From the Discourse on Mormonism thread:
TOm wrote (in blue):
“I am a monotheist.” The CoJCoLDS properly understood is monotheistic. Our binding doctrine is contained solely in the Bible, BOM, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants. From these 4 “standard words” one gets a monotheistic religion.
Monotheism has thus been redefined as belief in many gods, but only one of them – the god of the planet earth – counts.
Judaism and Christianity are well known as monotheistic world religions. The One God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob revealed Himself to the Jews; they were to nurture this belief – in contrast to their polytheistic neighbors – and to teach that truth to the world. That’s what Jews were chosen to do: to teach and preserve the revelation of the One True God and to live by the rules of His Covenant with them.
In the words of the great Shema, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Dt 6:4).
The Old Covenant with Israel was superceded by the New Covenent with the New Israel – the Catholic Church (Gal 6:16). In Christ, God revealed that He is a Trinity of Three Persons in one God.
And then, there’s Mormonism, founded in New York in 1830 by Joseph Smith.
Gospel Principles, Page 6
Published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
(a study guide and teacher’s manual)
"…if you were to see him [God] today, you would see him like a man in form . . .(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345). God is a glorified and perfected man, a personage of flesh and bones. Inside his tangible body is an eternal spirit (see D&C 130:22). . . . Everything that he does is to help his children become like him – a god. Unquote.
Gospel Principles, Page 290
BLESSINGS OF EXALTATION
Those who live the commandments of the Lord and receive eternal life (exaltation) in the celestial kingdom will receive special blessings. The Lord has said: "All [things] are theirs (D&C 76:59). These are some of the special blessings given to exalted persons:
They will live eternally in the presence of our Heavenly father and Jesus Christ (see D&C 76).
They will become gods.
They will have their righteous family members with them and will be able to have spirit children also. These spirit children will have the same relationship to them as we do to our Heavenly Father. They will be an eternal family.
End quote. Emphasis added. The chapter continues.
How does one qualify for exaltation? One lives the life of an obedient Mormon. Among other requirements, one must be a married male and receive the “temple endowment.” Wives get the “endowment” to become goddesses secondarily from their husbands, thus enabling them to live with them and have their spirit children when the husbands become gods and rule over their own planets.
Abraham, Chapter 4 (this is Mormom ‘Scripture’): Introduction: The Gods plan the creation of the earth, and all life thereon – Their plans for the six days of creation are set forth [verses follow].
TOm says that “the LDS church, properly understood, is monotheistic.” Well, we have the god of the earth (that’s one), plus the gods of the rest of the universe (where’s my calculator?), plus and all Mormon men who have ever received their exaltation and have become gods (calling Big Blue!).
Sorry, TOm, but mono- means one. Period.
Mormonism is polytheistic by any calculation, no matter how you twist it Therefore, it is not Christian.
Peace be to you and to all who post on these forums.