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.