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What Do Mormons Really Believe? -About God: As A Spirit

by Dr. D ~ November 4th, 2006

It is in the area of the doctrine of God where the greatest and most important differences prevail between Mormonism and Evangelical Christianity.  I will be posting a number of short articles dealing with major issues and topics concerning LDS beliefs about God. 

While Christians believe that God The Father is a Spiritual Being that transcends our universe and has universal presence.  Mormons teach that God the Father has a more physical presence. A ‘spiritual body’ similar to what Jesus received at the resurrection. A presence that can be seen and even touched.   Bruce McConkie states it this way:

God the Father is a glorified and perfected Man.  A Personage of flesh and bones (D.& C. 130:22), in which tangible body an eternal spirit is housed.  It is in this sense that God is a Spirit.” (Mormon Doctrine, pg 318-19)

Evangelical Christians believe what Jesus taught in John 4:21-24, that God the Father is a Spirit that is not limited to any particular location.  Mormons counter that the passage was not ‘translated’ correctly and changes were probably made to the text.

Some LDS point to Joseph Smith’s own ‘translation’ of the Bible (though not an official LDS church book) which reads substantially different (See: Inspired Version, John 4:25-26).  However, a study of Smith’s work clearly shows that he did no real ‘translating’ but merely made changes in his copy of the King James Version, crossing out words that he disagreed with, and adding new words and passages that agree with his own teaching and understanding.  To be fair, Mormons believe that he was ‘inspired’ by God to make the changes.

For a good understanding of the Evangelical Christian view, see: Grudem, Systematic Theology pgs 186-190

Click here and see: ‘Sources -For a bibliography of the references in this article.

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1 Response to What Do Mormons Really Believe? -About God: As A Spirit

  1. Gene Thomas

    I am always glad to see someone speaking the truth about the LDS (Mormons). I am an ex-mormon, and my web site is designed to both support Christianity and tell about Mormonism. I look forward to what you have to say.
    Gene

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