With all of the differences in the dogmas between Christianity and Mormonism, there is strong evidence that these two faiths cannot be linked together solely on the fact that they both believe in Jesus Christ being the savior of mankind. Many Christians believe that Mormonism is not a true Christian religion, although Mormons make the claim that they are based on their faith in the Christ Jesus as the sole savior of the world. Can Mormonism, a polytheistic religion, truly be considered Christian, when Christianity
McCloskey contended against the three mystical verifications, which are the cosmological argument, the argument from design and the teleological argument. He called attention to the presence of evil on the planet that God made. He likewise called attention to that it is irrational to live by trust or faith. As indicated by McCloskey, confirmations do not essentially assume a fundamental part in the conviction of God. Page 62 of the article expresses that "most theists do not come to have faith in God as a premise for religious conviction, however come to religion as a consequence of different reasons and variables."
However, it appears that the shift in focus can drastically change the interpretations in the Bible. Ultimately, fundamentalists accept as true the inerrancy of the Bible as rationale. However, Wesleyans tend to take away that “the proof of the gospel resides primarily in its being lived, in transformed life, not in logic and argumentation.” Two entirely different understandings of the same Bible, exemplifies another key contrast among fundamentalists and
While many reason the Book of Mormon is their criterion for the Mormon worldview and practice of the church, the reality is that there is not a single unique doctrine of Mormonism imparted within its pages. Their church government (President/Prophet, priesthoods, seventies, etc. ), baptism for the dead, the "word of wisdom" or any other defining doctrines is totally void in the Book of Mormon. To find these philosophies one must refer to The Doctrine and Covenants, not the Book of Mormon. According to the Mormons, The Doctrine and Covenants is the record of heavenly revelations provided to Joseph Smith during his efforts as leader of the Mormon Church.
To them, if there is a good side to the world and a bad side to the world, then there must be two gods to keep track of it all. Gnostic believers even present “evidence” defending their position through information found in the secret books of the gnostic gospels (29). Though this argument seems sound, orthodox Christianity is the more popular belief on this subject because the Gnostics were considered ignorantly dualistic; God clearly sent his word through the Bible stating that he is the one and only God that ever was and ever will
The Disguised Truth About American Christianity In “The Christian Paradox: How a Faithful Nation Gets Jesus Wrong,” Bill Mckibben argues that the way Americans view the messages and teachings Christianity displays are far from what the Gospels of the Bible actually say and teach. McKibben points out how our nation is the most outspoken when it comes to Christianity. However, he later goes on to claim that as the most outspoken of the Christian nations our actions and decisions do not reflect what we preach. It is this contradiction that McKibben insists is the paradox of our Christianity in America. According to a statistic laid out by McKibben, seventy-five percent of the American population is under the belief that “God helps those who
They only believe what they see. Their belief is not sustained by literature theory as from the Bible. “The scriptural geologists were not opposed to geological facts, but to the old-earth interpretations of those facts. And they argued that old-earth interpretations were based on anti-biblical philosophical assumptions, and in this they were correct. Buffon was a deist or secret atheist,12 as were Lamarck13 and Hutton.14 Laplace was an open atheist.15Werner,16 Cuvier,17 Smith18 and Lyell19 were probably deists or some sort of vague theists.
The New Testament includes 27 books: four gospels (narratives of Jesus' life), one story of the apostles' ministry following Jesus' death, correspondence from church leaders (the most primitive of which predate the Gospels), and an apocalyptic work. Almost all Christians look upon the Bible as exquisitely motivated and dependable, but views vary as to the nature and degree of its authority. Some grasp it to be totally without error in all material it addresses, as others stress its accurateness merely in religious matters and consent to errors or restrictions in other areas due to its individual authorship. Christianity has separated into three key branches throughout the centuries. Roman Catholicism signifies the continuance of the historical structured church as it developed in Western Europe, and is lead by the Pope.
There is and have always been much discussion of the authenticity of the Bible and the many questionable occurrences. There is also a possibility that something is missing. Therefore the mystery of religion continues, but most Christians would agree with the Nicene creed: “We believe in one God, The Father almighty, maker of all things, visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God, the only begotten of his father, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father” (The Nicene
One of the most common critical issues within a religion is their scriptures. According to Molloy and Hilgers (2010) “Sometimes the texts of the scriptures were incomplete, or the translations that scholars might need to depend on were not accurate.” Incomplete text means that there is room for error within the translation and in most cases; the scriptures could in fact translate to something different, leaving too much room for interpretation depending on the scholar translating it and the people reading it. Molloy and Hilgers (2010) also mention, “Another large area of concern involved the study of religions that did not have written scriptures but had only oral traditions.” This leaves room for too many questions and again, a large margin for interpretations. The lack of resources in the early years meant that scholars did not count with historical accuracy to reference as far as translating some of these