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Alex

Member Since: May 11, 2011

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  • [1] September 18, 2014 at 6:20pm

    I’m one of the many of Scotch descent whose ancestors immigrated in the mid 1800′s to America.

  • [4] September 16, 2014 at 3:16pm

    Liberals on the whole have never demonstrated to me that they do nothing of the sort.

  • [8] September 16, 2014 at 1:46pm

    God bless you, Meriam Ibrahim! Stories like this make my day.

  • [1] September 15, 2014 at 5:56pm

    hi,

    I don’t have a problem with what you said. However, I don’t think that changes anything. Right or wrong, nobody who leaves or splits off from a denomination thinks they are doing so for any other reason than that they are leaving non-believers. The disintegration continues with the best of motives. That is how Sola Scriptura works. It is its flaw. It is not that the Bible isn’t inspired. It is. It is just that it wasn’t written to organize the Body of Christ. It was written BY the Body of Christ to bear testimony of Jesus Christ, and to expound His doctrine.

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  • [2] September 15, 2014 at 2:35pm

    Evangelicals and Protestants won’t like what I say here, but I call it as I see it. The Bible alone doesn’t give an effective template for organizing the Body of Christ. As divinely inspired, and wonderful as they are, the books of the New Testament were brought together by people who believed that ultimate authority to organize and regulate the affairs of the Body of Christ resided in the church. It was never considered that this could be handed off to a book. The church preceded and wrote the Bible, not the reverse.

    That is the great problem with Protestantism and its offshoots. If you believe that a book that was never compiled to organize followers of Christ, now has the authority to do so, you are going to run into a lot of problems, because the Bible alone doesn’t give you a clear way forward. From the split with the Catholic Church to this split with Presbyterian USA, it is literally a self-fulfilling prophesy that churches rooted in the Protestant Reformation will eventually disintegrate, just as they have from the beginning.

    I don’t care how strident a follower of Sola Scriptura you are, eventually, someone is going to come along and tell you you’re not Biblical enough. There is so much flexibility when you are governed ONLY by a book that eventually your way of practicing Christianity will be obsolete. In a hundred years or so, it will be your turn to be called the Christian heretic. Do you see the cycle?

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  • [1] September 11, 2014 at 6:11pm

    mewnani,

    “So the Old and New testaments should be discounted then? ”

    We aren’t discounting the Old and New Testaments any more than the New Testament discounts the Old Testament.

    “I’d take the word of God compiled through several authors over several millenia before I’d take the word of just one man who claimed he spoke with him and wrote his own book about it.”

    That is the same kind of thinking that caused many of the Pharisees to reject Christ when He came in the flesh. Can Christ not speak again through His servant, or must we forever be solely at the mercy of our ability to understand 2000 year old texts? As Mormons, we believe both are possible. We believe that God can give us more of the word of God to enlighten our understandings of His plan.

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  • [2] September 11, 2014 at 5:49pm

    mewnani,

    That is partially true. While there are many creeds that Protestant Christians (and Evangelical Christians by extension) reject, doctrinally speaking they still look at the scriptures through the lens of the creeds. Exhibit A: the Nicean Creed.

    The Nicean Creed was heavily influenced by the understanding of God believed by the Greeks (without body, parts, and passions) and reads like Greek metaphysical text. It has influenced Evangelical’s understanding of God more than they know.

  • September 11, 2014 at 5:18pm

    Stephen Richards,

    (continued)
    Genesis 1:26 KJV:
    26 ¶And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
    Genesis 5:3 KJV:
    3 ¶And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

  • [1] September 11, 2014 at 5:17pm

    StephenRichards,

    (continued)
    John 17:20-23 KJV:
    20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
    21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
    23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

    2 Peter 1:3-4 KJV:
    3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
    4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

    Ephesians 4:13 KJV:
    13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

    Luke 6:40 KJV:
    40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

    Acts 17:28 KJV:
    28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

  • [1] September 11, 2014 at 5:14pm

    Stephen Richards,

    (continued)
    John 1:12-13 KJV:
    12 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:
    13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

    Romans 8:15-17 KJV:
    15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
    16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
    17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

    Romans 8:29 KJV:
    29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

    2 Corinthians 3:17-18 KJV:
    17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
    18 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.

