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Author Topic: The existence of alien life and the consequences it might have on religion  (Read 9184 times)
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« Reply #23: March 22, 2011, 10:33:40 pm »

Yeah, I'm familiar with this belief amongst Mormons, but I've never read anything into it so I'm not clear on where these ideas come from and what evidence is put forward to support them. If you happen to have some knowledge of this, feel free to go into some detail about it. I think it's pretty interesting and have been meaning to look into the topic more.

Ok, I will give you a quick rundown, and I will try to use Pagan concepts to explain it more then the usual christian concepts. 

Mormons believe that every person has a physical body and soul.  God is a Godhead, instead of the usual christian trinity.   And we believe that two parts of the godhead.  Heavenly father and Jesus, have celestial bodies of Flesh and bone.   (The holy ghost is well, a ghost  Wink

Mormons believe that our souls are the offspring of God and a heavenly mother.  (Though we do not know much about the female heavenly mother(s) in heaven, except that we have one) and as offspring of Heavenly father, we have the ability to become like heavenly father (called exaltation).   While some more recent leaders have played down what we know about it, it has been generally accepted that that means that if you are exalted, that means you are allowed to make your own spirit children and populate your own world, thus, become a god or goddess to your own world.   

So in the end, Mormonism is very much Monolatrism in the sense that there is only one god (well, one godhead) worthy of worship, but there may very well be millions of gods out there who are being worshiped on other planets.

Now, in the end it is christian, as the requirements for exaltation is that Jesus atoning for our sins, having the proper rituals (ordinances) being done, such as baptism by those of proper authority, temple blessings, and so on.   For those who have died it can be offered to those who have passed on.   

On the bright side, even if your a heathen pagan who never wants to accept the christian faith, in this life or in the spirit world, I still think you get to heaven, as everyone will get resurrected bodies and some form of heaven, except for Sons of Perdition, which is very hard to do and you have to be Mormon to even start on that path.   

The basis of this belief comes from both passages of the bible and modern revelation, as Mormons believe that god can reveal things to each of us though proper prayer.   You can receive revelation for yourself,  while the bigwigs higher in the church can receive revelation for church matters. 

 

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