Mormonism and Many Gods
Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a father god and that that father god also had a father god. This progression of gods continues to go back forever thus they believe in an infinite amount of gods. Does the Bible teach that there are other gods? No. In fact, the Book of Mormon even teaches there is only one God. Today were going to look at quotes from Mormon apostles and prophets concerning many gods and then were going to refute the idea that there are many gods with the scriptures. As an added bonus, we will also look at clear readings from the book of Mormon that say there is only one God.
Mormons prophets speak of many gods
“I wish to declare I have always and in all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church 6:474).
“How many Gods there are, I do not know. But there never was a time when there were not Gods…” (Brigham Young , Journal of Discourses 7:333).
“Three separate personages — Father, Son, and Holy Ghost — comprise the Godhead. As each of these persons is a God, it is evident, from this standpoint alone, that a plurality of Gods exists. To us, speaking in the proper finite sense, these three are the only Gods we worship. But in addition there is an infinite number of holy personages, drawn from worlds without number, who have passed on to exaltation and are thus gods.” Bruce McConkie
The Pearl of Great Price says there are more than one God
Pearl of Great Price 4:1-2 “And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth, after it was formed, was empty and desolate, because they had not formed anything but the earth; and darkness reigned upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of the Gods was brooding upon the face of the waters.”
As a side note, the Book of Abraham (part of the Pearl of Great Price) was claimed to have been translated from an ancient Egyptian papyri. This Egyptian papyrus has since been examined by scholars in the field of Egyptology and found that it had nothing to do with Abraham. The papyrus was part of a funeral text called “the Book of Breathing”. Once again, Joseph Smith has been found to be a fraud.
For more information: http://www.mrm.org/book-of-abraham
Texts Mormons use to support their claim of many gods
Gen 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
This is a scripture that can just as easily be used to support the doctrine of the trinity. Genesis chapter one, does not contain a reference to many gods.
Psalms 82:1-8 “A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. (2) How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. (3) Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. (4) Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. (5) They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. (6) I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. (7) But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. (8) Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.”
Mormons often quote this passage in support of their belief that they can become gods. What’s interesting is that this passage does not represent Mormon doctrine at all. This passage calls the rulers gods even though they have not (as the Mormons believe) reached exaltation. Notice also that God is chastising these men. Why should we believe that they will be exalted to godhood?
The following verse is similar.
Joh 10:34 “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
It amazes me that LDS suggest that these scriptures support their belief that we can become gods. It’s clear neither passage supports Mormon theology as both instances are referring to people that are still alive and are not exalted god beings. Secondly, both instances involve Jews who are being chastised. We get no indication that these Jews were on the path to exaltation.
1 Corinthians 8:4-6 “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. (5) For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) (6) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
It’s argued that verse five teaches that there are many gods but if you read the verse in context it becomes clear that Paul is not saying there are many gods. These idol worshipers believed in many gods and Paul was refuting that idea. Just two chapters later, Paul explains what these idols represented. He calls them devils.
1 Corinthians 10:19-20 “What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? (20) But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”
If the Latter Day Saints would only read this passage in context they could see that Paul is not saying there are many gods.
There is only one God
Isa 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isa 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
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.
Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Jas 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
The Book of Mormon Teaches there is only one God
Oddly enough, even “the most correct book on earth”, the Book of Mormon clearly says there is only one God. Obviously, the Book of Mormon is not a God inspired book, but I think it’s important to point out. If the Book of Mormon was inspired of God and if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, we should expect them to be without error.
Alma 11: 28 “Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God? 29 And he answered, No. 30 Now Zeezrom said unto him again: How knowest thou these things? 31 And he said: An angel hath made them known unto me.”
Alma 11:44 “Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.”
Mormon 7:7 “And he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end.”
Our God is one God. There are no gods before him. Neither is there going to be gods after him. The Bible is clear on this. Oddly enough, even the Book of Mormon agrees with this conclusion.
What do you think? Is Joseph Smith a false prophet or is the Book of Mormon in error? Why should anyone believe the words of Joseph Smith when he makes these kinds of blatant errors?
Is the God of Mormonism immutable?