First, and foremost, doctrinal authority in the LDS church is not simple. The hierarchy of doctrinal authority in the LDS church is specific. This ranking is mine, but I believe accurately reflects the beliefs of the LDS church. In order of least to most authoritative, the LDS doctrinal authorities are as follows: The… Read More The Journal of Discourses: the Schrodinger’s Cat of Scripture
Premise One: LDS teachings tell us that by obedience to the gospel principles, and by receiving all the ordinances and secrets (I mean, sacred things) in the Temple, we can, after death go to the Celestial Kingdom, where, after millennia of progression, we can become gods in our own right, with our own world, planet,… Read More LDS: It is possible to become a God without the ordinances–think about Jesus
James 4:2 — “You do not have because you do not ask God.” Creflo Dollar teaches that “When we pray, believing that we have already received what we are praying, God has no choice but to make our prayers come to pass.” Another term for this is “Name it, claim it,” and it is total bunk… Read More Name it claim it, and lose your soul
When people say they believe the whole Bible is true is every sense in every detail in every passage and then say one cannot be a Christian unless one believes this too, it makes me scratch my head. The first problem is the whole issue about the Mosaic Law. First of all, at the minimum,… Read More Believe the Bible to be literally true in every manner? Prove it
A thought experiment was proposed to me the other day. Assume God took a year off and you were chosen to fill in during that time and given for that period of time all powers necessary. What would look different in the world? Would hurricanes be allowed to hit major cities or would you steer… Read More What would you do differently if you were God for a year?