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To be like God

Updated on July 22, 2010

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.

  Matt. 5: 48 (3 Ne. 12: 48). Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father,

 John 10: 34 (D&C 76: 58). Is it not written in your law that ye are gods?

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.

Salvation

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.

Exhaltation

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

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    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR

      Onusonus 

      8 years ago from washington

      Argh the Irish run strong! My great great grandfather was a political assasin in Ireland. (definately not a Saint) Thanks for reading.

    • theirishobserver. profile image

      theirishobserver. 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      great Hub - great to hear your part Irish - I have a patchwork past as you will see from my Hubs...but I live each day to serve God and man to the best of my ability now......I'm no saint...but equally I am no longer a sinner....Irish

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR

      Onusonus 

      8 years ago from washington

      Those are all very insightful comments, some a little strange perhaps off topic, none the less passionate and entertaining.

      remember that when we say we are to be like God it is not to say that anyone or anything is to worship us, rather we are to obtain celestial glory and to be "joint heirs with Christ" through faith and endurance.

    • cresandsuzanne profile image

      cresandsuzanne 

      8 years ago from ARIZONA!

      Exhaltation!...................your kidding right? The BIGGEST COMMANDMENT IN THE BIBLE is "I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of slavery. DO NOT have other gods besides me! Do NOT make an idol for yourself, wether in the "SHAPE" of ANYTHING in the heavens above or waters below the earth. You must NOT bow down to them or worship them; for I, Yahweh your God, am a JEALOUS God, punishing the children for the fathers' sin, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but SHOWING FAITHFUL LOVE TO A THOUSAND GENERATIONS OF THOSE WHO LOVE ME AN KEEP MY COMMANDS." (Exodus 20:2-7)

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      cresandsuzanne 

      8 years ago from ARIZONA!

      SALVATION........starts by simply realizing, and ACCEPTING, the fact that you need to be saved. From what or who or why-that answer is provided personally to you by God-the first step is just being able to say loud and proud "I NEED HELP!"

      When you know that the world is broken, and YOU, regardless of reasoning, invest all of your faith into the idea that God CAN and WILL and WANT"S to help, love, and support you-and you truly accept the idea that Jesus (God as man) came and had himself killed just to SHOW you he'd die for you-YOU ARE SAVED.

      Salvation is KNOWING "I am safe from hell even though i am sinful-because Jesus went there and back for me"

      Salvation is knowing that Jesus is "saving a seat for you"-and knowing THERE IS NO ONE ELSE who can!

    • cresandsuzanne profile image

      cresandsuzanne 

      8 years ago from ARIZONA!

      HEAVEN.....for me as a Christian I'm going to spend the first few years simply : sitting with Jesus, next to a beautiful stream in a bautiful meadow, and the two of us are on a swing set swinging together like kids at school, and all the just asking him every question i've ever had! And i cant wait to actually "hear" Jesus laugh! I know he'll laugh lovingly at some of my questions but it will FEEL so GOOD to finally "hear" his love for me in his laughter-I GET SO EXCITED JUST THINKING ABOUT IT! but yeah......my heaven, is just kickin' it with J.C. one on one for a little bit-THEN....I WILL HUNT DOWN ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERENT ALIVE WHEN I WAS AND HAVE THEM TELL ME THEIR AMAZING STORIES FIRST HAND!

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      cresandsuzanne 

      8 years ago from ARIZONA!

      please please please PLEASE!-go to my hub and read my response to your comment-please respond back!

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR

      Onusonus 

      8 years ago from washington

      Thanks for reading.

    • John T. profile image

      John T. 

      8 years ago from Portland Oregon

      Thank you for the hub, it was very articulate and thoughtful. Keep up the good work!

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