Children Of God Analysis

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Children of God In LDS theology, it is a widely accepted doctrine that all people are literal children of God. From primary age, members sing “I am a child of God, and he has sent me here.” However, outside the LDS church, and even occasionally inside, this belief is largely misunderstood and there is much confusion about what exactly is meant by being ‘Children of God.’ Summarily, LDS members believe that God is the literal, not metaphorical, father of our spirits, and He sent us to earth to grow and become like Him. Misunderstandings of this can be rooted in false doctrines, unclear terminology, and a simple lack of knowledge. Nonetheless, it is only once we come to know that God is our Father, the knowledge helps to clarify other aspects …show more content…
But it was just explained that we are all Children of God. So how do we explain the verses claiming that righteousness is the key to being adopted into God’s Family? This conflict is easily resolved when you understand that the title of God can refer to both God the Father and God the Son? Conflicting with the Trinitarian belief that there is one God with three different aspects, we believe that the Father and the Son are separate beings, who both take upon them the title “God.” Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament, came to earth in the form of Jesus Christ and Elohim, the father of our spirits, is who we pray to and worship in latter days. However, Elohim is not the only Father. Christ is a father to us as well, He is the co-creator of the world and our bodies, so in this way he is a Father to the world. When prophesying of the Messiahs birth, Isaiah tells us that “his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (9:6). Christ has saved us through His infinite atonement, so He is the father of our Salvation, and this makes him the ‘everlasting’ Father. When we are baptized, it is through Christ that we are reborn. Through this ordinance we take upon us the name of Christ, and are thereby adopted by him, and “because of th[at] covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, His sons, and His daughters” (Mosiah 5:7). This usage of “children of Christ” in the Book of Mormon, corresponds with several uses of “children of God” in the bible. In fact, the LDS guide to the scriptures tells us “The scriptures use these terms in two ways. In one sense, we are all literal spirit children of our Heavenly

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