I am trying to be careful not to take up defense against things that really do not matter. But, I really feel that when people are trying to describe God as something that He is not it chisels away at the power and ability of God and risk making scripture not as secure as it needs to be. Let’s look at the teaching of God by the Mormons (LDS)
“God is an organized being just as we are who are now in the flesh” (Gospel Doctrine, p.64)
“The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22).
God is not omnipresent…cannot be physically present in more than one place at a time”; “If God possesses a form, that form is of necessity of definite proportions, and therefore of limited extension and space. It is impossible for Him to occupy at one time more than space of such limits” (Talmage, A Study of the Articles of Faith, p.43,48)
Brigham Young declared: “Some would have us believe that God is present everywhere. It is not so” (Journal of Discourses, vol.6, p.345).
Carfred Broderick writes: “God is a procreating personage of flesh and bone: (Dialogue: A journal of Mormon Thought, Autumn, 1967, p.100-101).
So, what is so wrong to believe that God has a physical body? First, this teaching is opposite of what the Scriptures teach us. Second, it makes Him into our image. Third, Rather than being a God of creation, space, and time, he is being made into a god of limitations.
- John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time.
- John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”
- Luke 24:39 Jesus speaking – “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
- 1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise…
- 1 Timothy 6:16 Who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see…
Now, I hesitate to do this but to show contradiction in their own bible I am including two verse from the Book of Mormon.
Alma 18:24-28 says, “And Ammon began to speak unto him with boldness, and said unto him: Believest thou that there is a God? And he answered, and said unto him: I do not know what that meaneth. And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit? And he said, Yea. And Ammon said: This is God. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is God, created all things which are in heaven and in the earth?”
Alma 22:9,10 says, “And the king said: Is God that Great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem? And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this?”
Not only does their teaching contradict scripture, but it also contradicts their own bible.
So, do not be misled. Search the scriptures. Everything must measure up to it’s truth! God is Spirit and has always existed. That is hard for us to comprehend because we measure everything by time and space. God is not contained by time and space. Jesus Himself said that “before Abraham was I am.” Outside of time.
Is not God nothing more than a superman if we believe that He is limited by time and space and has a physical body?
If you would like to read more, go to http://www.apologeticspress.org/rr/reprints/Book-of-Mormon.pdf