Apostasy?A core tenant of LDS doctrine is that the early Christian church fell into apostasy after the deaths of Jesus and the apostles. Is this a foolish notion? No, not by any means. In fact, the Bible itself warns of such an event taking place.
11 ¶ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
Is Amos warning exclusive to the Old Testament? It is not. Jesus himself foretold of an apostasy taking place.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told
Response to IRR 1This was originally taken from an internet message board.
A Response to the Institute for Religious Research's "Is Mormonism Christian?"
Given that we're dealing with a group who has named itself the "Institute for Religious Research," one would think that this group is comprised of noble men and women who earnestly seek to define and understand religion.
Unfortunately, lofty names don't always equal lofty methods and mindsets.
It is with this bit of experience in mind that I go to read their essay concerning whether or not Mormonism counts as a "Christian" faith. Suffice to say, I didn't get very far before being disappointed.
Is Mormonism Christian? This may seem like a puzzling question to many Mormons as well as to some Christians. Mormons will note that they include the Bible among the four books which they recognize as Scripture, and that belief in Jesus Christ is central to their faith, as evidenced b
Response to Chambers 1[i]This post originally appeared on a message board. This is why the coding is still in place.[/i]
[b]A Response to Joseph R. Chambers (D.D)'s "Walt Disney's "Lion King:"
Homosexuality and Voodooism."[/b]
Disney seems to be a perfect target for fundamentalists. Their films and cartoons often delve into dark or mature subject matter, and the company itself makes no secret that it is in favor of rights for their homosexual employees. As such, it (sadly) only makes sense that someone would eventually try to argue that the occult is ever-present in one of their films.
By the way, the spelling mistakes in the quotations belong to Mr. Chambers and those he quotes.
[quote]Children have become the prime target of deception and demonism in preparation for the New Age religion and the one world rule of Lucifer. Anyone who doubts that there is a conspiracy to brainwash the next generation and prepare them to receive the comi
Rev. 22:18-19 and the CommaRevelations 22:18-19 and the Comma Johanneum: Oops!
Revelations 22:18-19 (KJV)
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
An alarmingly common misperception exists concerning the above passage. Due to Revelations' location at the end of the Bible, people mistake this verse to mean that not only has the Bible been finished but that nothing has happened to it in the years since it was compiled. What these people fail to realize, however, is that the Bible has indeed been added to in a very definite fashion - The Comma Johanneum.
1 John 5:7-8 (KJV)
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghos
Paul and Marraige? When one attempts to argue for or against marraige based on the Pauline epistles, one soon runs into a particular problem: inconsistencies.
1 Corinthians 7 is where Paul issues his statements concerning marraige, so let's start there.
1 Corinthians 7:32-34
32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
Here we have Paul seeming to condemn the concept of marraige on the basis that marraige distracts people from God's service. However, we must look at matters more car
Response to Brother Andrew 1Response to "Islamic and Mormon Similarities" by Brother Andrew
[note that this is taken from a post on an internet forum; coding, typos, and spelling mistakes are retained. Where it says "quote" is where the entry from the page comes from. The names given are of other people on the board.]
[quote]"Modern Mohammedanism has its Mecca at Salt Lake... Clearly the Koran was Joseph Smith's model, so closely followed as to exclude even the poor pretension of originality in his foul 'revelations.' " (The Women of Mormonism, Frances E. Willard, 1882, Introduction, p. xvi)[/quote]
Except, of course, for the fact that the burden of proof as to whether or not JS was familiar with Islam is on the person making this statement.
[quote]"The student of Mormonism will be struck with the similarity of experience and claims of Joseph Smith an
Response to Hitchens 1Response to Christopher Hitchens' Mormonism: A Racket Becomes a Religion
[Author's note: this piece is the result of an encounter that took place on a message board I go to. Quotes are placed in Italics if the encoding is present, or in red boxes if the encoding is not; this is due to how the material was copied over. Encoding used for quotations and highlights is retained. I'm leaving it as is, right down to the typos and my failure to remember specific names or spelling in a few places .]
[quote=Saros]An interesting little piece I found about the origins of mormonism
I'm noting mistakes and flaws pretty quickly into the article.
1. [quote]In March 1826 a court in Bainbridge, New York, convicted a twenty-one-year-old man of being "a disorderly person and an impostor."[/quote]
It was well-known that JS was brought to trial for an incident in which he