.:GOD OUR FATHER – GOD IS YOUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER
- Mormon “Gods” existed before Heavenly Father.
- LDS “Heavenly Father” did not exist from eternity.
- God has a “wife” in Heaven.
The first section of the Mormon Church’s website is entitled “Restoration of Truth.” Mormonism teaches that all other churches of Christianity possess only part of God’s truth while the Mormon Church is the only Christian church that possesses the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, we will spend the majority of our review of the LDS Church’s website examining this section. The first page in this “Restoration of Truth” section of the 2007 mormon.org website, under the section entitled, “God is Your Loving Heavenly Father” they state:
“We call God Heavenly Father because He is the Father of our spirits and we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). God has a body that looks like yours, though His body is immortal, perfected, and has a glory beyond description.” 1.
WHAT MORMON.ORG DOES NOT TELL YOU ABOUT GOD THE FATHER:
Mormon.org does not tell you that Mormons DO NOT believe that God the Father is the first God who has ever existed. Many outside the LDS Church do not know that when Mormons speak of “Heavenly Father,” they are not speaking of the Biblical God who says: “I am he: before me there was no God formed…” (Isaiah 43:10) Rather, on the contrary, Mormonism teaches that God the Father had a Father “God” before Him and that “God” had a Father “God” before Him and so forth on backward into eternity. Thus, Mormon Prophets and Apostles have claimed:
“I will preach on the plurality of Gods… Our text says, ‘And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father.’ The Apostles have discovered that there were Gods above… My object was to preach the scriptures, and preach the doctrine they contain, there being a God above, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” —Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370
“Our Father in heaven, according to the Prophet, had a Father, and since there has been a condition of this kind through all eternity, each Father had a Father, until we come to a stop where we cannot go further, because of our limited capacity to understand.” —LDS Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith (who became Mormonism’s 10th Prophet) Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 2, p. 47
Thus, the Mormon version of “Heavenly Father” is not the God of the Bible who claims to be the “first” and only God:
“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. … Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.”—Isaiah 44:6, 8 2.
Mormon.org does not tell you that Mormons believe that God has not always been as God. While Mormon.org admits that Mormonism teaches that God has a human body “that looks like yours,” it fails to explain that the Mormon Church does not agree with the Biblical teaching that God is not a man (Hosea 11:9). Rather, Mormonism teaches that God is literally an exalted Man who once lived on an earth like ours and progressed to Godhood. Joseph Smith taught:
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!… I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man.…I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea.…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, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, pp. 345-346
“Through Obedience to Law We Can Become Like Our Father in Heaven… If God became God by obedience to all of the gospel law with the crowning point being the celestial law of marriage, then that’s the only way I can become a god.”—Achieving A Celestial Marriage, Student Manual, p. 4
Mormon.org does not tell you that Mormons believe God the Father has a wife in Heaven. When Mormons say that “God is the Father of our spirits,” they do not believe as the Bible teaches, that God created our spirits within our human bodies at conception (Zechariah 12:1), but rather they teach that God procreated our spirits with his wife in a Heavenly spirit-world. On page 129 of the Mormon Church publication, Achieving A Celestial Marriage Student Manual, the Church states:
“By definition, exaltation includes the ability to procreate the family unit throughout eternity. This our Father in heaven has power to do. His marriage partner is our mother in heaven. We are their spirit children, born to them in the bonds of celestial marriage… For as we have a Father in heaven, so also we have a Mother there, a glorified, exalted, ennobled Mother.”
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