The Bible has some apparently conflicting statements on the subject of salvation, grace, faith, and works. And while “Mormonism’s” means of resolving them may be different from that of Protestants, Catholics, or other Christians, I believe our teaching is a Biblical Christian belief. As the Bible says, “Come, let us reason together”.
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I confess that in some respects I believe in a “different Jesus” from that of many of my dear friends who are part of the Protestant and Catholic “flavors” of Christianity. If their Jesus is one of the “three incomprehensibles yet one incomprehensible” described in some of the so-called Apostolic Creeds that define the traditional Trinity, then my Jesus is indeed different.
For those of us who can remember a time not so long ago when respect for religion was a given in American society, it may be surprising and even disturbing to consider that the character of our society has so changed that religion is now on the defensive.
Some early LDS critics decided to set up a sting operation wherein they hoped to expose Joseph Smith as a fraud. In the spring of 1843, one of these men claimed to have had dreams of a treasure buried in a mound near Kinderhook Illinois.
Here is an interview conducted by a French magazine Il Foglio with Pierre Manent. We run this because he comments tellingly on the French response to a terrorist murder of a Catholic priest and what it demonstrates about the emptiness of our modern, secular world.
Just seven weeks after rising to the level of Master Mason and in the very same space that the Masonic rites had been performed, Joseph Smith introduced the endowment. The endowment presented teachings, ordinances, and covenants to participants in a format that closely resembled a few parts of the ceremony used in Freemasonry.