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For those who have 'discovered' the Jesus of the Bible, resurrected from the dead and alive today, they swiftly spot that the Jesus of Joseph Smith is not the same Jesus. He is claimed to be the first spirit-baby born to the god Elohim and his wife in some other universe. They named him Jehovah and later, his plan of salvation was superior to his brother, ...


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I have to provide a sort of common-sense answer to a question like this because I am not aware of a trend of people having hallucinations with respect to spiritual experiences that have resulted in the need for published books on the topic. By hallucination I presume basically a non-real voice or non-real appearance that a person has, who subsequently claims ...


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Even if we accept that Joseph Smith received the golden plates as LDS describes it, neither LDS adherents nor skeptics can verify the translation. Contrast this with Bible believing Christians, any of whom can learn Greek or Hebrew to check the translation if they so desire from hundreds of copies or manuscripts. If one reads any of the English translations ...


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It is simplistic to suppose that a choice is being made by certain Christians to believe the testimony of twelve Israelites in the middle of the first century or to believe the testimony of eleven men in the early 1800s. This is not the choice being made. The choice being made is to follow Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the choice being made is not to ...


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In the book of Ezra, God speaks to the King of the Persians, who were holding the Israelites in exile: 1In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:2“This is what Cyrus king of ...


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Me and my friend made an effort to read the Book of Mormon. Of the many things I could say, one is pretty strong. A miraculous translation should not produce bad grammar; neither should it produce grammar with a whiplash effect by changing through three hundred years of grammar in the same sentence. The repeating "And it came to pass" suggests ...


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The question of whether you are called to be a priest, or really any other specific calling, is not one you make on your own. If you feel you might be called to such a thing you should follow a number of steps. Since we don't give personal spiritual advice, this will be generic advice. First, pray about it. Ask God to show you whether he is really calling ...


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When you say "truth" I'm going to assume you mean eternal truths, such as the existence and nature of God, the legitimacy of scripture, and the gospel of our Saviour. James gave this counsel on asking questions: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ...


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A Christian is one who has believed the testimony of the Scriptures concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and has thus received the testimony that God has given regarding his only begotten Son. By reception of said testimony (being born again), the very Spirit of that God enters such a one and the testimony becomes an internal validation of what has been written....


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints have teachings for this, though not with the phrasing demonic generally. When you believe an angel is visiting you D&C 129 offers guidance and you want to know what type of angel (of God or of Satan): 1 There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of ...


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Prayer is central to receiving spiritual truths from God since by prayer we humble ourselves to a state where the Holy Spirit works effectively in us. However, are we able to discern if the answer we receive is from God's Spirit or an evil spirit? God in His wisdom has warned us: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are ...


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/topic/quorum-of-the-twelve-apostles The modern-day Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was organized in 1835 and is an example of the literal restoration to the earth of the church established by Jesus Christ. The Quorum of the Twelve ...


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The entirety of the book of Job (1) is an account of a man who, though a perfect man among his peers, and in regard to his own conscience, yet was deeply exercised within himself and feared one thing above all - which, in time, came upon him : I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came. [Job 3:25 KJV.] Adversity came ...


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A Christian who is suffering from an hallucination which they take to be a genuine spiritual experience will never discern it to be false, at the time. But once soundness of mind returns to them, then they might see it differently. This happened to a Christian friend of mine who had had years of mental health treatment prior to becoming a Christian. She ...


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I think there is a way to answer this question without delving into the speculative, or into individual counseling but we must be careful. It basically amounts to how a person responds to scripture. There can be no consensus on the topic in detail because even when regarding physical diagnosis doctors, expert doctors, may have many different conclusions. ...


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Whilst agreeing that discernment and prayer is vital when contemplating what ministry God has called a Christian to, it might be useful to first consider what forms ministry can take. Not all are called to become ministers, pastors or priests. Not all are called to preach from a pulpit. The purpose of ministry is to build up the body of Christ (Ephesians ...


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because this is one of the positive arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon -- which should be of the utmost importance if it happens to be the case. Over and over in the Bible there are warnings against adding to the God's Word (more books, more laws, more "holy" writs, etc etc.). Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you,...


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I will give a Lutheran response to the question. It is based upon a response to how some Reformed cessationists hold to what is called a "cascade" theology of spiritual gifts and offices. They argue that if the apostolic office is no longer around than the other gifts and offices should not be either. The answer to the question depends on what is ...


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"How do Christians make sure this is not the case? How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or 'mind tricks' in general?" The same way believers in every other religion know that theirs is the one truth: through faith, not reason. Consider, for example, the case of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian mathematics ...


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And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. [Jeremiah 29:13 KJV] John Calvin says the following on the above text : This then is the reason why the Prophet employs many words on this subject. By the word seek, he means prayers and supplications, as mentioned in the last verse. And Christ also, exhorting his disciples ...


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What is an overview of how contemporary Christians discern that God is giving them instructions to follow a very specific course of action? As I said in the comments, I am inclined to think this question is somewhat but not absolutely opinion based as individuals will understand, interpret, and even follow the promptings of the Spirit in different ways ...


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A good scholarly talk is one by the evangelical Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland. He deals with epistemological issues here. A discussion of the epistemological issues are also discussed on J.P. Moreland's blog here. I like what J.P. Moreland has said & written on the subject of discerning God's guidance. One may ask, "What about the concerns ...


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Despite the best answer having been chosen, I feel constrained to add three points in the Bible itself, addressed to Christians. First of all, Protestantism is not a free-for-all, with each Protestant free to do his or her own thing, based on his or her own conclusions about the 'correct' interpretation of any Bible verses. Tragically, this is what it seems ...


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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that teach how to discern between Godly, demonic and psychological experiences? Within the the Catholic Church, this seems to be a charismatic gift bestowed on certain individuals. I am sure the gift is bestowed on others of various denominations as well. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same ...


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The maxim “in essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things charity” is widely embraced by many Protestant churches (Church of England/Anglican, Methodist, Evangelical Presbyterian, Moravian, etc.). The phrase in its current form is found in Pope John XXIII's encyclical Ad Petri Cathedram of 29 June 1959, where he uses it favorably. In the ...


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It almost seems from the preamble to your question that you are really asking two questions. How can true prophetic visions or dreams be discerned from mundane dreams or hallucinations? How can I answer skeptics regarding these issues? I will start with the second of these, your preamble. After many years in the Christian life, and having been a skeptic ...


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My own pastor has shared stories that he knew at a young age that he was called to the priesthood. As a young boy of 8 or 9 he says he "just knew" which is in keeping with a seed planted by God for the vocation. Oftentimes, young boys who are part of church-going families will mimic the parts of Mass and that is something that shows their interest. Of course ...


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“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ...


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Yes, there are, and many books have been written about such modern-day prophecies, dreams or visions. But a difficulty is in stating specific denominations that endorse individual ones. There are a lot of para-church Protestant groups that support various denominations (not just one, but many) and will endorse or applaud those reported from other ...


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