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mormon, questions Book of Mormon, Faith, Godhead, Jesus Christ
I was wondering what the official position is.
Jettboy on Dec 19, 2011
The question makes some presuppositions that Mormons don’t hold, making it a difficult question to answer. He is and always was a God just as the Father is and always was God. I know there has been statements that question if God the Father was always God, but there are also other Scriptures that make it clear that the Father was always God by his mere existence.
Same with Jesus. He has always been God the Savior, the First Born of the Father who holds a position subordinate to, but of equal importance as the Father. He is more than a “god” like all of humanity, but an exalted member of the Godhead consisting of God the Father, Jesus the Divine Son of God, and the Holy Ghost who is Witness of both. Jesus has also been know as both the Father and the Son, the Father because of the Atonement and Creation of the human race, and the Son because of his following the will of his Father in the flesh.
Although the Spirits of all humans make them Children of God, Jesus is the First born of the Spirit and the Flesh. He is exalted in a way that is not completely understood, but it is more than any of us can be while in mortality. Even when some who follow the Faith and Ordinances of the Gospel are Exalted (Given everything Jesus has just as Jesus was given everything that the Father has), God will still be the preeminent source of Worship as the Father of All, and Jesus will continue to be the Savior who Died for the Sins of the World so mortals could be Saved from eternal separation and damnation. The Holy Ghost’s post-Final judgement role is far less understood or revealed.
To put it more succinctly, Mormons believe in the Trinity of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as One God. In using “The Trinity” however, it is not a union of multiple manifestations of the same entity, but separate entities part of the same authoritative organization. They are One God because they act in complete unison regardless of separate roles they have played in human salvation. Mormon views can best be described as Social Trinity, although calling them “The Godhead” is more culturally and religiously descriptive.
The short answer? Jesus was also a God along with God the Father and hence the incarnation and condescension taking on a mortal body. He was and always will be more than a “god” to us mortals; although all humans have the divine potential within them.
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Weslin on Jul 28, 2013
“As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, 2011)
Such is the cycle of the Plan of Salvation, but our Father in Heaven did not come up with this plan. He experienced it himself. This is a tried and true plan. God himself was a spirit and was born to an earth (not this one mind you) and he lived absolutely faithful to the Plan of Salvation. He then was exalted and became and God.
He then had spirit children, the first and foremost was Jesus Christ (known then as Jehova). Jehova was so obedient and righteous in the pre-earth life that he attained Godhood (John 1:1-3). Such was the plan. But Jesus gave up his throne (temporarily) so that he could 1, receive a body, and 2, to be bruised and spit at and mocked and crucified, so that we all can acheive Godhood with him. We are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17).
Now we have an opportunity to live as our Father in Heaven did, to follow in his footsteps and obey this glorious plan and ultimately become like him, having our own spirit children whom we will send down to an earth and listen to them wonder “who is God?”
This is important to know, because we can confide in that he truely does know how I feel, he has gone through his own trials and overcame them with the gospel. He must know what he is talking about!
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! … 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.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1938, pp. 345–46.)
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