Posts Tagged "Doug Harris"

Chapter 8 – The Godhead

The Mormon prophet Gordon B Hinckley once said: “As a church we have critics, many of them. They say we do not believe in the traditional Christ of Christianity. There is some substance to what they say” (Ensign, May 2002, p.90) It is not often that we find such candour coming from a Mormon when challenged on their beliefs about…read more →

Chapter 9 – Special Witnesses of Christ

The April 2001 Mormon Ensign magazine carried a special feature containing the text from a video presentation, Special Witnesses of Christ, broadcast by the leaders of the Mormon Church during their annual convention. The text can be found in the online edition of the April Ensign. From carefully selected locations Mormon leaders spoke of various aspects of their faith. It…read more →

Chapter 12 – Mormon vs. Christian Salvation

Mormonism teaches that righteousness can be attained through human effort. Many will perhaps be aware of their “scripture” which states that “by grace we are saved, after all we can do” (BOM 2 Nephi 25:23). The implication of this text is more fully understood against the background of their third article of faith: “We believe that through the Atonement of…read more →

Chapter 12 – Mormonism and Judgement

Mormons will argue that it is reasonable to expect Joseph Smith to have a role in the Judgement since several Bible texts refer to apostles, as well as the saints in general, judging. The references they use are Matthew 19:27-28; Luke 22:29-30; 1 Cor.6:1-3; Rev.20:4. From this “Biblical evidence” they argue their case for Joseph Smith having authority delegated to…read more →

Chapter 15 – Archaeology and the Book of Mormon – 2

A Mormon discussing evidence for the Book of Mormon posted the following on the Reachout Trust Forum. A closer look illustrates something I have long believed, i.e. language is an amazing tool that can open our minds or shut them down. It can direct us to fresh knowledge and understanding or misdirect us to conclusions that are misleading and wrong….read more →

Chapter 15 – The Book of Mormon – Another Testament?

In the 1980s The Book of Mormon became The Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Most people today, Mormon and non-Mormon alike, would be unaware that it was ever any other way. To Mormons this marked a welcome clarification that their faith is centred on Jesus Christ. It also served to strengthen in the public mind the…read more →

Chapter 15 – The Book of Mormon Answers Questions of the Soul?

Typically, the Mormon missionary discussions present the Book of Mormon in such a way as to suggest that it has answers not found elsewhere. They insist that “the Book of Mormon answers questions of the soul” and the unwary can be led to believe that the book might give them access to otherwise unavailable, or unrevealed wisdom. However, the “questions…read more →

Chapter 15 – The Book of Mormon in the Bible

Is the Book of Mormon Prophesied in the Bible? Two Sticks There are two places where Mormons claim the Bible speaks about the Book of Mormon. Perhaps the most popular text used to back up their claim is Ezekiel 37:16-17 which reads in the King James Bible: 16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon…read more →

Chapter 15 – The Book of Mormon Origins

Anyone who has expressed doubts regarding the story of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon will probably have been met with the question, “Well if Joseph didn’t get it from the angel how do you explain the Book of Mormon?” Today the Book of Mormon does seem an unusual book that appears to have sprung from nowhere. Certainly the…read more →

Chapter 15 – Book of Mormon Scholarship

The first time we meet Mormonism we usually encounter the Book of Mormon, “a volume of holy Scripture comparable to the Bible” (BOM Introduction). The eighth article of faith of the Mormon Church tells us the comparative worth placed on the Bible and the Book of Mormon. “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as…read more →