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Oct
14
comment How many witnesses are there who physically saw and/or touched the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was reportedly translated?
@user3127174: This is true. Due to various reasons, several of the witnesses did leave the church. Some came back, others did not. But even then, these men who had every incentive to expose Joseph Smith as a fraud--and the ones who would be the most capable of doing so, as the reputation of the Book of Mormon was bound up to a great degree with the solemn testimony that they had given--never did so, and went to great lengths to set the record straight when it was claimed that they did.
Oct
14
comment Are Mormons Protestants?
Good to see you here. Apparently things have changed quite a bit over the years; when I was a missionary they'd have never let us spend time on websites, even thematically-appropriate ones like this. You got to use the Internet for email on P-day and that's it. But I'm glad you find our site's depiction of LDS beliefs accurate. We work hard to keep things accurate, official, and civil here, and if you find anything that doesn't look right (especially if it's someone trying to make trouble) please flag it and I or another moderator (the people with diamond names) can review it. :)
Jul
11
comment If we mustn't serve money then how can we survive?
Exactly. It's been said that money makes a good servant but a terrible master.
Jul
2
comment Blood transfusions and Christianity?
@Saher: It's important to read the scriptures in context. When it says "continue to abstain," that means "keep doing what you've been doing." And what had they been doing? Not eating blood. And you're right; this isn't philosophy; it's basic science: digestion changes some things quite a bit! On the other hand, Philosophy would be an interpretation like "when children who have no choice in the matter end up dead because of their parents' blind insistence on dogmatic adherence to a certain belief, any reasoning person ought to conclude that there is a very serious problem with this belief."
Jul
2
comment Blood transfusions and Christianity?
@Saher: The point is that consuming something by eating/drinking it and injecting something are two very different actions with very different consequences. And the alcohol metaphor is quite a stretch. Alcohol in your blood is inherently harmful to your health however it gets there, but blood in your blood is not; that's kind of the entire point of having it. Using a false analogy weakens your case rather than strengthening it. Also, ethanol is not metabolized by the digestive system; it enters the blood intact. Blood, being full of protein, is processed first. Again, false analogy.
Jul
1
comment What core LDS doctrine(s) contradict the Protestant doctrine of salvation by grace through faith?
@LCIII: Glad I could clear that up. Caleb's right, though; the LDS and Protestant traditions fundamentally incompatible at several very basic points, and can't be easily reconciled by grafting in a few doctrines.
Jul
1
comment What core LDS doctrine(s) contradict the Protestant doctrine of salvation by grace through faith?
@LCIII: Edited to reflect your comment, but as Caleb and fredsbend pointed out, this really does change your question. You might want to consider editing your question to make it more specific and provide a better explanation of what you're asking.
Jul
1
comment Blood transfusions and Christianity?
@Saher: No one drinks alcohol; people drink alcoholic beverages, and the same principle applies. Injecting beer directly into your bloodstream rather than drinking it would be a good way to end up in the hospital, if not the morgue.
Jun
23
comment According to the Bible, is it a sin to marry a non-virgin?
In addition to Hosea, consider the custom of levirate marriage. If a married man dies childless, his brother was required, under the Law of Moses, to marry her as a surrogate for his brother. Assuming they weren't childless for lack of trying, this would not only not forbid the brother to marry a non-virgin, but require him to.
May
13
comment A woman's testimony was considered inadmissible in a court of law. Whose law?
It's worth noting that, among the Romans at least, there was a very clear and obvious reason why a woman could not give a testi-mony at court, and if you think about the etymology a little, the penalty for perjury becomes clear too...
May
7
comment Why is there a modern misconception about Christianity and Science?
Galileo is actually the subject of a myth of his own. Just about everything that "everyone knows" about him is flatly contradicted by the historical record: that he was right about the solar system (he wasn't; he believed in heliocentrism but got all the other details wrong,) that he made great scientific discoveries in astronomy (there was nothing unique or groundbreaking about his work,) and that he was unjustly persecuted by the church for teaching heliocentrism. (See above re: he wasn't actually right.)
May
1
comment 1 Timothy 4:1-3 - Are We Still Living in the Great Apostasy?
This question, as written, is difficult to answer. As we've already seen, one tradition will say "it's just beginning" and another will say "it's over now." If you want an authoritative answer, and not a bunch of answers that contradict each other, you need to ask what doctrinal perspective you're looking for.
Apr
16
comment What is the LDS Church's position on spiritual gifts
@StevenDoggart: That's a very broad question in its own right, particularly as the LDS understanding of salvation is very different from the Pentecostal version.
Apr
13
comment Is Mormonism a Mystery Religion?
As for my characterization of Mormonism, it depends on the definition. If a mystery religion is one in which participation is "reserved to initiates," then yes, unquestionably so. If the definition is that the religion keeps things secret, then no, because secrets are about maintaining secrecy and exclusivity, and Latter-Day Saints do the opposite.
Apr
13
comment Is Mormonism a Mystery Religion?
@bruisedreed: I'm just going on what the article said: that Justin Martyr acknowledged the similarities between contemporary Christianity and contemporary mystery cults, and remarked upon it--by essentially calling the mystery cults counterfeits of the true mysteries of the Gospel, inspired by demons.
Apr
10
comment What is the reason and meaning of the symbols on the garments worn by Temple-worthy LDS members?
@Narnian: In addition to Calvin's comment, you've been warned before that questions regarding the contents of LDS temple ceremonies are unanswerable in the StackExchange format, because they are held to be sacred by Latter-Day Saints and they are not shared with the world in general, and therefore there are no authoritative sources to cite. Since that is one of the important things we look for here, particularly when questions of doctrine are involved, this question is effectively off-topic within the bounds of our community standards.
Apr
9
comment According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?
Welcome to Christianity.SE, Jake. This is a very good answer. But please allow me to clear up one misconception you seem to have. You wrote, There is surely more to be discussed here, but hopefully this is a good start. But StackExchange sites are explicitly not discussion forums; they're Q&A sites where people look for definitive answers to specific questions. We try to keep "chattiness" down to improve the quality of answers and keep the "signal-to-noise ratio" high. As long as you keep that in mind, I think you'll do well here. Please check out the FAQ (link at top) for details. :-)
Apr
5
comment Why does Pilates write 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'
@MoziburUllah: Their threat to report him to Caesar wasn't just an idle expression of annoyance. He had not governed according to Roman policy, being harsh in his rule and failing to respect the Jewish religion, and they could have gotten him in a lot of trouble. (And his misrule did, in fact, catch up with him not long afterwards, when he was ordered back to Rome after his harsh suppression of a Samaritan rebellion. The Romans preferred to treat their subjugated nations in a more civilized fashion.)
Mar
13
comment When were the doctrine and covenants published and distributed to members of the LDS church?
It's not just the Official Declarations. A few sections were added after the death of Joseph Smith, see sections 135, 136 and 138. I think those are the only ones, but I'm not 100% certain.
Feb
24
comment What is the archaeological evidence in support of the Book of Mormon?
As for the question of animals, bear in mind that the closest thing to a consensus among Book of Mormon scholars on the geography involved places the majority of the narrative in Mesoamerica, but the translation process was done by a person who, up to that point in his life, had never been outside of the northeastern United States and was most likely quite unfamiliar with local fauna. There is one passage that has captivated the imagination of readers since the beginning, though, in which it names useful animals that were found, including "cureloms and cummoms," which were beasts of burden.