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Sincerity is both an inward quality of conviction along with a perceived quality of being free from pretenses, deceit or hypocrisy.
This is a quality I admire and respect among professing Latter-Day Saint [or LDS] believers. I have found that the culture within Mormonism fosters this type of environment that is quite honestly disarming to a certain degree.
I’ve often seen people challenge the authorship of the gospels and I found a superb lecture on the traditional view of this. This is lecture one in a series done by Dr. Timothy McGrew, who is a philosophy teacher at Western Michigan University. In it, he gives various angles on why the the gospels really aren’t from anonymous sources as charged, he cites internal and external evidence, which includes “hostile” witnesses, writings from early Christians etc. On the Apologetics 3:15 website, you can find more information on this. Enjoy!
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(King James Version) Psalms 137:8-9 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
The above verse is one that was brought to my attention recently by a skeptic on Twitter. Though I have read this passage before, I hadn’t spend much time or research studying it. One of my former friends -who was leaving the faith- mentioned this to me as well; acting like it was a deathblow to the Bible and it’s inspiration. Though I will admit that such a passage at face value seems hard to reconcile -and incites appeals to emotion- but upon further investigation there are factors and context which give us the clarity, that a surface reading won’t do. First, we must remember that the psalmist is a Jewish writer (not sure who as it does not say) who is embittered towards Babylon as the Babylonians ransacked the civilization of the Jewish people -taking them into captivity- and destroyed their once glorious temple. He may very well be hoping for the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” scenario.
Because sometimes the skeptic wishes to remain one at all cost
BELIEVER: Hey did you hear they found a huge boat in the mountains of Ararat?
SKEPTIC: So what’s your point?
BELIEVER: That it’s Noah’s Ark and the dimensions match up perfectly to the description in the Bible.
SKEPTIC: Ahh that doesn’t prove that it was Noah’s ark. Besides, that’s just another myth from the Bible.
BELIEVER: Well, they found the name “NOAH” etched into gopher wood, in the side of the boat.
SKEPTIC: So, they didn’t find a surname did they? Still not enough evidence.
BELIEVER: I guess there just never is…