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Posted on 05/02/2012 10:40:06 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
Bridges of Faith Between Mormons and Muslims
What Think Ye of Christ?
Throughout the account of the Saviors three-year ministry as recorded in the New Testament, we read of the many attempts by the Pharisees and Sadducees to discredit him and his teachings. These groups of learned religious men would pit their lawyers and spokesmen against Jesus in public forums where they would seek to trap him in rhetorical play by twisting his words around. However, their efforts were in vain as Christ would speak in parables and pose questions in return that they could not possibly answer with their limited knowledge.
The book of Matthew contains the account of the last time the Savior was accosted by these groups in chapter 22. They alternately asked him questions in order to entangle him in his talk, (KJV Matt 22:15) but Christ answered them in such a way that they marvelled and were astonished at his doctrine. (KJV Matt 22: 22,33) Finally, when he had had enough, the Savior queried them back. What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he? When they answered that he was the Son of David, he responded, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies they footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? (KJV Matt 22: 42-45) This reply was so profound that no one was able to answer him back neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. (KJV Matt 22:45)
Even though the question was never asked again in Christs time, the issue and subsequent debates have occupied over two millennia of religious controversy since then. Every major religion answers this question within the framework of their beliefs and many people judge the truth of each others faith as a whole by their stance on this one point. Just among the denominations today that claim to be Christian, there are widely differing doctrines on exactly who Christ was, how he was born, his mission, his death, and his current status.
Additionally, written records have been altered, truths lost and doctrines changed over the millennia since Christ was born. Consequently, religious groups have held councils through the years to decide what is and isnt true doctrine or scripture. Perhaps the most famous is the council of Nicea in A.D. 325 where the books of the Bible and the nature of the Christ were in dispute. Subsequent doctrines came out of that meeting which have led to the variance of Christian beliefs today.
For Latter-day Saints, there is no dispute or question regarding this issue since Joseph Smith restored many of these plain and precious truths to us through direct revelation from God. We are able to answer what we think of Christ with conviction and testimony. We know of his birth, death, role, and that he still lives. We have no doubts that he will come again to this earth and that every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ.
This knowledge, as revealed through modern day prophets, puts us at odds sometimes with our fellow Christians. We find ourselves often in the position of fighting misconceptions that we worship Joseph Smith or that we are not even Christian despite the fact that our church is named after Jesus Christ. Our belief in the distinctness of personage between God the Father and Christ separates us from the majority of Christian groups today who hold to the Nicean doctrine of the trinity. We declare that God, Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings who work together in a Godhead that is one in purpose, not one joined together in a single corporeal body or essence. We do not believe that Christ was God the Father incarnate while living his earthly life. We do not glorify, worship or pray to him instead of God the Father nor do we pray to the Virgin Mary or other saintly people.
The fact that we do not use the normal Christian icons of the cross or crucified Christ figure in our churches is another point that promotes our individuality. We also believe that the Bible is the word of God only as far as it is translated correctly. We know it contains faults, is missing text and in many instances uses mistranslations. This confession on our part widens the gap between us and other main-stream Christian faiths. With the addition of our other three books of scripture, it is no wonder that the majority of Christendom today views us as something entirely outside their concept of a Christian faith. Conversely, from our side, Parley P. Pratts comments from 1855 as quoted earlier are still relevant now in that we would most likely view modern Christianitys trinitarian doctrines to be a form of heathenism as compared with those of Islam that closely parallel our own.
So what exactly do muslims think of Christ? One of the foremost misconceptions about Islam is that they do not believe in Christ at all. This is to them like saying to Mormons that we are not Christians. It is utterly false and really very upsetting to a faithful Muslim. Just because they do not have knowledge of his role as the Savior does not mean that they do not revere and accept his teachings as a prophet nor his mission in restoring the truth to his dispensation. The Islamic beliefs about Christ do not intend in any way to belittle his role or underestimate his character or diminish his great person. On the contrary, these Islamic beliefs depict Jesus in a most respectable manner and place him as high in status as God himself has placed him. In fact, the Muslim is more respectful of Jesus than many Christians Acceptance of Jesus by Muslims is a fundamental article of faith in Islam. (Ati, p. 152)
The Quran refers to Christ as a holy or pure son born to the Virgin Mary and a mercy from God. (Surah 19:19, 21) It is interesting to note that he is called Jesus the Messiah in several places in the Quran including the instance of the annunciation of the angel to Mary regarding his birth. Allah bids you rejoice in a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary. (Surah 3:45) The Arabic root of the word Messiah includes among other definitions to erase, wipe or rub away. In his role as the Savior though the atonement, Christ fulfills all the meanings of this title but nothing more is mentioned in the Quran alluding to his role as redeemer.
