There is little doubt that the goal of
every faithful male Latter-day Saint is to one day be
elevated to the level of an infinite God and rule and reign
over his own personal kingdom. Mormon Apostle James Talmage
"We believe in a God who is Himself
progressive, whose majesty is intelligence; whose perfection
consists in eternal advancement -- a Being who has attained
His exalted state by a path which now His children are
permitted to follow, whose glory it is their heritage to
share" (The Articles of Faith, p. 430).
Since the Latter-day Saint male
believes he is following the "same path" to Godhood as
Elohim, he is really doing nothing more than repeating a
process started by an infinite number of Gods aeons ago. The
"exalted" Mormon male, like all Gods before Him, will
supposedly go on to populate his world, just as the God of
Mormonism populates this one. In turn, he will receive
worship of his offspring just as Elohim receives worship.
Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt explains:
"Each God, through his wife or
wives, raises up a numerous family of sons and daughters;
indeed, there will be no end to the increase of his own
children: for each father and mother will be in a condition
to multiply forever and ever. As soon as each God has
begotten many millions of male and female spirits, and his
Heavenly inheritance becomes too small, to comfortably
accommodate his great family, he, in connection with his
sons, organizes a new world, after a similar order to the
one which we now inhabit, where he sends both the male and
female spirits to inhabit tabernacles of flesh and bones.
Thus each God forms a world for the accommodation of his own
sons and daughters who are sent forth in their times and
seasons, and generations to be born into the same. The
inhabitants of each world are required to reverence, adore,
and worship their own personal father who dwells in the
Heaven which they formerly inhabited" (The Seer, p. 37).
Mr. Pratt's comments raise some
interesting points. If a human-turned-God has the ability to
procreate throughout eternity and organize a new one when
the former is full, are we to assume that Elohim (the God of
Mormonism) has other planets out there somewhere that he is
in charge of? If not, and since this planet we call home is
still far from being filled, would it not be correct to
assume that Elohim hasn't been a God for very long?
Let us set aside reason (and
scripture) for a moment and hypothetically assume that
Mormons can reach Godhood and acquire the necessary
attributes for such an eternal feat. Is such an eternity
really going to be what most Mormons expect?
Though the Bible gives very few
details of what heaven will be like, it is described as a
real place so wonderful that our thoughts cannot imagine its
"But as it is written, Eye hath not
seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of
man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love
him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Revelation 21:4 adds:
"And God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away."
Because of sin, man has proven to
be the cruelest of God's creations. Through man's sinful
acts he has brought suffering and pain upon himself and
others. No human alive could ever honestly say that life
here on earth does not have its share of heartaches,
disappointments, and sorrow. All of us have seen the effects
of a fallen race, and the view is often very unpleasant.
We hear of places like Auschwitz,
Rwanda, and Tiananmen Square. Such names flash horrible
pictures of the dead, in some cases tens of thousands of
them, slaughtered as a result of human depravity. Historical
figures like Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Idi Amin, and Mao
Tse-tung prove to us that there seems to be no limit to
man's inhumanity to man.
We see the effects of sin on God's
creation and we ask ourselves, "Is God pleased with us? Is
what takes place every day on earth really making God
happy?" Remember, according to Mormonism, this is Elohim's
"heaven." This planet was his inheritance and reward for a
life of good works in a previous world and while it is true
that Mormons do not believe their God is physically present,
they do believe he is aware of what takes place here.
Though the Bible denies such a
teaching, Mormonism teaches that every human being is a
literal child of God. (The Bible declares we become children
of God only through faith in Christ.) Given this LDS
premise, it is fair to ask, "Does God overflow with joy
watching His children stumble through life? Does He bubble
with pride as He witnesses His children killing each other
in war, aborting their babies, overdosing on drugs, and
stealing from each other?" Only the most sadistic of
creatures would define heaven in such a disappointing way.
Yet, if Mormonism is true, the Latter-day Saint who hopes to
one day obtain Godhood can expect no better. Second LDS
President Brigham Young made this clear when he said,
"Sin is upon every earth that ever
was created, and if it was not so, I would like some
philosophers to let us know how people can be exalted to
become sons of God, and enjoy a fulness of glory with the
Redeemer. Consequently every earth has its redeemer, and
every earth has its tempter; and every earth, and the people
thereof, in their turn and time, receive all that we
receive, and pass through all the ordeals that we are
passing through" (Journal of Discourses 14:71-72).
If Brigham is telling the
truth--and Mormons have no reason to doubt it--then every
earth ever created, including the one they hope to
eventually inherit, will be infected with sin. Every Mormon
couple who obtains Godhood has no choice but to look forward
to the day when one of their own children will cause the
other family members to rebel (tempter) and fall into sin,
thus making it necessary to sacrifice another one of their
children to die for the sins of the rest of the family
(redeemer). "All the ordeals that we are passing through,"
death, sorrow, failure, etc., will be experienced again and
again, only this time, the Mormon, as "God," will be in
charge of the mess.
Since the Bible teaches such
sorrows will be "passed away" in heaven, the LDS version of
heaven is hardly that which is described in Revelation 21:4.
In fact, it isn't really a heaven at all.
Bill McKeever is
the founder of
Mormonism Research Ministry,
which is a missionary/apologetics organization that was
organized for the express purpose of propagating the Gospel
of Jesus Christ and to expound the differences between
Mormonism and biblical Christianity. This article was
reproduced with permission of Mormonism Research Ministry.