Due to a very tight schedule which is saturated with work, exercise, research (reading, musing and writing), family, etc. I often have not time to plow through books but do attempt to read a few articles.
I thought that it might be of interest to some to share what I have been reading lately.
Thus, I will attempt to post weekly updates and include what I have posted during the week, etc.
This week, Glenn Beck made some interesting comments about why he became a Mormon.
In essence, his reasons will not surprise apologists.
He simply stated that a, one, or one of, the reasons was Mormonism’s concern for the family. He actually stated that if his family could turn out like the picturesque, perhaps ideal, Mormon family he would be willing to “drink the Kool Aid.”
I have been contemplating issues Glenn Beck related as of late, particularly with regards to his recent Washington DC gathering.
Gregg, of the blog Gospel-Driven Disciples, recently posted Glenn Beck: The Usurping of the Christian Agenda and this seemed a good opportunity to play off of his musing, some of which follows:
This is an announcement pertaining to the new series upon which we shall embark.
In this series I simply present quotations from the Bible with little if any commentary. I categorize it in order to be useful in answering the charges made against Christianity by various religious groups.
These claims are such as that Jesus is not divine, that the Holy Spirit is a force or energy, that God is not Trinune / Trinitatiran, that Jesus is the Archangel Michael, and so on.
Mormonism hold to a henotheistic theology. This means that they believe in the existence of many gods but that only one of those gods should be worshiped. Yet, there was a progression, from their point of view a literal progressive revelation, which began with monotheism and culminated in henotheism.
Indeed, it is our contention that Mormonism is an offensive religion. But we do not mean offensive in regards to hurt feelings and we are not merely speaking in a floccinaucinihilipilificious manner. Rather, in regards to the concept of offensive versus defensive such as a football team which is made up of the offense and the defense. But why do we contend that Mormonism is offensive in this manner?
"The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us."
Below we will consider this text step by step and include its footnotes.
The First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints promulgated a statement entitled "The Family A Proclamation to the World,"1which "is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ."
1.The First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Family A Proclamation to the World (Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1997)
The Restoration is a video that retells the story of Joseph Smith from his early boyhood until he sets out to spread his new gospel and establish his new church.
The story of his family life portrays his family as farmers and does not mention their preoccupation with treasure hunting. This would be an important detail to mention since it is in connection with treasure hunting that Joseph learns certain arts of divination.
"A man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book." Thus stated Joseph Smith in regards to the Book of Mormon.
This article is a review of a video produced by the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints about the Book of Mormon. This video is very telling of the manner in which Mormonism determines the truth of its claims.
Biblically speaking, it is the followers of Jesus Christ (as described within the pages of the New Testament) whom were and are called Christians, yet the tide is turning. There are cults, which are now attempting to turn the table and claim that they are the true Christians and that it is biblically orthodox Christians who are the cults.