According to LDS doctrine, the Light of Christ is “the divine energy, power, or influence that proceeds from God through Christ and gives life and light to all things.” This statement is true enough, but LDS.org goes on to say: “The Light of Christ influences people for good and prepares them to receive the Holy Ghost.”
After pointing to John 1:9 and some other passages in the D&C, they go on to say: “In the scriptures, the Light of Christ is sometimes called the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, or the Light of Life.”
True, all synonymous. But is the next statement true?
“The Light of Christ should not be confused with the Holy Ghost.”
Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say, starting with the first chapter of John and see who John says the “true Light” of the world is:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:1-17)
Now, according to John, the Light that lighteth every man who comes into the world is Jesus Christ, whom John was sent to prepare the way for and bear witness of. So, while it is true that the Light of Christ is sometimes called the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, or the Light of Life, it is not something separate and apart from Christ or God. Nor is the Holy Ghost.
Though LDS doctrine denies this truth, the “Holy Ghost” (otherwise known as “the Holy Spirit”) is “the Spirit of God.”
If we need proof that the Holy Ghost/Spirit, also known as the Comforter, is not a Spirit that exists separate and apart from the Spirit of Christ we need only look to the words of Jesus himself.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” (John 14:15-21)
The Greek word here translated “Comforter” (referring to the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost in KJV) is Parakletos: an intercessor, and advocate.
Who is the intercessor, the advocate, the mediator between God and man?
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1Ti 2:5)
How many mediators are there? ONE!! Christ Jesus!
In 1 John we see Jesus Christ named as our Advocate/Parakletos:
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (Parakletos) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1Jn 2:1-2)
And what did Paul say about the Spirit of the Lord?
“But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2Co 3:15-18)
Scripture tells that there is ONE GOD, the Father, and ONE LORD, Jesus Christ.
“… there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: ….” (1Co 8:4-7)
They are ONE! It is THE SON who reveals THE FATHER, who dwells IN HIM, he being THE IMAGE “of” THE INVISIBLE GOD.
Going right back to John 14 where we see the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost/Spirit as one and how we are made one with them and each other, as part of the “one new man” created in Christ.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth (Jesus said: I AM THE TRUTH); whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, AND I IN YOU. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” (John 14:6-21)
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Heb 13:5-6)
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (1Jn 5:7-11)
It is the sending forth of “the Spirit of His Son” (= CHRIST IN YOU) that makes us SONS OF GOD.
This is why the entire creations GROANS, waiting for “the manifestation of the sons of God.” For it is “CHRIST IN YOU,” that is our very HOPE OF GLORY! (Col 1:27)
Mormon Doctrine fails on so many levels when it comes to the subject of Jesus Christ and His relationship to not only the Father but to mankind.