Friday, March 5, 2010

The Word of Faith Movement: Part 4

Deifying Self Isn't Exclusive to Word of Faith
In a comprehensive article by T.A. McMahon, he shows how godhood has been a lie of Satan for thousands of years. Not only is is common among Eastern religions, it can also be found in Mormonism, Islam, and Roman Catholicism.

In Mormonism, for example, Mormon males are taught that they can become gods through closely following LDS teachings: "As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become." Most Mormons claim that the veracity of the doctrine of godhood (and for women, a godesshood of eternal pregnancies) is affirmed through prayer, followed by a "burning in the bosom" sensation from "God."

In contrast to its Sharia legal system, Islam's mysticism is found in Sufism, where devotees whirl themselves into altered states of consciousness in order to reach union with Allah. [1]

Then in the Roman Catholic church, their views are spelled out quite clearly in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God. The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods."

The prerequisite for all of these is self-love, the cornerstone of humanistic psychology and, consequently, because of the overwhelming influence of so-called Christian psychology, a false but popular doctrine among evangelicals. [2]