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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 address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

(Note: throughout, I assume we're only discussing post-Resurrection sightings.) There are at least five symmetry breakers (for the sake of making this Answer as complete as possible, I am shamelessly ...
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Why do Protestant Christians accept the Apostles' Testimony as Credible, Reliable, and Substantial for Dedicating their Lives to?

There are several reasons to believe that the Gospels faithfully record real events. Some well-known books have been written on the subject. The existence of Jesus is far better established than 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?

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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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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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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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

Sufficient Number of Witnesses per the Scriptures In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Cor. 13:1) The Lord often sends more than two or three witnesses to ...
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What lines of evidence and arguments refute the notion that the gospels are nothing more than dismissible 'reports of reports of reports of reports'?

Although the question is worded with a kind of sarcasm that could be considered on the border of rude, I would simply rephrase it to say 'Why do so many people believe the that the gospel accounts are ...
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What is an overview of Christian epistemological views on scientific skepticism and the epistemic value of eyewitness testimony?

I'll offer a perspective that is compatible with many Christian denominations, though I would not claim it is representative of what all Christians believe. Respect for skepticism I have some ...
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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

Saint Augustine once preached: The apostles could believe in the Church without seeing it, because they saw Jesus. Now you should, likewise, believe in Jesus without seeing Him, because you see the ...
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Is the book "The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley" a legitimate collection of Wesley's journal entries?

Yes, it appears to be a legitimate compilation from the writings of John Wesley. I haven't confirmed all of the many stories in Jennings' book, but I selected several and found them corroborated in ...
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How do Christians address the "Bigfoot" analogy presented by skeptics in relation to the resurrection of Jesus?

OP: How do Christians break the symmetry? How is this atheistic argument from analogy invalid? The analogy is invalid for a number of reasons. First it was prophesied and then fulfilled. Second it ...
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What lines of evidence and arguments refute the notion that the gospels are nothing more than dismissible 'reports of reports of reports of reports'?

Human lines of evidence, and arguments, are slippery things. Verbal ones can unintentionally end up as "Chinese whispers". Arguments can appear sound until a new piece of evidence is ...
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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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