IS GOD AN EXALTED MAN?
In order to answer this question we need to look at the source from where it came. There are many other sections on this site that will deal with the subject of Trinity, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, but for now we’re only examining the nature and character of God.
Joseph Smith Jr., the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints preached that God was an exalted man. Milton Hunter, member of the First Council of the Seventy, echoed Smith’s claims; in his book Gospel Through the Ages, pg. 114 it states:
“…if we accept the great law of eternal progression, we must accept the fact that there was a time when Deity was much less powerful than He is today. Then how did He become glorified and exalted and attain His present status of Godhead…God undoubtedly took advantage of every opportunity to learn the laws of truth and as He became acquainted with each new verity He righteously obeyed it”.
Milton continued on with his theory by adding:
“As He gained more knowledge through persistent effort and continuous industry, as well as through absolute obedience, His understanding of the universal laws continued to become more complete. Thus He grew in experience and continued to grow until He attained the status of Godhood.”
Oscar McConkie Jr. wrote; “Our understanding is enlarged by considering the particular and peculiar functions and contributions of each of the three Deities”. God and Man, pg. 16. He then goes on to say that “One peculiar contribution of the Father, then, was to beget us in the spirit before we “were naturally upon the face of the earth”. Yeah, it’s peculiar all right Mr. McConkie.
It is impossible for us who truly know God to be quiet when reading statements as blasphemous as these. I cannot imagine what our Holy God must think when man has thought these things, let alone when they teach it to others. Only in Mormonism and other ‘isms’ is God brought down to man’s level and man in turn is exalted to godhood status. The Bible emphatically states that God is not man.
Hosea 11:9 says; “…For I am God and not man, the Holy One in the midst of thee…”
Malachai 3:6 says; “For I am the LORD, I change not…”
It is quite clear from these two verses alone what truth is. Don’t be fooled, read the Bible in context to find the truth for yourself. I’ve been studying Christianity for eleven years now and spent another 30 years in the Mormon Church. When I think of what they (the LDS church) have said about God it makes my heart ache they would bring our awesome God down to their level. It’s obvious Smith couldn’t accept the fact that he was a mere man, therefore you have the Mormon Church of today. The travesty lies not in just what one man’s evil thoughts were, but that he is responsible for leading millions down to the gates of hell.
Please, if you’re a Mormon looking for the truth, I implore you to search the Word of God for yourself. Don’t just take my word for it, but honestly look to the Bible and to God, read about Him and examine fully what He has to say about Himself. There’s not one scripture that contradicts itself in the entire Bible. However, if you look in the Book of Mormon and other Mormon writings you can see how their teachings are purposefully contradictory and confusing:
Mormon 8:18; “For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity”.
D&C 130:22; “The Father has a body of flesh, and bones as tangible as man’s”.
Articles of Faith: “We believe in a God who is Himself progressive…whose perfection consists in eternal advancement…”
D&C 20:17; “By these things we know that there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God, the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them”.
Gospel Through the Ages, pg. 104; “President Joseph F. Smith declared that “God himself is an exalted man, perfected, enthroned and supreme”. Elder Orson Hyde, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve said: “Remember that God our Heavenly Father was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we are, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement…” – Milton Hunter
“It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us, yea, that God Himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did.” – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 345-346
There is chaos in the masses within the Mormon hierarchy! One prophet says it is vital to know who God is and another leader says that “perhaps” he was once a child. Whom should you trust?
These are just a few examples of the inconsistencies within the teachings of the church. If you’re a Mormon and think you’re the only one that always seems confused, think again my friend. It is so confusing to be a Mormon and still realize that you’re an intelligent human being.
I encourage every Mormon I come into contact with to do a word study. Begin with the word eternal. Simply go to a dictionary of your choice to find out the meaning. God can’t be eternal if he’s always progressing. The law of eternal progression is an oxymoron.
Think about this…if we are all working to become a god, then why is it we need to be sealed in the temple for all time and eternity? If we are going to reside on our own planet, become a god ourselves, have our own “people”, then what’s the deal with “families are forever”?
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