Mormon Doctrine of God: God and the Universe

When Carl Sagan opened his book Cosmos and PBS series with the same name with these words, “ THE COSMOS IS ALL THAT IS OR EVER WAS OR EVER WILL BE.”[1] (Emphasis Mr. Sagan) One is left to wonder if he knew how closely this parallels the Mormon view of an eternal universe. For just as the late Mr. Sagan believed in an eternal universe so also does the Mormon Church. Mormon Doctrine writes of Joseph Smith’s teachings that God did not create the universe of out nothing, but organized  preexistent matter into our current universe.[2] In Genesis 1:1 we are told that God created the heavens and the earth. Again in John 1:3 we are told that all things were created by God.

While many times it seems science and religion are at odds, the fact that the universe had a beginning and was created from nothing is currently the most widely accepted scientific theory of the beginnings of the universe. The “Big Bang” theory proposes that the universe began as an explosion that eventually formed the universe we see today. While few scientists are willing to accept God as creator, the evidence that there was a beginning to the universe leaves room in the scientific world for an intelligent designer. While the purpose of this paper is not to get into the various arguments for Theistic creation, it is enough to show that the universe had a beginning. Since anything that has a beginning has to have a beginner, all created things need a creator. The Mormon concept that the universe either preceded God or at the very least co-existed with God is in direct conflict with both Christian thinking and current scientific thought. We are taught from the Bible that God existed before everything else.

[1]Carl Sagan, Cosmos (New York: Random House, 1980), 4.

[2]Mormon Doctrine, 169.

About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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