As far as I understand it God is the father of our spirits. Christ, the Jehovah and son of God can be considered a father symbolically as well simply because he atoned for us and we can be spiritually reborn through him. God the father, his son and the Holy Ghost comprise the Godhead which is one unit. Kind of like how a family is "one" but has separate beings. I don't fully understand the nature of the holy spirit and who he is or his history in the gospel but I know the role he plays for us and I do believe in the spirit because I've felt that presence.Roy wrote:Some great resources at this link for FairMormon: https://www.fairmormon.org/answers/Morm ... nd_Jehovah
Essentially the bible is not entirely clear on the point of who created the earth. Much of the bible is monotheistic and teaches one God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. That God is called by Elohim, Jehovah, and Adonai as various titles depending on what roles or attributes the writer was trying to emphasize.
When Christianity came along there was a big question as to how Jesus fits in with God the father. Is he a prophet/messiah/promised king? is he the son of God? is he the personification of God? Lots of different ways to interpret the scriptures.
What eventually became pretty commonplace in the western church was the idea of the Trinity. Jesus is everything. He is messiah, prophet, promised king, Son of God, and personification of God - all rolled up into one person.
I have reason to believe that the trinity was still the dominant understanding of God during the early years of the church. The BoM seems very Trinitarian (Much more than the bible).
Eventually The understanding of the "Godhead" evolved with God and Jesus as more definitely separate individuals. Still there was not clarity as to the titles of the different members of the Godhead. For example, "Nineteenth-century Mormons—including Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and John Taylor—generally used Jehovah as the name of God the Father"
Since 1916 the LDS church has been fairly consistent with assigning the name Elohim to God the Father and Jehovah to Jesus Christ.In 1916 the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a doctrinal statement on the relationship between the Father and the Son: "Jesus the Son has represented and yet represents Elohim His Father in power and authority. This is true of Christ in His preexistent, antemortal, or unembodied state, in the which He was known as Jehovah; also during His embodiment in the flesh; …and since that period in His resurrected state"
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