Reality and Apostate Christianity

This post is belongs to a series of posts on Reality and Mormon theology.

As I mentioned in a previous post, traditional Christianity believes in the Absolutism of God. The belief in the Absolutism of God is the belief that God could literally do anything. He can make murder good, He can make contradictions exist, and He can create something out of nothing. The latter point is traditionally referred to as creatio ex nihilo and exemplifies the belief in the Absolutism of God.

This view was not part of original Christianity. Some early church fathers such as Justin and Origen of Alexandria rejected the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo. So where did this belief come from? It entered Christianity in the first century by a jewish philosopher from Alexandria named Philo Judeaus. He attempted to reconcile Hellenistic metaphysics with Hebrew scriptures. "Philo rejected the Aristotelian concept of the world as uncreated...By the end of the second century the ex nihilo doctrine was accepted almost universally in the church..."

Support for such a view is influenced by an incorrect interpretation of the creation story in the Bible as mingled with the philosophies of men. In contrast, Joseph Smith said:

You ask the learned doctors why they say the world was made out of nothing, and they will answer, “Doesn’t the Bible say he created the world?” And they infer, from the word create, that it must have been made out of nothing. Now, the word create came from the word baurau, which does not mean to create out of nothing; it means to organize; the same as a man would organize materials and build a ship. Hence we infer that God had materials to organize the world out of chaos—chaotic matter, which is element, and in which dwells all the glory. Element had an existence from the time He had. The pure principles of element are principles which can never be destroyed; they may be organized and re-organized, but not destroyed. They had no beginning and can have no end.

In other words God did not create anything ex nihilo and cannot. Joseph Smith subscribed to the Absolutism of Reality. God is bound by law and not a law unto himself—Or reality has primacy over God. The change from original Christianity to apostate Christianity is a reversal of this fundamental premise. Apostate Christianity mingled the philosophies of men with scripture to support the view that God takes primacy over reality— Absolutism of God.

Apostate Christianity believes that God is not bound by law but is a law unto himself. According to LDS doctrine, those who seek not to be government by law, but seeketh to become laws unto themselves, cannot be sanctified by the law. Becoming a law unto oneself is the ultimate goal of Satan. He wants to choose how to act and he wants to choose the consequences for actions (D&C 88:34-39). Therefore God as worshipped by apostate Christianity is in a way, Satanic. For their God is just as Satan wants to be(1 Ne 13:6). What more cunning thing could Satan do to cause confusion than to turn the fundamental premises of the true church upside down?