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kcollins Wrote: Apr 16, 2012 12:32 AM
If that is true, when she was caught she would surely be excommunicated. The church does not condone such behavior in its members.
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 16, 2012 12:26 AM
That is actually a literary device used in Hebrew writings of the same time period. What you mock is actually evidence of its authenticity.
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 16, 2012 12:24 AM
I would compare it to an author of an Autobiography not wanting anyone to change the book or publish it without his permission. That doesn't mean that he will not decide to write another book later if he decides he has more to say. Should we shackle God and insist that he do things our way?
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 16, 2012 12:20 AM
Huh??? Wow That's a stretch and a half. Most of that is so absurd I wouldn't know where to begin to discuss it. Just trust that it is made up of whole cloth and not even based on Mormon theology. they only piece that I can discuss is the verse that forbids adding to or taking away from the book in Revelations 22. The book of Revelations was written by John while in captivity on the Isle of Patmos. It referred only to that revelation. The Bible was not compiled with Revelation as the last book until several centuries later. Incidentally there is a similar verse in Deuteronomy. Shall we assume that anything written after that is invalid?
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 16, 2012 12:10 AM
Just because we are not mainline Christian doesn't mean we are not Christian. Maybe we are more Christian than all the rest because we have the testimony of Joseph Smith, a prophet who has seen God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. They told him directly what correct doctrine was and how He wanted His church organized. There was no need to tease answers from a collection of sometimes cryptic messages written down millenia ago that may or may not be correctly translated or even complete. Haven't we all longed for that from time to time - that He would just tell us what he wants instead of us having to guess? The only way to know for sure is to pray about it. Do you dare??
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 16, 2012 12:04 AM
Of course the LDS church is not mainline Christian! Whether you believe it or not the LDS church claims divine authority directly from God who restored truths and priesthood authority, that were lost with the death of the apostles, through his prophet Joseph Smith. He corrected doctrinal errors that had crept into the church over centuries of secular control of sacred things. If there was not a need for doctrinal correction why was there a need for protestantism, and who gave those protestant reformers authority to speak in the name of God?
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 15, 2012 11:48 PM
Funny I just looked at my Bible and it says that it is the King James Version. It is bound together with the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. I agree that is is the most correct translation. In order to make it more understandable for the layperson many of the other versions have distorted some concepts. (Not to mention taken all of the poetry out of it) The Jehovah's Witnesses are the ones who have their own translation that fits with their theology. Additionally, I don't know many other churches that still use the King James Version besides the Mormons. They all use the revised standard or some such version. If you are going to judge other religions, get your facts straight.
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 15, 2012 11:38 PM
All we have is tradition, and faith that tell us that the truths we were taught as children are the 'real' truths and those of the rest of the world are the 'false' truths. It would be arrogant in the extreme to believe that we have all the answers without consulting the ultimate authority, God himself. Only he can tell us what is true and what is not. We have never needed prophets more. Pray about it and He will tell you what is right.
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 15, 2012 11:34 PM
Is there any historic or archaeological basis for the authenticity of the Bible. I am not an archaeological authority, but I believe that there are very few copies of the Bible in existence that date to before the advent of Christ (the Dead Sea Scrolls were a significant find, but even the Torah in its present form did not exist then and there are differences between the versions. there are also books referenced in the Bible that no longer exist. And what about the Apocrapha? How much of that is scripture that was thrown away because it disagreed with the theology of those who compiled the Bible?
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kcollins Wrote: Apr 15, 2012 11:17 PM
These connections are common suppositions only and not official church doctrine, in the same way that numerology in its many forms can tell us secrets about the 'mysteries' of God if only we were clever enough to decipher them. It is fun to play with them in our heads, but to trust our salvation to them is dangerous to say the least.
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