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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 GOD OF ETERNAL PROGRESSION

INTRODUCTION

The name of the Mormon God is Elohim. He originally existed in the form of intelligent matter. In due time he took on a spirit form. This was achieved by being born into the heavenly family of a more advanced being, who had already progressed from intelligent matter all the way through to godhood.

Elohim’s next step was to take on a human, mortal body on a planet similar to our earth by being born to human parents. Then through obedience to the same laws and ordinances that Mormons live by, he earned his own salvation and the right to be exalted to godhood. He presently has a body of flesh and bone and lives a married life on a planet near Kolob. Just as he had been sired by his own God, so he sired Christ, Lucifer, the angelic beings, and all of mankind … in spirit form. Then we too took on human bodies. And so the cycle of eternal progression continues. (Links to fully referenced articles on the LDS God and on eternal progression are provided at the end of this page.)

As you can see, the Mormon God bears no resemblance to the God of the Bible. And eternal progression opposes all the major biblical doctrines.

GOD’S REVELATION OF HIMSELF

Because of our limitations it is beyond our abilities to comprehend the One who created us. So in His revelation of Himself God has used terms, figures and illustrations that are familiar to us, to enable us to understand as much about Him as is possible. (A link to an article on the Biblical God is also provided at the end of this page.)

God revealed Himself to Moses supernaturally through a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire (Exodus 3:3-6). And in verse 14 He spoke right out of the midst of the fire. This indicated that His existence was unaffected by any force or element, no matter how powerful or destructive. And by telling Moses that His name was “I AM” He indicated that He always exists in the here and now. In other words He is not subject to the dimension of time. The fire out of which He spoke was self-sustaining and did not vary in intensity, indicating that He is both self-existing and eternally unchanging. James describes Him in 1:17 of his epistle as “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.”

The Bible reveals from start to finish that God is absolutely holy, righteous, just, loving, merciful, good, knowledgeable, wise and powerful. Although all else around us may change, fall away or fail us, we can always rely on the fact that He has never changed and never ever will do so. And nor will His word. Consequently, we need have no reservations when it comes to believing and relying upon everything He has told us (c/f 1 Peter 1:25).

Albert Barnes was proficient in ancient languages. In the 1870s he wrote a commentary on the whole of the Bible. Its excellence is such that it is still widely used today. (It goes under the name of Barnes’s Notes.) Because of his expertise, we can rest assured that he wasn’t dependent on the translating abilities of others. He knew the original languages of the Bible firsthand. The following is a quote from one of his books, entitled The Atonement:

“God is unchangeable. In Him there is no ‘variableness, neither shadow of turning.’ … The welfare of the universe depends on the fact that God is unchangeable; for the very moment that the idea should be admitted that He has changed or could change, all confidence in the stability of the universe would be gone; all confidence in Him, His truth, His justice, His mercy, would cease forever. (The Atonement, HTML Version, Chapter 7)

THE CHANGING GOD OF MORMONISM

In bringing God down to a level that was within the scope of his own limited understanding, Joseph Smith made Him like one of us. LDS scriptures repeatedly reveal him as having the traits of a fallen man. His ideas of right and wrong change like the fashions. On the one hand he condemns lying (BOM 2 Nephi 9:3, Ether 3:12, then on the other other hand he tells Abraham to lie (POGP Abraham 2:22-24). He declares consistently throughout the entire Book of Mormon that polygamy is wicked and an abomination in His sight; but later on in Doctrine & Covenants he commands Mormon men to practice “the everlasting covenant of polygamy” … and threatens them that if they do not do so they will be damned (Doctrine & Covenants 132). He not only moves the goalposts for sin and righteousness, but he reverses them and calls the good bad and the bad good.

That is not who God is. Joseph Smith has a far lower concept of God than he should have, and a higher opinion of man.

THE BIBLICAL GOD’S SUPERIORITY

When God created the universe, He did so in an orderly fashion. Nothing happened by chance. He put into place all that was needed for its governance, such as the laws of motion and gravity and so on. Because He created and controls the dimensions of time and space, He is not bound by them as we are. And because He is Spirit (John 4:24) His presence is everywhere simultaneously; permeating the entire universe. He hears all of our prayers. And nothing that happens ever escapes His notice.

“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)

On the other hand, the Mormon God has a body of flesh and bone and can only be in one place at a time (c/f Journal of Discourses 6:345, The Articles of Faith, LDS Apostle James Talmage, page 39). And as the universe had already been created when he became a mortal man, Joseph Smith said that in creating the earth he merely re-arranged already existing matter with the assistance of pre-existent men (c/f Pearl of Great Price, Abraham 3:22-24).

Yet the prophet Isaiah declares that without assistance or guidance from any source, God measured out the span of the heavens and calculated the dust of the earth as well as the weight of the hills and the mountains. He also created the stars and knows every one of them by name. It is impossible to plumb the depths of His knowledge, wisdom and understanding (Isaiah 40:12-31). He goes on to say that God has no equal and that no one has ever had to teach Him knowledge or justice. These traits are part of His very being.

Bear in mind that an entire copy of the Book of Isaiah was discovered amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was dated one or two centuries prior to Christ and it agrees with our modern versions.

In chapters 38-40 of his book, Job discusses the fact that God laid the foundations of the earth and set boundaries for the sea, to keep it in its place. He created light, as well as all the processes that bring us rain, hail, snow, dew and so on. He also created the laws that provide for the influence of the heavens upon the earth. And let us not forget the amazing animals and creatures Job mentions, each one of which is a marvel in itself, with different gestation periods and so on, to exactly suit their needs.

Then there is also something Job didn’t go into —the amazing, intricate DNA that governs and determines the attributes of every living creature. Our most brilliant scientists cannot do more than scratch the surface in their attempts to unravel the complexities of the creation of DNA.

The fact that God created countless men who are geniuses in their own field indicates that He Himself must be an even greater genius in every one of those fields.

Yet Joseph Smith maintains that an ordinary fallen, mortal man, through obedience to LDS laws and ordinances, progressed to the stage where he became the Mormon God of eternal progression????

What is just as unbelievable, is that God didn’t reveal this to anyone … ever … throughout the ages, until He decided to favour Joseph Smith alone with the knowledge of who He really is. And even then He waited until April, 1844 fourteen years after the LDS church had been established. Up until then the Mormons worshipped a different God. You can read all about that by following the link below:

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