MANY GODS, MANY SAVIORS?
The following was published in the Mormon Church magazine New Era April 1971:
"Long before our God began his creations, he dwelt on a mortal world like ours, one of the creations that his Father had created for him and his brethren. He, with many of his brethren, was obedient to the principles of the eternal gospel. One among these, it is presumed, was a savior for them, and through him they obtained a resurrection and an exaltation on an eternal, celestial world. Then they gained the power and godhood of their Father and were made heirs of all that he had, continuing his works and creating worlds of their own for their own posterity—the same as their Father had done before, and his Father, and his Father, and on and on. With these things in mind, W. W. Phelps, in a hymn, asks the question:
“If you could hie to Kolob
In the twinkling of an eye,
With that same speed to fly,
D’ye think that you could ever,
Through all eternity,
Find out the generation
Where Gods began to be?”
The Mormon View of the Godhead:
- One of many gods (Pearl of Great Price, Abraham 4:1; the rest of the chapter & chapter 5; Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by Joseph F. Smith, p. 370-371).
- Progressive-has not always been a god (Articles of Faith by J. Talmage p. 430; Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by Joseph F. Smith, p. 347-348).
- An exalted man (The Life of Lorenzo Snow by Dr. Thomas C. Romney p. 46; Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie pp. 321; 589).
- Has a flesh & bone body (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie p. 589; Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by Joseph F. Smith, p. 181; 312).
- One of many gods (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie, pp. 576-577).
- Progressive, Jesus has not always been a god (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by Joseph F. Smith, p. 347-348).
- Spirit-brother of Lucifer (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie pp. 92, 164, 193, 590; Gospel Through the Ages, by Milton R. Hunter p.15).
- Not born of a virgin birth (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie pp. 546-547; 742; Doctrines of Salvation Vol. 1 p. 18).
- Cannot atone for all sins (Journal of Discourses Vol. 3 p. 247 Vol. 4 p. 50, 54).
- The Holy Ghost to Mormons is "a personage of Spirit" but not the same as the "Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is "likened to electricity...which fills the earth and air..." emanating from Heavenly Father (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed., pp. 61-62; Mormon Doctrine, p. 752-753).
- A separate god from the Father and the Son (Mormon Doctrine, p. 358, 753).
- The Holy Ghost has no physical body. Strangely, it "has not been revealed" to the LDS Church why this god did not have to have a physical body to advance into a god even though this is said to be a requirement for "exaltation."
If there are indeed more than one God, as Mormonism teaches, which one is the "wise" God? The Apostle Paul declared in I Timothy 1:17...
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
Is the Mormon Jesus "unwise?" The Holy Ghost? Only the doctrine of the Trinity could enable Paul to make this declaration without insulting the other members of the Godhead! The Trinity can be explained as the following:
There is only one God, and this one God exists as one essence in three Persons. The three Persons are God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit (also called the Holy Ghost).
The three are called "Persons" because they relate to each other in personal ways. Each member is self-aware, can speak, can love, hate, can say "you" "yours" "me" and "mine." The Trinity is NOT 1 God in 3 Gods, or 3 Persons in 1 Person, or 3 Persons in 3 Gods, or 1 Person in 3 Gods...instead, the Trinity is
1 God in 3 Persons.
God is not 1+1+1= 3 (Mormonism)
God is 1X1X1= 1 (Christianity)
The Illustration of time:
There is time past, present & future. There are not three times, only one!
The Illustration of H2O:
There is ice, water & steam. There is not three H2Os, only one!
Note: The word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, but it is used to express the teaching about God that is found in the Bible. The term "Trinity" was first used in A.D. 168 by Theophilus, sixth Bishop of Antioch Syria, in his work Refutation of Autolycus. In a similar way, the term "Incarnation" is not found in the Bible, but Christians use it as a one-word summary of a Biblical teaching - that Jesus was God in the flesh.
Why we believe in the Trinity
The Bible teaches the following about God...
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 8; 45:5).
"I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me" (Isaiah 45:5).
The Father is God (I Corinthians 1:3; 8:6; Ephesians 4:4-6).
The Son is God (John 1:1-5, 14; John 10:30-33; John 20:28).
The Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 3:16-17).
Does Heavenly Father have a body of flesh and bones? After Peter declared that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, Christ said "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 16:17). Jesus doesn't consider the Father to be a being of flesh! In fact He declared to the Samaritan woman: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).