Thursday, November 15, 2018

Did They Really Say That?!?

All men and women are literally the sons and daughter of God. “Man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal [physical] body” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 335).

Every person who was ever born on earth is our spirit brother or sister. Because we are the spirit children of God, we have inherited the potential to develop His divine qualities.

Gospel Principles, official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, pg.9

What does the Holy Bible have to say about this claim (citations are from the KJV)?

Matthew 22:30: For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

I know this passage doesn’t speak directly to God as for marriage, but if neither angels or resurrected saints marry, then why would it be that God would marry? 

Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29;  God is not a man
Hosea 11:9: I am God, and not man
Luke 24:39: Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
John 4:24: God is a Spirit.

How could God marry if there is no “Goddess,” and God Himself is a spiritual being—spirits, having no body, cannot reproduce!  Ergo, God does not “beget” children.

John 8:41-45, 47: Not all are children of God, some are children of the devil.
Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Galatians 3:26: For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:29: And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed.

These say that not all are children of God, contrary to the claim above, and that to be children of God we must be born again as Christians.

John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
Romans 8:15:  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Romans 8:23: And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Galatians: 4:5: To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Ephesians 1:5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself…
1 John 3:1: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…Beloved, now are we the sons of God
1 John 5:1: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

These passages demonstrate that we are adopted as children of God, not that we were to begin with. If we were already literal children of God, why would we then need to be adopted?

The LDS doctrine as cited from Gospel Principles is at odds with the Bible—it contradicts the Bible.  Therefore it is obvious that this doctrine is not from god because it is false. The “God” spoken of in this teaching is not the God of the Bible, and therefore a go who has no power to save anyone from sin.

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