The One True God
The Bible says that God is God “from everlasting to everlasting” (Psalm 90:2), and when speaking about Messiah, God becoming a man (not a man becoming God!), it says,
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:… and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6); Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine holy one? (Habakkuk 1:12)
Believers in the God of the Bible are given these comforting words: “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” (Deuteronomy 33:27).
To the followers of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and today’s LDS prophets, we would like to say, as Joshua said to Israel, “…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
In the English Bible (KJV), whenever the word “Lord” is in all-capital letters, it is the name of God in Hebrew represented by the consonants YHWH (Hebrews didn’t dare to pronounce it) and is translated both “Lord” and/or “God.” When God spoke to Moses, He declared Himself to be the Lord, the Great I AM, and He said that by His name YHWH (JE-HO-VAH) He was not known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This was the first time that He revealed His name (Exodus 6:3).
Throughout the Bible, the words, “I am the Lord your God” (Exodus 6:7) or “I the Lord God” are used by God to tell the prophet who is the one who is speaking. The word “Lord” (YHWH) and the word “God” (ELOHIYM) are used as in the example above: “I, the Lord God” (not “we,” as the Mormon Church teaches). Speaking of the Godhead, Mormon Doctrine, page 576, states:
As each of these persons is a God, it is evident, from this standpoint alone, that a plurality of Gods exists. (Emphasis added)
In Hebrew, the word “El” means God. The word “Elohiym” is the plural form of “El” (similarly, the word cherub is singular, and the word cherubim is plural). When we read in our English Bible, “I am the Lord your God,” if we put it back into Hebrew it would read, “I am YHWH your Elohiym.” One doesn’t get two gods from it—only one God. “Trinity” is not mentioned in the Bible as a word, but a plurality of persons in ONE GOD is clearly demonstrated throughout the Bible. The Bible came to us through Israel. To the Jew there is but one God, YHWH.
Deuteronomy 6:4 is what Jews repeat daily, and with their dying breath say: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord,” or in Hebrew: “Hear, O Israel, YHWH our Elohiym [plural] is one YHWH.”
Most people agree that the Father is God. The Bible teaches that Jesus is God (John 1:1,14; 20:28) and that the Holy Ghost is God (see Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:17; 6:19), but the Bible also teaches that there is only one God. In Isaiah 45:5,6,14,18,21,22, God says that there is no other God or Lord. Other examples: Deuteronomy 4:35,39; 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:2; 2 Samuel 7:22; 22:32; 1 Kings 8:60; Psalm 18:31; Jeremiah 10:10; Galatians 3:20; Ephesians 4:6; Mark 12:32,34.
James 2:19 tells us that even the demons know and believe that there is only one God. Why is it that the LDS Church doesn’t know or believe that? The LDS Church says that there is more than one God because in Genesis 1:26, God says, “And God said, let us make man in our image….” Note that there is only one image, and the next verse clarifies it by saying, “So God created man in his own image…in the image of God created he them.” God of the Bible is Triune God, one God, three Persons, as 1 John 5:7 says, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
The Hebrew word Elohiym (GOD, in plural) refers to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but the verb is in the singular in every case where the plural form of God, “Elohiym,” appears. Examples of what God says about Himself: “I, the Lord God,” (I, YHWH Elohiym—not “we,” YHWH and Elohiym), or “I am the Lord your God,” (I am YHVH your Elohiym—not “we are” YHWH and Elohiym).
Since the Bible declares itself to be God’s Word, it doesn’t “argue” about God. The Bible clearly says that His ways and thoughts are far above our thoughts, but that through the Holy Spirit we can learn to understand what He has done for us and how great His love is toward us and thus believe in Him. God has given us a simple way, one way, a narrow way. Let no one confuse you about that. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). He said in John 17:3, “…this is eternal life, to know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”
Just because you may previously have believed the false teachings of the LDS Church doesn’t mean that you cannot now accept the truth from God’s Word, the Bible.