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Published: Wednesday, May 15 2013 11:30 a.m. MDT

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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

Random fact:

The Baha'i faith is one of the only religions outside the LDS Church that believes in ongoing revelation from God to His servants on the Earth.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

I know it. I Live it. I Love it wrote:

"Random fact: The Baha'i faith is one of the only religions outside the LDS Church that believes in ongoing revelation from God to His servants on the Earth."

That is not true. All the major Christian religions (Catholicism, Orthodox, Protestants of various kinds) have theological conceptions of "continuing revelation".

Please cease from misrepresenting religions you do not understand.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

"A Scientist

That is not true. All the major Christian religions (Catholicism, Orthodox, Protestants of various kinds) have theological conceptions of "continuing revelation"."

Really? Is that why during my mission all those good Protestants and Catholics clucked their tongues and waved their fingers in my face while they quoted Revelations 22:18-19? If they truly believed in revelation then they wouldn't believe in a permanently closed cannon. After all, if God is talking to a prophet, shouldn't the world hear about it? Wouldn't a prophet talking to God receive information to clear up a basic doctrine like say, baptism?

I'm sure that each of those faiths believe in answers to prayers, and the Catholics believe the pope receives spiritual guidance, but certainly not in the same way that LDS do that we have an open cannon.

By the way, as a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have noticed many inaccuracies in your comments about the LDS church. I would hope that you please cease from misrepresenting religions you do not understand. Because trust me, you don't understand us.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Red Headed Stranger,

When will LDS RMs ever realize that Bible bashing with random, anonymous people who are NOT officials in respective religions, does not make you an expert on those religions you are attacking?

As for my alleged "misrepresentations", I am married to a temple-worthy LDS woman. I attend Church meetings regularly. I have degrees from BYU. I know Mormonism much better than most Mormons! If you claim I have made "inaccuracies", please feel free to point them out. Be specific. I would be happy to discuss it, if the Editorial folks would allow it...

And I was raised very actively in one of the religions about which you speak (and about which you clearly know very little). I know their catechisms and theology very well, from personal experience as well as university studies.

And my statement is true. I stand by it.

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

@Scientist - as I've read your posts, I also have concluded that you know far less about the LDS religion than you claim. Seems more like the prophecy of Paul to Timothy - "Ever learning, and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth." Also, other scriptures about being learned and thinking you're wise.

Try a simple Google search to see if authoritative figures in Catholic and mainline Protestant churches believe the scriptural canon is closed with the Bible, and therefore doctrinal revelation as well. Red Headed Stranger has merely repeated what most traditional religions teach as truth, and why their ministers revile against us for our claim to continued revelation.

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

@A Scientist,

Considering the twisting of LDS scriptures and doctrines you routinely make in bashing Mormons, you'd be better off sticking to your own advice. You can't rip into Red Headed for reporting what lay members of other faiths have mistakenly told him about their official doctrines when you don't hold yourself to the same standard when it comes to what Mormons have said to you.

I know you don't exclusively post on the DN site. I recognize the Mormonism you portray elsewhere as a contortion of my beliefs. And there's not an issue or skeleton in the closet you could shock me with, so don't claim a superior knowledge of my faith than me.

As you expose Mormons to ridicule and undermine the faith of believers, you may think it enhances your bona fides to use your active spouse and church attendance as evidence that you're "in the know". Personally, I think that participating in a community of people, including your spouse, engaged in their sacred beliefs, perhaps even passing yourself off as one of them, then running home to your keyboard to spew your vitriol for them is simply beneath contempt.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

As for other faiths' beliefs, 90% of my life has been spent out of Utah. I lived in Washington, Arizona, Connecticut, Texas, Buenos Aires(mission), Austria, and the Netherlands. My wife is a Spaniard and was Catholic, in a very Catholic family. I am not shy about the fact that I am Mormon. I've talked to priests, pastors, and read some of their works with respect to my church. So, trust me, because to them, to suggest that revelation can be received and CANON CAN BE ADDED beyond answering prayers is tantamount to blasphemy.

So, the question to ask yourself is, does your church have an open canon? If you can truly, being completely honest with yourself say, "my church has an open canon" then I will withdraw my statement.

Bahai'i are good people. For two years I sat next to and worked with an Iranian Bahai'i. Nice guy, he had a sad story to tell.

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