The Law of Eternal ProgressionPosted: September 12, 2011
As a Mormon most of us are acquainted with the Law of Eternal Progression, although we may not call it that. The basic concept is that we can continue to learn after the death of this mortal body; that in fact even the gods themselves are still growing in knowledge and wisdom. There is also a corollary concept that we are always either growing in knowledge or shrinking in knowledge. There is no middle ground or neutral zone.
Reading from the book of Alma we find the following:
9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.
10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.
11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
This opened my eyes to something I’d been pondering about in a podcast I’d listened to earlier this week. The podcast is titled “An Objective Approach to Adam-God Teachings” and can be found here. In it, the mormonchronicle producers interview an LDS man who recently wrote a book about the Adam/God theory. He is a lawyer by trade and so took a very objective approach in his research on the topic. His conclusion is that Joseph Smith and Brigham Young taught that Adam was God. It was a teaching, not a theory. He states that it was removed from LDS teachings nearly a century ago because of its controversial nature. It was creating a divide in the church so the leadership decided it was best to just ignore it and hope it would go away. That policy worked fairly well for many years, however, with the advent of the internet, it has become impossible to ignore all the evidence. He stated that this is a doctrine that the Church as a body rejected at that time.
If it’s true that the Church rejected this doctrine, could that have started them down the road of rejecting other truths? As Alma states, “they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries.” If this is the case, could that mean the Church is even further off the path of truth now and not even realize it? Given the number of years since this doctrine was abandoned, you can only wonder how far off track they might be today.