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Mar262011

God Has A Body

Both Christianity and Mormonism share the belief that Jesus Christ has a physical body, but diverge when it comes to the nature of God the Father.
  • Mormonism departs from the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity & Islam) that all believe God is a spirit.
    Jesus Christ: God is a spirit Joseph Smith: God has a physical body
    "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
    — John 4:24

    "A spirit does not have flesh and bones"
    — Luke 24:39
    The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's...

    Joseph Smith
    Mormonism founder
    D&C 130:22

  • This unique Mormon doctrine is an extension of the belief that God was formerly a mortal man.

  • This unique Mormon doctrine constrains God:
    Christianity: God is omnipresent Mormonism: God is not omnipresent
    ... the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him...
    — 2 Chronicles 2:6

    ... "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.
    — Jeremiah 23:24
    Some would have us believe that God is present everywhere. It is not so.

    Brigham Young
    Mormon prophet
    JoD 6:345

  • Does God know everything or must rely on angels to keep him informed?
    Christianity: God sees everything Mormonism: angels keep God informed
    There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
    — Hebrews 4:13
    He knows everything. How? When His angels and ministers tell Him of it, like any other ruler.

    Orson Hyde
    Mormon apostle
    JoD 2:64

  • Does God dwell in man's heart? Note: the Book of Mormon contradicts Joseph's 1843 "revelation".
    Book of Mormon (1830) Joseph Smith, D&C 130
    And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell.
    Alma 34:36
    The idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.

    Joseph Smith
    Mormonism founder
    D&C 130:3


Evolving doctrine

Evidence demonstrates this doctrine was introduced years later by Joseph Smith.
  • Mormons cite the First Vision, where Joseph Smith saw God the Father in the flesh as supportive evidence for this doctrine. However this was a later addition, as Joseph's earliest accounts make no mention of seeing God the Father. See First Vision
  • The Book of Mormon reflects the Biblical view that God is a Spirit.
    Book of Mormon Now this was the tradition of Lamoni, which he had received from his father, that there was a Great Spirit... and then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit? And he [Lamoni] 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? And he [Lamoni] said: Yea...
    Alma 18:5,26-28

    And now when Aaron heard this, his heart began to rejoice, and he said: Behold, assuredly as thou livest, O king, there is a God. 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? And he said: Yea, I believe that the Great Spirit created all things, and I desire that ye should tell me concerning all these things, and I will believe thy words.
    Alma 22:8-11
  • For 86 years the Lectures on Faith were part of the LDS Canon. In 1921 the Lectures were removed from the Doctrine & Covenants as they reflect the Biblical view of the Godhead.
    See Lectures on Faith


Christianity

The apostles and prophets of Biblical times teach that God is a spirit, invisible, transcending the universe having no physical boundaries.
The Holy Bible God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
—John 4:24

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
—Psalm 139:7-8

... "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.
—Jeremiah 23:24

... Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You...
—1 Kings 8:27, 2 Chronicles 6:18

... the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him...
—2 Chronicles 2:6

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God...
—1 Timothy 1:17

Who is the image of the invisible God...
—Colossians 1:15


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