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Catholics practice regular confession to priests.
Do they feel unforgiven if they don't?
I also know of a non-Catholic religious denomination that demands that all serious sins be reported to elders. If not, then you are HIDING something and that can warrant disfellowshipping or as Catholics call it-excommunication.
Does any of this have any substantial scriptural support?
It is plain to see we live in a world with much suffering. This suffering seems rather random - the atheists, Christian, or Buddhist all have chances of developing cancer, losing a loved one, or experiencing any other tragedy. As evidenced in the early church, the Christian is certainly not exempt from earthly suffering. Sure, some suffering may be directly attributed to free will, but this is not the case with natural disaster or disease. It is the old question: if God is all-powerful, and...
I would contend that many Christians are using the wrong criteria in choosing their candidate. We're not voting for a pastor or elder or even a Christian. We're electing someone to carry out God's purposes for government laid out in Romans 13 and elsewhere.
Will the candidate you're supporting minister to its citizens by punishing evil doers? Will your candidate be good at this? Or will he be passive and incompetent?
If you study the origins of government you find out, it pre-exists...
LDS members receive a "Patriarchial Blessing" which makes many predictions. Is this genuine prophecy or wishful thinking. I say the latter.
Here is an example for consideration:
Why do Mormons think they are of the Aaronic and Melchezedek (know I spelled that wrong) priesthoods? What is the premise?
It's often assumed that the gospel writers could not have been conveying actual history because they were people who believed in Jesus. The idea is that whatever in the Gospels corresponds to Christian faith cannot be historically trustworthy. But why couldn't the opposite be true? Why couldn't it be that only faith could really appreciate and adequately report what happened in the Jesus of history?
I believe that the BOM or other Mormon documents say that the American Indians are of the 12 Tribes of Israel back from the time of Noah.
DNA tests have been done of American Indians and there is no Hebrew blood in their DNA.
How can this be true then?
First of all, I want to say that I think that the idea that the Trinity is somehow "incomprehensible" is an excuse to thwart sound theology. I think that there are two perfectly acceptable ways to understand the Trinity:
1) One God (one essence, one center of consciousness) who manifests himself in three persons or three separate ways
2) Three Gods (three centers of consciousness) who all share the same essence and hence who are all one in essence
I think both of these are good ways of...