Man

 

 

Man may become God

 

 

Mormons teach that man may become God. Here is what Joseph Smith said: ‘Here, then, is eternal life – to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace; from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power’ (Sermon ‘How God came to be God’, preached on March 9, 1844; in Robert L. Millet, Joseph Smith: Selected Sermons and Writings, N.J. 1989, page 132). Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901), fifth president of the Mormon Church, expressed this doctrine epigrammatically: ‘As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be’ (James E. Talmage, A Study of the Articles of Faith, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A., 42nd edition, 1968, page 430). The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, referring to the above mentioned words, states: ‘This principle is clearly demonstrated in the person of Jesus Christ, a God who became mortal, and yet a God like whom mortals may become’ (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York-Toronto 1992, vol. 2, page 549). According to Mormons, therefore, ‘man is a god in embryo’ (A Rational Theology, 6th ed. Salt Lake City, 1952, page 26). Spencer W. Kimball said that ‘in each of us is the potentiality to become a God’ (Salt Lake Tribune, October 7, 1974; quoted in Jerald and Sandra Tanner, The Changing World of Mormonism, Chicago 1980, page 188)

 

Confutation

 

Whoever believes that a man may become or will become God has believed a lie (and as you know, the father of lies is the devil). For according to the Holy Scripture, the children of God can by no means become gods. The children of God are creatures of God, and even after they are raised from the dead or transformed they will continue to be creatures of God. Of course, they will have an immortal, incorruptible and powerful body, that is, their resurrected body will be like the glorious body of Jesus Christ (cf. Philippians 3:21); however, they will not be as God. Brethren, beware of this damnable heresy taught by Mormons and expose it.

 

 

 

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