Something to note for non-mormons, the LDS recommends the Quad, which is all the various books of the Mormons: The Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.
Well, that’s three, what’s the other?
The King James Bible. Well, something we agree on finally!
This brings up a problem though – the Mormon insistance “We believe the Bible, insofar as it is correctly translated.”
Great! I do too. And the King James is correctly translated. What the Mormon says, and what he means is two different things. What they really mean is, “We believe the Bible except where it contradicts Joseph Smith or the three Holy Mormon books.”
Is this not an inonsistancy, then? The one Bible they recommend they argue with its translation.
Okay, fine then… where’s YOUR translation? And its interlinear, so that we can read your explanations as to why you chose to translate it in such a way as to suggest human beings may become gods?
Oh, you don’t have one. Huh. One would think that with Mormonism nearing its 200th birthday in 2030, they would have at some point in the last century have raised up 50 men who had studied Koine Greek and Hebrew to the point where they could take the Textus Receptus and translate it into English, honestly, faithfully and accurately, and the same with the Ben Chayyim Hebrew Masoretic text.
Well, if they had, guess what? It would have been almost word for word with the King James Bible, if they’d done it honestly, accurately and faithfully. The King James they distribute is apparently loaded with footnotes that support Mormon errant theology.
The King James Bible makes it clear that there is One God, revealed in Three Persons. That is called the Trinity.
The Bible does not show any one person in the Bible becoming a god. That’s a pagan tradition. Let me deviate from this topic, and we’ll analyze the famous Mormon statement for its logic, and then we’ll return to the ultimate authoritty – the Bible.
“As God once was, man now is. As God now is, man may become.”
“As God once was…” is a logical conundrum. If God could at any time in the past cease to be God, He cannot be God. It’s the most basic argument of logic – A cannot be A and not A at the same time. If A is A, A remains A. If A is not A, A is not A.
You’ll probably need some aspirin after thinking about that for a minute.
A catipillar may become a butterfly – but in reality, the catapiller was always the butterfly, just in a different stage of its life.
What Joseph Smith proposed with his errant doctrines is a redefinition of either God or man. Smith was claiming that man is god, or that God is man. THe second is an utter blasphemy, and the first is unBiblical, illogical, and completely fallacious.
God cannot be man. Correct? Are we in agreement? If God is man, then God is not god. You’ve got an impossiblity that would be rejected by any person a week into their intro logic classes in any University. You would be suggesting that men may, after their physical death, somehow gain immense power enough to somehow create a Universe.
The Mormon doctrine is a blasphemy, in that it MINIMIZES God into being a man. The Mormon god, by their logic, could not have created the Universe – since according to them He was born, or at least lives or lived, on a planet called Kolob.
Who created Kolob? Why, God’s god, of course!
This is a logical argument called begging the question. Sooner or later we have to run into the ultimate God somewhere! Who created the Universe? Who created these universal rules the Mormons insist exist? Who decided that men would become gods, and set up these laws and systems?
The answer would have to logically be that they evolved by chance, or that God is not the ultimate god, but there has to be an ultimate God somewhere. but our God can’t be that god according to Joseph Smith!!!
It’s a logical impossibility, a farce, in many ways the ultimate blasphemy. Smith managed to deny the divinity of Jesus Christ and uphold it at the same time, by re-interpreting the meaning of “god”.
In other words, Smith may possibly have been an atheist! He certainly did not believe in the God of the Bible, nor was there any fear of God before his eyes.
How can you possibly invent a religion, a false religion, and have any respect or fear of God? Was he not afraid he would have to answer someday for his fraud he perpetrated upon mankind, by writing/plagiarizing the Book of Mormon?
Okay, let’s hit the question at last – according to the word of God, can man become God? Was God ever a man?
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26 (KJV)
The Bible starts off by defining in it’s first usage of the word “man” a difference between man and God. Because the Bible means what it says, the Bible according to Smith should have said, “Let us make god in our image.” But it did not. Why? Man is not god. A cannot be A and not A at the same time. elementary logic.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV)
Satan makes the distinction between man and God, by saying “You shall be as gods”… in other words, you will be LIKE gods… but you aren’t. Similar to is not equal to.
In what manner would they be like gods? Would they be all powerful, able to create stars and solar systems? No, the Bible says nothing about that. It merely says, “knowing good from evil.”
God knows good from evil because He is completely and utterly Good. By God’s very blessed nature, He is Holy, which IS Good. Adam and Eve, WERE good, but not UTTERLY good like God. THey could not know Good from Evil because, well, they’re mankind. We’re limited to what we can know and experience!
What is happening right now, in a space 3 feet by 3 feet, 25 miles to the east of you? You can’t see it. Can you tell me? God can, He’s all knowing, All powerful, and omnipresent. He can know. We cannot. The only way for finite man to know and understand what is happening in a place where he is not, is to go there!
God knows, because He is all knowing. If man can only know by experiencing, the only way man can know evil is to become evil. Man cannot be evil and god at the same time.
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5 (KJV)
And the Bible states this in Genesis 6:5, that man is evil, fallen. WE need a redeemer. The Mormon redeemer was a man, not a god. By redefining the meaning of the word “God” and thus making God not god, Joseph Smith reduces Jesus Christ to being JUST a man. Joseph Smith also reduces God the father to just a man. Joseph Smith reduces the Holy Spirit to just a man.
Glorified men! He insists. But a glorified man is a man nonetheless.
12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. Job 33:12 (KJV)
Nowhere in the Bible does it say there is more than one God revealed in three persons. Nowhere in the Bible does it say God has another god over Him – it is the extreme blasphemy to state this.
6 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. Isaiah 44:6 (KJV)
8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isaiah 44:8 (KJV)
The Bible makes it clear – there is no other God. Bottom line.
The Bible makes a distinction between man and God. Bottom line.
These are not negotiable. These are not arguable.
Mormonism is in error, drastic error. To remain a mormon until death will result in one thing – eternal damnation.
Repent now. Leave the LDS church while you can.