Where Did God Come From?

So if many Christian churches, including the Mormon/LDS church, claim that God created all species, it is perfectly fair to ask: Where did God come from?

The prophet Joseph Smith, who founded the Mormon church (i.e. technically called: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) gave the classic talk on where God came from. This lecture was given slighly less than three months before he and his brother were assassinated.

The talk is called "The King Follett Discourse" or "The King Follett Sermon." It was printed in two parts in the April and May, 1971 Ensign (the official magazine of the Mormon/LDS church). Use Google to search the website: www.lds.org.

But read this article first!!!

The prophet Brigham Young, the second President of the LDS church and a contemporary of Darwin (they were born about 8 years apart), also discussed this issue. He must have been asked about the origin of man with this type of question: "if Darwin was wrong, and if God created humans, then where did God come from?"

This was his answer:

  • "Many have tried to penetrate to the First Cause of all things [i.e. the origin of God]; but it would be as easy for an ant to number the grains of sand on the earth. It is not for man, with his limited intelligence, to grasp eternity in his comprehension ... It would be as easy for a gnat to trace the history of man back to his origin as for man to fathom the First Cause of all things, lift the veil of eternity, and reveal the mysteries that have been sought after by philosophers from the beginning."
    Brigham Young, second president of the LDS church (October 9, 1859)
    Journal of Discourses, Volume 7, Page 284

President Young was making it very clear that we mortals cannot even begin to comprehend eternity and the origin of God. Could an amoeba comprehend the religious doctrines in the Bible or design the blueprints for a new skyscraper?? Try to teach an amoeba high school algebra to the point it can pass a test!!

Just like an amoeba could not comprehend the religious doctrines in the Bible, or design a new skyscraper, we humans do not yet have the intelligence to comprehend the origin of God or even to comprehend how God thinks!! We will never have this intelligence while we are in mortality.

Brigham Young said this about God:

  • He is the Supreme Controller of the universe. At his rebuke the sea is dried up, and the rivers become a wilderness. He measures the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meteth out heaven with a span, and comprehendeth the dust of the earth in a measure, and weigheth the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance; the nations to him are as a drop in a bucket, and he taketh up the isles as a very little thing; the hairs of our heads are numbered by him, and not a sparrow falleth to the ground without our Father; and he knoweth every thought and intent of the hearts of all living, for he is everywhere present by the power of his Spirit -- his minister, the Holy Ghost.

    He is the Father of all, is above all, through all, and in you all [see Ephesians 4:6]; he knoweth all things pertaining to this earth, and he knows all things pertaining to millions of earths like this.
    Brigham Young: 1998-1999 Priesthood/R.S. Manual - page 30
    Journal of Discourses, Volume 11, Page 41

Perhaps the day will come (long after we are resurrected) when we can comprehend the origin of God. The scriptures tell us very clearly that we are literally the children of God and that we are joint heirs with Christ (see: Romans 8:16-18).

President Russell M. Nelson said: "Who are we? We are children of God. Our potential is unlimited. Our inheritance is sacred."
"We Are Children of God," Ensign, October, 1998

But just because we cannot comprehend eternity now, because we are literally the Children of God, we have far greater potential that we can currently comprehend.

The day will come when all will be resurrected, both the just and the unjust. We cannot conceive, at this time, the things we will be able to comprehend a million years after we are resurrected.

God is a loving God, not a tyrant. He wants us to succeed!! It is important to understand that God has a bright future in store for those who will keep his commandments or if needed, will change their ways. President George Q. Cannon said this about those who may need to change their ways:

  • “No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is [against] His character [to do so]. He is an unchangeable being. … He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and the purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments.”
    "Freedom of the Saints," in Collected Discourses, comp. by Brian H. Stuy, 5 vols. [1987-92], 2:185

And that is the difference between the theory of evolution and the true doctrine of God. Satan would have us believe that God does not exist (or that if He does exist He is a tyrant who wants us to fail) and that at death we cease to exist.

But God would have us understand that we are His children and that He loves us. He is quick to forgive and we can become more like Him as we progress throughout the eternities!!!

President John Taylor, the third President of the LDS church, said:

  • For we, as Latter-day Saints, do not consider that our existence ends with time, as we generally term it, but that it reaches into eternity. And that while we are here in a state of probation to fulfill the various duties [placed] upon us, as Saints of the living God; while we come into the world and exist in it for a time and then leave it, we have hopes and aspirations beyond the grave, and anticipate that, as ages and cycles shall pass along and generation succeeds generation, if we are true to our trust and live our religion, keeping the commandments of God and fulfilling the various covenants [we have accepted] ..., that we shall associate with the just in the eternities to come! Therefore we are living, and hoping, and expecting, and planning, and contriving and operating, for the accomplishment of this object. We do not look upon the affairs of this life as those alone in which humanity is interested.
    President John Taylor, January 2nd, 1881: "The Eternities Before the Saints"

It is impossible to find any two doctrines that are as opposite as the doctrines of evolution and the doctrines of the living prophets. The two sets of beliefs are antithetical (i.e. directly opposed or mutually incompatible).

The doctrines of God are pure light and inspiring. They motivate us to move forward in our progression to become more like Him. The doctrines of evolution are dark and depressing because they cast humans as nothing but animals which have no purpose and cease to exist at death.

False doctrines, such as the theory of evolution, are one reason why God provides the members of the LDS church with a living prophet and true scriptures!!

So who wins: "God or Evolution??" The evidence is overwhelming that God wins. We are not the children of a series of accidents, we are the children of God. He expects that we will live up to our glorious heritage. As we try to do this, and as President Cannon said: "God will never desert us."


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