The Mormon Heavenly Father

Many people believe that Mormons believe in the same God as the Christians do. However, since the Mormons believe the Bible was corrupted, their belief about God is based upon the teachings of the Prophets rather than what Scripture teaches about God. (For more information see our page Mormon View of the Bible.) Joseph Smith taught that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct gods.

"I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods. If this is in accordance with the New Testament, lo and behold! we have three Gods anyhow, and they are plural; and who can contradict it?" 1

Mormons believe in a different God than the Bible teaches. They call God the Father, "Heavenly Father" because they say he is the father of our spirits.2 They do not believe that our birth on earth was the beginning of our existence. We supposedly lived with the "Heavenly Father" before our birth and we were given bodies so that we can reach our "divine potential" and eventually gain godhood ourselves. See, the Mormons have a teaching that was explained by their Prophet Lorenzo Snow as follows:

"As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become." 3

They not only believe that we may become gods, but they teach that God was once a man. Joseph Smith said:

"These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible."4

They say their Heavenly Father also had a father, just like we do.

"If Abraham reasoned thus--If Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that He had a Father also. Where was there ever a son without a father? And where was there ever a father without first being a son? Whenever did a tree or anything spring into existence without a progenitor? And everything comes in this way. Paul says that which is earthly is in the likeness of that which is heavenly, Hence if Jesus had a Father, can we not believe that He had a Father also? I despise the idea of being scared to death at such a doctrine, for the Bible is full of it." 5

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism taught that God is no different than you and I will sometime be. He says that God has not been eternally God and that God is nothing more than an exalted man, a man who had "reached" godhood, not God as the Bible declares that says He is, was, and will be eternally God.

"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret..." 6

"...it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see." 7

This is clearly not what the Bible teaches. Comparing these beliefs of the Mormon Heavenly Father with Scripture will reveal that the God of Mormonism is not the God of the Bible.

The Mormon Church Teaches: The Bible Teaches:
God has not always been God from eternity
"I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea"7
God is the eternal God.
Deut 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Isa 26:4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
Gen 21:33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.
God was once a man as we are
"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret..."6
God has always been God, the Almighty
Rev 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
God had a father for all things must have an originator, even God the Father
"...and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that He had a Father also. Where was there ever a son without a father? And where was there ever a father without first being a son? Whenever did a tree or anything spring into existence without a progenitor? And everything comes in this way...Hence if Jesus had a Father, can we not believe that He had a Father also?..."5
God created all things and existed before them.
Col 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
We will become gods
"As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become."
3
There is one God. Believers will dwell with God not become like Him.
Even in eternity He will be our God.

Isa 43:10 ... Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
Rev 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are 3 separate gods.
"I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods. If this is in accordance with the New Testament, lo and behold! we have three Gods anyhow, and they are plural; and who can contradict it?"1
There is only one God and our God is one.
Isa 44:6 "This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

Sources

1Teachings of Joseph Smith Section Six 1843-44, p.370
2 Mormon.org (Official LDS Website) - God, our Heavenly Father
3 Prophet Lorenzo Snow, quoted in Milton R Hunter, The Gospel Through The Ages p.105-105
4 Teachings of Joseph Smith Section Six 1843-44, p.345
5 Teachings of Joseph Smith Section Six 1843-44, p.373
6 Teachings of Joseph Smith Section Six 1843-44, p.311
7 Teachings of Joseph Smith Section Six 1843-44, p.345



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