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"Mormons believe that human beings can become like gods. But they remain subordinate to God even when they become exalted and like God." (bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/mormonism/)

"Mormons believe that human beings can become like gods. The 5th president of the Church wrote: "As man now is, God once was; As God now is, man may be." However, this doesn't meant that human beings can grow to replace God. Mormons only worship God the Father through his son Jesus Christ. Nor do human beings become equal to God. They remain subordinate to God even when they become exalted and like God. "If...through God's grace a Latter-day Saint does one day become a god, he will continue to put his faith and trust in God, the Father, his Son and out Redeemer and Saviour Jesus, and in the Holy Spirit, and they will continue to be his God" And unlike the doctrines of some other faiths, it doesn't mean that humans can become one with God by becoming part of God - they remain separate beings, but take on the attributes of God." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/, BBC Team)

Now, here is the problem....., Mormons DO believe that they will BE gods, not 'like' gods. And they believe that they will be just as powerful as God is now.
"They have eternal increase, a continuation of the seeds forever and ever, a continuation of the lives, eternal lives; that is, they have spirit children in the resurrection, in relation to which offspring they stand in the same position that God our Father stands to us. They inherit in due course, the fulness of the glory of the Father, meaning that they have all power in heaven and on earth. (D & C 76:50-60; 93:1-40.) "Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.: (D & C 132:16-26; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 2, pp. 35-79.) (Mormon Doctrine, Bruce R McConkie, pp. 257, boldness added)
"From this revelation, it will be seen that men can become Gods and enjoy a "fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever" only by observing the new and everlasting covenant of marriage, and that without marriage they can only become "ministering servants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory." ( A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, Legrand Richards, pp. 303, boldness added)
"But 'Mormonism' is bolder yet. It asserts that in accordance with the inviolable law of organic nature--that like shall beget like, and that multiplication of numbers and perpetuation of species shall be in compliance with the condition 'each after his kind,' the child may achieve that former status of the parent, and that in his mortal condition man is a God in embryo." (The Articles of Faith, James E. Talmage, pp. 474, boldness added)
There are many more 'Mormon' scripture and modern-day revelation to back up the thought: "MAN IS A GOD IN EMBRYO."
I don't know about you, but....this is bad, very bad. Man thinks they can become Gods by works and a marriage in a temple. Mormon temple that is....
Also, the Mormons do not teach that God gives grace to those who earned the right to be gods. The only thing they teach is how to become Gods!!!!!
Nowhere in the Bible does it teach this theology.

5 comments:

Jeff July 31, 2008 at 9:28 AM  

Actually, handmaiden, I’m not sure why you think being a fifth-generation “Mormon” makes you competent to discuss the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ, since you obviously don’t have the first clue. The Church of Jesus Christ has *always* taught salvation by grace; it’s just unfortunate that some people are so caught up in the importance of doing good that they fail to notice it.

http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Grace

(I’m sorry if this comes off as mean, but it really does infuriate me when the ignorant claim that the Church of Jesus Christ doesn’t teach salvation by grace. I honestly can’t imagine a more offensive misrepresentation of Christian belief.) *sigh*

jer1414 August 12, 2008 at 10:51 AM  

Yes, Mormonism teaches "salvation by grace" BUT the Mormon definition of "salvation" may be better termed "resurrection". For Mormonism, EVERY human being is "saved" in that they will be automatically "resurrected" after death (regardless of belief, faith, etc.). Christianity defines "salvation" as eternal life in Heaven with God. Christians and Mormons use the same words (salvation, God, Jesus), but they are defined very differently. So to define terms helps foster understanding between lds and non-lds.

Jeff September 9, 2008 at 8:05 AM  

jer, you’re right that when Latter-day Saints speak of “salvation,” we’re usually speaking of salvation from death (i.e. resurrection). However, the rest of your statement is wholly incorrect. Please allow me to be perfectly clear:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has never strayed from the Christian doctrine that Eternal Life in Heaven with God can only be achieved through the Atoning grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Anyone that says otherwise—even a member of the Church—is either lying or sorely mistaken.

Hopefully that’s clear enough. :-)

beccaboo May 18, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

just a thought, that may be totally random, but did any one know that the lds go through the death registry of the deceased in the united states and baptize them as mormons, even if they were a different religion or none at all? does that seem moral to anyone? they did it to both my grandmother and grandfather, who happened to be die-hard irish catholic

handmaiden May 18, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

beccaboo,
Yeah, I know. Sickening isn't it. The nerve of them. They shouldn't have the right to do that. The law should be on the Mormons like black flies. My heart goes out to you. Truth is, your grandparents are not Mormon. They died Catholic. That is what they trusted their heart to. God knows that they lived as a Catholic in life. The Mormon church's false authority does not give them the right to say that your grandparents are now Mormon. Don't be fooled by that.
God Bless,
handmaiden

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4.I believe that grace is a gift and Christ gives that gift freely to all who believe.
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13.I believe that our bodies are temples, not man made buildings.
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15.I believe that all believers are in authority to preach the gospel.
16.I believe that the word 'organization' to describe Christs body is evil and has no place with God.
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