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How do Latter-day Saints reconcile Moroni 10:3-7 with John 20:24-29 and Mark 16:14?

In John 20:24-29 and Mark 16:14, Jesus seems to rebuke unbelief and the request for direct evidence when indirect testimonial evidence has already been provided: 14 Afterward he appeared to the ...
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How do Cessationists react to a world-view-challenging testimony from a fellow Christian?

Note: this question is scoped to Cessationists (see Cessationism vs. Continuationism - Wikipedia). Suppose that a fellow Christian tells a Cessationist that God spoke to them, or that they were ...
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Which of the Gospels were written by eyewitnesses and why?

Were the Gospels written by eyewitnesses? Which ones? What do scholars & historians have to say on this? What are the best arguments for the eyewitness authorship of (some of) the Gospels? Even if ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest arguments for the credibility of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

I'm specifically talking about: 3 witnesses: Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris. 8 witnesses: Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith Sr., Samuel H. Smith, Jacob Whitmer, John Whitmer, Hiram Page, ...
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How common have reports of paranormal activity and ghost or spirit apparitions been among Christians throughout history?

My question is inspired by the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Concretely, by Matthew 14:26-27 and Luke 24:36-39: 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is ...
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How do believers in the dead being conscious explain the absence of reports about afterlife experiences by Lazarus and other resurrected individuals?

The Bible records several accounts of resurrections. A gotquestions' article titled How many people were raised from the dead in the Bible? lists several examples: The widow of Zarephath’s son (1 ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of astral projection, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE)?

Testimonies of astral projections, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE) abound, both within and outside Christianity. Many interpret these experiences as evidence that ...
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Are there published testimonies from former Zen Masters or advanced Buddhist Monks in general about their conversion to Christianity?

Are there published testimonies from former Zen Masters or advanced Buddhist Monks in general about their conversion to Christianity? To illustrate what I mean by "advanced Buddhist Monks", ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians about their personal experiences with the gift of prophecy?

It has been many years since I've experienced this gift. The first time I didn't actually know what was happening. I was getting what I was going to say about a split second before I said it. It ...
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How do Cessationists who believe in modern-day miracles judge the credibility of modern miracle claims?

Some "hardcore" Cessationists deny all possibility of modern godly miracles. Other Cessationists, who are a bit more open, do believe in the possibility of modern miracles -- it's just that ...
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Are there published testimonies from Jehovah's Witnesses about their experiences with the presence of the Holy Spirit?

Have any Jehovah's Witnesses experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit, possibly in a dramatic, life-changing way, and published a testimony in which they recount their experiences? Similar ...
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Are there any healing ministries backed by a large number of testimonies reporting the healing of incurable (or hardly curable) diseases?

Are there any healing ministries backed by a large number (say, dozens or hundreds) of testimonies (firsthand accounts) reporting the healing of incurable (or hardly curable) diseases? Note 1: by ...
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Are there published testimonies from Unitarians about their experiences with the presence of the Holy Spirit?

Have any Unitarians experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit, possibly in a dramatic, life-changing way, and published a testimony in which they recount their experiences? Note: this question has ...
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Besides Paul, have there been any other Christians who had both a scholarly background and overtly supernatural experiences?

Not much to add to the title. Have there been any Christians with a scholarly background who had an overtly supernatural conversion or supernatural experiences after their conversion? The apostle Paul ...
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How do Christian apologists defend the credibility of the miracles reported in the gospel accounts?

I'm reading Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on Miracles, and it has an interesting section that presents several objections to the credibility of witnesses that may justify one's being ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians who had the truth of the Trinity revealed to them through the Holy Spirit?

Has either a non-Trinitarian Christian or a non-Christian ever had the truth of the Trinity specially revealed to them, personally, unquestionably, beyond any reasonable doubt, through the Holy Spirit,...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians who independently discovered the doctrine of the Trinity on their own by just reading the Bible?

How likely is it for a person, who has never heard of the concept of the Trinity before, to discover Trinitarianism, independently, on their own, by just reading the Bible? Are there any published ...
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Is there a special name for a category of Christians who believe in modern-day godly miracles but reject modern-day spiritual gifts?

I understand the word 'cessationist' to be a catch-all term that englobes all Christians who believe that either all or some subset of the spiritual gifts and offices originally available in the ...
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Do Cessationists reject Lee Strobel and Craig S. Keener's books collating modern-day miracle reports?

By books collating modern-day miracle reports I concretely mean Lee Strobel's book The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural (amazon link) and Craig S. Keener's ...
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Why do non-LDS Christians accept the testimonies of the apostles but reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

Simple question: non-LDS Christians believe the testimonies of the apostles, yet they reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates. Why? In the mouth of two or three ...
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Is there anything close to a consensus on how to assess the credibility of eyewitness accounts as supportive evidence for supernatural beliefs?

It's my understanding that most Christians have never had an overtly spectacular, extraordinary, supernatural experience themselves, yet they find no problem in holding very specific supernatural ...
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Has anyone published a testimony about their deliverance from a spirit of divination or similar, as in Acts 16:16-18?

