|From LDS.org. Does this image illicit a good feeling? It should.|
Monday, March 14, 2011
More on Mormons - Eternal Progression
An important terminology difference is the idea of being saved vs. the idea of eternal life. If a non-Mormon Christian and a Mormon are having a discussion, the non-Mormon idea of being saved is what a Mormon will call eternal life. This is because Mormons believe that everyone is “saved” from the first death, which I will address later. One way that this distinction will become clear is through the question “if you were to die today, do you know that you would spend eternity with your father in heaven?” The answers of the two religions will vary in response to this question.
Another difference is the expressed in this quote “As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.” It appears that, Mormons not only believe in the one God, but also a bunch of other Gods. When you die the second death you may get a chance to become a God. (If this is not true, please help me understand in the comments)
Here are some excepts from Journal of Discourse 3:3 – 4
"God himself was once as we are now, and is exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens. That is the great secret…for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity, I will refute that idea, and will take away a do away with the vail, so that you may see…and to know that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself the Father of us all, dwelt on earth the same as Jesus Christ himself did…Do you believe it? If you do not believe it, you do not believe the Bible…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…until you arrive at the station of a God and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before you."
The LDS church understands Yahweh (LORD) as being a separate entity from Elohim (God). As shown about there is also the possibility of individuals becoming Gods. Non-Mormon Christians see Yahweh and Elohim as the same being based on the phrase "the LORD your God." Using Bible Gateway, I found several hundred examples of this phrase.
Our Eternal Life - A brief explanation of eternal life from LDS.org (goes with the image at the top).