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comment Does Jesus have a last name?
Surnames didn't exist in Jesus' day. What of Pontius Pilate, then?
Dec
13
comment good ways to deal with “It's just a pagan holiday, he wasn't even born then”
Exactly. "the church grabbed pagan holidays and said 'ah ha. we'll make this one be about Jesus'" is essentially exactly what happened, but that doesn't make the existence of Jesus Christ, or a desire to celebrate his birth, any less valid.
Nov
29
comment What happens to a human after he dies according to Catholicism?
Agreed. Closing this question as it's off-topic for this site. As @JayarathinaMadharasan pointed out, there's a place on SE for this question, but this isn't it.
Nov
16
comment Do Mormons practice “soaking,” and is it an officially sanctioned activity?
It wouldn't surprise me if someone, somewhere, was doing that. People get stupid when they're horny. But Christians of all varieties would do to remember, when they think they've found a loophole in the commandments somewhere, the clearly stated words of Paul: God is not mocked.
Nov
7
comment Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sanctioned abortion?
I remember reading once that at the time of Christ, (when he pronounced them "a wicked and adulterous generation,") the Trial of Jealousy was finding so many people guilty that the Jewish leaders actually suspended its use! So yes, apparently it did get used.
Nov
7
comment Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sanctioned abortion?
A very interesting analysis, though I have to wonder about one thing. Points 2 and 3 assume that it is known who the (alleged) "other woman/man" is. What if it's not? Or what if I believed my wife was cheating on me with Bill, but she was actually cheating on me with Bob? Is there anything about how the law would handle a case like that?
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.