To be like God
Children of God
In first Corinthians, Paul relates the relationship between man and God, it reads; 1 Corinthians 8:4-7"There is none other God but one. For though there be [others] that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge."
I would like to emphasize the point that he speaks of others which are called Gods. First It is important to note that we as Latterday Saints always have and always will worship One God, the only being in the heavens who supplemented the power to create everything, and without him there would be nothing, none of us would be here and there would be no plan for our progression and we would experience nothing nor would we exist on a spiritual plane anywhere. But it clearly mentions the fact that there are many Gods. Is this something perhaps that as a title can be applied to others without detracting from the magnificence of our creator?
If one were to search throughout the scriptures on this particular subject one can easily come to the conclusion that mankind does in fact have the potential to become like God, even to be involved in the creation process.
Rom. 8: 17 We may become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
Gal. 4: 7. Thou art a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ,
1 Jn. 3: 2. When he shall appear, we shall be like him,
Rev. 3: 21.To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me on my throne,
D&C: 20 "Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them."
If someone were to be asked today what Heaven would be like, they might reply that it is a state of eternal rest. But don't you think that it might get a little boring after the first Milena or two to simply be at rest, wandering back and forth, in and out of the space time continuum, flapping your angelic wings and asking God every second of the day what he wants you to do next? By his magnificent power God said let there be light and there was light. And when the creation process was finished it says that The sons of God shouted for joy Job 38:7, and this because God's greatest plan was set, there was order in the universe and they could have a chance to participate in the greatest event that all of creation had ever seen. Thus they too had anticipated the resplendent joy of gaining life, and experiencing mortality.
If someone were to ask me what heaven will be like, my reply would be that it is more than just a wonderful, beautiful state of eternal rest, that rest being from the snares of temptation and the subjection of the powers of the adversary, but it would be continued work, to build up the kingdom of heaven, to help unify the powers and intelligences of creation and align them with the power of the one creator of the universe who is the father of our spirits.
In the same manner that God created all of us and every being in existance, and were given the choice to walk in his paths, the sons and daughters of man were born to a righteous prophet, Adam. Who from the begining was given the knowledge and understanding of the true path to follow in order to return to God's presence. For some, the straight path was clear, and for others it was not. So it was with every being which God created before he laid the foundations of the Earth, a plan was devised in order us all to grow in knowledge, thus being given the chance to be like him. Thus having knowledge we are like him.
Nothing we do can detract from the salvation which Jesus Christ has provided for us. He is the only being in the heavens which has power over death. Salvation is a free gift however it is ultimately up to us to choose wether to accept that gift or throw it away, and the easiest way to do it is to simply do nothing. Hence the prophet Nephi declared; "It is by grace that we are saved after all we can do." 2 Nephi 25:23 this statement in no way lessens the power which Christ retains over death. But rather enhances the eternal truth that it is up to us to decide to follow God or to choose another path contrary to the path of true happiness.
Our father in heaven has provided a way for us to advance in our potential, and it is evident that this is a natural course which we experience throughout mortality. We learn and we grow through trial and error, thus gaining knowledge is key to our salvation. With this life being preparatory for the next I believe that it is safe to say that we will continue to grow throughout our entire existence and on it goes into the post-mortal realm.
In the beginning it was decreed that there would be a duality of the sexes and for this divine purpose we have been given the ability to reproduce and grow together as a family unit. Marriage is the most sacred ordinance which anyone can undergo, it has been and continues to be the foundation of our society. So why is it that we have this special relationship with one another for such a short period of our existence? I assert that God has decreed a new covenant for his people, one that transcends through the veil of death and maintains family relationships throughout the eternities.
During this walk through life there is a point when mature men and women exist without companionship, they are incomplete in their qualities, they are comfortable in their habits, with both relaxing their way into the snare of stagnancy. They remain in their lives to be good and sometimes decent people, but when those two imperfect individuals are joined together in holy matrimony they become a complete and perfected being, developing in their compassion and abilities to nurture, surviving together, working impatience and growing in love. This is an attribute which, just as our faith, either increases or declines. Like faith, it is never stagnant, and it always has to be worked on, refined, and perfected. It is a little wonder that one of the stipulations for becoming exalted in the kingdom of heaven is to exit mortality with a spouse.
And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever. D&C 132 19-20