(This continues a series of posts about reconstructing the Mormon/Christian narrative. Please read this introductory post first, if you haven’t already, before continuing.)
Who was Joseph Smith Jr. (1805-1844)? He’s been quite an enigma both within and outside of Mormonism since his death. Many Mormons see him as a deeply gifted prophet of God, in the tradition of the Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and even Moses. He recorded and published new scripture, the Book of Mormon, just like ancient prophets. Many Mormons revere him as someone who restored Christianity in its purity, even the original Christian church and true gospel of Jesus. They believe he received true priesthood authority from God to perform real saving rituals, ordinances, and act as a “high priest” to bring others into the presence of God.
Continue reading “Reconstructing the narrative surrounding Joseph Smith”
Until we can get back to direct primary first-hand personal intimate contemplative mystical ecstatic experience of God in the lives of each and every human being, then God will increasingly become an abstract distant concept instead of a Living immanent reality. (The painting above is The Transfiguration, by Greg K. Olsen.) Continue reading “Mystical Experience is Christianity’s Savior”
An addition to the BHT, from when Jesus criticized the religious authorities of his day.
(The painting above is by James Tissot (1836-1902), “Woe unto You, Scribes and Pharisees,” Brooklyn Museum.) Continue reading “Matthew 23:13-39 BHT, Sorrows of Religious Authorities”
An addition to the BHT, about the many hypocritical problems with religious authorities. (The painting above is by James Tissot (1836-1902), “Woe unto You, Scribes and Pharisees,” Brooklyn Museum.)
Continue reading “Matthew 23:2-11 BHT, Hypocrisy of Religious Authorities”
An addition to the BHT, about whether only one person may be a prophet who prophecies, or if many people may be, at the same time.
Continue reading “Numbers 11:26-29 BHT, Who May Prophecy?”
President Joseph Fielding Smith, as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who later became the tenth President and “Prophet, Seer, and Revelator” of the LDS Church, wrote the following that was published in 1954, in all CAPS: Continue reading ““If Evolution is True, The Church is False”?”
As I add new translations to the BHT, I thought it would be good to also publish a blog post noting each specific addition, so that you may know about those updates.
The following is a translation today of 2 Peter 1:19-21, which concerns the scriptures and prophetic revelation and interpretation of the Word. Continue reading “2 Peter 1:19-21 BHT, Scriptures & Prophecy”