Objections to the Mormon concept of God

The Mormon idea of God is a contradictory blend of pantheism and polytheism. As the couplet goes: as man now is, God once was: as God now is, man may be. [BFR] A god of flesh and blood, living on a planet (e.g. Kolob), giving birth to spiritual progeny, begs how on the one hand it is not polytheism (Latter-day Saints pray to heavenly father, not heavenly mother nor heavenly grand father, while still believing that such do exist), and on the other hand how, in being made of self-existent, eternal, intelligent matter (the glory of God is intelligence, D&C 93.36), it is not a belief that the universe itself is God, or at least the seed of God.

This view of God is inconsistent with, and more complex than, the Jewish and Christian monotheistic heritage. In traditional monotheism, God is the un-caused cause, upholding and maintaining creation. Though there is still some debate, most monotheists understand God to have created from nothing. Perhaps more accurately, all things come from God and is created from God's energies. Otherwise, the claim that God is all powerful, knowing, and everywhere present is without meaning, a contradiction.


Eliza Roxey Snow Smith, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, Deseret News Company, 1884.

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