The important point to remember here is that Muhammads mission was to rid the Arabian peoples of their idolatrous beliefs, their plurality of Gods and their misconceptions concerning the true character of Allah. The Christian churches during his time were already teaching the trinitarian doctrine in full force, and with the addition of pagan idolatry among non-Christians, there was little if any pure religion left on earth in A.D. 600. This was indeed an age of ignorance in regards to religious truths as well as other aspects of civilization. When Muhammad revealed the Quran, the main theme was the Unity of God- not partnered or shared by any idols, sons, daughters, or additions of any kind.
There are numerous passages in the Quran that refute idolatry and an equal number that address the erroneous Christian view of the trinity essence. The deification of Jesus, declaring that he was God the Father in the flesh and should be worshipped, was as heinous a sin as to believe that God had created daughters who were idols, also worthy of worship (the Arabian idols Al-Lat and Al-Uzzah specifically- see Surah 53:19). In one poignant passage, God declares that they would assign daughters to Him, yet they would bury their own when they were born. They give daughters to Allah (Glory be to Him!), but they themselves would have what they desire. When the birth of a girl is announced to one of them, his face grows dark and he is filled with inward gloom. Because of the bad news he hides himself from men: should he keep her with disgrace or bury her under the dust? How ill they judge! (Surah 16: 57-59)
The single important truth of tawheed (the Unity of God) that Muhammad revealed did not leave room for God to have any deified sons or daughters that would draw worship and belief away from Him. Additionally, the Christian denominations were promoting the birth of Christ to be something other than the miraculous creation by God. They were using the words only begotten to imply the strict definition of an earthly physical union as the means by which conception took place. That coupled with their view of Christ as God the Father incarnate resulted in many Quranic revelations given in the strongest language possible to set the record straight. Regarding the act of Christs conception, God declares, Allah forbid that He Himself should beget a son! When he decrees a thing He need only say: Be, and it is. (Surah 19:35)
And further: Those who say: The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son preach a monstrous falsehood, at which the very heavens might crack, the earth break asunder, and the mountains crumble to dust. That they should ascribe a son to the Merciful, when it does not become Him to beget one! (Surah 19:88-92) Of the actual process of the creation of Christ, another surah states, And in Mary, Imrans daughter, who preserved her chastity and into whose womb We breathed of Our spirit; who put her trust in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was truly devout. (Surah 66:12)
Jesus Christ came to this earth to live a completely mortal life experience as an example for us to follow. He did not perform his miracles (note: for complete texts of miracles mentioned in the Quran but not found in our scriptures, see end of chapter) by using some special divine power in the role of a god himself, but accomplished them through his faith and to give the glory and honor to the Father only. The Quran has an interesting passage where God will question Christ about what he taught and did in this life. Then Allah will say: Jesus, son of Mary, did you ever say to mankind: Worship me and my mother as gods beside Allah? Glory to You, he will answer, how could I say that to which I have no right? If I had ever said so, You would have surely known it I spoke to them nothing except what You bade me. I said: Serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord. (Surah 5: 116, 117)
In regards to the issue of Christ as a deity that is part of a trinity essence, the Quran repeats time and time again that Jesus is not the Son of God (meaning his creation through earthly physically begotten means and then partnered on the same level as God the Father or sharing an essence with Him.) (For references regarding the Islamic definition/ connotation of Son of God see end of chapter). If God so chose, He could have destroyed Christ, Mary and all the inhabitants of earth. (Surah 5:17) God is totally self-sufficient without the need of a Son or partner with whom to share His power or glory. All that the heavens and earth contain are His alone. (Surah 10:68) If there were more than one God in heaven, each God would govern his own creation and vie each other for position. (Surah 23:91) Christ was only mortal, an apostle (prophet), and a servant of God, which position he did not distain. (Surah 4:171,172) The disbelievers are those who say Allah is one of three. But He is only one God. (Surah 5:73) The Jews say that Ezra is the Son of God and the Christians say the Messiah is the Son of God. They worship them along with their rabbis and monks as gods besides Allah although they were ordered to serve one God only. There is no God but Him. He is exalted beyond those whom they would deify beside him. (Surah 9:30,31)
Islam leaves no room for doubt about the supreme oneness of God to whom all glory belongs. To the People of the Book (Christians), the Quran gives a challenge: Say: People of the Book, let us come to an agreement: that we will worship none but Allah, that we will associate none with him, and that none of us shall set up mortals as gods besides him. (Surah 3:64) Christ as a deified God the Father incarnate and part of a trinity godheads singular essence were the very doctrines that Joseph Smith also refuted in his time. Through his first vision of the Father and the Son, the first thing Joseph learned about the character of God was that He was a separate and distinct being from that of the Savior. While God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost constitute a working Godhead, they are one only in purpose, not in essence.
