In Mormonism, what exactly is the concept of exaltation?
Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), was formed in the nineteenth century by Joseph Smith as a fictitious Christian sect. The notion of exaltation, often known as theosis, is one of their central tenets.
Smith claimed that God tasked him with reforming the church after it had strayed from the faith. God, in LDS theology, is a glorified man, and Jesus is the spirit brother of Satan. Mormonism’s Jesus is a counterfeit savior who is only similar to the true Jesus Christ on the surface, and its followers preach a false gospel. As a heretical movement at odds with the principles of the Bible, Latter-day Saints should not be treated as fellow Christians.
In Mormonism, God is portrayed as a perfect human being in heaven. God, according to the Bible, is spirit and not a physical being (John 4:24). When asked about the nature of God, Joseph Smith said, “It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God…. He was once a man like us;… God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, 1976, pp. 345 –46). Mormonism, like many other pseudo-Christian cults and isms, has its roots in a misunderstanding of who God is and what God is like.
Exaltation, or the attainment of Godhood, is the ultimate goal of Latter-day Saints. “Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives,” Mormon literature adds. He enjoys a gilded afterlife. His attributes are flawless. To put it another way, he is fully versed in every aspect of knowledge and wisdom. A spiritual child’s heavenly father. That he is a maker cannot be overstated. In time, we can attain the same perfection as God the Father. Gospel Principles, by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. (2011), chapter 47: “Exaltation” This, however, is a heresy, as God was never human and we can never hope to be on par with Him.
The Doctrine and Covenants elaborates on Mormonism’s concept of exaltation as follows: “[The children of God] 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. Then they will be gods because they will never end; they will be eternal because they will never die; they will be supreme because they will rule over everything. Then they will become gods, holding absolute power over which even angels bow. (132:19–20).
The Father has promised through the Son that all that he possesses shall be given to those who are obedient to His commands,” Joseph Fielding Smith, a former president of the LDS church, said. Growing in understanding, insight, and might as they progress from grace to grace until the fullness of the perfect day bursts upon them (Doctrines of Salvation, Bruce McConkie, ed., Bookcraft, 1955, 2:36).
Human deification is a part of the Mormon theology of exaltation, as is the prospect that exalted Mormons will go on to build their own worlds. As the children of God, the LDS Church teaches that male and female humans share the same eternal make-up (see D&C 93:33–35). Any human being has the ability to reach godhood. The most superior humans will be in a position similar to God’s, where they can make new worlds and populate them with their own spirit progeny.
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God the Son. But the Son is and always will be God; He has no beginning and no end. He is God in every sense (John 1; Philippians 2:5–6; Colossians 2:9–10). Our divine Father in Heaven was also never a mortal man, and neither you nor I will ever attain that status. No creature can ever hope to match the greatness of its Maker. Lucifer’s rebellion (Isaiah 14:13-14) and the fall of mankind were both motivated by an attempt to become like God (Genesis 3:5).