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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)

THE CHRIST OF THE MORMON GOSPEL

Mormonism’s foundational doctrine is eternal progression. It opposes all the major doctrines of the Bible, including those on Christ (c/f Mormonism’s Doctrine of Eternal Progression).

John 1:1 tells us that Christ (the Word) was God in the beginning, i.e. before anything and everything else. But in the beginning the Mormon Christ existed as intelligent matter. His next step was to take on a spirit form by being born into the family of God the Heavenly Father and one of His wives, through the normal method of procreation. Then Lucifer, all of the angelic beings and the entire human race followed that same route and became His younger siblings. So as well as having the same origins as we did, Christ was our biological brother in a prior heavenly existence. (Prior to that, God the Father had followed the same route of progression himself. He has his own God, who also has a God who has a God, and so on.)

After he had attained sufficient intelligence, the Mormon Christ became a God, but without the fullness of godhood (c/f Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual, chapter 4, page 10). Their law of eternal progression requires the taking on of a physical body and living an earthly existence in obedience to LDS laws and ordinances in order to gain eternal life and godhood (c/f The LDS Version of Eternal Life). So Christ still had to conform to those requirements if He was to gain the fullness:

“The Savior did not have a fulness at first, but after he received his body and the resurrection all power was given unto him both in heaven and in earth. Although he was a God, even the Son of God, with power and authority to create this earth and other earths, yet there were some things lacking which he did not receive until after his resurrection. In other words he had not received the fulness until he got a resurrected body.” (Doctrines of Salvation Volume 1, page 22, Joseph Fielding Smith, compiled by Bruce R. McConkie, Bookcraft 1954-56).

This claim is contradicted by the Bible:

“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8, KJV)

The excuse the LDS gives for the vast difference between the Mormon gospel and what the Bible teaches, is that the Bible has been incorrectly translated and has missing portions. However, they have never been able to provide any proof to back up this serious allegation (c/f Corruption of the Bible is an LDS Smokescreen).

The reality is that Mormonism was never intended to be biblical. Its doctrines originated in the mind of Joseph Smith. Robert Millet, the well known Mormon apologist and former Dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, puts it this way:

“… the Bible is not the source of our doctrine or our authority, nor is much to be gained through trying to “prove” the truthfulness of the restored gospel from the Bible.” (Getting at the Truth: Responding to Difficult Questions about LDS Beliefs, Kindle version, by Robert L. Millet.)

THE CHRIST OF THE BIBLE

The Christ of the Bible was God from the beginning (c/f Understanding the Trinity). In Him was life, and He created everything that has been created:

“In the beginning was the Word [Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life …” (John 1:1-4, KJV c/f Colossians 1:16-17, Revelation 9:13).

The Bible sometimes uses the word world as a collective noun to describe all those who live in the world. The next two verses make it clear that Christ created the inhabitants of the world, i.e. the whole of mankind:.

“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:10-11, KJV)

The LDS attempts to detract from the enormity of who Christ is by teaching that in their pre-existence various members of the human race assisted Him in the creation of the earth, including Adam. Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Peter, James and John, and Joseph Smith (c/f Mormon Doctrine page 169, Bruce R. McConkie; POGP Abraham 3:22-24; Doctrines of Salvation Volume 1, Joseph Fielding Smith, pages 74-75).

However, through the use of rhetorical questions, God’s prophet Isaiah makes it clear that the Jehovah God (whom the LDS teaches was Jesus Christ) created the heavens and the earth without any assistance from anyone else:

“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord [Jehovah], or being his counsellor hath taught him? 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? … To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.” (Isaiah 40:12-14, 25, KJV)

And the book of Colossians follows up by confirming that Christ created everything in the heavens and the earth:

“For by Him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church.” (Colossians 1:16-18, KJV)

Note that all things consist, or are held together, by Christ. His might and power are beyond our comprehension.

GOD IN CHRIST

Genesis 3 reveals that fallen man had opted for self-rule, and in so doing had cast aside his once intimate fellowship with His Creator. But God did not turn His back on us. Instead He made His first of many promises of a coming Messiah who would deliver us from Satan’s power (c/f Genesis 3:15).

God had created us for Himself, so that we could reflect His glory. And He wants us to return to Him, not out of fear or compulsion, but because we genuinely love and honour Him. He is all too aware that true love cannot be won by force or fear. So He selflessly came to earth to win us back by the greatest demonstration of love and self-sacrifice the world has ever seen.

He who had existed in the form of God, took on human flesh and became a man:

“[Christ] who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:6-7, KJV, c/f BOM Mosiah 15:1-4 and Alma 18:26-29)

Christ enabled us to more clearly understand the nature of God. As we meditate on the incarnation, we are amazed to discover that in spite of who He is, God is humble. It took genuine humility to lay aside the glories of heaven, limit Himself to a human body in Christ, and live as one of us in a fallen world of sin, suffering and shame. He knew all too well that He would be exposing Himself to rejection, hatred and ridicule, as well as indescribable physical suffering and pain. But He bore all that and more, for our sake (c/f Why Was the Cross Necessary?).

If we want to restore a relationship, we have to be prepared to bear the consequences of the sins that the one whom we are forgiving has committed against us. Otherwise the relationship can never be fully restored. And Christ demonstrated in an unforgettable and graphic manner, the ultimate cost of God’s forgiveness of our sins against Him, on that cross at Calvary (c/f The Glory of God in Christ Jesus).

The cross is a picture of God’s amazing love for fallen man:

“ … God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them …” (2 Corinthians 5:19, KJV)
“We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19, KJV)
“… the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28, KJV)

Here are a few more relevant scriptures:

“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)
“…I give unto them eternal life … I and my Father are one.” (John 10:27-30, KJV)
“… I am in the Father, and the Father in me …” (John 14:9-11, KJV)

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