What answer does Orthodox Christianity present regarding a divine infinite past? Orthodox Christianity also needs to address the issue of an infinite past.
Also, the notion that the “Unmoved Mover” or the “Uncaused Cause” is the God of the Bible is incorrect. As eminent Bible scholar David Noel Freedman says:
So in many was the Bible remains true to its “primitive” past [by accepting the strongly anthropomorphic understanding of God/Yahweh] and is less compatible with philosophical notions of an abstract being, or ultimate reality or ground of being. Just as there is an important and unbridgeable distance between Yahweh and the gods of Canaan, or those of Mesopotamia or Egypt or Greece or Rome, so there is at least an equal or greater distance from an Aristotelian unmoved mover, or even a Platonic Idea or Ideal. The biblical God is always and uncompromisingly personal: he is above all a person, neither more nor less (David Noel Freedman, “When God Repents,” in Divine Commitment and Human Obligation: Selected Writings of David Noel Freedman, Volume One: History and Religion (William B. Eerdmans, 1997), 414)
Mormons who take the pursuit of Eternal Life seriously are not doing so in order to be worshipped some day, but rather are looking to supplement faith with virtue, then virtue with knowledge, then knowledge with self-control, then self-control with endurance, then endurance with devotion, then devotion with mutual affection, then mutual affection with love (2 Peter 1:5-7)
They want to become joint heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
Since you believe that the end goal should not be for men to become gods, how do you reconcile this with CCC 460?
The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”: “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” "The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.
Better stated, the Mormon Heavenly Father is not the Orthodox Christian God.
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