The LDS doctrine of exaltation is Not part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is merely a doctrine of man created to sell polygamy. The easiest way to prove this to yourself is to do a word search in the the scriptures. Click here and type in ‘exaltation‘ in the search the scriptures window. You will then find only 12 results in all the scriptures. And guess what? 11 of them are found in one chapter and constitute the first and only introduction of a new, higher doctrine called “exaltation”. The only other use of the word exaltation, found outside section 132, in all other scripture is found in D&C 124 and has nothing to do with the doctrine of exaltation, introduced, created and found only in D&C 132. Strange, Huh?
Don’t you think it is odd that in all scripture you can only find out about the supposedly highest reward and glory one can receive in one dubious chapter, with a highly questionable origin? And only showing up many millennium after the world began and after thousands of years of God’s recorded dealings with his children. We also know Joseph Smith never put section 132 in the D&C and while living never demonstrated any intent to do so either. Why not, as it is the only ‘scripture’ which lays out the supposed highest degree of glory a human can attain? It was only put into the D&C many years after his death and after the practice of polygamy was firmly ingrained in the culture. I find that very troubling.
More importantly why is there no mention of the doctrine of exaltation in the Book of Mormon(which remember, contains the FULLNESS of the gospel) or the Bible? Neither the word exaltation nor the doctrine of exaltation appear in any of those books . . . not even once. Why not? Up until the grand, disjointed revelation contained in D&C 132 the promise of eternal life was the highest reward one could receive and there are more than a hundred verses cementing that truth in all the books of scripture. And yet no mention of “exaltation”. That raises a big red flag in my eyes.
How come we find in Moses 1:39 “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man“. ? ? Why doesn’t it say, “to bring to pass the exaltation of man”? Surely God knew there was something better than just eternal life, right? Or maybe there really isn’t. Maybe He meant what he said and said what He meant. Maybe the doctrine of exaltation didn’t come from God at all. We can find many references all throughout scripture to the immortality and eternal life of man as being the reward God has in store for his children but only in D&C 132 do we learn of a higher reward, called exaltation, reserved for polygamists. Pretty strange, right?
Lets go read some verses that teach of eternal life, none of them being of suspicious and questionable origin like section 132:
D&C 14:7 And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.
Alma 11:40 And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.
Mosiah 26:20 Thou art my servant; and I covenant with thee that thou shalt have eternal life; and thou shalt serve me and go forth in my name, and shalt gather together my sheep.
Helaman 5:8 And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers.
2 Nephi 31:20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
D&C 81:6 And if thou art faithful unto the end thou shalt have a crown of immortality, and eternal life in the mansions which I have prepared in the house of my Father.
Alma 22:15 And it came to pass that after Aaron had expounded these things unto him, the king said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.
Moroni 7:41 And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
D&C6:13 If thou wilt do good, yea, and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt be saved in the kingdom of God, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God; for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation.
D&C 50:5 But blessed are they who are faithful and endure, whether in life or in death, for they shall inherit eternal life.
D&C 75:5 And thus, if ye are faithful ye shall be laden with many sheaves, and crowned with honor, and glory, and immortality, and eternal life.
D&C 133:62 And unto him that repenteth and sanctifieth himself before the Lord shall be given eternal life.
Moses 5:11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.
Abraham 2:11 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee (that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood), for I give unto thee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literal seed, or the seed of the body) shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.
Where is the promise of exaltation in these verses??
Doesn’t God know exaltation is better than mere “eternal life”? Better than just salvation. Better than plain old immortality.
Why did He wait so long to reveal the doctrine of “exaltation”?
Salvation, Eternal Life and Immortality, Yes.
Don’t bet on it.