LDS doctrine teaches that Jesus Christ is our elder brother (the firstborn spirit of our Heavenly Father) who came to this earth in the bodily nature and form of a mortal man. I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt with the sons of men. (D&C 93:4) While we affirm His divine roles as a member of the Godhead in the pre-existence and the Savior of this earth, all things that were delegated to him both in heaven and on earth were done at the command of and for the glory of the Father, not for himself. Christ fulfills the commands of the Father and carries out His will. He is not to be worshipped as a God equal in position of hierarchy to the Father. He is subordinate to God the Father in power, supremacy and authority. All glory belongs to the Father only. While we also strongly affirm that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Only Begotten of the Father, the concept of begotten son to us is not strictly that of a physical act of conception. Rather, it refers to the literal relationship that Christ has with the Father that was necessary to his mission to act as the Savior for the world.
We are in agreement with those of most faiths regarding the fact that Mary was a virgin and that Christ had no mortal physical father. In this sense, we say that God begot him through His direct involvement in His creation and because of this, he is the Son of God (differing from all of us who were conceived by solely mortal physical means). But we do not know how the actual act was performed. In the book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price, God refers to Christ as His Only Begotten and the Savior, but within the same verse states very emphatically that there is no God beside Him. He speaks to Moses telling him that he is in similitude to Christ, and mine Only Begotten is and shall be the Savior, for he is full of grace and truth; but there is no God beside me, and all things are present with me, for I know them all. (PGP Moses 1:6)
The title of son of God or God the son also refers to Christs participating role as a member of the Godhead in the pre-existence. As we learn through the scriptures, Christ took an active role in the creation of the earth by carrying out the instructions of the Father. In the book of Moses, God states: Behold I reveal unto you concerning this heaven, and this earth; write the words which I speak. I am the Beginning and the End, the Almightly God: by mine only begotten I created these things; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest. (PGP Moses 2:1) All glory and credit for the creation are still with the Father, but He clearly states that He used the Savior to accomplish the act.
The divine role that Christ performed as the Savior is the major differing factor in our beliefs with those of Islam. For us, Jesus was more than just a prophet and teacher of truth. He was also the Redeemer of mankind wherein he used his divinely inherited powers to take upon himself the sins of the world to bring about the laws of mercy and fulfill the laws of justice according to the commands of the Father. This was another of his pre-existent assignments as part of the Godhead. He was fore-ordained to fulfill the role of Savior in the Fathers great plan of salvation for His children.
When he appeared to the Nephites in A.D. 34 shortly after his crucifixion and resurrection in Jerusalem, Christ told them, Behold, I have come into the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save the world from sin. Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him I will receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me all ye ends of the earth, and be saved. (BM 3 Nephi 9:21,22) We do not know exactly how Christ performed the atonement, but we believe his divine parentage from God allowed him to have the power of His Godhood at the proper time to accomplish this act. This is why he could not have been born from a normal physical union as were the rest of us.
Although he lived his life as a mortal, he had the divine ability to fulfill this task when the necessary time came. The fact of Jesus being the literal Son of God in the flesh is crucial to the Atonement, which could not have been accomplished by an ordinary man To complete the Atonement by physical death and resurrection, it was necessary that Jesus be able to lay down his physical body and also be able to take it up again. He could do this only because he had life in himself, which he inherited from God his Father (KJV John 5:26; 10:17-18). Christ inherited the ability to die from his mortal mother and the power to resurrect himself from his immortal Father. Dying was for him a voluntary, deliberate act for mankind, made possible only because he was the Only Begotten of the Father (D&C 20:18-26). (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 2:729)
We do know that the act of the Atonement began in the Garden of Gethsemane and that the process was extremely painful. In a very beautiful passage of scripture, Christ tells us of the event himself. I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent, they must suffer even as I, Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit- and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink- nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men. (D&C 19: 2, 16-19)
Even in fulfilling this role as the Savior, Christ did not glorify anyone but the Father and in fact, spoke of his submission to God in all things. And behold, I am the light and life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon myself the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning. (BM 3 Nephi 11:11) God had chosen Christ to be the Redeemer in the beginning before the world was created and gave him power to make intercession for the children of men. (BM Mosiah 15:8) Additionally, Jesus role of intercessor was intimated or foretold by most of the prophets who preceded him.
