Are We All Children Of God?

One of the central doctrines of Mormonism is that every human being is a spirit child of God.   They teach that we were each born as a spirit child of Heavenly Father and one of His wives.  This teaching is central to the faith as it lays the ground work for further doctrines such as eternal families and eternal progression onto Godhood.  However, does the Bible teach that we are ALL children of God?  I would have to say no. 

 The Bible teaches that when we accept Christ we are adopted in as a child of God.  Being called a child of God is a gift to believers given as a result of what Christ did for us.

John 1:12 says “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (Emphasis mine)

This verse makes it very clear that it is only those who believe in Christ who are children of God.   Another key verse…

Romans 8:14 “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God”

It is only those who are led by God that can be called children of God.  You might say, “So what!  This is just a minor difference in doctrine and does not really matter.”  I disagree.  The Bible makes it very clear that to be called a child of God is a GIFT that has been given to us by Christ and that it is only through accepting Him that we can profess to be God’s children.  To say that someone who refuses to follow Jesus Christ is a child of God is a slap in the face to Christ.  It is minimizing Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Darrell

  • Tyler

    Darrell,
    It is no surprise here but you (once again) have misrepresented the beliefs of the LDS church. I repeat, shouldn’t a once fully active, recommend using, calling magnifying former member of the church know these things?

    You said:
    “One of the central doctrines of Mormonism is that every human being is a spirit child of God. They teach that we were each born as a spirit child of Heavenly Father and one of His wives. This teaching is central to the faith as it lays the ground work for further doctrines such as eternal families and eternal progression onto Godhood.”

    First, it is not parted of our canonized doctrine that God himself has multiple wives. Many members have speculated on this theme, but there has been no conclusive doctrine set forth. Now, do we believe that polygamy was a common practice in the Bible? Yes, of course. Is it possible that God has multiple wives, just as the prophets and people of the Old Testament? Sure. But is it significant to us? Of course not. It is not something we really even consider? No (at least not in the mainstream. You can find fringe groups discussing all kinds of stuff but that is not representative of the Church as a whole).
    Having said that, the accepted thought in the Church is that God has one wife and that we are all their children. This article is not authoritative but does explain the teachings most common in the Church:
    http://tinyurl.com/nw9mx
    Darrell, credibility is lost easily. I don’t think you have much after reading so many of your posts and comments. Anyone who knows the facts will know that you have an agenda, or simply an axe to grind and that you are willing to twist the beliefs of a sincere and devoted people in order to make them appear foolish.

    I love the doctrine of deistic parentage. The hymn “O My Father,” by Eliza R. Snow was proclaimed a revelation by President Wilford Woodruff:

    In the heav’ns are parents single?
    No, the thought makes reason stare!
    Truth is reason; truth eternal
    Tells me I’ve a mother there.

    When I leave this frail existence,
    When I lay this mortal by,
    Father, Mother, may I meet you
    In your royal courts on high? [Hymn no. 292]

  • Tyler,

    Thanks for your comment although it really did not address what my post was about. You have gone off on a tangent that has nothing to do with the fact that the Bible DOES NOT teach that we are all children of God. Nevertheless, I will address your point.

    Are there those within the LDS Church who teach that God only has one wife… yes. Are there those within the LDS Church who teach that God has multiple wives… yes. There are all kinds of teachings on this subject. However, what is the official teaching of the Church? Well, in reality that depends upon which prophet you listen to. Here are a couple of quotes that support this…

    “We have clearly shown that God the Father had a plurality of wives, one or more being in eternity, by whom He begat our spirits as well as the spirit of Jesus His first Born, and another being upon the earth by whom He begat the tabernacle of Jesus (Mary – ed.), as his only begotten in the world. We have also probed most clearly that the Son followed the example of his Father, and became the great Bridegroom to whom kings’ daughters and many honorable wives were to be married. We have also proved that both God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ inherit their wives in eternity as well as in time . . . If you do not want your morals corrupted, and your delicate ears shocked and your pious modesty put to the blush by the society of polygamists and their wives, do not venture near the New Earth; for polygamists will be honored there, and will be among the chief rulers in that Kingdom,”
    LDS Apostle Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 172.

    “If none but Gods will be permitted to multiply immortal children, it follows that each God must have one or more wives,”
    LDS Apostle Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 158

    There are many other quotes from leaders on this subject.

    I will grant you that this doctrine is really not discussed much in the church at all today. The church has really backed away from discussing many of it’s more controversial doctrines. However, I would never assert that the church has not taught or does not teach that God has multiple wives. It has been taught and although it is not discussed very openly today, there are MANY members who believe it. I was taught this, my wife was taught this and I have friends who are STILL Mormon who are taught it, etc, etc, etc.

    Despite all of this… the point has nothing to do with what I was saying in my post. My post could just as easily say “They teach that we were each born as a spirit child of Heavenly Father and His wife” and the point would remain the same. The Bible DOES NOT teach that we are ALL children of God.

    Darrell

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