One of the most controversial and often unknown beliefs of the Mormon church is the teaching that God the Father was once a man. They believe He still rules over this world however He does it from a position which He earned in His mortal existence.
This is a belief which often the Mormon Missionaries that come to your door do not share, they are taught to share the simpler doctrines first and save ones like that till later, maybe after someone has joined the church.
This view though very much a part of Mormonism and the plan of salvation for humanity came into place in what is probably the founder of Mormonism Joseph Smiths most famous sermon, the King Follett Discourse.
In this sermon which was the funeral sermon for an Elder King Follett Joseph said this.
God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible,—I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with him, as one man talks and communes with another. (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/King_Follett_Discourse)
The implication of this for humanity is that they believe we have the potential to be a God too, which Joseph goes on to say in this sermon.
Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you,3 namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power. And I want you to know that God, in the last days, while certain individuals are proclaiming his name, is not trifling with you or me.
Joseph Smith first brought this teaching to the Mormon church but many have carried it on.
The Second Mormon President Brigham Young said this
“When you can thus feel, then you may begin to think that you can find out something about God, and begin to learn who he is. He is our Father—the Father of our spirits, and was once a man in mortal flesh as we are, and is now an exalted Being. How many Gods there are, I do not know. But there never was a time when there were not Gods and worlds, and when men were not passing through the same ordeals that we are now passing through. That course has been from all eternity, and it is and will be to all eternity. You cannot comprehend this; but when you can, it will be to you a matter of great consolation” (Brigham Young, October 8, 1859, Journal of Discourses 7:333).
The 4th Mormon President Wilfred Woodruf stated that God is still progressing in knowledge.
“GOD IS INCREASING IN KNOWLEDGE. If there was a point where man in his progression could not proceed any further, the very idea would throw a gloom over every intelligent and reflecting mind. God Himself is increasing and progressing in knowledge, power, and dominion, and will do so, worlds without end” (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, p. 3).
Another Mormon Authority said this.
“Mormonism does not tend to debase God to the level of man, but to exalt man to the perfection of God” (Charles Penrose, cited in The Gospel Through the Ages, p. 107).
And finally now what is quite a famous quote on this subject from Lorenzo Snow 5th Mormon president is this.
“As man is now, God once was; as God is now, man may be” (The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p. 2. Italics in original. See also The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles manual, 1979, p. 59).
There are many more quotes like this I could go on all day with many Presidents and Authorities in the Mormon church affirming that God was once a man and we can one day be a god.
You may not know but within the Mormon church the Prophet or president (same thing) speaks with the Authority of scripture, when He speaks if it counters past scripture or prophets it still stands for today, this teaching has never been denied, and many faithful Mormon members are striving to live out all the church commands in the hope of one day receiving this Godhood.
On this subject more than every other we as Christians have a duty to respond, this teaching reduces the biblical God from being the Almighty, uncreated, creator of everything that exists, to being a sinful man promoted to godhood by his own good works who rules over some of the universe.
The Bible which is the authority for Christians and the book which the Mormon Missionaries who knock on your door will claim is in harmony with what their church teaches has a very different story to tell.
Firstly there is only one God.
I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
This contradicts the view that there are millions of Gods all over the cosmos which Mormons believe however they will say well we only follow one God, however what I have also been told before is that if we as humans get to become a god we will always be subject to our God, by implication so must our God be, however He does not seem to know about it.
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.
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.
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.
So even if our God became a god, he is committing blasphemy according to Mormon belief by not acknowledging His own God.
However most importantly the point is that there is only one God that we see in the bible, one God that created everything, has always been God as we see in Psalm 90:2 which says from everlasting to everlasting You are God! This is something Christians should uphold out of worship to our God that He is eternal and is the great I am.
To Mormons reading this I hope you have not felt that I am trying to trash on you or whatever this is an article I put together to show that God is so much greater than you know Him to be, interestingly we also see nothing in the bible of people waiting to become gods, though please show me if I am wrong. What we see is people so caught up with the greatness of God and in love with Him, that all they want is to serve Him and spend eternity in His presence. I will end with the words of the apostle paul which reflect this.
21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
23For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Was this man seeking Godhood??