The Quran actually contains several references to intercession (though none in direct reference to Christ), stating that none will have this power unless God grants it. (Surah 10:3) On the Day of Judgment, when the trumpet shall sound, none shall have power to intercede for them except him that has received the sanction of the Merciful and whose word is acceptable to Him. (Surah 20: 100, 102, 109) Then it will not matter which idols were worshipped, for none will be able to answer. The gods to whom they pray besides Him have not the power to intercede for them. None can intercede for them save him who knows the truth and testifies to it. (Surah 43:86) A very interesting note in the King Fahed commentary on this verse states, While idols and false gods have no power of intercession, persons like Jesus, who is falsely worshipped by his misguided followers, but who himself preached the Gospel of Unity with full understanding will have the power of intercession. (King Fahed Translation, p.1516, note 4683)
Muslims believe that forgiveness of sins is obtained through repentance and the will of God. One of Gods 99 names is the Forgiving One and He is able to apply mercy to the repentant: Say: Servants of Allah, you that have sinned against your souls, do not despair of Allahs mercy, for He forgives all sins. He is the Forgiving One, the Merciful. Turn in repentance to your Lord and surrender yourselves to Him before His scourge overtakes you; for then there will be none to help you. (Surah 39: 53,54) The Quran also mentions that there are those who surround the throne of God to plead for forgiveness for the faithful. They implore God to let those who repent enter into paradise with their families and descendants. But ultimately it is only God who forgives and accepts repentance. (Surah 40:3, 7-9) Additionally, there are passages that mention the performance of righteous deeds as a way to help gain forgiveness: As for those that have faith and do good works, We shall cleanse them of their sins and reward them according to their noblest deeds Good deeds make amends for sins. (Surah 29:7, 11:114)
For the Muslim, repentance and forgiveness are straightforward. If you will truly acknowledge your sins before God, change your ways and ask for forgiveness, He will be Merciful and grant it to you. There is no need for an intermediary or Savior to perform an atonement since God is very capable of forgiving man if He so chooses. How God actually accomplishes this is neither relevant nor in need of explanation. It is enough to say that He has the power to do so. Since Christs role as Savior was not revealed to Muhammad, there would be no need to provide any other revelations regarding the process of repentance and forgiveness. This is totally consistent with other Old Testament peoples who did not receive this knowledge nor the higher laws and responsibilities that would ensue.
Additionally, the Quran has very little to say about the last days of Christs life or his death. There is one passage that refers to the crucifixion as not happening the way the Jews believed: They declared: We have put to death the Messiah, Jesus the Son of Mary, the apostle of Allah. They did not kill him, nor crucify him, but thought they did. (Note: other translations state as it seemed to them or appeared to them or a likeness of that was shown to them) Those that disagreed about him were in doubt concerning his death, for what they knew about it was sheer conjecture; they were not sure that they had slain him. Allah lifted him up to His presence. (Surah 4:157,158) Most Quranic commentary states that Christ was never crucified at all and some even purport that another person was crucified in his stead. However, when reading the verse in context from the standpoint of the Jews belief that they killed him, the main point here is that Christ did not die the permanent death the Jews thought they had inflicted upon him. He was indeed raised to God. Again, the resurrection or any reference to it is not in the Quran for it would have to allude directly to Christs overcoming death as a part of his role as Savior.
