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The Catalog of Antimormon Accusations
Mormons Teach a Changeable God
by Woody Brison

This is one leaf of a review of "Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe" by Isaiah Bennett
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Bennett's statement: Mormons teach a changeable God, one who progressed to godhood from an inferior mortal state and who continues to grow as his children achieve their own divinity. A changeable God, therefore, is likely to produce changing, even contradictory, opinions.
<=== Found on p. 21
footnote 1 at the bottom of the page

This is a peculiar type of accusation which I call a construction. Bennett starts with some things we do teach; then using invalid logic, he constructs something else, and claims that the Mormons teach it. We don't.

2Nephi 27:23) For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.
God the Father indeed was once a mortal man, who progressed to become an exhalted man. We don't know what he was like when he was a mortal, so long ago, on some world somewhere. We don't know if he lived in a grass hut or a palace; wore skins or synthetics; used a spear or a cellphone; always told the truth, or lied but learned not to. We simply don't have much information about his mortal life. He has reached a state of perfection; he does not change from it. At some point, whether after mortality, or during it, or before it, he learned all the true doctrines of heaven, and he demonstrated that he would live them. From that point on, he has gone many eons without changing his opinions about those topics, and he is now revealing them to us who are mortals at present.

The doctrine that God the Father was once a mortal man is in the Bible:

John 5:19) Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

What was Jesus about to do? die, and be resurrected.
Bennett's logic, that since Father did change in the past, therefore he might change in the future, and therefore the doctrines of the Lord's church might change, is infantile and vacuous. Once a person has passed their probation as a mortal, reaches perfection, is resurrected, exhalted and gloried, they will not thereafter depart from the true doctrines of heaven.

It's infantile logic, showing immense ignorance. But, this we can fix; Bennett just needs to learn the doctrines.

His procedure of claiming that we teach this nonsense is where there's a problem.

You see the difficulty in trying to learn about Mormonism from one who is dedicated to steering you wrong about it, and is not committed to stick to the truth. He makes up wierd stuff and says it is our teachings, but we teach no such thing.

Disagree, Mr. Bennett? Come forth. You were a Mormon for a while, had ample opportunity to hear our teachings. State when and where and who among us ever taught this onerous, unchristian doctrine.

Anyone. Email me with your citation and I will post it here.
Notes

1. Woody Brison is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but this website is not affiliated with the church. It may be thought of as an additional, somewhat independent witness.

2. I want this page to be as accurate as I can make it. If you have a correction, please email me.

3. All biblical quotations are from the King James unless otherwise noted.

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