He nor His Word will ever change.

“For I am the Lord, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6, KJV)
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” (Isaiah 40:8, KJV)
“Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89, KJV)

GOD IS INFINITE

That God is infinite, means that He isn’t subject to, or bound by anything, not even the dimensions of time and space. He created time and space, so they are subject to Him. As He has no human limitations, the wonder of who He is and of His infinite abilities, is beyond our comprehension.

GOD IS OMNIPOTENT

This means that there is nothing that God cannot do, and that all of His creation is subject to His will.

“…with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26, KJV)
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1, KJV)

GOD IS OMNISCIENT

That God is omniscient means that absolute knowledge is part of His very Being, whether it be past, present or future. He is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-wise. Unlike the LDS God He hasn’t had to learn anything or to gain any experience in order to fathom things out.

“With whom took He counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and shewed to Him the way of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:14, KJV)

Nothing ever takes Him by surprise. His knowledge of past, present and future is perfect and true. Just as His Person is the “I Am” so His knowledge “is.” He exists in the dimension of eternity and is the author and creator of time, so to Him the past, present and future are all equally clear. His omniscience explains why His prophecies are always fulfilled.

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done …” (Isaiah 46:10 KJV)

GOD IS HOLY

God is and always has been morally perfect, absolutely pure and free from sin and defilement. His holiness manifests itself in a hatred of and opposition to all that is sinful, wrong or unrighteous. It also makes Him want to save others from sin so that they can be holy too.

GOD IS LOVE

God’s love isn’t anything like our idea of love. It’s an unconditional commitment to our well being even to His own hurt. We don’t have to earn His love. He doesn’t love us for who we are or for what we can do for Him. He loves us because of His qualities and goodness, because of who He is. And when we become aware of His wondrous and undeserved love for us, we respond by loving Him too:

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, KJV).
“We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19, KJV)

GOD’S WRATH OR ANGER

Because sin is the cause of all the suffering in the world, a righteous God must ultimately bring about the destruction of all that is sinful. Yet His great, unselfish love compelled Him to provide a way to save us from this fate. But those who scorn Christ’s infinite sacrifice will eventually face God’s judgment and experience His wrath.

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19, KJV)
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36, KJV)

GOD’S JUDGMENT OF HELL

Those who don’t want to cast aside their independence and prideful self-reliance so that God can have His way with them in this life would hardly want to do so in the next. So God does not force salvation on anyone. We have a choice … an eternity with God in heaven, or an eternity separated from Him and all He stands for, in what is termed hell.

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