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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)

MORMONISM’S DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL PROGRESSION

WHAT IS ETERNAL PROGRESSION?

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.

OUR UPWARD CLIMB

Mankind’s upward climb occurs in the following sequence:

  1. Existence as intelligent matter.
  2. Taking on a spirit form by being physically begotten by a man who has already progressed to godhood, who then becomes both our Heavenly Father and our God..
  3. Living a spiritual pre-existence in heaven as part of his family until we have progressed as far as we can, in our first estate.
  4. Taking on a body of flesh and bone by being born into the family of mortal parents and living a mortal probation on earth.
  5. After death, assignment to either paradise or spirit prison where we await (the second) resurrection.
  6. Next is judgment, after which we are assigned to one of three degrees of glory (or outer darkness) depending on what we merit.
  7. At this stage those who have fulfilled all the requirements of the Mormon gospel and have gained sufficient knowledge will be translated to godhood. They will spend eternity breeding spirit children with their goddess wives through the normal reproductive process, so as to populate worlds of their own. The remainder will spend eternity in a celibate, unmarried state, as ministering angelic beings.

“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 & Covenants 132:17).
“… 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 TRAVELLED THE SAME PATH

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.

ONLY ONE GOD HAS EVER EXISTED

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).

CONCLUSION

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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