How Are the Book of Mormon’s Teaching about the Godhead Unique? (Knowhy #266)

How Are the Book of Mormon’s Teaching about the Godhead Unique? (Knowhy #266)

For millennia, people have wondered at, debated
over, and composed works of art about the nature of God. After Jesus Christ’s ministry and his teachings
about his role as Savior, the concept of a Godhead or Holy Trinity began to take hold among Christians. But opinions of what this Godhead is and how
its three figures function and exist together still fuel debate. The prophet Joseph Smith taught, “It is
the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God.” He also testified that through the Book of
Mormon, its readers would “get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any
other book.” This is partly because the Book of Mormon adds insights into the nature and purpose of the Godhead that cannot be found anywhere
else. The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, testifies
of God the Father, His son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. The Book of Mormon teaches us that God the
Father is the literal, physical Father of Jesus Christ and as well as the spiritual father of all humankind. The Book of Mormon also teaches that Heavenly
Father is not only all knowing and all-powerful, but also that all things can be known and
accomplished by his servants through Him. Jesus Christ’s character and purpose as
Savior and Redeemer, being central to all of the Book of Mormon’s teachings, are fleshed
out significantly throughout the Book of Mormon. Uniquely, it clarifies the nature of Christ’s
pre-mortal identity. When Christ showed Himself to the brother
of Jared, he explained, “this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and
man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the
spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.” This, along with the Holy Ghost appearing
to Nephi as a man, though a spirit, during his vision of the Tree of life, teaches the
principle that God’s children are created in his image, both spiritually and physically. All of these insights to each member of the
Godhead teach us valuable principles about who we are as children of God, our relationship
to God, and what we are capable of with His help.

5 Replies to “How Are the Book of Mormon’s Teaching about the Godhead Unique? (Knowhy #266)”

  1. Let's take a good, close look at the LDS teaching about the Godhead:
    Mormon 7:7… Doctrine and Covenants 20:28… 2 Nephi 31:21… all clearly teach the traditional doctrine of THE TRINITY, i.e. God in three persons:
    The Trinity is taught AS ONE GOD in Mormon 7:7 " unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end."
    Further, the Trinity is also taught in Doctrine and Covenants 20:28 "Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God , infinite and eternal, without end. Amen."
    In the original 1830 printing of the Book of Mormon (I own a copy), in 2 Nephi, at the end of Chapter 13, on page 120, it is stated:
    "And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way ; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the Kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen."
    THAT is the traditional Christian Trinity !

  2. .
    { The trinity does not exist }
    Many men say there is one God ;the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God I say that is a strange God anyhow-three in one, and one in three It is a curious organization….All are to be crammed into one God, according to sectarianism. It would make the biggest God in all the world. He would be a wonderfully big God-he would be a giant or a monster.
    I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct peronage and a Spirit and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods. if this is in accordance with the New Testament, lo and behold, we have three Gods anyhow, and they are plural: and who can contradict it ?
    HOC 6:476,474
    Joseph Smith

    Three separate personages–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost–comprise the Godhead. As each of these persons is a God, it is evident from this standpoint alone, that a plurality of Gods exists. To us, speaking in the proper infinite sense, these three are the only Gods we worship. But in addition there is an infinite number of holy personages, drawn from worlds without number, who have passed on to exaltation and are thus gods.
    Mormon Doctrine 576,1966
    Bruce R. McConkie

    Mosiah 7:27 ( A heresy known as modalism Christ is the Father Ether 3:14,16)
    And because he said unto them that Christ was the God, the father of all things, and said that he should take upon him the image of man, and it should be the image after which man was created in the beginning; or in other words, he said that man was created after the image of God, and that God should come down among the children of men and take upon him flesh and blood, and go forth upon the face of earth..
    Behold, I am Jesus Christ, I am the Father and the Son. Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.

    Mosiah 15:1-5
    And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son. The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and the Son.
    And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.
    And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people. Look up 1 Nephia 11:21

  3. No Protestant convert in early Mormonism would ever have thought the Book of Mormon's teaching on God was New or different from mainstream Protestant Christianity.


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