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
Response to Ed Decker 1A Response to J. Edward Decker's To Moroni With Love.
Decker, J. Edward. To Moroni With Love. 2nd ed. Seattle: Life Messengers.
1. The "works cited" page that is to appear at the end will not include the scriptural references from any Mormon works or the LDS edition of the King James Version; instead, I shall post the link to the website where an HTML version can be obtained - . This is done in anticipation of having to make multiple citations.
2. For the most part, those works that will be cited will be works that are not officially sanctioned by the LDS faith; save for two exceptions, they will either be general information sites (such as Wikipedia) or apologetic websites. Consider yourself duly notified.]
I believe that everyone can imagine my surprise when I spotted this item. One of the local Lutheran churches was having a charity rummage sale, and I discovered it in a pile of assorted pamphlets. A few cents later, and I was able to take i
Role-Playing Game Tips no. 2Role-Playing Game Tips, pt. 2
10. If you find that a stay cat has had a litter of kittens in your game room, it's time to re-locate.
9. Cute, cuddly female cleric + quarter staff + natural 20 + max damage = kobold head flying across the room.
8. When attempting to construct your own gaming table, please observe all safety notices in regards to the use of power tools. Especially if those notices include a verbal warning that your choice of power saw isn't very good.
7. No matter how cold the gaming room gets, if the jar of cheese dip says "refrigerate after opening" then you need to put it back in the fridge once you're done with it.
6. When your character is at a diplomatic function, *never* walk right up to a diplomat from a foreign nation and ask if they're evil.
5. Warning shots may be fired straight at you.
4. In the event that you are dealing with a dragon that has polymorphed itself into a cat, *never* take it to the vet to be spayed or neutered. They don't like that.
3. When pur