Is God a Spirit or Does God Have a Body?
In this article, we will discuss the differences between what Mormons are taught concerning the Father and what the Bible actually says. As you will see, the Bible claims that God the Father is a spirit. Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a body of flesh and bone.
“The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (Joseph Smith D&C 130:22).
Mormons argue that God must have a body because we were created after the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). They then proceed to cite scriptures that describe God with anthropomorphic language. In other words, God is described in ways that make Him sound like He has a body. For example, Moses was said to have spoken to God face to face (Exodus 33:11). God is said to have a hand (Exodus 33:22-23). God is said to have a face (Genesis 32:24-32). God is said to have nostrils (2 Samuel 22:16). But this is God using anthropomorphic language. God is speaking of Himself in a way that humanity can understand.
When Jesus says He is the door (John 10:9), we don’t assume he is made of wood and swings on hinges. When Jesus says he is the vine (John 15:5), we don’t conclude that he grows grapes. When our Father says “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust(Psalms 91:4 )”, we don’t believe that He is a big bird in the sky.
“he that hath seen me hath seen the Father”
Mormons also point at the fact that Jesus said “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). They argue that since Jesus had a body, so must the Father. What they fail to do is read down further in the passage where this idea is refuted.
John 14:10-11 “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. (11) Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”
How can the Father be in Jesus if the Father has a body?
God is a Spirit
God’s word is clear. God is a spirit.
Joh 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Jesus teaches that Spirits do not have flesh and bones.
Luke 24:37-39 “But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. (38) And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? (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.”
How much clearer does it need to be?
Isa 31:3 “Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.”
Hos 11:9 “I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.”
Num 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
God forewarns of this error
Romans 1:22-23 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
The Book of Mormon says that God is a Spirit<h/2>
One again, The Book of Mormon is not inspired text, nor is it historically accurate. Nonetheless, the following passages from the Book of Mormon proclaim that God is a spirit.
Alma 22:10 “And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this?”
Alma 32:15 “Holy, holy God; we believe that thou art God, and we believe that thou art holy, and that thou wast a spirit, and that thou art a spirit, and that thou wilt be a spirit forever.”
Once again, Mormonism has been shown to be false and Joseph Smith to be a false prophet. I beg you to come out of Mormonism and trust in the true God of the Bible who sent His only Son to die on your behalf, for the forgiveness of your sins. It’s really that simple. For two thousand years since the time of Christ, believers have been trusting in Christ alone for the forgiveness of all of their sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
It’s not by following the precepts of the LDS church. It is simply by the death of the savior, the perfect sacrifice, on the cross of Calvary, that you can be saved.