This week I’ve worked on the lesson for our class on the Mormon view of their gods. The word “gods” in the previous statement is intentionally lower case, because I do not believe they worship the true God and intentionally plural because as Walter Martin says the Mormon religion is polytheistic. As I was studying, I kept thinking about Isaiah’s view of God when he said in Isa.6:
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
and the Apostle John’s vision in Rev 1:
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, . . . . .
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
How can we not worship and fear?
When I look at the Biblical encounters with the true God and the abject fear and reverence these enconters elicited from Isaiah and John, I can hardly bear to quote Joseph Smith when he says:
When the Savior shall appear we shall see him as he is. We shall see that he is a man like ourselves. . . . .The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also. . . . .Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; 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.
and by James Talmage, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
In spite of the opposition of the sects, in the face of direct charges of blasphemy, the Church proclaims the eternal truth: “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be.”
We have to evaluate to understand
But we have to look at these divergent viewpoints and understand the falseness of the Mormon view of God because unless people come to know the true God, revealed in Jesus Christ, they will spend eternity separated from Him.
This week we will go over some of the basics of the Mormon view about God and then we will spend several weeks looking at the Biblical view. During this time we’ll look at their view that men can become gods, we’ll examine the idea that the persons of the godhead are physical persons and that the father and son had beginnings; we’ll look at the Biblical view of the Trinity in contrast; we’ll look at God’s attributes and the confusing changes the Mormon church has made in their view of god.
This is an incredibly important study and one we want to approach with prayer and humility, not only to understand the Mormon church, but because:
What comes into our minds when we think about God,
is the most important thing about us.
Join us on Sunday morning, 9 am in Room 207 and bring a friend!