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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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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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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest arguments for the credibility of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

Witnesses: Testimony of Prophet Joseph Smith Testimony of Three Witnesses Oliver Cowdery David Whitmer Martin Harris declared an angel of God appeared to them and showed them the Book of Mormon ...
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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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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest arguments for the credibility of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

The Spaulding Theory (I will address various parts of the OP's questions in separate posts, for readability) For about 50 years in the 19th century the Spaulding manuscript was the most popular ...
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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?

Many times. Although it is possible that the details they provide are not the details this question specifically seeks. One of my favorites is the account of Vincenzo di Francesca, who first read the ...
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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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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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Do Cessationists reject Lee Strobel and Craig S. Keener's books collating modern-day miracle reports?

Apologies for the slightly sarcastic tone of this answer but I suppose the opinion of a Cessationist would lean towards sarcasm. The question in my mind is basically "What do doubters think about ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians who had the truth of the Trinity revealed to them through the Holy Spirit?

Yes, my testimony of coming from an actively anti-trinitarian stance to believing in the trinity doctrine has been published. However, I'm not here to promote either that book or myself so will give ...
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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?

If the dead are conscious, then why is the Bible silent about the afterlife experiences of those who were resurrected and had the chance to tell us about it, but for some mysterious reason didn't? ...
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How do Latter-day Saints explain testimonies of profound experiences with the Holy Spirit in other denominations?

We generally don’t feel a need to explain them. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn’t claim a monopoly on experiences with God (see Alma 29:8). The church does, however, make the ...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that there were hundreds of eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus?

Below is a paragraph from Josephus’ ‘Antiquities of the Jews’ (18:63–64). At first I was hopeful that it would provide you with a secular, historical source to support eye-witness testimony to the ...
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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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Why do non-LDS Christians accept the testimonies of the apostles but reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

Napoleon is a man standing in need of no introduction. His French campaign in Egypt and Syria, lasting from 1798 until 1801, spun an unprecedented wave of Egyptomania throughout Western Europe, at ...
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How do Christian apologists defend the credibility of the miracles reported in the gospel accounts?

A common issue seen in these 'higher criticisms' is that they place huge credibility on their own thought processes but start from a point that the Bible accounts must not be credible. Some of the ...
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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?

Arguments from silence are no arguments at all. With Lazarus, who had been dead 4 days, three highly significant factors are often overlooked. First, that Jesus delaying the resurrection of him until ...
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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?

Defending the witnesses through counter-argument (I will address various parts of the OP's questions in separate posts, for readability) The belief that Joseph Smith introduced a new version of Jesus ...
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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?

Credible Witnesses (I will address various parts of the OP's questions in separate posts, for readability) Depperm's post on this question makes an effective case in favor of the credibility of the ...
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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?

There is no reference to tongues/healings/miracles in the pastoral epistles nor the later writings of John. References to Pentecost are about the utterance of foreign, earthly, languages. Then no ...
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How often do Christian missionaries report occurrences of miracles while on the mission field?

I have been in touch with individual missionaries, and missionary couples, over many decades. They send reports to prayer supporters and probably even more fulsome reports to any missionary society or ...
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Is testimony of a women equivalent to that of a man?

Both Judaism and Islam are patriarchal societies. Since you are not asking about Judaism, but about Christianity, our starting point is approximately 600 years before the death of Muhammad and the ...
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Is testimony of a women equivalent to that of a man?

This is an interesting question. One that I didn't know the answer to and had to do some research myself. On searching the internet, sites like answering-christianity.com seem to suggest that ...
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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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Are there published testimonies from Christians who independently discovered the doctrine of the Trinity on their own by just reading the Bible?

The simple answer is: there are a lot, in the form of Trinitarian theology books published by professional theologians. One example is the 2021 book Contemplating God with the Great Tradition: ...
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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?

It is extremely unlikely that this has happened. That is not because it is impossible to deduce the Trinity from the Bible, but because anyone studying the Bible in sufficient depth to be able to ...
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Besides Paul, have there been any other Christians who had both a scholarly background and overtly supernatural experiences?

James Tour seems to more or less fit the bill. According to Wikipedia: James Mitchell Tour (born 1959) is an American chemist and nanotechnologist. He is a Professor of Chemistry, Professor of ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians about their personal experiences with the gift of prophecy?

If this falls within the category of "gift of prophesy" then here is how it manifested one time, from my perspective: Every three weeks, in a job I previously held, I used to drive past a ...
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