Do Mormon believe in many Gods?

From questions by Ann Mere in comments on Sep 7th, 2010.

“Are there many gods? Are gods more holier than each other?”

This question requires some explanation beyond a simple “yes” or “no” answer, because both answers are correct and incorrect at the same time.

Mormons believe that every human being is a God in “embryo” form, or childlike form. Just as a boy becomes a man or a girl becomes a woman, we believe men and women become Gods and Goddesses. We believe the purpose of this life is to move us along that path, and that this life is one of multiple steps in that direction. Of course if this is what we believe, then yes, we believe there are multiple Gods. In fact, there must be billions, trillions, or even more Gods.

However, when we speak of worshiping God, we only speak of one God. Mormons believe in the commandment “You shall have no other gods before me”, but whereas those of other faiths think of “other gods” as being Baal or other gods that don’t really exist, or perhaps other “gods” in the sense that one can “worship” his career, fame, money, Blu-Ray, etc., Mormons believe all that plus the idea that there are in fact other gods, but only one God that we need to worry about. Or in other words, we only have one boss, one chief, one being that we worship and obey, and he is a specific person, separate from other gods. The other gods have no power over us, and we owe them no obeisance, no loyalty, etc. They are not in charge of us, responsible for us, nor do they appear to have any interaction with us, just as our God, theoretically, has no involvement with the children of those other Gods. In a sense, you might as well say there are no other Gods, because for all intents and purposes there aren’t. The only reason it’s even important for us to know that there are is because it tells us something about our own divine purpose.

Now, for the second question regarding whether one God can be “holier” than another God, the answer is more straightforward–no. Mormons believe that God is 100% perfect, omniscient, omnipotent, etc. There is no being more righteous, more knowledgeable, more powerful, etc. If there were, then it wouldn’t make much sense to do the bidding of the less powerful God, because the more powerful God could come along and turn all the first God’s plans upside down.

But this is kind of a weird part of the discussion, because there is and cannot be any such thing as a “less powerful” God, because by definition that person would not then be God. All Gods must, theoretically, be exactly equal in power if they all have 100% of whatever power can be attained.

To sum up, Mormons believe there are many Gods, but only believe in one God. Or to put it another way, Mormons know there are many Gods, but only know one God.

  • http://yahoo NICOLA IACOVETTI

    No disrespect.. it is sad that the mormon church uses the name of Jesus as though they really believe that He is really the only son of God..That is not so.. I understand that they believe that He is among many..not the only one.. To really believe as a Christian, one must believe in a Triune God, that is a must..If you don't then you are practicing some other kind of religion.. THERE ARE THREE PERSONS IN ONE GOD, THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT…. JESUS WAS THE ONLY SON OF GOD, WITH A DIVINE NATURE, BUT ALSO POSSESED A HUMAN NATURE.,,,,, AND THAT IS THE END OF MY STORY!!!

  • Joshua Steimle

    Mormons believe Jesus Christ is the only son of God in the flesh, but that we are all children, sons and daughters spiritually begotten, of God. If Christ is the only son of God, then how do you explain the following scriptures?

    Genesis 6:2 – That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

    Job 1:6 – Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

    Job 38:7 – When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

    John 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    Romans 8:19 – For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

    1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

    "To really believe as a Christian, one must believe in a Triune God, that is a must"

    Where does the Bible say this?

    • cato

      What do you mean in the Flesh?

      • http://www.donloper.com/ Joshua Steimle

        We believe we are all spirit children of God. Jesus Christ is the firstborn spirit child of God. He is our older brother.

        On earth we’re all born in the flesh through mortal parents. Except for Jesus. His mother, Mary, was mortal, but the father of his body was God, and thus Jesus was half man, or mortal, and half God, or divine. Both the Father and the Son, immortal and mortal, Son of God and Son of Man. As such he was able to do things the rest of us never could, like live a sinless life and perform the needed sacrifice on behalf of our sins, which allows us to come back into God’s presence upon condition of repentance.

  • marc

    Your question is how do you explain "sons of God" in the above versus? Simply it is the same meaning as children of God like you and me. It does not mean literal offspring sons of God as in Jesus in human form. The problem with Mormonism is that they always try to use the bible to interpret the meaning to what they believe. Mormons need to focus on who the founder of their religion is and his history then they would understand how ridiculous and demonic it is.

    • Joshua Steimle

      What proof do you have that the Mormon interpretation of Biblical scripture is incorrect?

  • Ray Beitt

    What proof do you have that it is correct ? We have proof that Joaeph Smith was a liar and a con man .

    • Joshua Steimle

      Ray – As has been stated elsewhere on this site, the purpose of this website is not to convince anyone that Mormon doctrine is true, only to defend against claims that it is false. Therefore I make no effort to present evidence to convince anyone who believe these things are correct, but I do declare that neither you nor anyone else can prove that Joseph Smith was a con man, nor that Mormonism is false. As for Joseph lying, perhaps he did, but so did Abraham, so the question perhaps is not whether a lie discredits the liar, but whether the lie is justified or not.

  • Don

    Ok, so if the book of Abraham was proven to be a fabrication with an incorrect interpretation of the Papyrus, then how can you believe anything in the book of mormon. The papyrus was proven to only be an ancient Egyptian prayer from one of their holy men, not writings from Abraham while he was in Egypt. And since we know that Joseph Smith is a false prophet and a liar, how can you believe anything in the book of the Mormon. In Galatians the first chapter, Paul states that even if an Angel from heaven brings your another gospel that what we have taught, then let him be accursed. So really??? You want people to believe that an angel moroni brought some gold tablets down to Smith, and then they were sent back to heaven??? Really?? Man, Christ and the Apostle Paul must be sad that people are falling to such false teachings. The Mormon teachings on hell are the true deception! Why would I even want to follow a righteous life, if I can live for the world now, and then be prayed outta some purgatory later, and still go to heaven. This cult is a lie directed by Satan and his angels to deceive many. Just like Jesus said in Mathew, many will come in His name, saying they are Christ. Very sad that many have been deceived by the mormon lie, which feeds on the carnal mind of understanding. In Proverbs it says do not lean on to your own understanding, but here is the good news, the Truth can set you free.

  • Mark P.

    Forgive me for interrupting, however I really believe the one true god of the universe would insist that we love our fellow man and respect their individual beliefs as long as their heart is true and full of understanding for their brothers and sisters…friends & enemies alike. It is constantly argued that any religion (and there are many) is man-made and that very well be the case…however each of the hundreds of religions revolve around that one apex divine entity of goodness, love and faith to serve as an example of how we should live our short mortal lives on this earth in peace and harmony and not in continual conflict using God as an excuse for this conflict…I am not sure God would approve of any conflict in his name. Bottom line, it is the goodness and understanding in our hearts that matters not a human created institution poising as a shield for continual conflict. One belief is as precious & valuable as the next as long as it is for love and not hate.