Monday, May 14, 2007

Out, damned spot! out, I say!

The spot of false doctrine, that is. Persisting in error despite obvious and overwhelming contrary evidence does not wisdom make.

From here:
Latter day revelation has clarified many of the Biblical inaccuracies and inconsistencies that have resulted from translations.
Without the Original Texts (or their numerous manuscript copies, which we have today), how can you possibly know that "inaccuracies and inconsistencies" exist? Without the Originals (or their copies), how can you make any corrections?

Problems with translations are an entirely different category than copying anomalies. Translations can and should be revised using the best information available. Variations in manuscript copies of the Originals are easy to compare because so many copies exist that are from various geographic locations around ancient Christendom.

That a tilde or number in one family of copies is errant is possible to determine by comparing that manuscript with any of the manuscripts from other families.

All of that leads to a high degree of confidence that we know what the Original Manuscripts actually said.

Besides all of that, there is no way the Apostle John's quotation of Christ's statement that "God is Spirit" is a distortion of "god is an obedient, flesh-and-bone being fornicating on another planet."

To continue to promote such nonsense is utterly indefensible.
This is an area where you and I will most likely come to a disagreement. I believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and I believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
You believe that your god is either unwilling or unable to preserve his revelation, or if he is, that he doesn't mind contradicting himself.

Any deity that reveals one thing and then later contradicts his first story is a liar and a fraud.
I'm assuming you either do not believe in continued revelation or, at the very least, you do not believe that there is a living prophet today.
I believe that Jesus Christ will not contradict Himself. If any "prophet" comes along and says something other than what God has said, he is a liar and a charlatan.
I do. I have no tangible evidence of this. I have a personal testimony that it is true.
Subjectivism is no basis for religious faith. One's experience should be interpreted in light of what God has revealed through His Prophets and Apostles. If your personal experience leads you to embrace something contrary to the Word of Christ, you have allowed yourself to be deceived.
I agree with the scripture you mentioned. In the next life they are neither married or given in marriage. Marriage is an Early ordinance and cannot be performed after this life. Thus if you are not sealed on Earth you will not be sealed in Heaven.
No, He said they are not married, as in they are not in the state of being married. If he meant only that unions are not made in the next, He would not have then noted [*see below] . . . .

Also, Jesus specifically compares our state in the afterlife with regards to marriage by comparing us to His angels. Unless you want to say that they are married in this life and that carries over into the next, the only reasonable interpretation of this is that angels are unmarried and so will we be.
My whole intent was to share that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe in the same God and Jesus Christ that the rest of the Christian community does.
It seems unwise to lie about YHWH and His Christ if you want to please Them.

*Correction on Matthew 22:30:

Shane wrote, "In the next life they are neither married or given in marriage."

In Shane's version, Christ seems to be making a contrast between a status and an act. In Christ's version, he notes our celibacy by comparing our marital status to the angels':
"Jesus answered, 'You’re mistaken because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power. When people come back to life, they don’t marry. Rather, they are like the angels in heaven.'"
Shane's "sealed on Earth, sealed in Heaven" adds to (and contradicts) Christ's revelation, something He forbids.