My name is Matt and I sometimes I write stuff about Christianity, science and history. Enjoy.
What I read about archaeology finds in the Middle East was interesting. Have you found information about recent archaeological finds about the “inn” that had no room? The inn is also translated as “a guest room,” that the cattle stall was attached to the house, the manger was on a low wall against the house, which was the manger in which Jesus was placed. In other words, when Mary and David came to the home of a relative, the guest room was already occupied. Mary gave birth to Jesus in the home, and laid him in the manger which was on the wall outside of the living area. For ventilation, there wasn’t a full wall between the animal stall. So in reality, Mary, Joseph and Jesus were not denied a place to rest, they just didn’t have the kind of privacy they may have desired.
This is a compelling discovery and arguement. However, I doubt that this information will go anywhere except in seminary and ancient palestinian text books. The traditional story is far too traditional to be changed.
Merry Christmas to you, and keep on writing.
Thank you for your comment Dave 🙂
I have read many parts of your text. I’m so glad to see your faith in God. I am a Mormon. I’m writing to ask you to please fix your text about the Mormons. It is incorrect. You seem to be a man of common sense; If you want an accurate account of what the Mormons believe… ask the missionaries in your area, or ask a Mormon. You have found a quote of someone who has no problem bearing false witness against his neighbor.
So please, change it to read truth about the Mormons. “We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” (Article of Faith #9, http://mormon.org/articles-of-faith).
You seem to enjoy being well educated. Please contact your local missionaries and educate yourself on what the Mormons believe.
We believe that God loves all His children everywhere. Therefore, we believe he gave them the same teachings of Jesus Christ everywhere. The Book of Mormon is the teachings of Christ on the American Continent. Read the book. He even visited them after his death. They were waiting for Him to come as testified by the holy prophets of the Book of Mormon who lived on the Am. Continent. In the Bible it reads St. John, 10:16, “16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
As he left the people on the American Continent he stated yet again in the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi 15:17, “other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” Where did he go? To visit yet more of his children.
The Book of Mormon is another testamony of Jesus Christ, that he Lives! We believe in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob in the Bible. Please contact a Missionary in your area to find out what the Mormons believe. I trust all of our 18 and 19 year old boys out there to give you the right answer.
You’ve read so much and seem to love education. What big deal would it be to just read one more? Read the Book of Mormon… at least you will know what we believe. Does believing in MORE make you a cult? I liked your writings.
Hi Linda, thank you for your comment.
It is wonderful to hear of your love of God and Jesus Christ as our Savior. I will definitely pursue speaking with missionaries from the local LDS church in my area. I have contacted them in the past regarding some concerns I have but they did not respond. Regardless, my distrust with the book of Mormon comes from a whole series of errors, copying, inconsistencies, and contradictory instances from the text which I won’t divulge here (unless you want me to). My overall concern is this: If the Book of Mormon does not in any way contradict the Holy Bible, and you believe Jesus is the redeemer of mankind and the son of God, the same God of Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, etc. Then why would I bother becoming a Mormon? Can’t I just stay a Christian? In order for there to be motivation for me to convert to Mormonism there must be something different your faith offers, that my Christian faith does not. And if that is so, then the Holy Bible must no longer be sufficient on its own. And if it is no longer sufficient then it requires the Book of Mormon, in which case we’re right back at my original premise: The Book of Mormon must take precedence over the Holy Bible.
As of yet, I have not heard a sufficient answer to this. Either, the Book of Mormon does not contradict nor take precedence over the Bible, in which case there is no motivation to become Mormon. Or it does supersede the Bible and offer different teachings, in which case there is motivation to become a Mormon.
I’d love to know what you think about this.
It’s all in the interpretation of the Bible. That’s why we have so many different Christian beliefs. Do not believe my words, believe God’s. There is a promise at the end of the Book of Mormon that says
4 “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”
This means that if you read the BofM with a sincere heart, with real intent to find out if it is true, that God will manifest the truth of it to you by the power of the Holy Ghost. I’ve done this. It works. I know it’s true. All you have to do is read it. This is the only thing I cannot understand. Why, if it was just that easy, that people refuse to do this simple thing? It is like the people of Moses who were just asked to look upon the rod and be healed. Some refused and died. Nevertheless, do what you will. You don’t have to believe me. But, give God the chance to tell you. It is very sweet when you’ve received an answer from God. Jesus is my Savior and Redeemer. I love Him with all my heart. If that doesn’t make me a Christian, I don’t know what does.
