Ever heard of some people who believe in only one God while also believing there is more than one person who is that one God?
I wanted to ask this question here, because it is sincerely perplexing to me.
Critics very often accuse LDS of being polytheistic, because 1. LDS believe that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate Gods (One in Purpose); 2. Because the church teaches that members can become like their Heavenly Father, which suggests there are many "gods"; 3. The standard response, to questions about this has always been, "we only worship One God"...yet I have seen Apostles and others say that they worship Jesus Christ, as well.
Merriam Webster Definition of "polytheism":
"belief in or worship of more than one god."
My question is, why do LDS reject the polytheistic label, and why do they consider that label offensive?
One God + more than one person who is that one God = only one "kind" of being who is that one God.
Edited by Ahab, 30 August 2012 - 03:48 PM.