Christian News Network reports,
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made reference to a universal god during Wednesday night’s presidential debate via a single statement not particularly related to the debate issues at hand.
“We’re a nation that believes that we’re all children of the same God,” Romney said. . . .
Romney, a former Mormon bishop, was in charge of overseeing LDS affairs in his city in Massachusetts in the 1990′s. He also worked as a Mormon missionary in France for a time, and continues supporting the Latter Day Saints by giving ten percent of his income to his local Mormon establishment. Tax returns submitted by Romney indicate that in 2011, Romney gave approximately $4 million to Mormon causes.
Therefore, many consider Romney to be an authority on Mormonism and strongly dedicated to its cause.
According to the writings of Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS religion, Mormons believe that God was originally a man that lived on another planet, and that men must learn how to also become a god.
“We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil so you may see,” Smith wrote in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. “[H]e was once a man like us. Yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ did.”
“[Y]ou have to learn how to be gods yourselves,” Smith continued. “[T]he same as all gods have done before you.”
Not just all people, but Satan himself was a child of God, and thus our brother:
Mormon writings also outline that Jesus and Satan are purportedly spirit brothers, and that both offered to die for the sins of the people, calling out, “Here am I, send me,” according to Abraham 3:27 in The Pearl of Great Price. The LDS “Church” teaches that like Jesus and Satan, every person is a spirit brother or sister that has always existed. But, in order to do become a god, they must follow both the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Requirements include being baptized into Mormonism, tithing to the LDS “Church” and performing baptisms for the dead. . . .
In 2008, during an interview with Tim Russert on Meet the Press, Romney spent much time outlining his views on religion, and made a nearly identical statement as was expressed during Wednesday night’s debate.
“The corollary is that if we’re all children of the same God, that we have a duty to care for one another — Americans first, and the people of the world second,” he said.