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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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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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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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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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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 significant claim of being the church directly organized & led by Jesus Christ and invested with His authorized priesthood power. That’s a bold claim. I ...


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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 resurrection of Jesus. However, it turns out that the comments in brackets may have been added by a later translator. “At this time there appeared Jesus, a wise ...


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Many times. Although it is possible that the details they provide are not the details this questions specifically seeks. One of my favorites is the account of Vincenzo di Francesca, who first read the Book of Mormon in 1910. His experience is recorded here, and was later made into a video here. His experience was unusual in that he found the book on an ash ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses preach in over 240 lands, collectively reporting over 2 billion hours in the ministry annually. I'm sure there are many such encounters with demon-possessed individuals. However, these stories will be quite rare because (1) demon possession is generally rare, and (2) Jehovah's Witnesses don't aim to spread fear of the demons by telling ...


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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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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 collections of stories that people can make?" (I personally never heard of these books). The simple answer is they are stories that the average doubter ...


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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 mention of such things, generally, until about 1905. Then an explosion of claims during the past hundred years. This looks like a modern movement with no ...


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I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses. We don't use the term "soul sleep," but we do believe that a person (or "soul") ceases to exist when they die, meaning that they return to the dust (Genesis 3:19), and they have no consciousness or ability to communicate with the living. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Sleep is a good analogy (and it was used by Jesus ...


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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 writing of the Qur’an. We have to focus on the writings in the New Testament if we are to get the Christian view of how women are perceived. A good place to ...


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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 Christianity excludes women from being witnesses. And Deuteronomy 19:15-19 is given as evidence. One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or ...


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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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This is hard to answer, as how do you properly separate instances of being inspired from having the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost? It's hard to tell what answer exactly would do this question justice. Here, we have a collection of blog posts where the apostles each tell something about how they #HearHim, meaning Hear the voice of Jesus Christ, ...


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After spending some time searching, I found two testimonies from ex-Muslims who had life-changing christophanies. Let their testimonies speak for themselves: A former Iranian hezbollah member shares about his encounter with Jesus Christ. [...] So, how is it ... who is this God that says "I forgive you"? And I feel forgiven today. And I asked him '...


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What kind of logically consistent epistemology can simultaneously consider (1) limited 2000-year-old testimonial evidence reliable and (2) abundant, recent and accessible testimonial evidence unreliable? Short answer It has never been about epistemology, but about authoritative interpretation of what the miracles mean. NT testimony of Jesus & Apostles's ...


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How common is it that Christian missionaries come back from their mission trips reporting extraordinary anecdotes? The short answer is that it is quite common amongst missionaries in today’s times. Of course it will depend on the missionary in question! Some do not report these types of occurrences. YouTube is a very poor source of information on this ...


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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 church that sends them and helps provide for them. Some missionaries are self-supporting and do not report back to any organisation or church, only sending ...


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Here is the testimony of David Wood, a formally anti-social-disorder-diagnosed atheist turned Christian. Here is a variation of his testimony given to an audience, in 23:30 he states his formal diagnosis as anti-social personality disorder made by the mental hospital he was put into.


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What is the biblical basis (if any) for the many reports by people about being sexually assaulted at night by succubus/incubus? I believe that there very few, if any Christian denominations that explicitly teaches that a demon succubus or incubus exist. It is a little far fetched, but I give it a reasonable try at answering the question. First of all, the ...


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After some searching, I managed to find some relatively recent anecdotes. As a disclaimer, I want to make clear right away that I'm not aware of any medical records or other kinds of supportive evidence for these testimonies. I'm just sharing what these individuals claim to have experienced, and each one is free to either take their word for it or remain ...


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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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The Bible speaks plainly about how to “validate” a genuine prophecy, dream or vision. First, it must come to pass, but also, it must not promote false worship or detract from the word of God: If a prophet or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has has spoken ...


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How often do missionaries report encounters with demonic activity while deployed to countries belonging to the 10/40 Window? Here follows a map displaying the nations in the 10/40 Window: I rather doubt there is sufficient data to make an accurate response to establish how often do missionaries report encounters with demonic activity while deployed to ...


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I don’t know if anyone would describe Paul Jones (lead singer with U.K. band Manfred Mann 1962-1966) as a notable militant atheist, but he was asked to represent the atheist side in a televised debate against Cliff Richard, a well-known U.K. Christian pop star. "Basically, I argued against Christianity. I mean I was a rabid atheist at the time. I'd got ...


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See this book for an examination of the testimony of the Gospel writers according to the rules of American jurisprudence regarding eyewitness accounts. The Testimony of the Evangelists, Examined by the Rules of Evidence Administered in Courts of Justice is an 1846 Christian apologetic work by Simon Greenleaf, a principal founder of the Harvard Law School. ...


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I don't know specifically about divination, but the following resources may be helpful on this topic and do include stories of people who claimed to know things they could not have known via natural means. I of course offer them with the famous lines from Lewis exhorting us to be aware that there is an enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10),...


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In general, we come to know truths through God. 7 ¶ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ...


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