June 22, 2009

Mormon Missionaries go online seeking new converts


The Mormon Church has recently added a new technique to its efforts of converting new people to the Mormon religion. The church now is making some of its missionaries available for online chatting via its www.mormon.org website.

On the website, curious people can chat with Mormon missionaries in real time and ask them pertinent questions to Mormon beliefs like: Is Mormonism Christian? , What is baptism for the dead?, Was Joseph Smith a true prophet of God?, and Why have there been over 4,000 changes made to the Book of Mormon?


16 comments:

Seth R. said...

"Why have there been over 4,000 changes in the Book of Mormon..."

Probably for the same reason there have been even more to the Bible.

Preston Condra said...

So your answer to the over 4,000 changes made to a "translation" (the Book of Mormon) is to criticize the Bible? Are you arguing that the Bible is untrustworthy and therefore some how that makes the Book of Mormon trustworthy? Or are you saying that neither are trustworthy? Or are you saying that the Book of Mormon is more trustworthy than the Bible? I'm not sure I understand your point.

Seth R. said...

I'm saying that the changes in BOTH books are pretty much irrelevant to the question of faith to begin with.

I believe both to be flawed. I believe both to be a message from God to us. And I hold both messages as very important to my own spiritual life.

But I really don't care greatly about the alleged flaws in either book.

Seth R. said...

Nor, for that matter, do I care about the flaws of individual prophets and holy men - Joseph Smith included.

mikeromero said...

Seth:
The question of faith is pretty significant. What gives you any confidence that what you believe is true? Does it matter what you believe about God? I'm just curious.

Preston Condra said...

Seth,

Are you suggesting that God is a fallible communicator?

Seth R. said...

Mike,

For me it's my own personal experience of God. As for the scriptures, their validity for me comes from the inherent strength of their message.

I honestly don't care how we got them. The message is good. That's all that matters to me.

Preston,

Scriptures come from a two step process.

1 - God transmits it.

2 - A human being receives it and passes it along.

One of those steps is inherently flawed.

mikeromero said...

Seth:
Not to nit-pick your answer, but a Jehovah Witness, a Muslim, or a Buddist can say that their message is good or inherently strong. The real question is "is it true?" The above three faiths all have different (incompatible) beliefs. In other words, they all can't be true. (law of non-contridiction)

Historic Christianity on the other hand has an objective test to determine whether it is true or not. Paul, in 1 Cor. 15 says that if the resurrection of Jesus occurred then Christianity is true. If the resurrection didn't occur then you can walk away from Christianity since it is false. No other faith tradition makes that type of claim.

Seth R. said...

If it's inherently good, it is true.

Your argument here seems to be more about boundary-maintenance than real worship.

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