LDS Eternal Progression (What man is, God once was, and as God is man can become)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe in eternal progression.

The essential steps toward eternal life include –

Choosing Jesus’ plan of free agency in the spirit world, because those who chose Satan’s plan of mandatory righteousness were damned and could not receive a body.

Coming to earth to receive a body (this is mandatory- that is why we sometimes say after a baby dies that he/she fulfilled their purpose of receiving a body- but they were such a special spirit they didn’t need to be tested).

For most people, we have to receive a body and be tested throughout our earth life. In order to reach Godhood we need to keep the commandments, be baptized and get married in the temple.

If we pass this test through righteous living we can become Gods or Goddesses in the afterlife and have a world of our own.

This begs some questions:

1. If a person is damned if they don’t receive a body, how did the Holy Ghost become a God without receiving a body?

2. We believe Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. How did Jesus become a God before he received a body?

3. If marriage in this life is essential to Godhood, why didn’t Jesus set this example on earth? Why is the Holy Ghost not married? 

 4. Why is the Godhead three men and not a God and Goddess?

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3 Responses to LDS Eternal Progression (What man is, God once was, and as God is man can become)

  1. TAO says:

    1) Definition of a God: Something that is worshiped and treasured.
    2) Same as 1
    3) They’ll get married later
    4) It is… but she isn’t talked of… she is not to be talked of, and she isn’t named in prayers (much as the Holy Ghost isn’t)

  2. cakeatmidnight says:

    Great questions–can you ask your Bishop?

  3. Jenny says:

    “What man is, God once was, and as God is man can become” I have always struggled with this concept. It means that God was once a man right? So he must have had a God to create him… And was that God also once a man? But I thought that God has always been, and will always be. And with all our resurrected brothers also becoming Gods – how can we call ourselves a monotheistic religion?

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