Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Is God Still Progressing?

Hawkgrrl, over at Mormon Matters, asked this question, along with a lot of followup questions that were, I suppose, designed to get you thinking about the big question.  This is another one of those moments where I first thought I was going to just write a comment, but ended up writing a blog post.

One of her questions asks "Is there a God Threshold?"  The idea is to ask if there is a point in the progression where someone kicks it up a notch and is then a God.  I believe this is true.  I think we all progress in our spiritual power and growth and at some point, some of us become in tune with all to the point that they are Gods.

For most of us here on earth, that means a lot of work, then death, resurrection, and more work.  For Jesus, he got that way before he came here, and so, was a member of the Godhead.

Another question asks about making mistakes.  It implies that if God is progressing, then he's making mistakes and learning.  I don't see it this way.  I think that the essence of achieving godhood is that of getting past mistakes.  Understanding repentance so well that you transcend making mistakes.

Which leads me up to my final point.  If He's achieved perfection, completeness, how does he progress?  The answer in my mind is, He progresses through us.  In the book of Moses, he says, "This is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."  if we are His glory, then His glory grows as we do.  And so God progresses in glory, power, and honor by helping His children discover what He has.


Mark has a lifelong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church). Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his Dutch Oven blog.

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