Becoming Like God
My friend Amy recently remarked that her born-again Christian minister friend finds the Mormon doctrine of becoming like God to be extremely offensive.
Wow. Really? But, the more I thought about it, the more I can see that point of view. Many people worship a God who is other, so much MORE than man could ever be (not to mention, incorporeal). The thought of us being like God someday is really, more than crazy, borderline offensive.
So, how does knowing that other people may feel this way affect the way that discuss this doctrine (if it is one) with non-members? Does it affect our incentive to get to heaven? My brother-in-law says that the incentive is just as great for him if he gets to dwell in the presence of God for eternity.
He makes a good point.
Perhaps, like he suggests, it’s more like the exact location of the New Jerusalem. Meh, it’s interesting to know, but not something that changes your behavior.
What do you think?
Feel free to explain your vote in the comments.
(Although this is a feminist blog, I’d like to keep the conversation away from the difference between men becoming like a male God and women becoming like . . . who? although that is a very good discussion in itself)