The King Fahed Commentary states: The end of the life of Jesus on earth is as much involved in mystery as his birth It is not profitable to discuss the many doubts and conjectures among the early Christian sects and among Muslim theologians The Quranic teaching is that Christ was not crucified nor killed by the Jews, not withstanding certain apparent circumstances which produced that illusion in the minds of some of his enemies; that disputations, doubts, and conjectures on such matters are vain; and that he was taken up to Allah. (King Fahed Translation, pp.267,268, note 663)
There is one verse in the Quran that is of interest, though, that states that Christ did indeed die as part of Gods plan: Allah is the supreme Plotter. He said: Jesus, I am about to cause you to die and lift you up to Me. I shall take you away from the unbelievers and exalt your followers above them till the Day of Resurrection. (Surah 3:55) However, the commentary for this verse only refers back to the quoted verse above in reference to the Jews not really killing him as they thought. Also, other translations of the Quran do not use the word die in this passage, but take or gather and in the Ibn Katheer commentary, he points out an alternate meaning of put to sleep. Christ, himself, also is quoted as making reference to his own death when he miraculously spoke from the cradle as an infant (see end for full text): I was blessed on the day I was born, and blessed I shall be on the day of my death; and may peace be upon me on the day when I shall be raised to life. (Surah 19:33) Muslims believe that this reference to death has yet to take place in the future.
Regardless of the differing views on his death, the fact that God took Christ up to Himself is undisputed. Muslims also firmly believe that Jesus will yet appear again on the earth prior to the Day of Judgement. (Surah 43:61) In the Hadith it states that he will destroy the anti-Christ, establish Islam and remain on earth for forty years before he dies. (Sunan Abu Dawud, vol 3, p. 1203, no. 4310) Any disputations concerning his life and role will then be settled and made clear for all to understand. If we are truly pure in heart and seek only to follow God, it will be easy to accept whatever Christ will teach us when he is among us once again in the future.
This belief of Jesus imminent return is something to which both Mormons and Muslims can look forward. At that time Christ will reign upon the earth as the head of one religion and one people who will finally live together in peace: and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided. And the Lord, even the Savior, shall stand in the midst of his people, and shall reign over all flesh and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called The Prince of Peace. (D&C 133: 24,25; BM 3 Nephi 19:6)
Miracles of Christ not found in the Bible:
1- Speaking from the cradle:
Carrying the child, she came to her people, who said to her: your father was never a whore-monger, nor was your mother a harlot. She made a sign to them, pointing to the child. But they replied: How can we speak with a babe in the cradle? Whereupon he spoke and said: I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the gospel and ordained me a prophet. His blessing is upon me wherever I go, and He has commanded me to be steadfast in prayer and to give alms to the poor as long as I shall live. He has exhorted me to honour my mother and has purged me of vanity and wickedness. I was blessed on the day I was born, and blessed I shall be on the day of my death; and may peace be upon me on the day when I shall be raised to life. Such was Jesus, the son of Mary. (Surah 19: 27-34)
2- Miracle of the clay bird:
Allah will say: Jesus, son of Mary, remember the favour I have bestowed on you and on your mother: how I strengthened you with the Holy Spirit, so you preached to men in your cradle and in the prime of manhood; how I instructed you in the Scriptures and in wisdom, in the Torah and the Gospel; how by My leave you fashioned from clay the likeness of a bird and breathed into it so that, by My leave, it became a living bird; how, by My leave, you healed the blind man and the leper, and by My leave restored the dead to life; how I protected you from the Israelites when you brought them veritable signs: when the unbelievers among them said: This is nothing but plain magic (Surah 5: 110)
Islamic definition of Son of God:
1-Christ in Islam, Ahmed Deedat, Dar El Fadila, Cairo, Egypt, 1988, pp. 28-30
2-Christian Muslim Dialogue, H.M. Baagil, M.D., Foreigners Guidance Center, Gassim Zone, Saudi Arabia, 1991, pp. 20-27
3-Islam and Christianity, Mrs. Ulfat Aziz-Us-Samad, International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations, Al-Faisal Printing Co, Kuwait, 1988, pp. 35-42
4-Islam in Focus, Hammudah Abd al Ati, International Islamic Publishing House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1999, pp.151-162
5-Jesus A Prophet of Islam, Muhammad Ata ur-Rahim, MWH London Publishers, International Islamic Publishing House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1979
6-The True Message of Jesus Christ, Dr. Bilal Philips, Dar Al Fatah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 1996, pp. 40-70
7-The Truth About Jesus, Dr. Maneh Hammad Al-Johani, World Assembly of Muslim Youth, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
8-What Everyone Should Know About Islam and Muslims, Suzanne Haneef, Kazi Publications, Lahore, Pakistan, 1979, pp. 175-184
You have it wrong.
It IS 'love' to tell others that they are on the WRONG path. Following a FALSE christ will earn a person a FALSE salvation.
He is ashamed of you.
And how do you know that?
Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
It is the MORMONs who appear ashamed of Christ's words; while I (and my buddies) quote them ALL of the time.
