Truth cannot be validated in blogs but through personal immersion in the object
of faith by which belief is tested. Truth does exist in blogs but is only
substantiated by experience to create knowledge.The only thing
accomplished by arguments via blogs is endless assertion of personal beliefs
that does nothing but proliferate stereotypes and offenses. It took me a while
to figure that out though I did believe that by asserting what I knew to be
true, it could open the eyes of those who oppose my views.Perhaps
people exist who do benefit by such correspondence, but I doubt many are
actually swayed enough to try the faith experiment for themselves. Instead too
many soon fall into temptation with anonymous academic contention that solves
nothing. It remains and ever shall be my hope that all who ever
lived on the earth will come unto Christ and experience His perfect and eternal
redeeming love. For those who doubt in life, they will see things as they
really are in death.Faith, trust, and patience in God's power
to transform hearts is needed more in this day then ever...
@ BramabullIf Joseph Smith, an uneducated farm boy could have
written the entire Book of Mormon without any divine intervention at all - then
I say, Wow!! If he wasn't a prophet, then he was at the very least an
amazingly gifted genius, and somehow a scholar in ancient Jewish culture,
language, customs and traditions. Since he had no money for books or a formal
education, it must have all happened by some kind of osmosis. A real "rain
man" for his time. I'd be impressed just by that alone.
Happy Passover to my Jewish friends. Happy Easter to my Christian friends.
hockeymomThe Book of Mormon is not the word of god, it is the Word
of Joseph Smith. The last days is such a convoluted term because many have
claimed they are in the "last days"... What does that mean? The last
100, the last 500, the last 1,000, or the last 10,000? Last days is a term
people use to instill fear in others to get them to obey.
We've been in the "last" days for 200 years according to every
generation of the Church.
@ Sarah Christina - with all due respect, the Book of Mormon IS the word of God,
every bit as much as the Bible. The entire thing speaks of Him, from beginning
to end, before, during and after his mortal ministry. I challenge you to read
it, you'll see the Savior all through it.You are absolutely
right - we ARE in the last days. We do need to prepare for His second coming.
Part of that preparation includes focusing on "other" things, like our
personal relationship with Him, loving our neighbor and doing good to all those
around us. I have no idea when He will come again - not even He does - as
He'll come when His Father is ready to send Him again - like a "theif
in the night". It seems to me a little futile to literally watch for that
daily, and maybe what the author meant was we should focus on improving our
spiritual selves and those around us, which is what will prepare us for his
return. If we are on the right path, we will be as prepared as we need to be.
@SarahChristina.....the "Exodus" never happened. It was a story in the
Old Testament written by the Hebrews to "teach", not report history.
Christ celebrated Passover, All of His acquaintances were of the Jewish faith.
In the "Sermon on the Mount", He proclaimed that He came not to destroy
the old law but to fulfill it.
If this is what this paper writes about, you're not helping your readers to
prepare spiritually for the coming of Jesus. A HUGE and very important event was
left out about Pesach. The exodus out of Egypt was NOT the only important event.
Nowhere in this article mentions that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had been
prepared and SACRIFICED at this APPOINTED time so that we could be saved. Rather
than mentioning Jesus, this paper has the mitigated gall to mention easter,
which is nothing more than a satanic holiday which churches engage in and attach
to our Loving Christ. On top of that, you bring down the hope and the faithful
who watch everyday for our Lord's coming by using Water's quote that
people should "just start focusing on other things besides the end
times." We are TRULY in the end times and should be fostering love and
anticipation with each other for His appointed arrival as well as studying the
WORD of God and not the book of mormon.
That would be cool if the end of the world began today. Nothing like 2012, but
@ A Scientist, The original celebration centered around the Passover lamb,
which was sacrificed and its blood put over the doorposts as a sign of faith, so
that the Lord passed over the houses of the Jews during the last plague on the
Egyptians - killing the “firstborn”. The N. T. says
that Jesus is our sacrificial Lamb. The Passover lamb was to be a "male
without defect," the same description given to Jesus. When the lamb was
roasted and eaten, none of its bones were to be broken. This fact
was also prophesized for the Messiah, whose bones were not to be broken. It was
customary during crucifixion to break the leg bones of the person after a few
hours in order to hasten their death. The only way a person could breath when
hanging on a cross was to push up with his legs, which was very exhausting. By
breaking the legs, death followed soon by asphyxiation. However, in the case of
Jesus, they broke the legs of the other two men, but did not break His, since He
was already dead.
