Deification in the Bible

I’ve been very interested in the idea of deification (“make god” Latin: Deus = God. Facio=to make) of man for a long time. Joseph Smith taught that the ultimate purpose of man is to become exalted as deified beings, as gods. (See, for example, D&C 76:58; 132:20). This doctrine, as taught by Joseph Smith, was completely radical and unorthodox. Since his time, however, much investigation has been done to show that it was widely believed in early Christianity. (See http://en.fairmormon.org/Deification_of_man).

A survey of the New Testament reveals that it is, in fact, a New Testament doctrine. Below are some scriptures found in the Bible that show some attributes that will be/are held in common between Jesus Christ and the exalted saints. This list is also found on the site mentioned above, and was compiled in part be myself. (I am an editor at http://en.fairmormon.org)

Please compare these descriptions of Jesus Christ to those of the saints in the following Bible passages:

AspectJesus ChristThe SaintsCrownRev. 14:14James 1:12, Rev. 2:10, Rev. 4:4,10White robeMatt. 17:2, Mark 9:3, Luke 9:29Rev. 6:11, Rev. 7:9-14ScepterHeb. 1:8Rev. 2:26-27Secret NameRev. 19:12Rev. 2:17ImageCol. 1:15, Heb. 1:3, 2_Cor. 4:4Rom. 8:29, 1_Cor. 15:49, 2_Cor. 3:18, Col. 3:10ThroneRev. 3:21Rev. 3:21Heir of GodRom. 8:17Rom. 8:14-21, Gal. 4:1-7Possession of “all things”Matt. 11:27, John 3:34, John 13:3, John 16:15, Heb. 1:2Rev. 21:7, Rom. 8:32, 1_Cor. 3:21, 2_Cor. 6:10Title of “son”Heb. 1:5, Heb. 5:5, John 3:161John 3:1-2, Phil. 2:15, Rom. 8:14, John 1:12, Gal. 3:26King and priestJohn 1:49, Heb. 3:1Rev. 1:6, Rev. 5:10PerfectMatt. 5:48Matt. 5:48One with God and one in GloryJohn 14:11, John 17:20-21, John 10:30John 14:20, John 17:21-23

Deification is also discussed in the following biblical scriptures:

Please look over these and add any to the list in the comment area that you think also teach this doctrine. This doctrine, to use Joseph Smith’s words, “tastes good” to those who are not proscribed by man made creeds.

One thought on “Deification in the Bible

  1. Thanks for the bible quotes. Personally (and I emphasis the word “personally”), this points to once again the Church that Jesus founded and still exists: the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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