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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?

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 ...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

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 ...
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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?

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 ...
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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?

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 ...
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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?

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 ...
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How does one discern a calling to the vocation of priesthood?

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 ...
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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?

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 ...
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How do errantists distinguish the parts of the Bible that are trustworthy from the parts that have errors?

I would divide approaches to Christian biblical studies by those who doubt the Bible's inerrancy into two categories Believers that the Holy Spirit generally inspired the Bible, and Christian ...
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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?

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 ...
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Are there any denominations that believe in contemporary apostles, and if so, how is a person called to be an apostle according to them?

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 ...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

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 ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that teach how to discern between Godly, demonic and psychological experiences?

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 ...
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How do proponents of Sola Scriptura choose the "correct" interpretation of a key Bible verse?

This will just be a relatively brief answer sorry. It seems to me that at the end of the day, as a sola scriptura believer I only have myself to rely on, combined with: the assistance of Holy Spirit ...
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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?

Why do non-LDS Christians accept the testimonies of the apostles but reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates? As for Catholics and I suppose some other Christian ...
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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?

Part A - Why do non-LDS Christians accept the Testimony of the Apostles? Contrast, Not Comparison It must first be considered that in this discussion we can not compare the two groups of witnesses, we ...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

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 ...
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What is an overview of how Christians discern genuine cases of demonic influence from mundane mental health problems?

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. ...
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What is an overview of criteria used by different denominations to identify authentic prophets?

What is an overview of criteria used by different denominations to identify authentic prophets? Pentecostal A broad coalition of Pentecostal denominations and movements recently (April 2021) created a ...
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How do Christians discern if they are being called by God to ministry, and what ministry specifically?

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 ...
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How do proponents of Sola Scriptura choose the "correct" interpretation of a key Bible verse?

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 ...
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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?

I said in my first answer that I would say no more. Therefore I will leave that answer as it stands. You may not think 46 up-votes (and 5 x down-votes) counts for anything, and I would agree. Nor will ...
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Are there any denominations that believe in contemporary apostles, and if so, how is a person called to be an apostle according to them?

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. ...
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How do Christians discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations or other mundane psychological phenomena?

"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 ...
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According to Protestantism, how should Christians "seek" and "find" God?

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 ...
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What is the biblical basis for claims that certain manifestations are not of the Holy Spirit but counterfeits (e.g. Kundalini awakening)?

There is no explicit historical or Biblical basis for this argumentation. The earliest known mention of Kundalini yoga dates to the Vedic collection of writings known as the Upanishads (c. 1000 BCE). ...
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How do Christians who adhere to the maxim “in essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things charity” determine what is essential?

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, ...
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How do proponents of Sola Scriptura choose the "correct" interpretation of a key Bible verse?

Study the original text Learning Hebrew and ancient Greek would be ideal. (It is often expected that serious scholars, including priests/pastors, will do so.) Failing that, familiarize yourself with &...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that teach how to discern between Godly, demonic and psychological experiences?

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 ...
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