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Chapter 6 – Does God Speak Today?

The problem was simple yet profound. How do I make sense of life? I remember thinking, “Is this it?” In the words of one of my favourite films, “Is this ‘as good as it gets’?” The Mormon answer seemed profound yet simple – “God speaks today!” Of course, with benefit of hindsight I can identify myriad problems with the Mormon…read more →

Does the Bible teach the existence of hell?

Does the Bible teach the existence of hell? There is a difference between the use of the Greek words Gehenna and Hades in the New Testament. We should also be aware that the Hebrew word Sheol is used in the Old Testament in the same way as Hades is in the New Testament. Hades, the region of departed spirits of…read more →

Chapter 7 – By Irrational Means

Is Faith Irrational or is Revelation Rational? Are Evangelicals ‘Anti-Mormon’, are Mormons anti-evangelical? I gained a valuable and interesting insight into the thought processes of a Mormon as he considers the relationship between Scripture and the Spirit. A correspondent wrote of the importance of the Spirit in gaining knowledge of the truth. Arguing from 1 Thessalonians 1:5, he insisted that…read more →

Chapter 8 – The Adam/God Doctrine

This peculiar teaching from early Mormonism is routinely referred to today by the Mormons as the Adam/God theory as if it is some vague idea that is easily misunderstood and maliciously misrepresented by opponents of the Mormon Church. It was, however, a doctrine of the church for many years and taught by more than one prophet. The key to understanding…read more →

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

The Bible and Book of Mormon in History The Bible is unique among the holy books of the world inasmuch as it is not simply a collection of myths, principles and commands but tells about God’s dealings with real people, in the real world and in real time. From Abraham to Moses, from Moses to David and Solomon and from…read more →

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