An LDS woman and her husband in Idaho were genuinely searching for answers to complex questions about God, faith, and what the Bible teaches in contrast to Mormonism. She wrote out a series of nine questions to help in her journey to the true faith in the risen Christ. We will begin the first of a nine part series to provide a biblical perspective to each of her questions.
"The Godhead- the LDS perspective makes the most sense. Why did Christ cry out and pray to his father even calling him "Abba" in desperation and why was he called the son of God if he was God? Who is God?"
In a previous blog post on tilm.org, Mark Cares shared a story about a woman who was attracted to Mormonism because of their teachings on the godhead. The LDS teaching on the godhead can make sense to a rational human mind. However, the biblical understanding of God has a roadblock that does not allow human logic to enter. For this reason, Truth in Love Ministry strongly suggests not even try to talk about or explain the Trinity to a Mormon. (Click to read "Talking About the Trinity.")
But for Christians, we can take great comfort in appreciating the Trinity even though we can't fully understand it. Consider these three points:
- The God of the Bible is a much bigger than the god of Mormonism.
He is the Alpha and the Omega -- the beginning and the end. He is the Creator of the Universe and considered the great I AM. He knows all and sees all for which time nor space can hold no bounds. Mormonism teaches that Heavenly Father (God) was once a man who was perfected over the course of centuries. His Plan of Salvation makes it possible for all of his spirit children to have the opportunity to exercise and fulfill their divine potential and become a god themselves. For a religion that attempts to deify man, the Almighty God is reduced to a sideline judge.
- The Logic of God devised a Plan of Perfection
I remember teaching a Bible study class to a group of Chinese who were not Christians yet. Coming from an atheistic background that is so prevalent in China, they were wrestling with trying to identify God.
We looked at the beginning of the first chapter of John where it teaches that the Word became flesh. The Greek word for Word is "logos" which also serves as the root word for logic. I shared with the Chinese that the logic of God was that the fullness of his divinity resided in sinful flesh. A human birth yet divinely conceived. By this act of logic, all people for whom he created would be saved from physical and spiritual death. He became for us what we could never be: perfect and holy.
- The Work of God is powerful and efficient
The Word of God was made flesh. The work of God made flesh carried out all that was necessary for all people to be declared holy, worthy and perfect. The plan of salvation was a plan of perfection. That by faith alone, a soul receives all the benefits of what the Word made flesh carried out. The forgiveness of sins, perfection received, redemption fulfilled would grant the status of perfect worthiness despite being in a state of sin. Faith, eternal life, the forgiveness of sins is all made possible by the power in God's Word.
Something this amazing can only come from a God that is indefinable and beyond description. I find joy and comfort in knowing that my sins are forgiven from an all-powerful God that goes beyond understanding, rather than a god made of human flesh that has the capacity to be understood in all its scope. We can stand in awe of that truth and truly give God all praise, honor, and glory of this indescribable gift.
God doesn't ask us to understand him, he just asks us to believe in him.
- Why have I had so many spiritual experiences reading the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenant and Pearl of Great Price? 3. Why do most Christian churches I have attended the last year seem so messy and broken? 4. How could temple worship be wrong? It seems so selfless. 5. Is the plan of salvation wrong? 6. Was there really no pre-existence? There seems to be substantial Biblical support as well as much western and eastern culture support in literature for it but I haven't talked to a Christian who believes in it. 7. What is the relationship of families eternally? 8. Are we children of God? If so how? 9. Who is Satan, how is he associated with God and what role does he play?