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Damien the Leper

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  1. This is a good reminder to reread Chris Rodda's book "Liar for Jesus...and Guns: A Debunking of David Barton's Book on the Second Amendment".
  2. Gabriel is an archangel to those of us in the Catholic and Orthodox (maybe Protestants?) faiths. Is there historical evidence within the 3 Abrahamic faiths that archangels were ever conflated with persons such as Noah and Adam? Or is it just a nineteenth century LDS construct? I mean no disrespect. The closest to humans and angels being same or similar species would be Nephilim and we see what God did to them in the Enochian texts (correct me if I'm wrong).
  3. That's fine but I'm hard pressed to find a non-religious person who accepts the idea of a life essence or soul. I'd be interested to hear what the non-religious think about a not exclusively religious idea and how it pertains to them.
  4. Because we don't live in a theocracy, we also must include the perspective of atheists and secularists who may not believe that the soul exists.
  5. This isn't meant to be a snarky question but is there any evidence to support Abraham, himself, being familiar with the text of the BoA or is the BoA better suited to be viewed as pseudepigrapha via the "red headed step child's cousin's uncle twice removed" sort of idea. Again, no disrespect.
  6. No one is calling into question anyone's Christianity. You made a hyperbolic assertion in such a way that it seemed as if you were stating an absolute fact. My problems with Mr. McConkie's theology are not an issue. Remember, I grew up in the church and am familiar with his work. I'm not questioning the heart of Mr. McConkie's faith and his Christianity. That was nowhere asserted or alluded to in my initial response to you. Again, you made a hyperbolic assertion in such a way that others may view your perspective as though other exemplary Christians are found wanting. If this was not your inte
  7. Please prove this assertion and not just claim that an opinion was being expressed.
  8. It was a joke based on his comments made in his book that should not be named. Sorry the joke was lost on you.
  9. Mr. McConkie is likely enjoying purgatory as we speak. Good on him. We all need a bit of cleansing.
  10. I participate in LDS discussion because I still have a history with the church and friends and family who are still in. I try to hold back harsh criticism in favor of civil and honest discussion. I have no desire to try to prove Mormonism "wrong" as I am content to acknowledge Mormonism is impossible for me to believe. I've heard people say that their "shelves" broke. I simply dissected my "shelf" (an absolutely ridiculous analogy), realized that said shelf was unnecessary and then began to find (what I believed to be) authentic truth in the historical Church rather than a church that was a pr
  11. The last bishop I had when I was living in Flagstaff, AZ used to pronounce Israel as "Izrull". Nails-on-chalkboard indeed. It was also like hearing a car going 120mph coming to an abrupt stop.
  12. Interesting that a sacrament is labeled a show.
  13. Calm and I had a discussion in another thread a few months back on this subject. I demonstrated that the textual variants of the Greek support a literal interpretation. One of those variants was used in the text where Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life. I asked Calm, because she was making the case that it could be figurative, that perhaps we should take Jesus' proclamation as to who He is figuratively as well.
  14. Mormon sacrament isn't in any way like the Anaphora we experience in the Divine Liturgy. Furthermore, Mormons lack the ability to enact the epiklesis and anamnesis to provide a valid Eucharist. Mormons, like most Protestants, believe in a pneumatic presence communion and blatantly disavow the fact that Jesus said that the wine is His blood and the bread is His body. I've debated this before on here concerning the literal language uses employed by Jesus in the scriptural text.
  15. Not if Catholic theology is true but that Catholic theology is true.
  16. I agree with them theologically. I reject the notion that the LDS church has any "keys of the Kingdom". I mean no disrespect to you and your church. Just as a LDS baptism is considered invalid so would be the claim that the LDS church is in any way "one, holy, catholic and apostolic".
  17. Suggest all you want. I'm not buying it. 3DOP and MiserereNobis have made it perfectly clear that a person cannot be unbaptized due to the mark that cannot be removed. The only person who can remove that mark is God because He put it there in the first place.
  18. This is extremely important to understand. Emphasis mine. To assert that one can become unbaptized seems to insult the power of God and baptism. No person on earth can invalidate a valid baptisms. Persons who think they can are obviously performing an invalid baptism to begin with.
  19. Every square inch of Missouri is Babylon. My cousin says so because she feels like she's constantly in a tornado watch.
  20. I like what Mr. Bednar said about being offended back in 2007(?).
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