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Deconstructing the Modern-day Mormon Defense of Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

If you spend any time talking with Mormons, the topic of Joseph Smith (hereafter “JS”) and polygamy is sure to come up. There are a few ways they deal with it:

  1. Deny it entirely (extremely uncommon, especially since the modern LDS Church has admitted that there were plural marriages).
  2. Admit that there were marriages but claim that they were “spiritual marriages” only and were never physically consummated.
  3. Admit that there were marriages but insist that God required them and claim that just like God could issue a general injunction against murder but then call on Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, God could override His own law in this matter and call on early Mormons to practice polygamy (and marrying two sisters, and marrying a mother and her daughter, and marrying women who were already married to other men) for His own purposes.

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Dealing with Trinity Objections

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

Entire books have been written on this topic, so I have no illusions that this brief treatise will be as deep as it could be. Rather, this is intended to be a brief discussion about a Biblical defense of the Trinity. When I first got started in Christian apologetics, I’ll be honest – I couldn’t really defend the Trinity from the Bible! It was something I was taught growing up and I accepted it as truth, but I couldn’t show it myself. However, the Trinity will probably be one of the first things you’ll discuss with many non-Christians (and even with some groups who claim to be Christians).
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Does the Bible teach that Jesus is the Last Prophet?

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

What not to use

Often in LDS groups, Christians will quote Hebrews and claim that this means that Christ is the last prophet:

(KJV) Hebrews 1:1-2 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son”

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Is It Hateful to Critique Religious Groups?

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[ Author: Rich Christian ]

Thou shalt not bear false witness

If you have spent a decent amount of time doing counter-cult ministry, it is quite likely that you have been accused of hate, slander, or other charges. To be fair, I have seen some apologists bully people around: trying to back folks into a corner, demanding answers, pulling pot shots, and the like. (If that’s you, stop it!) [1]

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What Naaman can Teach Us about Grace and Faith

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Naaman in the Bible, here’s a brief introduction: He was a Syrian general (an enemy of Israel!) who had leprosy. His Israelite maidservant suggested that the prophet Elisha could heal him, so Naaman went to him.

Elisha wouldn’t even come out to meet him but instead sent a message by his servant, telling Naaman that he needed to dip himself seven times in the Jordan River to be healed. Angered – by Elisha’s not coming to meet him and also that there were rivers that were just as good in his homeland – Naaman left in a huff. One of his servants advised him to do what Elisha had said, reminding him that had Elisha demanded Naaman perform some great act of conquest, Naaman would have done his best to do it, to rid himself of his leprosy, so how much more ought he to do this little thing?

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Could Jesus Have Sinned?

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

Consider the implications

Some say “yes”, Jesus could’ve sinned while others say “no”, but I think the answer deserves a deeper response than that (though if I had to give only one answer, I would say “no”). To those who say “no”, even the very thought of someone saying that Jesus could have sinned is either blasphemy or tantamount to blasphemy (so if you’re a “yes” and are in discussion with a “no”, try to remember that, and if the other person seems to come across a little strong, know that it’s in defense of the deity and honor of Jesus Christ, and not anger directed at you personally).

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Questioning Q: Did These Manuscripts Exist?

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

If you’re familiar at all with issues related to the gospels, their historicity and scholarly questions about who wrote them and when, you’ve probably heard of “Q”. [If you haven’t, it’s a hypothetical written gospel that was written prior to the four canonical gospels, which the (synoptic) gospel writers drew from in writing their accounts.]

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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

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[ Author: Melissa Dougherty ]

Some Christians aren’t really sure what the new age is. Some are a bit familiar with it but just as with any false religion out there, who have their own version of Jesus compared to the Bible, the new age Jesus is a different Jesus as well.

There are many differing aspects of the new age but in this article, I’ll focus mainly on the new age Jesus vs the biblical one. This applies to false religions as well. This is why it’s absolutely crucial to read and study your Bible: It’s a tall order for a new believer, but it must be done to know what you believe, why you believe it and to tell the truth from lies. If you know your Bible well, you’ll be able to discern Jesus from any false religion. You’ll immediately see the differences between what some people believe about Him and who He actually is.
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Every Christian an Apologist

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

Apologist? – does this mean we go around apologizing to everyone? No. In the classical sense, an apologist is one who gives an answer or a reasoned defense for what he believes or how he acts. When the apostle said that we are to be ready to “give an answer”, the Greek word (apologia) from which the English word “apologetics” is used. Similarly, when people are said to be “without an excuse”, the same Greek word, except in the negative, is used.

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Did Jesus Teach Polygamy? Check the Context

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

Keep it all in context

We’re probably all aware that when someone (particularly a non-Christian) claims that the Bible says X, that we need to read the cited verse in context to make sure that it does actually say what was claimed. My favorite exaggerated example, is to point out that the Bible repeatedly says “there is no God”… it’s just preceded by statements such as “the fool has said in his heart”.

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