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comment Why were early Mormon leaders so critical of traditional Christianity?
@Princelegant: Glad I could help clear it up for you. :)
comment Why is Jesus named the Prince of Peace instead of the King of Peace?
@davidbrainerd: So you're saying that "Prince of Peace" was deliberately chosen by Architects of Alliteration?
comment How is it just that Jesus, an innocent, would be punished for our sins?
It's not just at all. The Atonement was the single most unfair act in the history of the world, and that's the entire point of it. It's merciful, and Christ's mercy overwhelms the demands of justice and allows the rest of us to be forgiven of our sins.
comment How does one become an Apostle in the LDS Church?
Elder Bednar was an Area Authority Seventy before being called to be an Apostle, but not a General Authority.
comment Why do people interpret “Lucifer” as being Satan in Isaiah 14?
@Schuh: Belief in Satan did not exist in Israel at the time of Isaiah? What about the book of Job, who the text suggests most likely lived sometime around Abraham's day?
comment Purpose of giving up a prisoner on the Passover
Hi Beverly, welcome to Christianity.SE. This is a good question, but not necessarily for this site; this site is focused on Christian doctrine. It might be better for you to ask this question on History.SE, where you'd be more likely to get good answers about the historical context in which the Romans thought it was a good idea to make a practice of releasing a prisoner to the Jews on one of their holy days.
comment In the Lord's Prayer, to what does “daily bread” refer?
As I understand it, the word "bread" was used in ancient Jewish culture as a euphemism for food in general. (See Genesis 3:19 for just one example.)
comment What should the man of God in 1 Kings 13 have done when faced with the old prophet's lie?
This is evidenced by the fact that he willingly lived in one of Israel's center of idolatry at that time (which no true prophet would have done) Why not? Wouldn't that be where a true prophet is the most needed? (The sick, not the whole, have need of the physician, etc...)
comment Why is Good Friday called “Good”?
@Pierre: It's a bit surprising to see "Black Friday" there, as, in the USA at least, that refers to a day associated with a different holiday.
comment How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible?
I can't find the quote at the moment, but I recall reading that all those "Ands" are actually a grammatical necessity in the ancient Egyptian language, which the Book of Mormon narrative claims to have used as a basis for their writing due to its great compactness.
comment Can the bible become an Idol?
There is certainly precedent. It would not at all be an exaggeration to say that, in Jesus's day, the Jewish leaders had so fetishized and embellished the Law of Moses that worship of God's words had displaced worship of God!
comment Why does the LDS church believe that alcohol was forbidden, despite being common in the Bible?
@eliyahu-g: The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (also known as Communion) was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper, and he used bread and wine, which were readily available as part of the meal. Most Christians follow this tradition, some finding varying degrees of symbolism in the traditional emblems used. Latter-Day Saints, on the other hand, believe that the material passed around in the sacrament is not significant, but that what matters is the reverence and contemplation that it generates in the hearts and minds of those who participate.
comment Which churches today send the most missionaries?
Hi, Jeremy. Welcome to Christianity.SE. Unfortunately, this answer is off-topic as per the policies of our community. The only way a place like this can exist without degenerating into a wretched hive of scum and trollery is to officially consider any organized group that considers themselves to be Christian as "true Christians," even ones we don't personally agree with. Please edit your answer to be in line with our standards, or it's likely to be flagged by a community member and deleted. Thanks! :)
comment What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”?
I'd have to do some digging, but I read several years ago that the word translated here as "poor" really does refer to poverty, just as this commenter asserts.
comment Does Jesus have a last name?
Surnames didn't exist in Jesus' day. What of Pontius Pilate, then?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?