Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CGtM: The God Father Part 2

Before I begin this post, I feel I have to make a disclaimer to all members of the LDS church who might be reading my blog.  I do not write in a spirit of contention or mockery.  I realize that speaking about the fundamentals of your religion is walking a very fine line.  I only wish to spread the truth of the Gospel of Christ.  My beliefs and the beliefs of Biblical Christianity are different than the beliefs of the LDS church, and I only ask that you read with an open mind, or at the very least, without the spirit of contention yourselves.  Please feel free to comment and discuss with me.
In Part 1 of “CGtM: The God Father”, I explained the core differences between the God/s of Mormonism and the God of Christianity.  In this post, I’m going to go a little more in depth into Mormon scripture and the doctrine of God the Father.
                If you go back to Part 1, you’ll see that I did not use a single verse from the Book of Mormon to support the current Mormon doctrine of God the Father.  This is because there is no such verse.  Concerning a plurality of Gods, the Book of Mormon has this to say: Alma 11:26-29, “And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God? And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living God. Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God?  And he answered, No.”  If you were to ask a Mormon Amulek’s question of “Is there more than one God?” he or she will probably respond with something similar to, “Yes, but we only worship one God.”  However, the Book of Mormon explicitly states, not that there is only one God we worship, but that there is no more than one true and living God.  Plus, if Mormons only worship one God, do they worship God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Ghost?  Aren’t they all Gods over the earth?
Other verses simultaneously support a singular God as well as a three-in-one God.  As I have said, Mormons reject the idea of a triune God.  However, the Book of Mormon states:  2 Nephi 32:21, “…behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end.”,  Alma 11:38-39, “Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”,  Mosiah 15:1-4, “And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son…And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.”  (See also: 2 Nephi 19:6, 26:12; 3 Nephi 11:27; Mormon 7:7)
The typical Mormon response to these verses is, “Well we believe the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are united in one purpose, but are not actually one being.”  To which I ask the question, “But where in the Book of Mormon does it say this?”  I have listed several verses which explicitly state that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are indeed one God, not separate Gods “united in one purpose”. 
The Book of Mormon also claims that God is a spirit and thus not made of material flesh and bone as the Doctrine and Covenants and contemporary LDS teachings might say: Alma 18:26-28, “And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit? And he said, Yea. And Ammon said: This is God.”, Alma 22:9-10, “And the king said: Is God that Great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem? And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in the heaven and in earth.”  Plus, Mormon 9:8-10 states, “For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing? And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles.”  So if, according to the Book of Mormon, God cannot change (ie. from a man to godhood), how was God the Father’s exaltation possible?
Remember D&C 130’s charge that “the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion and is false,”?  Compare with the Book of Mormon’s Alma 34:36, “…the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell…”
As you can see, the vast majority of this post has been verses from the Book of Mormon.  Compare to the verses I gave from the Doctrine and Covenants in Part 1 and Mormon LDS doctrine.  Mormon doctrine has actually changed since the publication of the Book of Mormon, even in the life of Joseph Smith, since he wrote the Doctrine and Covenants.  Of course, the Doctrine and Covenants has something to say about the changing of revealed scripture: D&C 56:4-5, “Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord. Wherefore, I revoke the commandment which was given unto my servants Thomas B. Marsh and Ezra Thayre, and give a new commandment…”  According to this verse, God’s word can change with newer revelation, as LDS doctrine states today.  Compare with the Book of Mormon, in Alma 41:8, “Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared what whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.”  If the decrees (commands) of God are unalterable in the Book of Mormon (the keystone of the religion), how is it that God can revoke (alter), His commands?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your post. Your work is thorough and unmatched.