Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
Eternal progression is the basic doctrine on which all Mormon teachings rest. (They call it a law.) The starting point is intelligent matter. The ultimate is godhood. God, Christ, man, the angels and the demons all shared the same origins and possessed the same potential:
“The mind or the intelligence which man possesses is
co-equal with God himself …” (Teachings of
the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding
Smith, page 353, Deseret Book Company, June, 1989)
“God and man are of the same race, differing only in their degree of advancement.” (Mormon Apostle, Dr. John Widtsoe [1872-1952], Gospel Through the Ages,; Milton R. Hunter, page 107)
Those who reach their fullest potential (through Mormonism), will be exalted to godhood.
Mankind’s upward climb occurs in the following sequence:
“For these angels did not abide my law; therefore
they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly,
without exaltation, in their saved condition to all
eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels
of God forever and ever.” (Doctrine &
“… and they [fully saved Mormons] shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fullness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever. Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.” (Doctrine & Covenants 132:19-20).
The LDS God progressed in exactly the same manner as we are doing. At one stage he too lived on a planet as an ordinary man, where he worshipped his own God (who had also previously been His biological Heavenly Father). Then he earned his right to salvation and was exalted to godhood through obedience to the same laws and ordinance that exist in the LDS church today.
“The [Heavenly] Father is a glorified, perfected
resurrected, exalted man who worked out his own salvation
by obedience to the same laws he has given to us so that we
may do the same.” (LDS Apostle Bruce McConkie, in
A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, page 64)
“… And you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God the same as all Gods have done before you.” (Journal of Discourses 6:4; Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, page 346).
Eternal progression provides for myriads of gods throughout the universe.
Amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls was a complete copy of the book of Isaiah, written in the square form of the letter. This dated it to 200 years before Christ. So it was the same version of Isaiah that Christ had used. He accepted it as being accurate. And it agrees with our modern day translations.
“… 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).
Not only does eternal progression embrace a totally different belief system to that taught by the Bible; it opposes all of its major tenets. Consequently, when it was adopted as the foundational doctrine of the LDS church, Mormonism became an exclusive religion, standing all on its own.
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