It's been a busy two weeks since I last posted here.... lots of things going on the home front. As I pray about what I should share here, the Lord has been laying something on my heart continuously. I need to spend some time sharing about "who" God is. Understanding the very nature of God is so important to being able to truly have fellowship with Him. Let me share an example -- many people have heard about God, know of a few facts about Him, but don't know Him personally. Many people say they "know" God but sadly may have the wrong ideas about "who" He is, and what He is all about. I truly believe understanding who God is, is critical to truly having fellowship with Him.
I was what I would call a "Christian" for 40 yrs of my life. Having been raised Catholic, and spending 19 yrs as a Mormon, I thought had a grasp on "who" God is. I thought I had a relationship with God. As a Catholic I was told God is a "mystery" as a Mormon I was told God "was once a man and you can become like Him". As sincere as I was in my beliefs -- I was dead wrong. God is neither a mystery, ( although His ways are often mysterious to us ) and neither was He once a man who progressed to becoming God.
How did come to the point that I truly began to understand "who" God was and is?
The answer is simple -- I read the Bible cover to cover.
Here is what God has to say about Himself.
Jesus says this about God His Father. He was speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well. He tells her that she doesn't "know" who she worships. He then tells her the "time has come" when true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth. John 4:22-23
He then goes on to define to her "who" the Father is:
" God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth." John 4:24
The woman then goes on to tell Jesus that she knows the Messiah is to come. He then reveals that HE is the Messiah.
Isaiah -- my favorite Old Testament writer, also spoke a great deal about the nature of God.
He beautifully sets forth that Jesus is the only redeemer , the only God.......
" I am He. Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. "
" I , even , am the Lord and beside me there is no savior." Isaiah 43:11
" Therefore you are my witnesses , saith the Lord, that I am God." Isaiah 43:12
"Ye before the day was, I AM He." Isaiah 43:13
Not only is Jesus our Redeemer, He is GOD. Before the world was, the day was HE WAS.
Speaking about false gods and the folly of worshipping false gods:
"Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is NO God, I know not any". Isaiah 44:8
" I am the first, and the last, and beside me there is NO God". Isaiah 44:6
And who is that God? JESUS. " I am the Lord that maketh all things". Isaiah 44:24
Not only is Jesus GOD -- there is NONE ELSE.
" I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me," Isaiah 45:5
" There is none beside me, I AM the Lord, and there is none else." Isaiah 45:6
Jesus is clearly stating the fact that HE IS GOD.
" And there is no God else beside me, a just God and a Savior there is none beside me". Is.45:21
" Look unto me, and be SAVED, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is none else."
It is a folly to worship anyone else but the ONE true God.
" For I am God, and there is none else. I AM God, and there is none like me." Isaiah 46:9
" Unto thee it is showed, that thou mightest know that the Lord HE IS GOD, there is none else beside Him". Deut. 4:35
Jesus, along with God the Father, and God the Spirit make up the ONE TRUE GOD. There is none else. That is what I discovered upon reading the Bible! What an enlightenment!! God is manifested in 3 persons: 1. God the Father - a personage of Spirit, God the Son - JESUS, and God the Holy Spirit ( or comforter as Jesus spoke of Him). Please take note the only one in the godhead that has a physical body is JESUS. They all work as ONE God. For LDS readers, I explain that the godhead works like the First Presidency: 3 distinct persons acting as one presidency.
Once I understood "who" God was, and is .... well it made a huge difference!
As sincere as I had been when I was LDS -- I had my facts about who God was all messed up. He was not a resurrected man, who lived on a planet with his celestial wives, and had progressed to becoming GOD. No, according to the Bible, God has always been. He didn't "become".
Man, can tell you how awesome that is??? To know that God didn't become , but always has been? !!!
After reading the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation I had to ask myself : "who is right"... the Bible or Joseph Smith? I prayed. I studied. I prayed and I studied some more. The conclusion: I had my facts messed up, and God was teaching me about "who" He is thru reading the Bible.
The LDS Church teaches that : " as man is, God once was, as God is man can become". -- Joseph Smith Jr. King Follet Discourse
God has shown me that this teaching is simply false. As sincere as I was in my beliefs, I was incorrect. As sincere as Muslims are in their belief systems, they are incorrect about "who" God is... and the same goes for LDS. As sincere as they are in their beliefs about "who" God is, they are simply incorrect.
Jesus told us we should worship God in Spirit and truth.... we can't do that when we don't have the facts about "who" God is. The Bible clearly teaches us the basic simple truths about God.
I for one am so thankful that God opened my eyes and showed me the error of my ways!
I now know my God is the most awesome God who has always been God, who is not restricted by a human body, who did not progress to becoming a "god" but is the only true God that ever has been and who ever will be.