Matt, I really do love that you believe in Jesus Christ too. I respect your right to worship Him how you choose. At least we both believe in Him. We will see Him coming in all His glory and bow down to meet him. Just please, change your blog to respect my religion. Thank you.
Hello again Linda,
I follow your train of thought, but you’re arguing from the presupposition that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Couldn’t I likewise quote the Koran, or any other religious text that claims to be the direct word of God to claim it is God’s truth? How can we know which text is truly inspired by God if there are so many that contradict each other, each claiming to be the truth. Followers from these religions make the same claims you do, personal subjective experience. I myself have had similar profound experiences from the Bible’s text but never with Mormon text, except when Smith directly quoted text from a KJV Bible (which in itself is problem since his writings are supposed to be inspired divine translations, not copies of outdated KJV translations).
My point is this: Anyone can write text of a religious nature and claim it is the Word of God. So it takes a careful examination of the literature’s source, supporting historical evidence, etc. to determine authenticity. Yet the book of Mormon has no historical evidence to back its claims (the Bible has countless) comes from a single source (the Bible is a collaboration of different authors and eyewitnesses) and the book of Mormon is rooted in the Bible (yet contradicts it at times).
Additionally, my original point still stands; the book of Mormon is only sufficient if the Holy Bible is lacking. If one does not believe the Holy Bible is lacking then the book of Mormon is not needed. But they both can’t be divine authoritative text.
I appreciate your comments Linda, and I respect your opinion, but you’re asking me to change my blog (my opinion) to respect your religion. You’re in essence asking me to forgo my opinion to respect your religion. With all due respect, my opinion regarding the Book of Mormon stands until you (or another Mormon) can convince me that the Book of Mormon does not invalidate Christ and the Holy Bible.
Thank you again for your comment Linda.
Hi Matthew! I noticed you haven’t blogged for a while but I look forward through reading your posts!
Yes I know. Unfortunately I am finishing up college and about a month away from my degree so I’ve been far too busy to continue posting. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick it back up again over summer.
Hi Matthew2262! I am really happy to have found your essays in regards to atheism. I was struggling with the notion that the Bible has contradictions, but I was able to discover the opposite. Your essays gave me great insight on some issues. I would love to speak with you via email. Is it possible to speak to you?
Absolutely, feel free to e-mail me anytime. firstname.lastname@example.org
Though almost unprecedented, i feel compelled to comment on your post. i found your arguments well presented and highly informed. It’s wise to keep an open mind, right?;)And though i’ve been historically inimicable to xianity, i was deeply moved by your sincere devotion, and recognize a familiar sentiment. I will definitely look forward to more posts. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you very much for your encouraging comment.
Hi! I found your blog in a Web search for dendrochronology images. You have a very nice one in your article on radiocarbon dating (windmill, barn, church, etc.), but you do not provide a credit for it. I would be grateful for some info regarding the source of it.
I see no indication of an email address or contact form here, and must resort to this approach. Sorry!
Good morning Ken,
Thank you for your comment. Here is where I found the image:
Hello Matt. Thank you for spreading the truth, I have enjoyed reading some of your posts. I am writing a study guide for teens and would like to use the photo “Where is God” in the Logic of Evil post, if possible. Can you please provide me with the information on the source?
Thanks very much.
Good evening Elmarie. I appreciate your comment, thank you. The graphic I actually created myself, and will e-mail to you.
I´m writting a book in danish and I need some good illustration. For example fig. 3 in Defending the flood. Could you be kind and help me?
Hi Stefan, I believe I got the picture from here: http://legacy-cdn-assets.answersingenesis.org/assets/images/articles/am/v2/n2/ark-layout.jpg
Hope that helps.
i have one interesting argument: the main atheists argument against the watch argument is that watch dosent have a self replicating system or made from organic component like dna, unlike a living things. so we cant compare between them . so what if we will find a self replicating watch with dna?, according to this logic we need to conclude that this kind of watch doesnt need a designer because it have a replicating system. but we actually know that this kind of watch in this case will make the design argument even stronger because this kind of watch is more sophisticated and complex then a regular watch.
what do you think about this interesting point?
I think it is a great point to make Gil. Furthermore, replication only works when something already exists. The watch analogy is ultimately about the origin of an object and replication does not address origins.
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