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Pastor’s Desk: The nature of God

Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 12:05 pm

Brother Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico Ward

Some years back when I was working on my college degree. One of my favorite classes was World Religions. It was fascinating learning about the many Religions around the world. My classmates were affiliated with Baptist,  Catholic,  Methodist and non-Denominational Christian churches. Our final consisted of a class presentation of our choice. I chose to do a presentation about what other churches believed about the nature of God. I must say,  one of the reason I chose this topic was because I often hear our critics say: “your Jesus is different than our Jesus”.

I had previously been a member of a couple of  Protestant Churches and was familiar with the origin and doctrine of the Nicene Creed/Trinity. I interviewed fellow class members about their beliefs and did research from various credible online sources for my presentation.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe the nature of God is called the Godhead which is somewhat different than the Trinity. Basically,  We/ I believe our Heavenly Father,  Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are united in purpose, not in body. There are many scriptures and examples in scripture to show this.

Here are just a few: (Matthew 3:17, 20:23,26:39, Luke 3:22, John 5:19, 8:18, 10:30,10:38, 14:28, 17:3, 17:21, 20:17, Acts 2:33, 7:55, Romans 1:20, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 1John 5:7, 2 Nephi 31:21, Mosiah 15:4, 3 Nephi 11:36, Ether 12:41, Doctrine and Covenants 76:23 and 130:22.)

  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said in October 2007 General Conference: “Our first and foremost article of faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” We believe these three divine persons constituting a single Godhead are united in purpose, in manner, in testimony, in mission. We believe Them to be filled with the same godly sense of mercy and love, justice and grace, patience, forgiveness, and redemption.”

Although our belief in the nature of God is different from others, we also have much in common.

We believe that:

For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard