Friday, October 03, 2008

Mormonism: Part II


"John said, 'And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent' (John 17:3). In order to truly know God the Father and Jesus Christ in the eternities, we must be like them. To be heirs of Christ in the eternities is to inherit His attributes. In that sense, we can become “gods.” This principle does not diminish God or Christ in any way."

They seem to forget what happened when Lucifer sought to become a god:

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." ~Isaiah 14:12-15

Satan never said that he would be greater than God, only that he would be like the most High.

What did Satan say would happen if Eve ate the forbidden fruit?

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

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."

The same method of control is involved here.

Mormons defend this doctrine of "Theosis" by referring to the words of ancient "saints", falsely so-called.

Quotes from Heretics and Gnostics such as Irenaeus, Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen of Alexandria contribute to their belief in this doctrine.

Nowhere in the Bible is there mention of becoming gods, lesser gods, half-gods, partial gods, or gods-in-law. Rather, he instructs us to become as little children:

"Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." ~Mark 10:15

"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." ~Matthew 18:4

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