On the True Christian Doctrine about the Nature of God
By RE CASTEL
There are four articles in this website that contain discussions on the true Christian doctrine about the nature of God: (1) Mormon Theology and Cosmology, (2) Regarding the Plurality of Gods: a biblical idea denied by most of the Christian world, (3) The Doctrine of Godhood for Man: a Christian doctrine denied by most of the Christian world, and (4) God's Great Plan for Man.
These articles discuss that God our Father is one of the infinite number of gods who reside in the cosmos and who together rule over all of the infinite cosmos, with each of the gods having their own dominion in the cosmos. These articles also discuss that God our Father intends to bring about the godhood of His children – that is, as many of us who will obey Him. This doctrine of the plurality of the gods is clearly put forth in the Christian scriptures – the Bible.
The Bible tells us that "God is God of gods" [Deuteronomy 10: 17; see also Psalms 136: 2-3; Joshua 22: 22]. These references to gods in the scriptures clarify the truth that there are many gods in the existence. Some people might say that the word gods in the cited scriptures refers to pagan idols. But, evidently, the word gods in the particular scriptures cited is not a reference to such idols because it is foolish to say that God is a God of idols.
The Lord Jesus Christ also quoted the scriptures that say "Ye are gods; and all of you are the children of the Most High" [St. John 10: 34-36; Psalms 82: 1, 6-7]. Here again is a clear reference to gods in the plural; and clearly there is no reference to pagan idols here, since God will never own the pagan idols as His children. It is also very clear from these scriptures that there are those of God's children who are proclaimed into godhood when they are given God's word – "Ye are gods"; thus, here also is the substance of the doctrine of godhood for man.
The doctrine of the plurality of gods that includes the doctrine of godhood for man is a particular touchstone by which we may test which Christian church or ministry is of God. The doctrine of the plurality of the gods and of godhood for man is a supreme doctrine that allows the contemplation of the ultimate good that man may achieve by the utmost grace of God.The true Christian church or ministry preaches the biblically affirmed doctrine of the plurality of gods that includes the doctrine of godhood for man.
The so-called Christian churches or ministries – such as the Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the whole lot of other Christian churches or ministries – evidently do not pass the particular touchstone test acknowledged here.
These so-called Christian churches and ministries (their priests, their pastors, their doctored theologians) do not preach that "God our Father has a father and His father also has a father, and so on ad infinitum"; they do not preach that there is an infinite hierarchy of gods that together rule over all of the existence; and they do not preach that God the Father intends to bring about godhood for His children.
Thus, although these so-called Christian churches and ministries preach a lot of the good contained in the Christian gospel, they do not preach the fulness of the Christian gospel that includes the supernal blessing of godhood that God offers to His children. It is either that these so-called Christian churches and ministries are without a clue regarding the true Christian doctrine about the nature of God, or they are ignorant of the doctrine, or, worst, they deny the doctrine, defy the scriptures, and defy good reason. In any of these cases, these so-called Christian churches and ministries simply do not pass the particular touchstone test acknowledged here.
Only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clearly and thoroughly passes the particular touchstone test.
The word of the Lord Jesus Christ himself is clear: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (St. Matthew 5: 48) The Apostle Paul says "there be gods many, and lords many." (1 Corinthians 8: 5) The Apostle Paul also says: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." (Philippians 2: 5-6) And the honest conscience says: "This certainly is good doctrine, supreme doctrine!"
The Lord Jesus Christ himself commands us to be as perfect as God is; the Lord and his apostle say that there are many gods; they encourage us to have in our minds the idea that it is not robbery to be equal with God, that it is not wrong to desire to become as God is; and the honest conscience tells us this is good doctrine, supreme doctrine!
So, who shall we listen to? Shall we listen to those who say that we can never be as good and perfect as God is? Shall we listen to those who say we can never be good? And who do you think is behind these people who, contrary to the doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ, say that we can never be good and perfect as God is?
All these lead to a simple conclusion. If a person desires the supreme worship of God, then the best option is the supreme doctrine in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If a person merely desires the miserable's hope, then there is the mire in the so-called Christian churches and ministries. But, come judgment day, God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, God will forgive whom He will forgive, and God will bless whom He will bless, all according to their expressed desires proven in the trial of their faith.
The doctrine of the infinite hierarchy of gods is in accord with the theory of an infinite and hierarchical cosmos put forth by the author in this website. This is the science and religion reconciliation that the author tries to clarify.