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Jun
3
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.
May
29
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?
May
18
comment Do Catholics officially recognize Protestants as Christians?
It's not appropriate to call the beliefs of a Christian denomination that you don't agree with "blasphemy". Please see "Brothers, we are not Christians!!" for perspective. This is intended as a scholarly forum, and is not sponsored by any church. We leave capital-T Truth questions at the door, to keep things civil. What we're looking for is authoritative answers to doctrinal questions. Please understand that, and you'll get along well here.
May
18
comment Do Catholics officially recognize Protestants as Christians?
@user20202: Again, please have a look at the tour page. Discussion of "is group X truly Christian" is explicitly off-topic here. The rule is, if the group identifies themselves as Christian, for the purposes of this site and keeping things civil, they are Christians. We have Catholics and Eastern Orthodox here, we have Protestants of nearly every flavor imaginable, we have Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, and even a few atheists, and all of them except the atheists, who don't claim to be Christians, are regarded as Christians here.
May
17
comment Do Catholics officially recognize Protestants as Christians?
As a moderator, I'd like to welcome you to Christianity.SE and encourage you to have a look at our community standards in the links found in the page header bar. This site is not a web forum, and one of our most important rules is civility. A place like this couldn't exist without everyone treating each other with respect, and being able to disagree without being disagreeable. Please keep that in mind, as the mods and the normal community members take our standards seriously and we do enforce them. Having said that, you seem pretty knowledgeable about Catholicism. I hope you stick around. :)
May
17
comment Do Catholics officially recognize Protestants as Christians?
@user20202: That's why the Church doesn't except [the Latter-Day Saints'] so-called "trinitarian baptism". Plus they don't even read the Bible. Both statements are factually incorrect. The LDS don't believe in the Trinity as understood by the Catholic church, so their baptism is not regarded, even by themselves, as Trinitarian. And a dogmatic belief in the Bible is affirmed in the 8th Article of Faith. It is held to be a canonical work, and Latter-Day Saints are frequently encouraged to study it.
May
17
comment Do Catholics officially recognize Protestants as Christians?
@user20202: Converted your comment-answer to a real comment for you.
Apr
20
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.
Apr
11
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.)
Apr
4
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...)
Apr
3
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.
Mar
12
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.
Jan
8
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!
Jan
4
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.
Jan
1
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! :)
Dec
24
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.
Dec
18
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.