Acts 16:16-18 (ESV): 16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul ...
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Is testimony of a women equivalent to that of a man? [closed]

According to Christianity is testimony of a woman equivalent to that of a man? I'm familiar with the Islamic tradition and looking to understand the same concept from a Christian perspective. Surat Al-...
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Have a message in tongues and its interpretation ever been verified by an outsider fluent in both languages?

Let's say someone speaks a message in tongues (in language X) to a whole congregation at a church service, and then someone else stands up and speaks the interpretation (in language Y, understood by ...
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Are there published testimonies from people who had experiences with the Christian God of which they had no prior knowledge?

More restrictive version of the question: Has the Christian God ever revealed Himself to someone who had never heard of Him before? By this I mean someone who never heard about the Bible, who never ...
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Are there published testimonies from Latter-day Saints about their personal experiences with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost?

I'm very intrigued by the concept of constant companionship of the Holy Ghost taught by the LDS church. This is mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 121:46: 46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant ...
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How do Latter-day Saints explain testimonies of profound experiences with the Holy Spirit in other denominations?

Note: I'm afraid that this question might make some cessationist readers uncomfortable, but given that Latter-day Saints are continuationists, I'll just go ahead with it. It's my understanding that ...
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Has any Latter-day Saint published a very detailed description of how the Holy Spirit confirmed to them the truth of the BofM, as per Moroni 10:3-7?

Moroni 10:3-7: 3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the ...
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Have Jehovah's Witnesses ever encountered a demon-possessed person in the mission field or in other contexts?

Many Christians of different denominations have reported encounters with demon-possessed individuals. Catholic exorcists are an obvious example. In the mission field, reports of demonic possessions in ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of personal experiences with deceased saints, friends and relatives by Catholics and other Christians?

Adherents of the 'soul sleep' doctrine believe that human beings become unconscious upon death, and that they will only recover their consciousness at the time of the resurrection. Therefore, a ...
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Are there published testimonies from individuals who had a Christophany in which Jesus explicitly affirmed or denied his deity?

Christophanies (a.k.a. encounters with Jesus) are supernatural experiences which are entirely within the realm of possibility according to Scripture. Three clear examples are Paul's (Acts 9:3-6), ...
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Are there published testimonies from ex continuationists who became cessationists in spite of their previous experiences with (alleged) sign gifts?

This is basically the counterpart question to this one. Has ever a continuationist Christian, who used to be a continuationist because of having personally witnessed or experienced a(n alleged) sign ...
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Are there published testimonies from ex cessationists who became continuationists after personally witnessing or experiencing a sign gift?

Has ever a cessationist Christian become a continuationist for first-hand experiential reasons? Are there published testimonies from ex cessationists who became continuationists after they had a first-...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that there were hundreds of eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus?

I've heard, in several informal situations, claims to the effect that there were hundreds of eyewitness to the resurrection of Jesus. That many saw him and even interacted with him over the span of ...
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Why do Cessationists consider recent testimonial evidence for the gifts of the Spirit less reliable than 2000-year-old evidence for the resurrection?

Arguments for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus strongly rely on testimonial evidence. Defenders of Jesus' resurrection as a historical fact typically argue that the writings of the New ...
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Are there any documented cases of prophecies, dreams or visions (Joel 2) in modern times (1900 - present) that are endorsed by a denomination?

In Acts 2, during the Sermon at Pentecost, Peter reminded his astonished Jewish audience about the well-known prophecy uttered by the prophet Joel: 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up ...
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How common is it for revivalist preachers to testify of a dramatic life-changing divine encounter as the event that sparked their revivalist ministry?

I'm starting to read up on the biographies of some the most notable revivalist preachers in Christianity. Wikipedia has an article that lists many of them. What brought my attention to this topic in ...
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How often do missionaries report encounters with demonic activity while deployed to countries belonging to the 10/40 Window?

According to Wikipedia: The 10/40 Window is a term coined by Christian missionary strategist and Partners International CEO Luis Bush in 1990 to refer to those regions of the eastern hemisphere, plus ...
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Has a notable militant non-Christian ever converted to Christianity due to a "Road to Damascus" experience?

I would like to know if there are published testimonies of notable militant non-Christians -- which could be a militant atheist or any non-Christian person who has actively waged war against the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief in incubus and succubus (sex demons)?

Many people believe in the existence of demonic entities who sexually assault people at night. They are popularly known by the names of incubus and succubus. I don't want to share explicit material on ...
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Has ever a lunatic locked up in a insane asylum/psych ward converted to Christianity after having their soundness of mind miraculously restored?

Are there any published testimonies of individuals that were sent to lunatic asylums or psychiatric wards as "lost causes" due to severe mental illness, that eventually converted to ...
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How often do Christian missionaries report occurrences of miracles while on the mission field?

From time to time I come across testimonies of missionaries reporting extraordinary anecdotes that occurred when they were on the mission field. For instance, I've heard of stories of people getting ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians with a diagnosed personality disorder like psychopathy about their experience of sanctification?

Some personality disorders like psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder are considered by clinicians to be difficult if not impossible to treat. Wikipedia summarises the difficulties with ...
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