omega0401 Posted June 22, 2008 Report Share Posted June 22, 2008 I am grateful for a church that teaches that He, God, wants us to be like him. Isn’t that what Christ meant when he said, “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) Who is Christ telling us to be like? Who does Christ want us to become? Is there anything greater than perfect? At another time, Christ taught his people, “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” (John 10:34) Who does he say said that? It was Christ. He was referring to what was taught to the Jews in the old testament in Psalm 82:6. From Christ’s own lips He is teaching us that we have the potential to be like God and that is exaltation. From The Infinite Atonement by Tad Callister we can learn this...Repentance is the divinely chosen process that leads to godhood while satisfying justice each stop of the way...the law of repentance does much more; it brings about godhood. Repentance is more than a passive process to “get us even”; it is the affirmative process to improve us, refine us, and ultimately perfect us. Its purpose goes far beyond the satisfaction of justice. It opens the door to the cleansing and perfecting powers of the Atonement. p 225Do not all Christian churches advocate Christlike behavior? If so, are we better men and women, better Christians, if we desire to be only 90 percent like Christ, rather than 100 percent? If it is blasphemous to think we can become as God now is, then at what point is it not blasphemous to become like him – 90 percent, 50 percent, 20 percent, 1 percent? Is it more honorable to seek partial godhood than total godhood? Are we to walk the path of godhood with no hopes of ever reaching the destination? Yet that seems to be the tragic conclusion of many. p 235Elder Boyd K. Packer tells of coming home one day and being met by his little children, who were anxious to show him some newly hatched chicks. As his little four-year-old daughter picked one of them up Elder Packer said, “That will make a nice watchdog when it grows up, won’t it?” His daughter looked at him with an expression that suggested he did not know much. So he said, “It won’t be a watchdog, will it?” She shook her head and replied, “No, daddy.” Then he added, “It will be a nice riding horse,” His little daughter gave him “that ‘Oh, Dad!’ look.” Then he said, “Even a four-year old knows that a chick will not grow to be a dog, nor a horse, nor even a turkey. It will be a chicken. It will follow the pattern of its parentage.” President John Taylor taught this principle by asking a series of rhetorical questions: “What will the boys be when they are grown up? They will be men, will they not? They are now the sons of men. If a man be inducted into the family of God, and becomes a son of God, what will he become when he gets his growth? You can figure that out yourselves.” p 237The difference between man and God is significant, but it is one of degree, not kind. It is the difference between an acorn and an oak tree, a rosebud and a rose, a son and a father. In truth, every man is a god in embryo, in fulfillment of that eternal law that like begets like. To suggest otherwise is to suggest that God created inferior offspring, in direct conflict with every scientific law known to man. But somehow, most of the world continues to miss the mark. p 238Perfection doesn’t occur in this life. There is only one who is perfect in this life and that is Christ. But He commands us to become perfect and he wouldn’t give us a commandment if we could not achieve it. But it is an on going process that we will work at even well beyond the grave. It is a constant process of sincere repentance and trying again to live the way He has taught us to live. But Christ gives us that hope that we can become perfect even as the Father. I hope our Christian friends will realize what it is the Savior is trying to teach us. That He loves us and wants us to become like our Father in heaven. Our Christian friends are very fond of C.S. Lewis because of the Christian principles he taught. I hope they take these words of his to heart...The command ‘Be ye perfect’ is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words...The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said...Those who put themselves in His hands will become perfect, as He is perfect – perfect in love, wisdom, joy, beauty, and immortality. (Mere Christianity, p 176-177)What a great and tremendous hope we have to look forward to. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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