Apologetics God Mormonism

Answering Mormonism about their view of the Nature of God

Photo credit: Catholic Answers “Response to a Mormon Critic” By Trent Horn – August 12, 2015

The Mormon view of God stated:

– There are many gods because the Hebrew word for God “Elohim” is a plural noun.
– The image and likeness of God in man proves that a human beings have godlike bodies.

Answer to the First statement: First, Joseph Smith attempted to translate “Elohim” disregards the most basic principles of Hebrew grammar.

Let us remember that when Elohim is used of the true God it is joined with a singular verb, which renders the plural noun as singular, God; when speaking of false gods, the word Elohim is always joined with a plural verb.

According to a Theologian, Geerhardus Vos, “Elohim is simply a plural expressing majesty, magnitude, fullness, richness….The Hebrew sometimes has to use it as a true numerical plural, e.g., when speaking of pagan gods. In such a case, however, it is always construed with a plural verb, whereas in a case of reference to the true God it takes a singular verb.”

The Septuagint bible written around 250 B.C., which is the Greek translation of Hebrew Old testament, shows that the Hebrews trully understand the plural noun Elohim was to be translated as the singular noun “God”.

Answer to the Second statement: Well the terms “image” and “likeness” does not mean that human beings have godlike bodies. The image of God is declared as invicible in the book Colossians 1:15, stated “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”.

In the book of Genesis 1:26-27, declared that God created man in His own ‘image’. It is true but it does not consist in bodily form.

God’s image in human beings is not physical; the spiritual but fallen human nature needs to be conformed to the image and likeness of God through Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:29 – “Those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”

1 Corinthians 15:49 – “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”

Colossians 3:10 – “Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

God created men and women after his image and likeness, which prevents image from being physical.

The idea of mormonism about God is lack of biblical evidence and base in mythological conjectures.

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