    John 8:12 KJV:
    12 ¶Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
    Matthew 5:14 KJV:
    14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

  • [1] September 11, 2014 at 5:10pm

    StephenRichards,

    Satan wanted to become a god by subverting, or dethroning God. God wanted us to become a god by becoming like Him. Christ Jesus is the prototype of godhood and salvation. He was the only one to merit godhood on His own. The rest of us receive it through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, and through His Gospel plan. Mormons aren’t the first ones to believe this as the following scriptures attest.

    Genesis 3:22 KJV:
    22 ¶And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

    1 John 3:2 KJV:
    2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

    John 10:33-35 KJV:
    33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
    34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
    35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

    1 Corinthians 15:28 KJV:
    28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

  • [1] September 11, 2014 at 4:52pm

    No worries, rx4nv. I agree with your assessment of jb504079′s approach.

  • [1] September 11, 2014 at 4:02pm

    rx4nv,

    I don’t know how God created the animals, nor do I care, but I do know that we are the only one of God’s creations that the scriptures say were created (organized) in His image. We are the only ones for whom that would be considered a possibility.

    No, my eternal salvation does not hinge on getting the answer right on whether God procreated with Mary, and I’m not declaring it as doctrine either. That is between God and Mary. However, I don’t believe it does any violence to the dignity and majesty of God to believe that the divine act by which life is brought into the world here, would be a likeness of the divine act by which God created the Son of God.

  • [5] September 11, 2014 at 3:45pm

    If by being a Christian, you mean that our theology is not a product of the creeds of the 4th century on, then I would agree with you that Mormons aren’t Christian. Truth be told, we aren’t particularly interested in satisfying that definition anyway.

    We aren’t claiming to be Christian to convince ourselves of the fact, nor are we asking permission to use that designation. We are declaring unequivocally, and in all humility, that Christ lives and speaks to man on the earth today, not just 2000 years ago.

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  • [3] September 11, 2014 at 1:25pm

    We believe that Jesus Christ is literally the Son of God in the flesh. That means that his physical father was the Eternal Father. To create an offspring however, it takes two. There were two. God, the Eternal Father, and Mary. Was Mary a virgin? Yes, she was a virgin to any man in this world, but she was the mother of the Son of God, which requires a male sire. Now to your question. Did God impregnate her the same way a man on this earth might impregnate a woman? The LDS Church has no official doctrinal position on this. There are various opinions on the matter, both equally valid in the eyes of the church. We just don’t know. I do have an opinion on the matter. It seems natural to me to believe that since we were created in the image of God, the act of creation here should also be in the image of the action by which He creates life there.

  • [6] September 11, 2014 at 1:09pm

    jb504079,

    If you worship Christ, and if Christ is like the Father (if ye have seen me, ye have seen the Father), then the God you worship IS an exalted man. The true nature of God was changed centuries ago, by those who were impressed with the Aristotelian God who has neither body, parts, nor passions. That was not the God that Jesus taught, or that Stephen saw. The truth be told, the true Christian God is the God we preach: an exalted man. Moreover, all who follow Christ will become like Him–they will become gods themselves, just as Christ is.

  • [1] August 29, 2014 at 2:26pm

    I’m laughing so hard, I’m starting to cry!

  • [3] August 29, 2014 at 2:23pm

    I saw this article and immediately drafted a proposal about naming a port-a-potty in his honor, but everybody beat me to the punch. Oh well, at least I can laugh at all of the gems that are being posted. :)

  • August 28, 2014 at 6:56pm

    Glad to hear. Unfortunately, however, for too many it has quite a bit of pull.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 6:08pm

    futureman,

    I’m in my forties.

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