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Mormonism Impossible (Part Three): The Greatest Conceivable Being

Latter-Day Saints' monolatrism proves monotheism to be true. 

I recently emailed a member of the LDS because I wanted to see how he might answer my question regarding some material in Mormonism Impossible Part Two. Specifically, I wanted to see what some of them thought about the Law of the Gods.[1] As in, what exactly causes it. Where did this Law that says men can become gods come from? Read my question below:

 

I have questions that lead to other questions about LDS doctrine. I am genuinely curious about how this all makes sense. For starters, I understand that if a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints lives a holy life, that when they die and go on to the celestial kingdom, they become gods. I know that some members shy away from this teaching, but it is what I find in D&C. So, whether or not LDS become a god of their own planet, I am not completely certain, other than what I see in D&C, which seems to teach that this is the case. Since it is the case, and a man must be married in order to achieve this goal according to D&C, then I imagine that heavenly Father, who was once a man, must have inhabited a planet that was at least populated enough to find a wife for himself, was a holy man. So my question is, what is it that makes this law possible? Why is it the case that men become gods? If we go back in time for infinity, and all these men through the billions of years become gods, why is it the case? Who or what made this pattern work this way?

I really want to know the answer to this. Please tell me where I am wrong, and help me understand my ultimate question. Thank you!

 

As I touched on this in Part two, I will argue in this article that this Law in Mormonism not only transcends Mormon doctrine, but it also proves the existence of the Greatest Conceivable Being. But, before we get to that, see the letter I received from my LDS friend below:

 

Thanks for your email. You are not wrong in your statement as extrapolated from the Doctrine & Covenants. It's found in section 132 (verse 20 specifically, among others). One of the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ all humankind has the potential to become perfected and that we can ultimately become like our Father in Heaven. How this is possible is frankly beyond my understanding. It would be certainly interesting to know how or why this has worked this way for eons, but the scriptures do not give us this detail. Also, I'm not sure if you were referring to men in the "mankind" sense, or men as in "male." But to be clear, we don't believe that this opportunity is only available to males. Both men and women, married and sealed together, can be perfected together and become exalted like God. I can't imagine this [god-status] is an immediate that thing that happens. I tend to think of it as a gradual progression over eons and eons. We must prove faithful in this short moment of mortality, and if so, we are granted the opportunity to dwell with God and Christ in the Celestial realms for eternity where we can learn to become like Him. And as we are glorified, it only adds to his glory.

This is all really deep doctrine. It's fascinating, but sometimes I feel we can look beyond the mark. What's most important is to focus on how am I doing as a person today? Am I a good husband, father, son, friend, etc.? Am I a disciple of Jesus Christ? Am I keeping the commandments and helping others? etc. etc. I personally feel this mortal life is an opportunity for each of us to align our will with God's will. None of us will be perfect, but we can strive to be better each day.

Hope that helps some.[2],[3]

 

Not only does this answer I received above admit that it is unknown why this Law of the Gods has been this way for "eons," but it also admits that the Mormon scriptures do not explain it. It is something that Mormons are to take a blind trust in. I think the answer here though, comes to us philosophically, which is fairly easy to understand.

 

The Law of the Gods Transcends Mormonism

 

To transcend something means to be or go beyond the range or limits of it. When we talk about God for instance, God transcends the physical limits of the universe, because He created it.[4] He must be outside of the physical universe in order to create it. If God were in the physical universe, then He would have created Himself, which is absurd.

Similarly, the Law of the Gods in Mormonism transcends the gods themselves in Mormonism. We can see this in the letter I received above. The Law of the Gods says that if a person is good enough in their life on earth, that they will become a God (exaltation). But where does this Law come from? It seems that no one can answer this question. This Law transcends the collection of gods in Mormonism who were once human beings. They become gods because of this law. The problem is, this law is nowhere to be found. One might wonder then, that if this law is above those who enter into godhood in Mormonism, is that Law, God? This brings us to our next argument.

 

The Law of the Gods proves the existence of the Greatest Conceivable Being

 

Think of it like this: If the Law of the Gods exists, then there must be a being that transcends this Law. It is a requirement. In other words, for this Law to exist, something must have created the Law in order for this pattern to exist that men become gods (in Mormon theology). We know that all Laws require a Lawgiver. The law to stop at a stop sign was put into effect just like the law of gravity. God finely-tuned this anthropic constant so perfectly that if gravity were more, then life could not exist, and similarly if it were less, then the same result would take place, that life could not exist. 

 

Even if this Law of the Gods were true, then it would ultimately prove that only one God exists, simply because there must be an explanation for this Law to be in existence from eternity past in the first place. Remember, every law requires a lawgiver. So who wrote the Law of the Gods? Who is the cause of this pattern? The answer is that if it were true, then the one true God wrote it. The problem is, this is also absurd. If it were true, it would reduce the doctrine of exaltation in Mormonism to a person becoming something less than what God is, never being able to attain the place where God is, therefore the One God would then be Greater than every other “God.” It would make the Mormonism and the D&C ultimately false, because these teach that men can become “Gods.”[5]

What this means is that if it is true, then Mormonism is false, but if it is not true, then Mormonism is still false (at least as far as the doctrine of exaltation is concerned). So the ultimate cause of the pattern that men become “Gods” in Mormonism, if true, proves that there is only one true God, which creates a bunch of logical, philosophical, and theological problems in Mormon doctrine as we can see, but also the ultimate cause of this pattern that men become “Gods” transcends those who become “Gods” themselves, which really makes one wonder how much of a “God” a person can really become if there is something that transcends them. On top of all of this, it shows what a low view of God Mormons seem to really have about their deity.

 

Soli Deo Gloria

 

 

Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus

 

 



[1] Another way to put this would be “the cause of the pattern.”

[2] This is the letter in its entirety, minus greetings.

[3] Emphasis mine.

[4] See John 1:1-3.

[5] See D&C 132:19-29 (focus on v. 20).

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