Though not brought up in every conversation
between a mainstream Christian and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this is a common subject between
many people who like to study into our religion. When someone not of our faith stumbles upon this fact, they usually think
of if as being completely blasphemous and crazy. I understand completely their reasoning, looking on it from a non-member
view. I have some friends who think I and the church are crazy for this belief. Non-Mormons usually believe this because of
irrationality, no understanding, and stubbornness. They usually do not want to hear what we have to say due to the preaching
of their different church leaders. What I am going to tell you is the truth, and you can choose whether or not to read it,
but know that I am only going to tell you the truth. This is the reason why we believe that we can become Gods:
Through my observations,
I have noticed that many non-Mormon Christians believe that their eternal purpose in Heaven is to serve God; give praise to
Him, and do His bidding. Being immortal and spending time and eternity together in pure happiness with all of the people who
made it to Heaven. This does sound great. No more sickness, no more death, and no more pain. The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints believes that this is what we will do, only more. I have been told countless times, through testimony, from
members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that we believe many things other Christian sects believe, we only
expound upon that.
Analogy: Let’s say you are a father. You have a beautiful wife, a few
children, and are very wealthy but ultimately happy. You wish to see your children grow and be happy too, and ultimately give
everything you have to your children. But, in order to receive the things you earned and give you a comfortable life, they
must be good people. They cannot be criminals or do wrong to others in any way. Once they prove themselves worthy to receive
these great things, they can now share in your joy.
This is the way I look at my ultimate
goal, to become one like the father.
Excerpts from the King James Version
of the Holy Bible:
Leviticus 19:2 –
2Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord you God am holy.
ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
Romans - 17
Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God;
if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also
7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his
We, members of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe that our Heavenly Father, God, went through life as we go through life
now. Non-Mormon Christians believe that our purpose in life is to prove ourselves worthy in order be in heaven with God and
Jesus. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believes this also, only we gain an even larger reward: the ability
to create worlds and life, just like our Heavenly Father, with our spouse. Those worlds will be just like this earth. We believe
that Heavenly Father proved himself worthy to become a God, and we are his offspring or Children
of God. We do not believe that God created us so that we may ultimately pamper him for the rest of eternity. In that,
there would be no progression. From this knowledge of the Bible alone, I would say that even if I left The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I would still believe in this.
How do Latter-day Saints view the early Christian doctrine of theosis: becoming like God?
Actually, the doctrine is found in Psalms 82:1, 6-7, 1 John 3:1-3, 2 Peter 1:2-4, Philippians 2:5-6, Romans
8:15-17, and Revelation 21:7. From the very beginning, the Bible teaches theosis or the deification of man. When Adam and
Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, "the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of
us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever"
(Genesis 3:22). The implication is that had they been able to partake of the tree of life, they would have been like God in
another respect, being immortal. This is precisely what is promised to the righteous in Revelation 2:7, when Christ says,
"To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."
state of man is also explained in Psalms 8:4-5, which asks, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man,
that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."
The word rendered "angels" in the King James and some other translations is Hebrew elohim, which actually means "gods." See
also Paul's reasoning in Acts 17:22-29, where he says that humans are of the same species (Greek genos) as God and shouldn't
think of him as being otherwise.
Theosis, also called apotheosis, divinization, and deification, was commonly taught
by Church Fathers of the earliest centuries A.D. It is still an official doctrine of the Eastern Orthodox churches and is
even mentioned briefly in the current Catechism used in the Roman Catholic Church (Article 460). Though most Protestants don't
accept the concept, a few Evangelical scholars have recently written articles demonstrating that Wesley and Calvin taught
it. The Church fathers often noted the term "God of gods" (Deuteronomy 10:17; Joshua 22:2; Psalm 136:2; Daniel 11:36), indicating
that since God could not be the God of false gods, these must be real gods. Psalm 82:6-7 was cited by Jesus (John 10:33-36)
and both passages were frequently used by the Church Fathers to demonstrate that men were gods.