In the Valley of Strange gods: Mormon Theology

The Latter Day Saints hold up Joseph Smith as a great prophet of God. We need to test his prophethood. “If a prophet…appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign…takes place, and he says ‘Let us follow other gods’ (gods you have not known) ‘and let us worship them’ you must not listen to the words of that prophet…” (Dt. 13:1-3).
The validity of Mormonism stands or falls on what its prophet taught about God:

1. Plurality of Gods

“I will preach the plurality of Gods…I wish to declare I have always and in all congregations when I have preached on the subject of deity, it has always been the plurality of Gods” (Discourse of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 35)

“In the beginning the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods and they came together and concoted a plan to create the world and the people in it” (Journal of Discourses 6:3)

But the Bible says that “the LORD is God; besides him there is no other” (Dt 4:35. See also Is. 43:11). Fact #1- There is only one true God. Mormonism is a polytheistic religion just like religions of ancient Greece and Rome.

2. God Was a Man

“He is our Father- the Father of our spirits, and was once a man in mortal flesh as we are, and is now an exalted Being” (J of D, 333)

“We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see…he was once a man like us, yea that God himself, the Father of us all” (Journal of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 340).

But the Bible says “even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God” (Ps 90:2) “Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.” (93:2) Fact #2- God has always been God.

3. God has human flesh and bones

“The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones.” (Doctrines and Covenants 130:22)

But the Bible says “God is spirit”(Jn. 4:24). What is a spirit? Jesus defined it in Luke 24:39 “a spirit has not flesh and bones as ye see me have.” A spirit is invisible and incorporeal. Fact #3- God is spirit, not flesh and bones.

4. Men will Become Gods

“…there is an infinite number of holy personages, drawn from worlds without number, who have passed on to exaltation and are thus gods…” (Mormon Doctrine, 577).

“We will become gods and have jurisdiction over worlds, and these worlds will be peopled by our offspring” (Achieving A Celestial Marriage, 123).

On the contrary, “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth” (Jer. 10:11). Fact #4- We are creatures and will never become the Creator.

Mormon theology teaches that God came from an unknown god and goddess aeons ago, was born to human parents and finally became God. The Mormon God and his wife “were empowered to give birth to spirit children whose potential was equal to that of their heavenly parents. We are those children” (Achieving a Celestial Marriage, p 123). Since the Mormon god keeps producing many spirit kids with his wives, Mormons are taught that having a large family will provide more human tabernacles for these spirit children to live in.

5. God lives in a star near Kolob

“[God speaking]…until thou come nigh unto Kolob, which Kolob is after reckoning of the Lord’s time; which is set nigh unto the throne of God…Kolob is the greatest of all…because it is the nearest to me” (Pearl of Great Price, Abraham 3:9,16)

But God is “Our Father in heaven” (Mt. 6:9). He says “Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool” (Is. 66:1). Fact #5- God lives in Heaven, not in a star.

6. God created the earth from existing matter

The Mormon god organized and formed already existing materials to make the earth. According to Doctrine and Covenants 93:33, matter is said to be eternal. These two ideas are false because “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). God created the world out of nothing (ex-nihilo) and since matter had a beginning, its not eternal.

7. God came to earth as Adam

“When our father Adam came into the Garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body and brought Eve, one of his wives with him…He is our father and our God and the only God which we have to do.” (J of D 1:50)

But God “is not a man” (Num. 23:19). Before Him was no god formed nor will there be after Him. (Is. 43:10).

In conclusion:

1. The God of Mormonism is not the God of the Bible.

2. Joseph Smith preached a false god and is thus a false prophet and we must not listen to him.

3. Since the god and prophet of the Latter Day Saints are false, it is obviously a false religion.

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