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The Nature of God

Who is God? A more important question is what is God? How is it that we are created in the image of God?  What does this mean?

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

Jesus is the first born of the Father in the spirit and the only begotten in the flesh. Only he was capable of performing the mission of the atonement for the sins of mankind. He was the creator of this earth.  The Holy Ghost is a spirit and a son of God as well with a 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 image we speak of when we speak of God is the physical nature of his glorious person. 

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.

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.  They are the head of an eternal family of spiritual creation that occurs naturally in the infinite heavens among exalted beings.

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.

Men and women are created in their image and likeness.  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 lead to mythical capacities and proportions.   

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, created the world.  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.

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

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 doctrine of classical theism is founded in 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 non corporeal 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 they are 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 and of 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 mans 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 his image and likeness. As Seth was created in Adam's image and likeness so is man 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 Christian teachings have a doctrine that makes God an incomprehensible being. 

Man and woman were created in God's image male and female. The pattern of woman was not and is not an after thought. 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 capacity not to limit us. Christ came into the world not to condemn the world but that through him all might have eternal life.  

You can see that the relationship of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost are an eternal Godhead, three beings with different roles.  They are united in purpose according to eternal relationships and 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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