The heavens declare the glory of God. Who can look at a night sky without worshipping the Creator who made and sustains the stars? Even atheists do it, though they call their gratitude ‘a sense of wonder’ and deny the religious tinge to their awe. Human achievement has not made God less impressive. The further we can see and measure, the further we see his reach. (more…)
Adam and Eve were created from the dust, the scriptures tell us. We haven’t escaped that lowly origin. Dust is where we come from, dust is who we are, and dust is where we are headed. (more…)
Bruce Charlton has a valuable essay up on theosis and the difference between Eden and Exaltation.
Offers of paradise are merely us as we are dwelling in perfect conditions; but in real Heaven it is us as we have become, dwelling in perfect conditions: the gap between us as we are and us as we have become is called theosis – it is the process through which men become more like God.
Salvation is qualitative (yes-no) while Theosis is quantitative (how much?).
Brother KB, a friend of the Jr. Ganymede, has written a sensitive and insightful response to the perennial question about the Mormon belief in exaltation to godhood. With permission, we are reposting it here. (more…)
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An economist’s studies led him to the insight that failure and unexpected obstacles are major drivers of innovation and creativity. But innovation and creativity aren’t just virtues for the workday. Creativity–creation–is the fundamental attribute of God. What starts out as an economics principle becomes an insight into the fundamentals of life: it is when we are desperate that we become the most godlike. We blaze brightest when thrown into the fire. (more…)
I can see that the statement of one-ness of being between God, Christ and Man may lead, further down the inferential chain, to consequences which are apparently heretical or otherwise unacceptable – yet such ‘third-level incoherence’ is always the case for any theology concrete and simple enough to be relevant and useful in life.
Better a deep level of possible theological incoherence, than a superficial level of theological irrelevance – which looks very much like evasion.
Thus Bruce Charlton.
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God’s purpose is to make us over in His image and exalt us to godhood. This truth of Mormon Christianity offends creedal Christians. Maybe even outrages them. (more…)