The MORMONs will tell you, "But LOOK! We have the name of Jesus right on our BUILDINGS!!"
Have you ever heard the old saying about a book and it's cover?
Secondly, all you anti-Mormon loonies are the same; afraid, ashamed and too cowardly to admit what you actually are.
As for the name calling; I guess you have your reasons.
Perhaps you'll enlighten others with them. We'll see.
Secondly, all you anti-Mormon loonies are the same; afraid, ashamed and too cowardly to admit what you actually are.
As for the name calling; I guess you have your reasons.
Perhaps you'll enlighten others with them. We'll see.
Houston: we have a problem...
Does ANYONE know how to remove the smell of elderberries??
Do you FOLLOW what 'he' tells you to do?
The Voices can be quite confusing at times; as you know.
In your own, insane way.
I figger the country is screwed for at LEAST the next 4 years either way; and a person's SOUL is of MUCH more value than this country which has lost it's moorings.
If you have read the Book, as you seem to claim, then you KNOW what happened, time after time, when the Jews failed to follow their GOD.
We, as a Nation, can NOT say we have not been warned.
Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
You are entiely correct, and it is an excellent plan of action.
Based upon what evidence?
Speaking of helmets; do you know WHY the museums have NO helmets on display of the great and final battle?
The Nephites gather to the land of Cumorah for the final battlesMormon hides the sacred records in the hill CumorahThe Lamanites are victorious, and the Nephite nation is destroyedHundreds of thousands are slain with the sword. About A.D. 385.
1 And now I finish my record concerning the destruction of my people, the Nephites. And it came to pass that we did march forth before the Lamanites.
2 And I, Mormon, wrote an epistle unto the king of the Lamanites, and desired of him that he would grant unto us that we might gather together our people unto the land of Cumorah, by a hill which was called Cumorah, and there we could give them battle.
3 And it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites did grant unto me the thing which I desired.
4 And it came to pass that we did march forth to the land of Cumorah, and we did pitch our tents around about the hill Cumorah; and it was in a land of many waters, rivers, and fountains; and here we had hope to gain advantage over the Lamanites.
5 And *when three hundred and eighty and four years had passed away, we had gathered in all the remainder of our people unto the land of Cumorah.
6 And it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the land of Cumorah, behold I, Mormon, began to be old; and knowing it to be the last struggle of my people, and having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred, to fall into the hands of the Lamanites, (for the Lamanites would destroy them) therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi, and hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni.
7 And it came to pass that my people, with their wives and their children, did now behold the armies of the Lamanites marching towards them; and with that awful fear of death which fills the breasts of all the wicked, did they await to receive them.
8 And it came to pass that they came to battle against us, and every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers.
9 And it came to pass that they did fall upon my people with the sword, and with the bow, and with the arrow, and with the ax, and with all manner of weapons of war.
10 And it came to pass that my men were hewn down, yea, even my ten thousand who were with me, and I fell wounded in the midst; and they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life.
11And when they had gone through and hewn down all my people save it were twenty and four of us, (among whom was my son Moroni) and we having survived the dead of our people, did behold on the morrow, when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps, from the top of the hill Cumorah, the ten thousand of my people who were hewn down, being led in the front by me.
12 And we also beheld the ten thousand of my people who were led by my son Moroni.
13 And behold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and he also in the midst.
14 And Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand; and Limhah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Jeneum had fallen with his ten thousand; and Cumenihah, and Moronihah, and Antionum, and Shiblom, and Shem, and Josh, had fallen with their ten thousand each.
15 And it came to pass that there were ten more who did fall by the sword, with their ten thousand each; yea, even all my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me, and also a few who had escaped into the south countries, and a few who had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen; and their flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the earth, being left by the hands of those who slew them to molder upon the land, and to crumble and to return to their mother earth.
16 And my soul was rent with anguish, because of the slain of my people, and I cried:
17 O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!
18 Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.
19 O ye fair sons and daughters, ye fathers and mothers, ye husbands and wives, ye fair ones, how is it that ye could have fallen!
20 But behold, ye are gone, and my sorrows cannot bring your return.
21 And the day soon cometh that your mortal must put on immortality, and these bodies which are now moldering in corruption must soon become incorruptible bodies; and then ye must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, to be judged according to your works; and if it so be that ye are righteous, then are ye blessed with your fathers who have gone before you.
22 O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But behold, ye are gone, and the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.
Thank you for replies #48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, and 59.
I’ll have them read by early Monday.
