Plurality of God

NOTE: Ideas here spin off from some thoughts that Blaire Ostler shared at Sunstone this weekend and are similar to ideas and thoughts she’s shared here, here, and here.

 

God is plural. Elohim in Hebrew is a plural noun. Joseph Smith taught that the council of Gods commenced the work of Creation. The Book of Abraham talks of Gods. We cannot be saved alone. Zion is a communal salvation. The Doctrine & Covenants talks of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob sitting on their thrones as Gods. God the Father is God. God the Mother is God. Jesus Christ is God. The Holy Ghost is God. We are Gods.

We are created in the image of God, which means either image is used very loosely or God has countless bodies and countless faces. How can I be created in the image of the same God as Cece? Or Oprah? Or Donnie Yen? Or Cara Delevingne?

The diversity of creation is strong evidence to me of the truthfulness of Joseph’s revelations. God must be plural and diverse, God must be a community. God must be far more than I’ve ever imagined especially if God has the body of flesh and bones that Joseph and others testified of.

I’ve often thought of my hoped-for future as a God, creating worlds and saving souls, as a solo or partnered venture—something that Cec and I would do together, but out on our own planet or special corner of galactic real estate. But what if this godhood business is communal? What if it’s something we do all together? What if the City of Enoch was saved and brought up to begin preparations for the people that they would be God(s) for?

If it takes a Bishopric and Relief Society Presidency and an Elders Quorum Presidency and Young Men and Young Women Presidencies and Sunday School and Primary Presidencies and even more people to keep a group of 200 to 500 Mormons organized, why wouldn’t we expect a similar or even grander level of organization of Gods to save the entire world?

Scripture states that “And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy” (Doctrine & Covenants 130:2). There are multiple interpretations of this, but one seems to be that we will still be social creatures, interacting with one another—teaching, laughing, serving, eating, working, living. Maybe this means that some sort of local congregations will still exist.

The communal impulses of Mormonism are often downplayed in our vigorously individualistic American world and I think that’s to our detriment. I don’t know the exact balance of individual effort versus communal effort, but if we are all meant to be the body of Christ, then it seems like it doesn’t do the body much good if I make sure that I’m a beautiful, functioning eyeball, but don’t invest in the legs and arms and fingers and toes and liver and brain and nerves etc etc etc. The body needs all of us, it needs the collective power of Zion to be saved. Maybe I can only be God, when you all are too.

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2 thoughts on “Plurality of God

  1. I love this. Thank you for taking the time to write. I was raised in a congregation where this paradigm totally makes sense. Although we don’t talk about it in this way, I get that excitement and hope that Alma talks about when you’re planting the seed of the good fruit. You hope it is true. A world where you and Cece are running things would be heaven indeed. Xoxo

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