Humanity

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The Mormon doctrine of humanity finds itself involved in the core of most other doctrines. For example, Mormon doctrine teaches that man has the potential to become God. This directly affects the nature of God in that a coherent Mormon theism must then understand God as having been a man. For if man can become God, then God must have become God and must also have been a man that succeeded in becoming divine.

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[edit] The spirit of man

Furthermore, it is taught that man's spirit is eternal. What Mormonism means by this is that man is made up of matter that has eternally existed, a teaching Joseph Smith understood as an important doctrine in early Mormon theology. "The spirit of man is not a created being; it existed from eternity, and will exist to eternity." Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith In other words, man is made up of "eternal matter," spoken of in the LDS Scriptures as "intelligence": Man was also in the abeginning with God. bIntelligence, or the clight of dtruth, was not ecreated or made, neither indeed can be, (Doctrine and Covenants 93:29).

[edit] The nature of man

Due to the belief that man was born in the pre-existent state by heavenly father and mother it has been concluded by LDS that humanity possesses some kind of divinity. Typical in the Mormon religion is the belief that humanity has the potential to [[eternal progression become God]], although this depends on the decisions each person makes.

The nature of man is thus viewed as divine in some way. The result of this outlook is that the chasm that separates man and God is brought much closer. Humanity is simply thousands if not millions of years away from being a God, whereas God has already arrived at this stage. What separates the human and divine nature thus has nothing to do with one's nature (i.e. what we are; what we're made up of) but instead has to do with where we are on the eternal progression timeline.

"Man can transform himself and he must. Man has in himself the seeds of godhood, which can germinate and grow and develop. As the acorn becomes the oak, the mortal man becomes a god. It is within his power to lift himself by his very bootstraps from the plane on which he finds himself to the plane on which he should be. It may be a long, hard lift with many obstacles, but it is a real possibility" -Spencer W. Kimball [1]

[edit] The Fall

Foundational to Mormonism is the belief that when Adam fell he feel "upwards". That is, The Fall was a good thing - a good step for humanity. It enabled them to know good from evil, make choices, and eventually prove one's worthiness before God. The result is that Mormonism ends up teaching that the glory of the atonement was in securing the resurrection of all mankind, not the securing of anyone to qualitative eternal life. Thus, although LDS may claim they are Christian, their unbiblical view of the atonement quickly eliminates any possibility of being called or considered Christian.

See main page: The Fall

[edit] Implications

In effect, God is thus understood to be eternal because, similar to man, he is made up of this "eternal matter". What becomes obvious is that the doctrine of Humanity and the doctrine of God are closely interconnected. The nature of man and the nature of God are hardly distinct and the result is that the major difference between man and God is not their nature, being, or even their fallen state, it is instead that they are at different points in their travel from spirit matter to divine being. God has arrived - humanity is still on the road. Jesus provides the fuel, but humanity must drive the car and more importantly find their way there.

[edit] Humanity's potential

See main page: Eternal progression

[edit] Quotes

[edit] Notes

  1. Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 28. Quoted in Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual [1]
  2. http://smallsimple.wordpress.com/2007/02/21/i-am-a-child-of-god-and-nobody-else/#comment-770

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