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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.
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.