November 9 – Acts 17:29; “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”

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Once again let’s look at this verse in context and alongside the other verses on this particular subject.  All throughout the New Testament we read that only Jesus was in heaven before the earth came to be, John 8:58 is just one example.  And we also know that we become sons and daughters through adoption, not through a blood line, John 1:13; Ro. 8:15, 23; Gal. 4:5; and Eph. 1:5.  Besides all this we also know from the Word that God is not a man as the Church is trying to teach here.

Share these verses with a Mormon and ask for their opinion about these things.

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“The Apostle Paul told the Athenians on Mars’ Hill that “we are the offspring of God”.  Since we know that our physical bodies are the offspring of our mortal parents, we must probe for the meaning of Paul’s statement. The Lord has declared that “the spirit and the body are the soul of man.” It is the spirit which is the offspring of God. The writer of Hebrews refers to Him as “the Father of spirits.” God Himself is a soul, composed of a spirit and of a body of flesh and bones, as tangible as man’s. He is a resurrected, glorified, exalted, omniscient, omnipotent person and is omnipresent in spirit and power and influence, the ruler of the heavens and the earth and all things therein. The spirits of all men are literally His “begotten sons and daughters.”’  Thomas S. Monson, An Invitation to Exaltation[Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1997], 3.