Mormonism

The Mormon God

The first most important concept about Mormonism is their idea of “God.” The Mormon “god” is a supreme being from another world, who now rules our world. Rather than having unlimited power like the God of Christianity, Mormons describe him to have only limited power. This is because they believe that humans have free will and thus can resist god’s will. Even many Christians struggle with this concept. Christians tend to view God has an emotional being, who gets happy or sad based on our choices. This is illogical, because if God were dependent on our choices, He would not have unlimited knowledge and power. For more on this, see my article on predestination. Anyway, Mormons also believe that god is married to a woman from his old world, who is also a supreme being. Then god and his wife had many children. The first was Jesus, followed by Satan, and then the rest of us. All of their children were born as spirits at first, but later came down to Earth and were reborn as humans. However, god cursed Satan and his followers so that they could not be reborn as humans.

“We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take way the veil, so that you may see. These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did, and I will show it from the Bible” – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-346

Life After Death

The Mormon teachings on life after death are a bit complicated. First off, Mormons understand that hell and for ever are mistranslations in the Bible. They also understand that the Bible talks about God’s elite overcomers. (See my articles on these topics) Therefore, they have come up with a theory that accounts for these inconsistencies in Christianity. Here is the theory:

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After Death
1. return as a spirit into the spirit world into a) paradise or b) prison based on salvation
2. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
3. Christ will rule for 1,000 years
4. The Great Day of Judgment
5. based on judgment, you will enter one of three levels of heaven: a) celestial kingdom, b) terrestrial kingdom, c) telestial kingdom, or d) eternal hell

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