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However, Latter-day Saints do reject the doctrines of the Trinity as taught by most Christian churches today. Consequently, it is highly questionable whether these creeds reflect the thinking or beliefs of the New Testament church. Church members take seriously such passages as Psalm [ Ps. The notion of theosis is characteristic of church fathers Irenaeus second century A. Though the idea of human deification waned in the Western church in the Middle Ages, it remained very much alive in the Eastern Orthodox faith, which includes such Christian sects today as the Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox churches.

Maximus, as of all Eastern theology, [was] the idea of deification. Is the subject of deification truly a closed question? After all, echoes of man becoming like God are still found in the work of later and modern writers in the West. For instance, C. Related to the claim that Latter-day Saints are not Christians because of their belief in deification is the assertion that if they hold to some kind of belief in deification then it must be that Church members do not view Jesus as uniquely divine. Such an assertion is totally erroneous.

The argument that Latter-day Saints cannot be Christians because they practice baptism for the dead presumes that it has been definitely established that 1 Corinthians [ 1 Cor. The practice was condemned in A. Mormon temple ritual in general is another source of controversy, largely because many think that the reticence to talk about it is not Christian. The historian Tertullian second century A. As a result, the demeanor of these heretics becomes frivolous, merely human, without seriousness and without authority.

The pagan critic Celsus second century A. In his response to Celsus, Origen third century A. When all believers become what some Christians such as C. Lewis call "gods" in heaven although the Bible never uses this language of glorified individuals , they are still dependent and human "gods," and not God by nature, who alone is eternally the Author and Sustainer of literally all that is outside Himself. He is the only God in this fundamental sense of the term Ibid.

Bowman, Jr. Orthodox and Heretical Views on the Deification of Man. The God of this world was once a man who became God. God is an exalted man, who needed to do certain things in order to become God for this world Ibid. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith [], The God of this world is the God for all worlds, so He never was a man who had to become God.

God has always been God, and thus is not so needy Ibid. Apostle Orson Pratt said, "We were begotten by our Father in Heaven ; the person of our Father in Heaven was begotten on a previous heavenly world by His Father; and again, He was begotten by a still more ancient Father and so on, from generation to generation, from one heavenly world to another still more ancient.

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But why does man seek for a first , when revelation informs him that God's works are without beginning? There is no other God before God. He is not so weak that He needed to serve and receive counsel from some other God in order to become God; He always was God Ps. Since God is not a man by nature it is impossible for Him as the eternal God to even enter into a human marital relationship that He would need to become God and sexually produce us.

It is just as impossible for God to lie. He does not need anything, let alone a wife, to become God. If it were even possible for the Father to strive to exaltation, then we would expect God's courtship and marriage to be a perfect one in which He received counsel from the other partner s.

But what kind of God would this be? Humans existed prior to this earthly life.

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Humans were all born to heavenly parents in the celestial kingdom prior to this earthly life Abraham —6. Humans did not exist prior to this earthly life. With the exception of Jesus, humans are not from heaven or from above, but from the earth or below, and have never seen the Heavenly Father Jn. There are things that the Father did not create. Thus God the Father did not create the planet that His Father had already created. No God for any world created all worlds. No God for any world created intelligence, matter, or the laws that govern them. These are eternal.

This is why the Prophet Joseph Smith taught that "God never had the power to create the spirit of man at all. God himself could not create himself. Intelligence is eternal and exists upon a self-existent principle. It is a spirit from age to age, and there is no creation about it" The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith [], There is nothing that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit did not create. There is only one Being who created and rules over everything in existence. LDS simply devalue and weaken God when they think that He did not create something like some other world Gen.

There are things that the Son did not create. Jesus being the literal son of exalted human gods obviously did not create all things either. For example, He did not create the planet He was born on as a spirit child Ibid. Prior to becoming man, Jesus existed as "the only begotten God" Jn. As such, He created everything that was ever created from the very beginning Jn. When LDS relativize His creation to only concerning the things of this world or this set of worlds--i.

Jesus was the first one born of heavenly parents, and Lucifer was a younger sibling. Jesus is referred to as Lucifer's, as well as our, elder brother in the pre-earth life. For LDS to think that Christ is simply our and Lucifer's elder brother in some supposed pre-earth life is blasphemous devaluing of Christ's divine nature. Christ may rightly be referred to as a brother in our humanity, but in addition to that, He is our Creator Jesus, like all other gods before Him, had to become a God.

The Son should not receive the same worship as the Father. Jesus is not worshiped equally with the Father, since Jesus is not our begetter. Jesus is not even directly prayed to.

The Son should receive the same worship as the Father. Since Jesus is God by nature, He is worshiped equally with the Father.

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Jesus receives both worship and prayer, and we are commanded to do so Mt. Even though Mormons are usually quick to say they don't know how the conception of Jesus took place and allow for the possibility of something like artificial insemination, they all claim that Jesus had the Heavenly Father and Mary as parents. So the Father's seed was somehow implanted into Mary, His spirit-daughter. Mormon general authorities on the other hand have claimed that the conception of Jesus was perfectly natural despite the Book of Mormon teaching that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born 1 Ne.