You may wish to re-think this...
Certain Freepers have brought forth charges that OTHERS had BETTER vote for ROMNEY, or else very bad things will happen to our country....
8 For this reason at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought charges against the Jews. 9 They responded and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king: O king, live forever! 10 You yourself, O king, have made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of music, is to fall down and worship the golden image. 11 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you will not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.
How Many Divisions does the Pope of Rome Have?
I can understand why you would be; but those friends have no way of knowing her status in the Lord.
Catholics have the Truth, and follow it as best as they believe it.
Protestants also have it, and follow their hearts as well.
MORMONism has the truth, but has covered it over in favor of ideas of it's own. Ideas that will NOT (If one believes what is written in the BIBLE) lead them into GOD's presense at the end.
Just READ their own material, to SEE if what they've added helps or hinders a person to find Christ.
MosiahChapter 31 Thus the heaven and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day I, God, ended my work, and all things which I had made; and I rested on the seventh day from all my work, and all things which I had made were finished, and I, God, saw that they were good;
3 And I, God, blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it I had rested from all my work which I, God, had created and made.
4 And now, behold, I say unto you, that these are the generations of the heaven and of the earth, when they were created, in the day that I, the Lord God, made the heaven and the earth,
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew. For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth. For I, the Lord God, had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth. And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them; and there was not yet flesh upon the earth, neither in the water, neither in the air;
6 But I, the Lord God, spake, and there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also; nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made according to my word.
8 And I, the Lord God, planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there I put the man whom I had formed.
9 And out of the ground made I, the Lord God, to grow every tree, naturally, that is pleasant to the sight of man; and man could behold it. And it became also a living soul. For it was spiritual in the day that I created it; for it remaineth in the sphere in which I, God, created it, yea, even all things which I prepared for the use of man; and man saw that it was good for food. And I, the Lord God, planted the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and also the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10 And I, the Lord God, caused a river to go out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 And I, the Lord God, called the name of the first Pison, and it compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where I , the Lord God, created much gold;
12 And the gold of that land was good, and there was bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river was called Gihon; the same that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river was Hiddekel; that which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river was the Euphrates.
15 And I, the Lord God, took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden, to dress it, and to keep it.
16 And I, the Lord God, commanded the man, saying: Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat,
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee; but, remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
18 And I, the Lord God, said unto mine Only Begotten, that it was not good that the man should be alone; wherefore, I will make an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground I, the Lord God, formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and commanded that they should come unto Adam, to see what he would call them; and they were also living souls; for I, God, breathed into them the breath of life, and commanded that whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that should be the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but as for Adam, there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And I, the Lord God, caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and he slept, and I took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in the stead thereof;
22 And the rib which I, the Lord God, had taken from man, made I a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said: This I know now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be done flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Don't end up in a roadside ditch.
Get rid of dialup!
If you have cable TV, there wont be much on to watch.
If there isnt much on to watch, you will answer your door whenever someone rings.
If you open your door, you will see mormons.
If you talk to mormons, they will trick you into praying about whether something is true.
If you rely on your feelings, you may become a mormon.
If you become a mormon, you will have to wear magic underwear!
If you wear magic underwear, people will immediately label you as a cultist.
DONT be a cultist!
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Please stop sending me your messages. You have your beliefs. I have mine. Sending me more than 10 of these very long messages is abusive.
You copied the “that ain’t for sure” part, should have bolded that as well...
Those of who, like JR refuse to support Mitt are bashed daily for being "anti-American" and "voting for Obama"....this article clearly outlines the fact that there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the muslim approval by Obama and muslim approval by mormonism.
THIS SHOULD BE A HUGE RED FLAG TO EVERY CONSERVATIVE!
Far from being ashamed of us, I'm convinced that God is pleased that His people expose the errors of Mormonism. And yes, in His way of communicating, God has said so.
BTW, I apologize for my snarky reply last night. It was mean-spirited and uncalled for. The RM was correct in warning me about going down that path. Mindbender, check your mail.
The lds-org denies that Jesus is the Creator, that everything was created THROUGH Him, BY Him and FOR Him.
They deny that Jesus created even the angels out of nothing.
They do NOT teach the truth about Jesus.
Are you lds?
If so, please comment on the CONTENT of the post.
Your tagline sounds like something an avenging Danite would say................
“By the way, who are you to judge anothers religion, or worse, ignore God’s Law, spoken by Christ Himself as shown above? You are nothing better than modern day Pharisees!!! “
In your quoted statement, you judge anther’s religion!
