Becoming God

The following article I sourced from defendingcontending.com and it’s a truly great one at that! How evident it should be to any professing Christian that if any religion, or “Christian” denomination is man-centred and seeks to appeal to all that man wants then it is not of God. Christ bids us come and die (not literally, but offer up our lives and deny ourselves) in order that we might live. When we get to heaven we won’t be like God….we will be at his feet worshipping….and quite frankly I wouldn’t want it any other way!! With these doctrines of Mormonism and Catholicism brought to light consider the words of Satan in Isaiah “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). Now tell me if these things are Christian or Satanic……..

 

If you’re looking for a religion that promotes the aspiration to become a god, you won’t have to look far.

This seemingly popular doctrine must appeal to a basic desire of sinful men. Satan played on this desire in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) when he convinced Adam and Eve to doubt God, who had said the couple would die if they ate the fruit. Instead, Satan told them, they would be like God if they transgressed the only law God gave them.

Mormonism teaches that good Mormons will become gods. This is a doctrine that the Mormon missionaries won’t bring up on their first door-to-door visit, but, from my experience, they will defend it when confronted with it. Becoming gods is a clear teaching of the LDS church, contained in their Scripture:

Referring to those who are married eternally through Mormonism, and don’t commit murder,

“Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.” (Doctrines and Covenants 132:20).

Catholicism also teaches that people can become gods—in very plain language.

“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.” Catholic Catechism 460

While there are many schools of thought in Hinduism, new ageism, paganism, and Satanism, many who practice these religions also hope to become gods. Hindus can become gods through many cycles of reincarnation. The new age religion teaches that men will evolve into gods someday (in the age of Aquarius). Pagans worship nature and deities that control nature, and through learning more and more about esoteric truths, they believe they may attain godhood (also known as Gnosticism). Some Satanists believe that Satan is the true God of the universe, and will someday re-ascend to his previous place. When this happens, his loyal followers will be made gods as their reward.

Mormonism and Catholicism appear to me to be merely Christianized versions of new age, pagan and Satanic religions. They all use the prospect of becoming a god to appeal to the pride of fallen man.

The Bible teaches something much different: There is only one God (Isaiah 43:10, John 17:3). If that isn’t a big enough blow to the pride of sinful man, here’s an even bigger insult: Every human is commanded to die to him or herself, and live for the glory of the only true God. Anything else is idolatry. (www.defendingcontending.com)

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3 comments on “Becoming God

  1. I do believe the Mormons are totally off in their doctrine of deification. However, though I am not Catholic, I think you may have misrepresented the Catholics here. What about 2 Peter 1:4 where it says that we are to become “partakers of the divine nature.” There is only one God and none will ever be like Him. But there seems to be a sense it which we will become godlike.

    I’d recommend listening to John Piper’s biography on Athanasius. He concludes that Athanasius has been misunderstood because of his statement that “we might become God.”

  2. Nick,

    Thanks for your comment. I didn’t write this myself I and when I posted it I had doubts myself with regards to the view on Catholics, however I was hoping that an informed catholic would clarify the position for me. I live in Ireland so am quite exposed to Catholicism and I must confess, I have never heard a catholic claim that they will become a god after they die. I will retract the Catholic info if it is wrong.

    Thanks for the info bout John Piper…..i will have to check that out! I was just discussing this last night with friends and agree with your comment completely!

    Thanks and be sure to leave another comment in the future!!

    In Christ

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