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:
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:
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."
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:
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:
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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