Few Mormon doctrines cause traditional Christians more consternation than the belief in mankind’s potential to become like God. This is of course the reason the authors of the most famous anti-Mormon work chose for their title The God Makers. But hacks who deliberately produce fraudulent anti-Mormon screeds aren’t the only ones to be offended by our unique doctrine. Without exception, every thoughtful Christian with whom I’ve discussed the issue similarly believes our doctrine to be blasphemous (though they are circumspect in telling me so).
But the Benevolent Theodicy, as I have called it, shows that they are wrong.
Far from being blasphemous, the doctrine of eternal progression necessarily follows from God’s omnipotence and omnibenevolence. To deny eternal progression, critics must argue either the traditional Christian belief of God’s omnipotence or God’s omnibenevolence to be false.
The Benevolent Theodicy:
1. God is omnibenevolent — He wants us to be as He is.
2. God is omnipotent — He can make us as He is.
3. Therefore, because God is perfect, we too shall be.
In other words, gentle Christian friend, does God not love me enough to make me as He is, or is God not capable of making me as He is?
And can anyone count it blasphemy for believing that God is even a more Mighty and an Awesome God than they do?