<< I am not sure of this. I think that there are some Bible passages that easily demonstrate that God has a body that appears like ours. >>
I have to side with Over on this point. Even Roger Keller, Phd, a then Presbyterian theologian stated that,
"The second factor that has contributed to this myth [that Mormons do not believe in a Triune God] is the Mormon belief that the Father has a corporeal body (D&C 130:22, PGP-Moses 6:9). Once again, the roots of that doctrine lie in scripture, particularly in the J Narrative and its language about God which is highly anthropomorphic. We view that language as symbolic rather than descriptive, but the Mormons have chosen to take the
Biblical language literally. Thus, when the Mormons consider the questions of the image of God and our relationship to that God, they come to the conclusion that we are created in God's image literally in the physical sense. God must have a physical body, as real and literal as Christ's resurrected body. Certainly Michaelangelo did not shrink from representing God as a man on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and one can hardly castigate the
Mormons for seeing him with physical characteristics, given the numerous scriptural passages which point in that direction (e.g. Gen 1:27; 5:1, 32:30; Ex 31:8,33:11). Thus, once again, we see LDS theologians exegeting scripture literally, and arriving at a different conclusion about the Godhead than does traditional interpretation, but they struggle to understand the same God whom we seek to understand." (The Mormons, Fact vs. Fiction, Keller,
One has to wonder if Evangelical condemnation of the anthropomorphic characteristics of God believed by LDS extend then to the Early Christian Church? If they are indeed honest, logically it must.
An article in the Harvard Theological Review notes, "ordinary Christians for at least the FIRST THREE CENTURIES of the current era commonly (and perhaps generally) believed God to be corporeal", or embodied. "The belief was abandoned (and then only gradually) as Neoplatonism became more and more entrenched as the dominant world view of Christian thinkers." (David L. Paulsen, "Early Christian Belief in a Corporeal Diety: Origen adn Augustine as
Reluctant Witnesses", Harvard Theological Review 83, pgs 105-106)
"Tatian, who has given us his four versions of the gospel, informs us that it was the pagan philosophers who laughed at the Christian anthropomorphism. Tatian is another very early one, and he says, "What the pagan philosophers laughed at in Christianity was its anthropomorphism" (the idea that God should look like a body), showing that the Christians did teach that-the anthropomorphic God. The schools of the philosophers laughed at it, so they turned around and joined the schools. Still, Tatian ends up on their side, as does Minucius Felix who comes a little later." (Hugh Nibley, Ancient Documents and the Pearl of Great Price, p.8)
Even Jimmy Swaggart teaches this truth, as can be seen in "What Is Meant By The Trinity? And When We Get To Heaven Will We See three Gods?"
Roland J. Teske has shown that the great Augustine turned to Manichaeism out of digust at the anthropomorphism that characterized the Christianity in which he had been raised, and that he had thought was typical of Christianity as a whole:
"Prior to Augustine (and, of course, the Neoplatonic group in Milan) the western Church was simply without a concept of God as a Spiritual Substance". (Roland J. Teske, "Divine Immutability in Saint Augustine", The Modern Schoolman 63, pg. 233-249)
The Audians were an anthropomorphic and rigorist group of the 4th and 5th centuries.. and were ALWAYS considered to be Christian by scholars who studied them.
What Salm seemed to be implying is that the Mormon position is an unBiblical declaration , and that as far as the nature of God's being goes, one must be a Neoplatonist.. a disciple of Plato and Plotinus, in order to be considered a "classical Christian". Such is flatly wrong.
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