Month: June 2017

By the Hand of Mormon

I have had very little to do with Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons till this year. I recently help set up a website for a local evangelist who engages with them. I went to my local library and found this book “By the Hand of Mormon” by Terry L Givens (Oxford University Press, 2002). So I got it out. There is so much about Mormonism that I did not know. Before learning new things, I find it useful to spell out what I already know. Regarding Mormonism, all I knew was It was very American Young American Male Mormons go on two year missions, often abroad There was a large march to Salt Lake City, to escape persecution The founder claims to have been visited by an Angel They have a religious book unique to them called The Book of Mormon So below is what I have learned. The founder was called Joseph Smith. Born 1805 and dies 1844. The Book of Mormon was published in 1830. He did not have an educated background. He lived in an era when folk spirituality was a big part of Christianity and prophecy and visions were very popular. As a young boy, there was a lot of interest in finding gold or treasure. Joseph smith used ‘seer stones’ in helping to look for treasure but was unsuccessful. At the age of 14...

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How do I share the gospel?

I have read quite a bit of theology recently and it has benefited me in a lot of ways, but I feel a but confused in other ways. One of the key issues I am a little confused about is ‘what is the gospel?’ and ‘How do I share it?’ Previously I would have said something along the lines of the 4 steps God loves me I have sinned Jesus died for me I must decide Problems with this. This was not how the earliest gospel was preached. There was a huge amount about Jesus being the Messiah. End of Matthew  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” End of Luke  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am...

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