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Dear Gramps,

I’ve got a non-Mormon friend who doesn’t buy our belief of our becoming gods after this life and wants some references in the Bible. He is meeting with the missionaries and they tell him not to worry about it, but he is turned off by this. If you have anything that might help him understand, it would be very appreciated. Thank you so much!

Deborah

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Dear Deborah,

There is not much in the Bible concerning the possibility of progressing to godhood. We read in Acts 17:28:

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

If we are the offspring of our Father in Heaven, there is inherent in us the possibility of maturing to an eternal adulthood to become like our heavenly Parents.

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 8:5-6, tells us that there are many gods.

For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

 

But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

I wouldn’t worry too much about your investigator friend, however. The things of the Kingdom are only understood by the Spirit. If the investigator is not influenced by the Holy Spirit, no amount of evidence, scriptural or otherwise, will convince him. The best thing we can do to help our investigators understand and accept the principles of the gospel is to pray for them and encourage them to live the principles of the gospel that they are investigating. If they receive a testimony, it will come as a witness from the Holy Spirit, and without that, no amount of argument will ever convince someone of the truths of heaven.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

 

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