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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...
In the wedding feast of Cana story Jesus turns water into wine and saves the honour of the bride and bridegroom on their special day. It was Mary that identified the need "they have no wine". Jesus reply was "woman why do you involve me, my time is not yet come." The reply seemed to indicate a reluctance on the part of Jesus to perform such a public miracle that would effectively catapult his ministry into the public eye and start a sequence of events that would lead to the cross.
I run into this a LOT. I grew up in a mixed protestant family full of Presbyterians, Methodists, baptists, and Pentecostals and when I started my conversion process 5 years ago almost all of them thought I was selling my soul to the devil, half of them cut me out entirely and the other half screamed in my face to repent whenever I saw them.
The thing is... I made this choice because it was the next step in my own spiritual journey. My beliefs didn't change, though there are some of them I...
Sola Scriptura is a tradition that goes back about 500 years.
That's the kind of argumentation I've heard from others so I did my searching of the church fathers.
Scripture alone, Sola Scriptura, goes back long before the time of the Reformation. I've documented some of the strong statements in support of the authority of Scripture in the church fathers. See my article, Is there no ‘Scripture alone’ in early church fathers?
I just wanted to start off by saying that the purpose of this thread is not to try to influence your beliefs or lack of belief but have a conversation about belief in general and how many Christians take belief for granted. Many Christians emphasize free will and that we can use this free will to freely choose to believe or not to believe in God. But is “belief” really a choice and can we truly use this “free will” to choose to believe or not to believe? I can’t say that...
I watched a Louis Theroux episode, where he went to go find out what born again Christians in America are like. The episode didn't fully explain what one is, and I was left a little confused. Before watching this I had never even heard of a born again Christian and I think it expected me to have already heard about them. To be honest I don't think it was serious and probably aimed to take the Mickey out out of how crazy they can come across.
I was left rather impressed by how these people...