Mormons believe that the Father is not self-existent
“We were begotten by our Father in Heaven; the person of our Father in Heaven was begotten on a previous heavenly world by His Father; and again, He was begotten by a still more ancient Father, and so one, from one generation to generation” (Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt , The Seer, pg. 132).
This concept that God was once a man who was born into a world is not found in the Bible, nor was it believed by anyone in the early church. This is a new doctrine that comes from man, and not God.
John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Deu 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”
We will discuss God’s eternal nature more in future posts in this series. The Bible is clear that God is eternal, was not begotten and depends on nobody. Furthermore, our God is the only God.
Mormons believe that the Father does not transcend creation
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!” (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 345).
“God and man are of the same race, differing only in their degrees of advancement” (Mormon Apostle John Widtsoe, Gospel Through the Ages, pg. 107).
“God, angels, and men are all of the same species, one race, one great family…”(Orson Pratt Key to the Science of Theology, 1978 ed., pg. 21).
The Bible teaches no such thing. This again is a doctrine of man and hearkens back to the lie in the garden. Satan told Eve “ye shall be as gods”. Since the garden, Satan has filled mens hearts with the lust of becoming a god. What does God’s word say about this?
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Romans 11:33-36 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (34) For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? (35) Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? (36) For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
Exo 33:20 “ And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”(except Joseph?)
Jeremiah 23:23-24 “Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? (24) Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”
Our God is not an exalted man. Our God is all powerful and transcends all of creation. In the coming days we will discuss scripture that clearly proves that our God is the only God. We will also discuss more erroneous beliefs of Mormonism about God the Father.