ETERNAL LIFE/EXALTATION

The main goal of every faithful Mormon is to be judged worthy enough to receive the reward of the highest degree of the celestial kingdom. To attain eternal life means to live in God’s presence and continue to live as eternal families. This is distinct from immortality which is a gift given to all people because of Christ’s Atonement. Eternal life is only for those who are obedient and worthy members of the LDS Church and have valiantly kept all of the laws and ordinances of the Mormon gospel. Faithful Mormons will strive to “endure to the end” in order to achieve their eternal potential.

But there is something more.

“All human beings are children of loving heavenly parents and possess seeds of divinity within them. In His infinite love, God invites His children to cultivate their eternal potential by the grace of God, through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. The doctrine of humans’ eternal potential to become like their Heavenly Father is central to the gospel of Jesus Christ and inspires love, hope, and gratitude in the hearts of faithful Latter-day Saints.”  (Gospel Topics: Becoming Like God, lds.org)

LDS Scriptures teach that all humans have the divine potential to become a god (D & C 132:19-20). This is referred to as receiving the gift of exaltation or eternal life. This “gift” is entirely dependent upon one’s obedience.

Biblical Christianity teaches:
Eternal life means to live forever with God. People receive eternal life at the moment of conversion, it is not just a term that applies to our future in heaven. (John 5:24)  Eternal life is a gift from God (Rom. 6:23) and the only way to receive eternal life is by faith in Jesus Christ.

In contrast to Mormonism, no man has the ability or the potential to exalt himself. There is no divine potential within humankind, only the curse of sin. (Isaiah 45:22)