True spiritual disciplines of a mindful Christian life focuses on the purpose of Godliness within our hearts, minds, soul, and body. It is the true foundation of an authentic Christian faith. One that is exemplified within the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It is these spiritual disciplines that one seeks to attain salvation and exaltation. They are the rock upon which we build our faith on.
Therefore, this apologetic essay will provide a response to the straw man argument established by the first chapter of Care's and Leach's book. The intent is to provide a reasonable response to the comparison of Mormon and Christian teaching of who God is. Such a response will reveiw and respond to the section Mormonisms View of God. The next response focuses on the section The Bible's View of God. Following up with these two response will be a third focusing on the section Discussing God with Mormons. The latter will focus on how to respond to Christians regarding the discussion of God's nature and how to properly defend the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to bridge the chasm of misinformation between Christianity and Mormon teaching.
According to Joseph Smith's account, he bore witness of two separate and distinct beings - the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. Resurrected and glorified with bodies of flesh and bone. This revelation and restored doctrine continues to cause quite a stir among Protestant, Catholics, Orthodox, and Evangelical Christians. They ignorantly appear to hold to the claim that the teachings of God the Father have come down through the centuries without any change.
Within the creation of humanity, there were specific gender roles defined between man and woman. These roles were first defined in the Garden of Eden under the marriage ceremony God anointed. The other gender role involved human sexuality: Go therefore and be fruitful and multiply the earth. This included the authority of humanity (both man and woman) to work together in having dominion over all of God's creation. This may also be an allegory toward the doctrine of theosis and human potential toward progression into divinity (which will be explored under the main observation point of the wedding ceremony itself).
Christ being in the Garden of Gethsemane, being pressed down with the weight of taking the sins of all humanity upon him, caused grave emotional, spiritual, and physical stress and agony to where he experienced this rare medical condition. And, as Nelson teaches, it is in the Garden of Gethsemane that the Atonement began where Christ became the Sin-Bearer. Yet, is it any wonder that modern Christians who lack literacy in scriptural teaching lay claim to something they consider to be false and inconsistent?
Larry Hurtado provides insight and commentary on the New Testament and Early Christianity. His latest article provides some interesting discussions on the nature of Monotheism as it was understood among Ancient Jewish and Christian believers verses Christian believers of today. His article is here: “Early Christian Monotheism” | Larry Hurtados Blog. Hurtado begins the examination that … Continue reading “Early Christian Monotheism” | Larry Hurtados Blog
Louise C. Midgely provides a review of Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism via Evangelical Controversy: A Deeply Fragmented Movement | Interpreter. Review of Kevin T. Bauder, R. Albert Mohler Jr., John G. Stackhouse Jr., Roger E. Olson. Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism. Edited by Stanley N. Gundry, Andrew David Naselli, and Collin Hansen. Introduction … Continue reading Evangelical Controversy: A Deeply Fragmented Movement | Interpreter
The Birth of the Savior - Two Possible Dates The Christmas season is one of cheer, goodwill, and family. Radio stations are playing politically correct “holiday” tunes, people hang lights on their houses, bring trees indoors, and hang socks over their fireplaces. For the vast majority of Christians, this is the time of year for celebrating … Continue reading The Birth of the Savior: Two Possible Time Frames
Far from being a crystalized set observance, Thanksgiving in America has been a holiday that has changed considerably from how it was initially celebrated. There have been obvious minor changes: sports events on TV rather than game hunting, turkey as the main course rather than venison, and the manifestation of the major parade sponsored by … Continue reading The Evolution of Thanksgiving
The Apostle Paul writes to the Church in Galatia defending his apostolic authority. One of the most perverted forms of Biblical interpretation is that of Galatians 1:8-9. This passage is commonly used by Christian Apologists in their attempt to prove that Mormonism is "another Gospel". Therefore, the purpose of this post is to provide understanding … Continue reading Galatians 1:6-9 | Paul’s “Other Gospel”
A Logical Proof that Mormonism is True What Makes God Just, Merciful, and Powerful The gospel of the Jesus Christ found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not complicated. It is straightforward, concise, and available to everyone. The gospel stems from a Heavenly Father who is just, merciful, and powerful. These … Continue reading A Logical Proof that Mormonism is True
Noel B. Reynolds writes up this wonderful review via Rethinking the Apostle Peter’s Role in the Early Church | Interpreter. This review is based on the work of Martin Hengel's work, Saint Peter: The Underestimated Apostle. Latter-day Saints who have an interest in First Century Christianity ought to consider this review and the influential work of such scholars as … Continue reading Rethinking the Apostle Peter’s Role in the Early Church | Interpreter