Is God Immutable?
Does God change? Does God grow in understanding or essence? According to the Bible, God is immutable. In other words, our God cannot change. He does not increase in power, because He already is all-powerful. He does not learn new things because He already knows all things.
The God of Mormonism can and does change. In other words, the God of Mormonism is not immutable. As we have already discussed, Mormons believe that God was once a man as we are and progressed to become a God. That is a fairly big change.
From a man to the God of this planet
As I mentioned before, Mormons believe that God was once a normal man that eventually progressed to godhood.
“As man is, God one was; as God is, man may become.” (Fifth LDS President Lorenzo Snow)
As you can clearly see, Mormonism believes in a changing God. I cannot think of a greater change than a man becoming a God.
What does the Bible say?
The Bible clearly describes a God who does not change.
Mal 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Heb 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Psa 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
Isa 43:10 “ Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”
Psa 102:27 “But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”
1 Timothy 1:17 “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Jas 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Psalms 102:26-27 “They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: (27) But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”
Even the Book of Mormon describes an immutable God
Once again, I would like to stress that the Book of Mormon is neither inspired nor historically accurate. Nonetheless, I find it interesting that the Book of Mormon clearly teaches about an immutable God.
Moroni 8:18 “For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.”
Mormon 9:9-11 “9 For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing? 10 And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles. 11 But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.”
Alma 41:8 Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.”
3 Nephi 24:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Once again we see that the Mormon view of the Father is not biblical nor are the Mormons preaching the same gospel. Tomorrow we will examine more attributes of the God of Mormonism and compare them to the God of the Bible.
See also: The Many Gods of Mormonsim http://youthapologeticstraining.com/mormonism-and-many-gods/