Monday, November 09, 2015

"Not as I Will But as Thou Wilt"

Latter-day Saints or Mormons believe in God the Father, God the Son who is Jesus Christ and God the Holy Ghost.  Nevertheless, we do not believe in the Catholic Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed or similar creeds which are the source of the Trinity doctrine.  What is wrong with the Nicene Creed?

The problem with the Nicene Creed is:
1. doctrine by committee (ecumenical council) and not revelation.
2. simple majority vote and not unanimity
3. produced division instead of unity.
4. teaches a "mystery" nature of the trinity.
5. teaches that God the Father and God the Son are "homoousios" or "one substance".

Why is "homoousios" a problem? Because the whole basis of Christian doctrine is that Christ came to Earth to do the will of His Father and not His own will. The doctrine of Christ = "not as I will", but the doctrine of Satan = "do as you will".  

LDS Doctrine teaches that Christ was empowered to love others and do better and be better than any other because He submitted and subordinated His will to the will of the Father in all things.

If you say that God the Father and God the Son are "homoousious" than, you loose this teaching. You loose the meaning of charity which is the pure love of Christ .... for the Father. 

Christ must be God with a destinct will from thr Father or you are teaching that Christ achieved His success and power by the strength of His own will. This is a doctrine of Satan. Instead, Christ taught that the source of His power was by complete subordination of His will to the Will of the Father.

Yes, I understand the hyper-monotheists who say you can't have 3 separate beings in the God Head (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) because that is 3 wills and consequently, 3 separate and different perspectives on truth, 3 separate sources of power which destroys the existence of truth and law in the Universe. Whose idea of right and wrong do you follow? Which God do you have faith in? Which God do you pray to?

But that us why it is important that Christ taught that while He is a different person and being and will and individual, God the Son is perfectly unified in purpose with the Father. Christ created the Earth and did everything else through His Father's power and according to His Fathers will.

Some people believe that they don't need God to do good. They can do good on their own. However, I have witnessed people exceed their capacity to do good and serve others because of their love of God which exceeds our own capacity to love our neighbor. Because God knows and loves our neighbor more than we ever could, we can love and serve our neighbor best by loving God first. Especially when our neighbor is difficult to love or we feel does not deserve it.

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