The Nature of God
The Nature of God
God the Father is a glorified being, a human being. In some verses, the scripture mentions God as a spirit.
God, Jesus Christ, was a spirit before He was born in the flesh; however, God the Father has now and had then a body of flesh and bone. This news is based on scripture through the testimony of a prophet,Joseph Smith.
Joseph claims to have seen God the Father and Jesus Christ in answer to his prayer to know the truth about which church to attend. One of the many things that Joseph learned is that God the Father and Jesus Christ are both glorified beings of flesh and bones.
Humanity is not limited to this sphere alone. Their potential for greatness is only limited by the vanity in their souls. Because human beings have the potential to be like God the Father, it is important that they conduct themselves in a manner that will prepare them for the series of events known as the final Judgement. This Judgement is where all will have to account to Christ for their misdeeds and He will decide if they will inherit power with Him.
The Father desires all to have glorified bodies as He does, hence the institution of His plan. God is a glorified man. In the scriptures Jesus Christ, while praying to The Father, reveals "...this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent" as expressed in the King James BibleJohn 17:3. Knowing God also means knowing what He is and how we are connected to Him.
Importance of Gender
Gender is an eternal part of human nature as outlined in the official statement of the church through The Family: A Proclamation to the World released by the First Presidency of the church in 1995.
The roles of men and women in the plan of happiness are essential to the carrying out of the mandate to replenish and multiply in the earth--a commandment that has not been rescinded by God.
Men are to take a wife and prepare bodies for the spirits of the children of God in addition to expressing love in the act of creation.
The politicization of gender detracts from the truths of the eternal nature of all human beings; however, the reality of what makes a man and what makes a woman came before birth and will continue throughout all eternity regardless of what determination governments make in mortality.
A number of us feel that we were born with the wrong reproductive parts because we identify as the opposite gender. A few of us feel like we identify with no gender at all. Because of the fallen nature of the human condition, there are many things that can interrupt the proper development of the physical bodies of people. All the spirits of humankind are either male or female. When those spirits connect to physical bodies, could there be mix-ups in an assignment? People are born attached to each other or with other deformities. The answer is not readily definite. God does not make mistakes, but when Adam and Eve brought death and corruption to mankind perfection was no longer on the evolutionary plan for the human body.
In the resurrection, each human will receive a perfected and glorious body without deformities. Revelation from heaven is required to help each individual who struggles in mortal life with his or her gender identity.
God used the template of a glorious Companion from which to organize the feminine pattern of the mothers, daughters, and sisters of humanity.
Few things have been revealed about the existence of a divine Mother in Heaven explicitly. There exists a number of believers in the idea of a glorified Companion of the Father, supported implicitly by a canonize hymn, Oh, My Father.
Even with this precious bit of information, it must be understood that God the Father is the person to whom humanity prays and receives salvation and life, through Christ alone. There is only one God or Godhead to worship.
When has there ever been a father and no mother? Women are equal to men for eternity. Without women, men cannot be anything but half of what is meant to be whole. Reason dictates a Mother in Heaven.
Males are patterned after the Father Himself. Humans have all the parts and passion of the Father, but none of the glory, perfection, and control as of yet.
The Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost and can be referred to as God also and still be acceptable. There are three people separate in every way except purpose. The purpose of God or the Godhead is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" Moses 1:39.
God the Father instructed his son, Jesus Christ (aka Jehovah) to create an earth where people could live so that we could be tried and tested to prove that we could be obedient to God's laws while not directly in His presence.
The Holy Ghost's function is to testify of the truth of the Father and the atonement of Jesus Christ. He does not speak of himself, ever only as a messenger. Jesus Christ informed his disciples before His mortal death that the "Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" John 14:26.
The Godhead works in complete harmony all under the direction of the Father, the executive of Jesus Christ and the testifier of the Spirit.
- Angelic Variety and Nature
Angels come in many classes of which are listed a few here.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Rodric Anthony Johnson