It’s been a long while since I have written an article, for that I apologize. I am hoping I can jump back into the swing of things in this next week.
One of the things that has been consuming a huge amount of my time is studying Mormonism. I’ve been reading through the Book of Mormon, meeting with some Mormon missionaries, and reading some books on Mormonism and the Book of Mormon.
One thing that has completely stood out to me in the midst of this has been the clear contradictions within Mormonism about God.
Doctrinally speaking Mormonism as a faith believes there are multiple Gods. In fact Mormonism goes as far as saying that men can become gods. Said by one of their prophets and presidents: “As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be”.
So, for Mormons although God the Father and Jesus will always be God over us we also can become gods, in the little ‘g’ sense.
Mormonism rejects the Trinity, and thus further separates itself from Orthodox Christianity which accepts the God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three beings in one person. From the LDS website they state: ‘Latter-day Saints believe they are three physically separate beings, but fully one in love, purpose and will.’
Logically, Mormons are left with three separate Gods, or simply one God but rejecting the Holy Spirit or Jesus as God. Now keeping in mind their doctrine that men can become a god. Jesus and the Holy Spirit should still be viewed as as big ‘G’, god’s compared to us but they are little ‘g’ gods compared to the Father.
Here is where Mormonism contradicts itself. Though Mormonism in practice teaches against the Trinity their scripture teaches otherwise. As I have been reading through the book of Mormon it seems the trinity is possibly better supported within the Book of Mormon then within the Bible itself. (Keep in mind I am not proposing the Bible doesn’t support the Trinity, it does)
Here are a few examples:
“For if there be no Christ there be no God: and if there be no God we are not, for there could have been no creation. But there is a God, and he is Christ, and he cometh in the fullness of his own time” 2 Nephi 11:7
God the Father cannot exist without Jesus! In other words they are one ‘there is a God, and he is Christ’
And he also has shown unto me that the Lord God, the holy One of Israel, should manifest himself unto them in flesh” 2 Nephi 6:9
“Behold, thus saith the Lord, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, even he who was crucified for the sins of the world” Doctrine of Covenants 54:1
“Verily I say unto you, that the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost are one” 3 Nephi 11:27
“Which Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite, and eternal, without end.” Doctrine of the Covenants 20:28
This final scripture makes it as clear as day. Their own Doctrine of the Covenants lays out plainly that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one God. Mormons may object here that they believe that the three persons are one Godhead, but notice again that is not what their own scripture teaches. None of the verses listed above, (keep in mind there are more) give any mention to a Godhead as Mormonism teaches. These verses of their own scripture particularly the final one teach even more clearly than the Bible that the Trinity is real.
Furthermore other scripture support that there is simply one God, rejecting any notion that man can become God or that the Holy Spirit or Jesus are seperate Gods.
The prophet Amulek in Alma 11:28-31 is questioned:
“Now Zeezrom said: is there more than one God? And he answered ‘no‘. Now Zeezrom said unto him again: how knowest thou these things? And he said ‘an angel hath made them known to me”
Are there multiple Gods? The prophet Amulek of Mormonism says very clearly ‘no’.
The religion contradicts itself. This is a common theme of any study of Mormonism and Mormon scripture in that they do not agree. It would be one thing if this was a minor issue but when we are talking about the identity and nature both of man in his potential to become God and the nature and identity of God himself being Trinitarian or a Godhead.
There are little other doctrines of theology more important than these. If Mormonism can’t get their story straight here how should we begin to trust it?