Hypocritical post of the day!!
Sorry. NOT a FREEPER record. Good try though.
You see, you took four sentences to refute yourself. [Your fragments above were three sentences apart]
We've seen self-refutations accomplished within one sentence in past posts!
Oh, and in case you (or somebody else) doesn't comprehend how you refuted yourself, allow me to explain.
You asked the question, "Who are you to judge another's religion?" This would imply that this same standard you are holding over Greyfoxx's head also applies to...well...you!
Yet you had just cast this pall over Greyfoxx's "religion" by adding the suspect adjective, "so-called." IOW, you indeed judged her religion as "suspect."
Therefore, when you can't even practice three sentences later your very sermon outline just preached from your post pulpit, that renders an obvious "flunk." (It's what we Flying Inmans call an "epic fail.")
Either your very personal standard ought to be jettisoned; or perhaps you should start a MindBender Monastery or something and go off and figure out how you can begin to practice the Mindbender personal religion...at least practice it with enough consistency so you can keyboard an actual post without contradicting yourself.
Otherwise, you leave the impression that you reek of religious hypocrisy. (Or that your other side has granted you an exemption from practicing the Mindbender Personal Religion...which makes your personal religion...well...a bit impersonal).
And while you may not be able to deal with the root of the hypocrisy minus Jesus Christ, perhaps if you practice your personal religion off in a silo somewhere for a while, you might be able to at least address how it appears to others.
Well. Maybe not.
But I'll bet you could eventually get thru an entire post without simultaneously refuting your own points! And that would be a great start!
OK, for some reason I missed your second reinforcement of self-contradiction!
You Mindbender, closed with You are nothing better than modern day Pharisees!!!
And, unlike the other one -- which was three sentences apart -- you managed to do this one in back-to-back sentences.
Lo. Still not a FREEPER religion section record.
But a silver medal-winner! Congrats!
Now, I can't recall if the record is two or three examples of a self-refutation in the same post.
(I'll need to look that one up!)
But you're in the runnin' Mindbender! You may have just tied that record!
Discuss the issues all you want, but do not make it personal.
Please understand, this is not a wise ass question, but a real one.
If Jesus created the angels, then who announced his upcomming birth to the “shepards tending their flocks by night?” or the Three Kings/Wise Men?
Also, trust me. I am NOT LDS!!! Far from it. Any religion that would insist on my wearing expensive and uncomfortable underwear, and says I cannot have coffee is NOT for me.
I’m much more PCA Presbyterian, the Conservative branch of the Presbyterian Church,,,, sorta like a Bapttaterian or Assemblyaterian.
I’m not pro-Mormon. But I am VERY anti-Obama, and therefore (hold my nose) pro-anyone who can defeat him, even though Romney was my LAST choice to do so.
The ememy of my enemy is my friend.
Like in RVN. We used the Cambodian KKK all the time. Lying, theiving, stealing weasels, kill you in moment... but they hated the PAVN worse than they hated us.
Jesus is a Person with two natures, human and God. As God, He created the angels before the world began.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:1-5
God created the angels and Jesus is God, but He is the second person of the Trinity. He is not a separate entity, but a separate ousios. He is not God the Father or God the Holy Spirit, yet they are all God. God exists outside time. He always was and always will be. He became man in Jesus, while remaining wholey God.
Such a change from an aggressive poster telling others what to do, into a whiney beggar pleading for ME to stop!
You post junk on FR and I am going to reply to it.
Deal with it however makes you FEEL good.
Just as he is about to be licked to death by the tongues of a hundred little kitties!
I'm not supposed to make this PERSONAL!
From your question; I get the impression that you think that JESUS was not in existance BEFORE His birth: How could HE create something BEFORE he was on earth.
You need to talk to your spiritual leader and get the answer to this non-wise ass question.
Im much more PCA Presbyterian, the Conservative branch of the Presbyterian Church.
“If Jesus created the angels, then who announced his upcomming birth to the shepards tending their flocks by night? or the Three Kings/Wise Men?”
Jesus existed in eternity past BEFORE He was born.
He “became flesh” at a point in time, but “before Abraham was, I AM”, as Jesus Himself described Himself in John (ch. 8 I think).
Thou shalt not.
Thou shalt not what?
Spread the truth about the LDS?
It’s about to spread a lot further.
“Thou shalt not” ain’t gonna stop it...
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