Sons of Perdition

Finally, for those that do not make it into any of the three levels of heaven; they will suffer in eternal hell. Mormons refer to these people as the “sons of perdition.”

“Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power – They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born; For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity; - Doctrine and Covenants 76:31-33

The actual “son of perdition” comes from the Greek word apolelia. In the King James version of the Bible, apoleila is translated as perdition 8 times, destruction 5 times, waste 2 times, damnable 1 time, and pernicious 1 time. The best example of the use of this word is in Revelation:

Revelation 17:8 – The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition (apolelia). And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (KJV, comment added)

John uses the word apolelia to refer to the beast. Matthew, Mark, and Paul also use apolelia to refer to this same concept of the beast. The beast is any group of people against the Kingdom of God. I wrote an extensive article on The Beast.

Celestrial Marriage

Mormons also believe that being married in this world is separate from being married in the celestial kingdom. See this passage:

“Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world, and he marry her not by me nor by my word, and he covenant with her so long as he is in the world and she with him, their covenant and marriage are not of force when they are dead, and when they are out of the world; therefore, they are not bound by any law when they are out of the world.” – Doctrine and Covenants 132:15

So a normal marriage in this world will be nullified after death. However, through the Mormon church, men and women may undergo “sealing” in which they will be married in the celestial kingdom after death. This is controversial because men are allowed to be “sealed” to multiple women. Women, however, are only allowed to be sealed to one man, until after death, when they can also have multiple partners. There has been many arguments both between Mormons themselves and non-Mormons whether or not this is considered polygamy.

There are two important issues here. One is the fact that people can be “sealed” is this world for the spiritual world. The spiritual world is beyond the physical world. It is beyond our physical bodies and time. We have no idea what relationships will be like in heaven and therefore any ideas we may have of “marriage” there has no basis. The second issue is that the Bible clearly states that being with multiple partners is wrong in this world. So if its wrong in this world, why would it be fine in the spiritual world? As spirits, we will have less sin and be more pure of heart. Polygamy would be a step in the opposite direction. It just doesn’t make any sense.

Becoming gods

Since the Mormon “god” is simply a supreme being from another world, Mormons believe humans can become gods as well. Look at their doctrine:

“Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; they shall 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.” – Doctrine and Covenants 132:20

This is neither Biblical or Christian. And again everlasting means no beginning or end. So one cannot “become a god” that is everlasting.

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