What a beautiful gift at the beginning of Passover, a heavenly reminder that the
Angel of Death would "stand down" for the humbly obedient. There are no
Easter, the other half of the Christmas Story.
It seems to me, if you believe in Christianity, you also believe in the validity
of other religions. Christ was a Jew, therefor, Christians have every right,
even obligation to understand Judaism. It's the original religion, which
all other religions, even Christianity shoot off from. In fact, if I
weren't a 'Utah Christian", I'd probably be a Jew.... or a
Southern Baptist.... their Sunday services are fun!
Physics27,I am not mocking anyone's beliefs, I am merely
sharing my own beliefs, which have been and continue to be "mocked" by
believers in everything from comments to correspondence to conference talks. If
religious beliefs can stand the test, their advocates have nothing to fear.I have spent thirty years studying and putting "Moroni's
Challenge" (among others) to the test. Religion has completely failed to
deliver on its promises. Promises such as you make: "You'll be
surprised what it can do for you" - not at all! over thirty years, my
experience has been that the Emperor of the Universe has no clothes.Contrary to the assertion of this article, Passover is not primarily a
religious celebration that "shows believers how sacrificing and listening to
God's will can yield positive results." The dogmatic obedience meme is
just not a significant part of Judaism, much less Passover, especially for the
secular half of Jews.When I read comments like yours and
donn's, I wonder if Christians actually read the Seder? It is truly mocking
others beliefs to say Passover has anything to do with Jesus, just as it is to
make disparaging remarks about science.
@ A Scientist.......well done, well said. As society continues to believe fairy
tales, myth and fictional stories it constantly proves than mankind has advanced
much since Zeus and Hercules.
@ A scientistPlease stop mocking others' beliefs. They can believe
what they want and it does no good for you to tell them how ignorant they are.
I happen to believe in a loving God even though I have studied science much of
my life. Science has not really proven anything to me about the existence or
lack of God. Look at the spiritual side of things some time (or once again).
You'll be surprised what it can do for you.
Ah yes, much more sensible to mock spirituality. It makes accepting that
everything came from nothing easier to swallow. Of course, don't ask how
nothing became everything. They'll tell you it was from a
"singularity" for which they also has no explanation of its origin.
Donn.. well said.
donn,Nice fairy tales. But that's all they are. There is more
spiritual and eternal significance in the Easter Bunny and a pack of Peeps than
in ancient fables.
RE: The Scientist, “Passover is a nod to how the impossible becomes
possible as it shows believers how sacrificing and listening to God’s will
can yield positive results."“One of the most significant
Jewish holidays, Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, recalls and rejoices over the
Israelites' redemption from slavery in Egypt. The symbolic elements of the
feast cause us not only to look back and remember what the Lord did for our
people in the past; they also foreshadow a greater redemption through Jesus, the
Passover Lamb. Jewish people around the world have celebrated Passover for
thousands of years; however, “Most do not understand” the ultimate
significance of the festival.“ Jews for JesusJesus is the
fulfillment of the Passover. He is the Lamb of God, sacrificed to set us free
from bondage to sin. (John 1:29; Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) His blood covers and
protects us, and his body was broken to free us from eternal death. (1
Corinthians 5:7) Christians
Science has explained the phases of the moon, and eclipses.
"...it’s a reminder about what the religious celebration means to
society. ...Passover is a nod to how the impossible becomes possible as it shows
believers how sacrificing and listening to God’s will can yield positive
results."Nonsense. In researching their book "American
Grace," authors Putnam and Campbell found that over HALF of all American
Jews do not even believe in a god. For such, Passover is a reminder of
emancipation from oppression.Judaism and Atheism are not
contradictory. The tradition of Judaism to question God from top to bottom.
Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is not dogmatic (no creeds or articles of
faith to adhere to), so atheists can be open about their lack of belief and
still belong to a synagogue.Jonathan Sarna, professor of American
Jewish history at Brandeis University, points out that "An individual who
attends synagogue, participates in Jewish communal affairs, and contributes
heavily to Jewish charities would undoubtedly be considered a very fine Jew,
without asking questions about whether or not that person believed in
God."Rabbis and their congregations welcome the doubters and the