Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Nature and Image of God, Male and Female

Who and what is God? What does it mean to be created in the image of God? 

When we speak of God, we are speaking of an eternal Godhead consisting of three individual persons.  Exalted beings, holy individuals.  They consist of God, the Father who is an exalted, glorious individual, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.  

Jesus is the firstborn of the Father in the spirit and the only begotten in the flesh. His perfections and attributes have been part of his character forever. Only he was capable of performing the required atonement for the sins of mankind and overcome the physical death associated with mortality in the Father's plan. He was the creator of this earth. The Holy Ghost is a spirit and a son of God as well and has the calling to witness of the Father and the Son.

They act with perfect unity in the process of salvation for the children of the Father. The concept and definition of image is that we see something with our eyes. While trinitarian theology teaches of an incorporeal deity, our Father in Heaven and Savior are Gods and their glorious nature is that of actual physical beings.

Because of their perfect unity, each member of the Godhead can speak independently or for the other. They never deviate from the eternal principles by which they operate. We can call the Father God, the Son God, and the Holy Ghost God. They can speak for each other and say that "I God" or "I am God".

Godhood is not a single male deity but also includes the glorious nature of womanhood. Together they constitute the eternal center of creation. Mankind is created in their image both in the spirit and in the flesh. Our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother are the head of an eternal family of spiritual creation that occurs naturally in the infinite heavens among exalted beings. There is no Godhood without manhood and womanhood.  

When we speak of being created in the image of God, male and female we see that our Heavenly Parents are in their unity the God referred to.  It is the complete oneness of perfect love of eternal spiritual beings, yet they are two persons. This principle has been given to mankind wherein they become one flesh yet are two persons. Because of their exalted state they are capable of receiving a fullness of joy, which they in turn are seeking to share with us.

God the Father is a person. What else would he be? He is our Heavenly Father. He is a holy person, a holy man and most glorious and perfect in every attribute and aspect. So is our Heavenly Mother.  We are created in their image male and female.

Women are created in the image of eternal womanhood. The likeness is literal and not figurative. The image of God is not a single incorporeal male metaphor as described by self-appointed scholars. We are not created in the image of an incorporeal triune deity.

God is perfect because he lives perfectly by all eternal laws. He and all beings capable of exaltation are natural beings and exist according to eternal principle and truth. Otherwise, there is no measure of perfection and any statements concerning him are idle speculation that leads to mythical capacities and proportions of powers that do not exist.   

We are created in the image of our Eternal Father which is also the image of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who walked the earth as we do. 

Christ does all things under the authority of the Father. Jesus as a premortal being organized the world from eternally existing matter.  Its purpose was and is to be inhabited by the Father's children.  Earth is a place of learning, choosing and growing from personal experience and freedom through opposition between good and evil.

This creation of man and woman is of an eternal pattern of which God the Father is our supreme head.  He is the Father of our spirits and we are his literal children, begotten spiritually in a premortal life.

The Savior is the "father of our salvation".  This is one of the times where the term is metaphorical, as well as us being called his children or the "children of Christ".

Knowing the nature of God we can reason more profoundly of the purposes for his creations and our existence and the nature of eternal life. This knowledge like all spiritual knowledge comes as we study the scriptures, the world around us and ponder the endless nature of space and time. It is given to be understood by the power of the Holy Ghost and sacred eternal covenants that He grants to us.

For thousands of years, traditional theologians have taught that there is a single being of a supreme divine nature. This single deity is described as a trinity of personalities existing in eternity with no other being of like capacity. This does in fact make it a being of limited capacity and trinitarian scholars have confirmed this.  It has only created one planet because there is only one book, the Bible and there is no other world of God to indicate any further creation.

This doctrine of classical theism is founded on a creed and exists because there are three beings identified in the Bible consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  The father, in this case, is described as a noncorporeal being, some type of spiritual essence, the Son as God incarnate and the Holy Ghost another spiritual entity of a nondescript nature.  At least two are identified of the male gender. This group of persons or personalities are called the Trinity by orthodox scholars.

The scriptural exegesis used to determine this ideology is the result of philosophical reasoning and scholarly endeavors concluded in the councils of early religious and political leaders. 

These endeavors set the foundational doctrine for all but a handful of Christian sects that have found this doctrine established in the Nicene Creed to be non-scriptural. Its philosophical elements include the idea that a being cannot be perfect if it is corporeal or if there is more than one. There is no basis for this type of conclusion in the eternal realm of truth other than scholarly and philosophical opinion. 

In essence, religious leaders have fashioned God and Christ in their own image after their own imaginations. God became a mysterious being with mythical powers by which the masses were controlled with limited or no access to scriptural writings.   A common answer to the incomprehensible nature of this being is that God's ways are higher than man's ways when the priests can't explain something.

The nature of God is expressed in the first chapters of Genesis. The reading is straightforward and plain.  We are created in the image and likeness of our God. This is clear as the scripture describes Seth, the son of Adam as being created in Adam's image and likeness like Adam was in God's.  There is no mystery to it.  We look like God and he looks like us.  Yet plain as it is, the theologians in mainstream trinitarian viewpoints have a doctrine that makes God an incomprehensible being. 

Man and woman were created in God's image male and female. The pattern of the woman was not and is not an afterthought. It is an eternal truth and self-evident in the earth.

It is the philosophies and myths of men that made God a celibate being and incapable of creating after his own kind. We are his kind.  He loves us and created the world for us to progress and increase in joy not to limit us. Christ came into the world not to condemn the world but that through him all might have eternal life.  

We can see that the relationship between the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost form an eternal Godhead, three beings with different roles. They are united in purpose according to eternal principles and a relationship that is real, not metaphorical.  Their actions are based on perfect love that allows for creation and salvation to us. Everything flows from their grace and it is our opportunity to follow them.

See the article on Grace and Moral agency and free will.

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