Mormon Doctrine of God: Further Thoughts

As we have seen over the past few weekends, the Mormon doctrines concerning God and the Christian doctrines are completely different. Where Christians  worship a God that is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent Mormons worship a god that was once a man. A god with limited knowledge that is finite. Christians worship a triune God with three personalities while Mormons view each personality as a separate god.

What about the average Mormon you are likely to meet? Most are completely unaware of the official teachings of the Mormon church. Historically Mormons have not done much in the way of theology. In fact finding books on Mormon theology is extremely difficult. One is left to read the various Mormon writings and make decision for themselves. When I originally did the research for the comparison of the Mormon doctrine of god the only Mormon resource I found was  Bruce R. McConkie’s ” Mormon Doctrine Second Edition” published by the Deseret Book Company in 1966.

When witnessing Mormons will ask a person to read the Book of Mormon and pray if it is true. If it is true one will have a burning in the bosom which is supposed to be God’s way of letting you know the truth.  one is to accept the revealed truth and not question it.

As Christians we need to approach Mormons with love while gently getting them to answer questions regarding the official beliefs as compared to orthodox Christianity.

Only by patient loving direction can one hope to lead another to the truth.

David

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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2 Responses to Mormon Doctrine of God: Further Thoughts

  1. David says:

    The statement, “What about the average Mormon you are likely to meet? Most are completely unaware of the official teachings of the Mormon church.”, seems to indicate that you’re not be aware of the official teachings of the Mormon church or of the beliefs of an average Mormon.

    The web site lds.org contains all of the official teachings of the Mormon church including scriptures, lesson manuals, magazines and church conference addresses. If it’s not on that site, it’s not part of the teachings of the church. It’s safe to say that the average Mormon is actually very familiar with the official teachings of the Mormon church.

    If Christians wish to approach Mormons in love about their beliefs, it would be wise to question them about their actual beliefs rather that what some other writer in some other era stated as their beliefs.

    • dwwork says:

      I used to think that too, but in talking to many Mormons they will tell you that such doctrines as multiple gods etc. are not what they believe. Eventually I found out they Mormons are not encouraged to question and that the field of Mormon theology is really undeveloped. This seems to be changing as recently there have been a few Mormon apologists that have written books. They mostly try to put a Biblical slant on the more unusual Mormon doctrines.

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