God and Man: The Nature of Our God

by Don R. Hender

One of the greatest philosophical descriptions and/or proofs of God, if not the greatest, is that which our immediate ministering God Jehovah gave unto Abraham as recorded in the book of Abraham. As we consider the vastness of the ever expanding eternal universe, as did our Lord God with Abraham, how can the inward personal ego of man be so myopic as to not understand that man is not unique and others have gone on long before we on this one minute, almost insignificant, little planet? For man not to appreciate that another has gone on before and is far beyond where he, man, stands today, that in the entire universe there is not another who is greater than he is, is a disease of unpresidented self agrandizement. Yet men do presume such as that they are capable of defining themselves as though what they inovate of their own minds must be so above and better than that which is deed the real truth of the matter as given us by he who is beyond us.

God explains it to Abraham in this manner. In principle, speaking of two particular items, such as the stars, planets and such bodies of the heavens, God states: "If two things exist, and there be one above the other, there shall be greater things above them; therefore Kolob [the star near where God resides] is the greatest of all the Kokaubeam [stars] that thou hast seen, because it is nearest unto me." (Abraham 3:16) Here God speaks of the stars which Abraham has observed an that one particular star which is nearest unto where God resides. He then continues: "Now, if there be two things, one above the other, and the moon be above the earth, then it may be that a planet or star may exist above it; and there is nothing that the Lord thy God shall take in his heart to do but what he will do it." (Abraham 3:17) Here God has set out in material things that if there be two or a number of things which may be measured, then one can be measured to be greater than another.

Then God turns this application of material things such as planets and stars to an application to the existence and nature of God. "Howbeit that he [God] made the greater star; as, also if there be two spirits, notwithstanding one is more intelligent than the other, yet these two spirits, notwithstanding one is more intelligent than the other, have no beginning; they existed before, they shall have no end, they shall exist after, for they are gnolaum, or eternal." And the Lord said unto Abraham: "These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all." (Abraham 3:18-19.

Now man may consider this a truism. But due to myopic man's self conceit, smugness, vanity, arrogance and/or excessive self-pride, the man of philosophy thinks himself able to define himself and that above God who does in fact exist and is greater than all the men of this earth—this earth which he God had so created or structured for the housing and benefit of man. Of course when the Lord God so spoke to Abraham it too was relative, He speaking to Abraham concerning all that Abraham had seen. That is of all who Abraham had been given to see, our immediate Lord God was and/or is the most intelligent or greatest of them all. This in turn does further imply that beyond what Abraham had seen, even there are those who have progressed even on further and beyond to whom even our God is subjected unto. The simple case of Elohim, God the Father of Spirits, and Jehovah, our immediate ministering God, being an example of which.

What man understands intuitively is that he is of the race of God. That is, as many scriptural references point out, God's image and man's image is the same. We are in the image of our Creator, head, shoulders, knees and toes—eyes, hears, mouth and nose. Our spirit, which has the same shape and form as its temporal body tabernacle, is as we are, children of God. God the Father of Spirits is the father of our spirit. We are like him and have the potential to further become as He is, even as God is. And yet, He having advanced before us is above us. And, yes, we have been 'created for greater things' beyond this world and this temporary mortal life. God, our Heaveanly Father, loves us, His children. He has a high and divine plan for us, of which this mortal life is but the second condition or estate. Behind us is our first estate, our pre-mortal existance; and before us lies the realm of eternity, where if we perform well here, we will live in the presence of our Heavenly Father for we shall be like He is.