My favorite part of the concept that we are gods and children of the Most High God, and that the kingdom of God is among/within us, is that it takes away our natural tendency to blame someone outside the collective "us" for the bad things that happen and puts the responsibility to deal with those things squarely on us as individuals and as a collective people.
It makes Hitler responsible for
what he did, but it also makes Mother Teresa responsible for what she
did - and it makes me responsible for what I do on both sides of the
scale. Mormonism's addition of degrees of accountability and the idea
that our judgment is and will be nothing more than an acknowledgment of who we
are and become (what we make of our "divine nature") is precious to me -
and both of those concepts point toward the "god within".
think it's interesting that the temple endowment paints a picture of
competing Gods in this world. It hints at the primary contest being who
we will follow in this world - that the ultimate goal is to build
the kingdom of God on earth and establish Zion - that the struggle is to see who will be
able to say, in the end, that it is the day of their power. I also
think it's interesting that much of the early Mormon vision was focused
less on theology and more on kingdom building - and that one of our
Articles of Faith says we believe part of the plan is to make the earth a
I believe in seeing where the LDS Church has legitimate,
important similarities with other religions, and I have no problem
admitting and celebrating those similarities, but I think one area where
we have become too much like the rest of Christianity is in our current
focus on the Celestial Kingdom as somewhere out there and after this. I
think we have lost sight to a degree of the idea of creating the City of
Enoch here on earth, and I believe that idea is centered on the concept of the god within each one of us and the kingdom of gods we can build into Zion in the here and now.