Author: Ritch

Which interpretation is true?

Christians believe the Bible to be God’s written testimony to mankind. Because of this, we consider it to be our final authority on faith and life. And while each passage in the Bible is important to us, they are not all equally clear. This is why it is possible for several different people to read the same passage of the Bible and each come away with different interpretations. But there are ways to test which interpretation is true. We can apply some simple guidelines that already come naturally to us in many other areas of life. Here are a few:...

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Is the Pre-existence true?

Every religion seeks to answer the question: “Where did we all come from?” The LDS Church teaches that all people preexisted in heaven with the Father before we were born on earth. But the Bible teaches something very different. First, the Bible teaches us that man did not have life until after God created the world. The Bible says that when God created the world, He  “formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Gen. 2:7). In other words, Adam was NOT a...

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Do we still need Temples?

One of the most notable differences between Mormonism and Christianity is the way we view the temple. Mormons often wonder why Christians don’t observe temple practices today. The Bible addresses this exact issue. So what does the Bible teach us about our need for a temple today? First: God instructed his people to build a sanctuary that He…“may dwell in their midst” (Exodus 25:8). But because of their sin, God’s people were prohibited from entering into His presence. So God commanded that the sanctuary be divided by a floor-to-ceiling curtain which served as a physical reminder of the spiritual...

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Is God a Super-Man?

The Bible tells us that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God. That means that God has shared some of His characteristics with us who bear His “image”. God has designed the nature of all people to have qualities, that while limited, point to things that are true about him. We love because God is loving. We feel because God feels. We desire justice because he is just.These qualities are known as “communicable attributes,” attributes that He shares with us–the fingerprints of God all over the nature of mankind. But, the Bible also teaches us that...

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