There seem to be a lot of people these days, that get all wound up when we try to claim we’re Christians. We say, “We believe in Jesus Christ; isn’t that the basic thing that distinguishes us from, say Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, and Hindus?”
“No! You believe you can become Gods,” they retort.
They view this as heretical; we don’t see the problem. I think it boils down to our conception of who God is.
Many outside our faith see Him as a faceless, nebulous essence, which has no personality, passions, body parts, etc. He has all power and can therefore be everywhere and nowhere at the same time. He is often represented as an unknowable, and unpredictable force and he created all of us for the purpose of having worshipers.
Let me assure you, Mormons do not hope to become this sort of “God.”
We view Him as a parent. He is a nice person. He has a distinct face and a real, corporeal body. Although He is omniscient and omnipotent, we know that he uses this power primarily for the advancement of his sons and daughters. His work and His glory, he tells us, is “to bring about the immortality and eternal life of man.” Moses 1:39
He loves us because we are His children. We are not just ‘things’ he created so that we would constantly worship Him. As children and heirs (instead of creations) we have the capacity, inherent within us, to become like Him. Each of us does — not just Mormons.