The act of conception was of the Holy Ghost, and not of a man. Mary was with child and still a virgin Mt. It is fundamental Church doctrine that God is the Father of the spirits of all men and women, that Jesus is literally God's Son both in the spirit and in the flesh, and that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit separate and distinct from both the Father and the Son. Since the Holy Ghost is the inseparable third person of the only Being of God there is, He is not a man by nature that became exalted into a separate god for a Godhead team 2 Samuel ; Mt. Gentiles clearly received the gift of the Holy Ghost prior to being baptized.

They simply believed and spoke in tongues without the laying on of hands Acts God curses certain individuals with dark skin. Up until recently, the races were thought to be determined by how worthy individuals were prior to this mortal life. The Book of Mormon still teaches white superiority. Here God cursed certain Israelite American Indians with dark skin, and this was meant to keep them from interbreeding with their white brethren.

This scripture also teaches that God blessed some who repented with white skin Alma ; 1 Ne. This seed was excluded from Zion, the future abode of God Moses , 21 and Nothing concerning the LDS "revelation" in to give "all worthy males members" the priesthood invalidates these beliefs. However, LDS.

Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form" " Race and the Priesthood ". God blesses humanity with different colors of skin, and no skin color is more favorable to Him than another. Race is not the real issue anyway, for we are all one in Christ Gal. Since this is true, there was no good reason to not allow blacks to attend BYU in the s or exclude blacks from holding the priesthood until The mark of Cain was not a curse, but a blessing. It was for his good to protect him from anyone who wanted to kill him.

Nothing is said about this mark being passed onto his descendants, nothing is said about it being a color of skin, and nothing is said about it barring him or his seed from Zion, the future abode of God Gen. Finally, dark skin is never changed into white upon repentance Jer. God approves of polygamy in the Old and New Testaments, but has temporarily suspended the practice. Brigham Young taught that the only ones who became gods are those who enter into polygamy The Journal of Discourses This explains why early leaders of the LDS Church were all polygamists.

Joseph Smith had 34 wives, 11 of whom were currently married to living husbands at the time he took them as wives WivesOfJosephSmith.

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Nelson and Apostle Dallin Oaks. God always disapproves of polygamy even when He allowed it. Simply because something is the case doesn't entail that it ought to be the case. So just because individuals were polygamists in the Bible doesn't entail that they should have been. People murdered in the Bible, but that doesn't justify murder.

The ideal of the one-flesh unit was given from creation Gen.

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Similar to Jesus' teaching on divorce, it was given due to the hardness of their hearts Mat. Regardless of the Old Testament practice, the New Testament is clear that the church leaders, who we are called to emulate, are to be husbands of one wife 1 Tim. The Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods are offered to worthy male members. There are two forms of the priesthood: the Aaronic the lesser one and the Melchizedek the greater one.

Without the authority of the priesthood, no man can see God and live. It is available for all worthy male members of at least a certain age, who desire to act legally in the name of the Lord. The Aaronic priesthood was done away at the cross and the Melchizedek priesthood is unique to Christ. The Aaronic priesthood was done away at the crucifixion of Christ, since He has become our permanent high priest.

There is no more need for Levitical priests to offer imperfect sacrifices on behalf of the people in the temple. Jesus alone is worthy to hold the Melchizedek priesthood. He is our great High Priest that continues to intercede for us before the Father. Any believer today who has been called out of darkness into the light, regardless of age, race, or sex, is a member of the holy and royal priesthood.

The believer operates in the highest authority that is offered today, viz. Christians have the true priesthood, since they have the true God who gives it to them Jn. The temple does not function today. The function of the temple was for the Old Covenant and no longer applies in the New Covenant. In the latter, the Body of Christ, which is made up of believers, is the temple of God 1 Cor. God tore the veil in the temple "top to the bottom" in Mat.

The point of this system was to foreshadow the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world Heb. There was only one temple, the work was always for the living, not the dead, there was no endowment ceremony, nor were there any marriages or sealings. Christ's death put an end to the law for those who believe Rom.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not descend through the historical line of traditional Christianity. Latter-day Saints do not believe scripture consists of the Holy Bible alone but have an expanded canon of scripture that includes the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

Scholars have long acknowledged that the view of God held by the earliest Christians changed dramatically over the course of centuries. Early Christian views of God were more personal, more anthropomorphic, and less abstract than those that emerged later from the creeds written over the next several hundred years. The key ideological shift that began in the second century A. Latter-day Saints believe the melding of early Christian theology with Greek philosophy was a grave error. Chief among the doctrines lost in this process was the nature of the Godhead.

As a consequence, Latter-day Saints hold that God the Father is an embodied being, a belief consistent with the attributes ascribed to God by many early Christians. Whatever the doctrinal differences that exist between the Latter-day Saints and members of other Christian religions, the roles Latter-day Saints ascribe to members of the Godhead largely correspond with the views of others in the Christian world.

Latter-day Saints believe that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and all-loving, and they pray to Him in the name of Jesus Christ. They acknowledge the Father as the ultimate object of their worship, the Son as Lord and Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as the messenger and revealer of the Father and the Son.