Good point. Everyone who believes in a Supreme Being are going to have a theology of God that fits into their beliefs rather well.]]>
The doctrine of deification is a belief that Mormons share with orthodox Christianity. As you may know, the great Christian philosopher, C.S. Lewis, wrote:
“The command `Be ye perfect’ is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were “gods” and He is going to make good his words. If we let Him – for we can prevent Him, if we choose – He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, dazzling, radiant, immortal creatures, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to Him perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what he said.”
C. S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity,” Macmillan, 1952, p. 174.
However, I need to quibble with your phrasing a little bit. Our belief in deification does not mean that we believe that we will ever be “equal” to God or that we will ever stop worshipping him.
Here is how W. John Walsh states it:
“While we believe that the faithful will enjoy a life similar to our Heavenly Father, we also believe we will still be subject to and worship the God of Heaven, which is represented as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Furthermore, while we will be “gods, even the sons of God” (D&C 76:58), we will never be at the same level as them or stop worshipping them, but we will be like them and enjoy a quality of life similar to theirs.”
As we discuss the doctrine of deification with our non-member friends, we should make certain that they do not misunderstand us to be saying that we will, at some point, stop worshipping God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.]]>
At Nine Moons, Rusty wonders why non-Mormons dont like the Mormon idea of the deification of human beings.
I asked him if he thought God was supremely happy. He said yes. Does God want us to be supremely happy? Yes. Why would God not do …
But Rusty, couldn’t you say the same about the Mormon conception of God? Mormons have a conception of God as a man–a reflection of who we are.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that. In many respects, it makes God more accessible, particularly if our goal is to be come like him. But I think that with a just a tiny bit of tinkering on the edges, Kurt’s criticism can be turned right back on Mormons.]]>
He then asked, “Isn’t it natural to assume that the child will grow and progress to become like the parent?”
I always liked that answer but if it’s going to work you have to be discussing this with a person who believes they are the actual children of God.]]>