We were created to extinguish suns?

More than once I have talked about Mormonism’s teaching that people can become Gods.  I have done that because quite a few LDS members have told me that is not what it teaches.  Instead many say they won’t become a god, but they will become like God.  Others have said that only Heavenly Father is a capital G God.

Therefore whenever I run across a statement in LDS literature that states that they can become Gods I sit up and take notice.  That happened again last week as I was reading the LDS Church’s currently used manual on the Pearl of Great Price.  On page 38 it contains the following quote from Brigham Young.

“It is brought together, organized, and capacitated to receive knowledge and intelligence, to be enthroned in glory, to be made angels, Gods – beings who will hold control over the elements, and have power by their word to command the creation and redemption of worlds, or to extinguish suns by their breath, and disorganize worlds, hurling them back into their chaotic state. This is what you and I are created for.”

I don’t know about you, but I find that extremely striking. It is obvious from quotes like this that Mormonism teaches that people can become Gods.

I also find this extremely dishonoring to God.  Look at how Brigham Young puts people on the same level as the one true God.  Just like him, they can by the power of their word, create, redeem, and destroy worlds.

The God of the Bible, the one true God, is not just God of planet earth.  He is the God of the universe.  He and he alone created everything in the universe.  He and he alone has the power to extinguish suns and destroy the universe. Most importantly of all, he alone redeems people.  And he did that, not by giving people the plan and power to attain his favor, but by sending Jesus to do it all for us.  His plan of salvation is glorious – because it is worked completely by him.

The God of the Bible is so much more glorious than the god(s) of Mormonism.  May many Mormons come to see that and glorify him for that.

4 Responses to “We were created to extinguish suns?”

  1. April 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Mark, I think we know why Mormons are reluctant ( or embarrassed ) to admit that their leaders have
    taught about how Mormon men will become Gods like their Heavenly Father and then go forth to “people”
    worlds and rule over these as Almighty Gods —– this is’nt the type of doctrine that Mormon Missionaries
    or the church PR dept generally wants to share with the public . As we have seen this “God” (big “G” ) vrs
    “god” ( little “g” ) is more of a red herring argument than anything else . Obviously there are some Mormons
    who have never been told this , but we realize that rank and file Mormons do not establish Mormon doctrine ,
    their leaders do ( I ‘ve had a devout Mormon tell me that he was’nt really sold on the belief that Mormons
    have a Heavenly Mother ! ) .
    Considering the rise of imitation prophets ( and gospels ) I know that we are on safe ground to anchor
    our belief about God by what the Bible testifies of Him rather than the ” additional truths of the restoration”
    that the latter days prophets of Mormonism have introduced —-Matt 24:11 .
    God loves the Mormon people and wants them to know the truth .

  2. 2 JRSG
    April 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Justin, Dialog with Trypho, 124 : ” Let the interpretation of [ Psalm 82 ] be held just as you wish, yet thereby it is demonstrated that all men are deemed worthy of becoming gods, and of having power to become sons of the Highest; and shall be each by himself be judged and condemned like Adam and Eve.”

    Clement of Alexandria, Exhortation to the Greeks, 1 : ” Yea, I say, the Word of God became a man, so that you may learn from a man how to become God.”

    Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, Book 1 : ” It leads us to the endless and perfect end, teaching us beforehand the future life that we shall lead according to God, and with Gods, after we are freed from all punishment and penalty which we undergo, in consequence of our sins, for salutary discipline. After which redemption the reward and the honours are assigned to those who have become perfect; when they have got done with purification, and ceased from all service, though it be holy service, and among saints. They become pure in heart, and near to the Lord, there awaits them restoration to everlasting contemplation; and they are called by the appellation of gods, being destined to sit on thrones with the other gods that have been first put in their places by the Saviour.”

  3. April 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

    JRSG, thanks for referencing quotes from the early church fathers because this affords a great example
    of how the use of similar terms or phrases ( like ” gods” , or ” becoming gods” ) in Mormonism can be
    mistaken for having the same meaning that the early church fathers attached to them . Simply put , the
    thinking behind the two streams of thought are vastly different regardless of any similarity in the terms
    used . This fact has dawned on many Mormons and as a result the use of statements from the early
    church fathers are losing their appeal in trying to prove that these men taught the Mormon doctrine of
    exaltation . Now what have Mormon apostles have taught about God ? Examples : The Creator of heaven
    and earth that we meet in the Bible ( and Book of Mormon ?) was not always God , He is polygamist male
    who in heaven sexually produced spirit babies one of whom grew / leaned enough to be called Jehovah
    who then came to earth when His Father came down Himself and pro created a body for him through
    co-habiting with a virgin . This is some of the teachings from Mormon authorities concerning God and
    Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus warned us all in advance to beware of men who would arise in the latter
    days and claim to be appointed by Him to teach spiritual truths as His messengers —Mark 13:22-23 .
    Whether it’s the early church fathers or Mormon apostles or anyone in between , I feel that safe ground
    is to anchor my doctrine in the Bible’s testimony about God , it gets the final say.

  4. 4 JRSG
    April 22, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Mike R. than you for the reply. I know the subject of man becoming divine (gods) has been done on this site in the past so I am not going to say anymore.
    I posted the quotes of the church Fathers to show that man becoming divine was taught and that it is Biblical.

    I know that when LDS use the Bible, or show quotes of early teachings or of scholars, the LDs are accused of misrepresenting, interpreting things wrong, misquoting and/or taking things out of context, regardless of where the information comes from.

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