Does Mormonism really teach reaching godhood?
By Jacob Howard
At the beginning of the universe, the enemy of God, Satan, gave a tasty proposal to Eve: the opportunity to become a goddess. Eve did what Satan asked and even now people are still hoping that they too can become like gods. This teaching, unbeknownst to many, is taught in many religions today including Mormonism. They teach that through the right works and plans anyone can become a god or goddess, even though such a teaching contradicts the Bible.
Mormonism has four main books they consider “scripture”. These books are the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. In Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) chapter 132, verse 20 it says:
Then shall they [faithful Mormons] be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting o everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.
Here, in a revelation given to the Mormon’s leader, Joseph Smith, the Lord God gives a revelation that humans, if they are faithful to His commandments, will be able to become gods themselves. Mormons claim that the God who revealed this is the same God revealed to mankind in the Bible.
Since Mormons teach that they can become like “Heavenly Father” they must also teach that God was once a man like them. They commonly state this like the following, “as man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” Mormons have confirmed that they believe in this teaching and that it is part of their doctrine.
Since Mormons believe they can become gods, they need to have a set of requirements that determine who can become gods and who can’t. Doctrine and Covenants 132:37, says this of those who can become gods:
Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness, because they were given unto him, and he abode in my law; as Isaac also and Jacob did none other things than that which they were commanded; and because they did none other things than that which they were commanded, they have entered into their exaltation, according to the promises, and sit upon thrones, and are not angels but are gods.
As this part of Mormon scripture reveals, man cannot become a god unless he is entered, through a “sacred Mormon temple marriage”, into a polygamous relationship. Polygamy is one of the keys to becoming a god, according to Mormon belief. Even Joseph Fielding Smith (a prominent leader of the Mormon church) said:
And as he [Joseph Smith] has here stated, as having come from the mouth of the Prophet, this doctrine of eternal union of husband and wife, and of plural marriage, is one of the most important doctrines ever revealed to man in any age of the world. Without it man would come to a full stop, without it we never could be exalted to associate with and become gods, neither could we attain to the power of eternal increase, or the blessings pronounced upon Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the fathers of the faithful.
The Bible, on the other hand, says that Abraham’s faith and belief in God was counted him for righteousness, not his polygamy (Romans 4:3). It also says, “for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8). So, contrary to Mormon belief, the Bible does not teach polygamy to be practiced and definitely for it to be a salvation requirement.
The Bible also tells mankind that, “there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6) This Bible verse clearly teaches that there is only one God and He has existed for all time.
Furthermore, the Bible also points out that God has existed for all time. In Colossians 1:17 it says: “And He [God] is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” This verse teaches that every created thing in the universe was created by God and He exists before them. This is a fundamental belief of the Bible and one that Mormonism contradicts in their belief of God once being a man.
If God once was a man, then He would have had to been three things that the Bible says He wasn’t but that the Mormon “scriptures” say He was. These three things are as follows:
- Been created with a physical body
The Bible tells us that He was never created, that He has existed for all time and has never had a physical body (John 4:24). The Bible also tells us that He has never sinned and He cannot even be tempted (James 1:13)! The Bible also makes it clear that God has existed for all time has never died nor can He die (Psalms 90:2, 103:17, 106:48). So, the Mormon idea that man is like God used to be, contradicts the Bible on many accounts.
Even though Mormons claim to believe the Bible, they do not heed it when it talks about the sacredness of God Almighty. They instead read their own scriptures and come to the contradictory conclusion that they can become gods themselves. This is Satan’s oldest trick, literally, and he has deceived millions away from the Bible with it.