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Diets Don't Work Anymore
  
if it gets down to willpower during and after losing the weight without using gastric bypass surgery, how does one keep up the willpower not to fall back into old eating habits? thanks.


Who Is The One True Church
  
"not sparing the flock" ,as Paul said it, seems to indicate that after Paul, the church (the flock) would be wiped out. If this is the case, then he is saying that the true church of Christ would cease to exist at some point after his death. However, at the same time we have other places, including Revelation and Christ's teachings about the end days in Matt 24 that seem to indicate that there would be prophets, churches and elect shortly before the end days, so it appears that people would once again find Christs teachings or that God himself would restore it through prophets.


What Is Oneness Doctrine
  
"oneness" is a concept that was emphasized in John, but it was being used primarily to teach us of our need to be one with each other and one with God. We are not going to be physically one with each other, nor with God. This is not to say that God and Christ couldn't be different manifestations or parts of the same God, but it does mean the "oneness" that Christ was teaching us that we needed to have, must be a "oneness" of mind and heart with God and our fellow men.


What Is Oneness Doctrine
  
"Oneness" is a concept that all Christians seem to believe. However, the christian spectrum runs "only one in purpose" to "one in every sense of the word". The Gospels talk a lot of the relationship between God and Christ. I have always thought it best to read Christ's own words to see what Christ wants us to believe. It may not be perfectly clear still, but at least then we base our beliefs on his teachings, not on some man's opinion.


Are Mormons Christians
  
Stephen: Your reference to the "good samaritan" was one of my favorites. I think what Christ teaches in Matthew 25:20-46 also helps us to realize the importance of loving and serving our neighbor. Sometimes we convince ourselves we are doing all these "mighty works" (Matt 7:21-23) or other wonderful things in His name and yet maybe we are still missing a major compenent of His Gospel - loving each other.


Are Mormons Christians
  
Tracy: (Cont.) We believe the Book of Mormon is scripture along with Bible. Sometimes taught to be the "most correct book", this doesn't mean it is infallible. The book admits that men's mistakes may have been erroneously included. It teaches about Christ and his gospel. For 170 years people have argued over its "angelic origin or authorship". This is a legitamate question with many similar issues that relate to "canonization" of biblical scripture (origins, doctrine, etc.).


Are Mormons Christians
  
Tracy: Sorry I am late in getting back to you. Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God, but think that through thousands of years that translational errors have occured. Some of these were small and innocent, and others may have been larger and more purposeful. The world now has thousands of years of different ancient portions of the biblical text that show these changes. Also, look at the sometimes huge differences between the septuigant versions and the masoretic versions of the same scriptures.


Are Mormons Christians
  
Tracy: One other thing on the scripture in Isaiah. Mormons consider Christ to be part of the Godhead and so consider Him to also be a god. Some Mormons believe that the God of the Old Testament may often have been Christ(acting in behalf of God the Father). I don't subscribe to this doctrine, but it is sometimes taught.


Are Mormons Christians
  
Tracy: I will try to answer more later, but my kids are coming home today (and one tomorrow)for Thanksgiving. Sorry, they will get my attention for a few days. They are good kids and its fun to have them back around. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Are Mormons Christians
  
Tracy: Isaiah is also a poetical and symbolic type source. We also use this scripture. We emphasize the "SON IS GIVEN" part. Typically you don't call yourself "son" and when you "give" you give something distinct from yourself. It is also noteable that the "given" statement is of a fact, where the latter titles are merely what he would be "called". Being called something and being something may be two different things.


Are Mormons Christians
  
Tracy: Mainstream Mormons do not consider FLDS to be part of their faith. The FLDS still teach and practice polygamy. In the "mainstream' Mormon church practicing polygamy now meansis automatic excommunication. Mainstream Mormons do not practice polygamy and many struggle with whether the practice and teaching of it during the 1800's was entirely correct. Though several of God's O.T. prophets practiced it, still its manner of practice and the problems it created then and in the 1800's is a concern.


Are Mormons Christians
  
Tracy: First John is speaking almost poetically here, so I'm not sure that it is easy to use this scripture dogmatically. Also, I see that John says that "the Word was WITH GOD". In virutally all situations, if we use "with" when talking of people, it automatically assumes that that you are "with" someone or something distinct from yourself. Just substitute, that "Missy was with God". Automatically you assume that Missy and God are distinct.


Are Mormons Christians
  
dorot9548: If you are still wondering about the Godhead concept, look through the gospels and see the hundreds of references that refer to Christ as the son, that mention he was sent, that says he came not to do his own will, that say his role and duties are different than the Fathers and that the Father has more knowledge than He does. Read and mark every scripture in the gospels that supports one side or the other and His truth suddenly seems so obvious.


Are Mormons Christians
  
dorot9458: Mormons do have additional writings they consider scripture. God still desires to help man. We believe Paul (Eph 4:11-14 KJV)"He gave some apostles and some prophets...till we all come in the unity of the faith...unto a perfect man". We don't believe that mankind is perfect yet nor that we are unified in faith as we should be. In otherwords, we believe like Paul that apostles and prophets are still needed. So what do prophets do, they speak the word of God (scripture).


Are Mormons Christians
  
dorot9458: Sorry, one more message. If it bothers you that we have other scriptures, just read the gospels with a truly open mind and you will see that our basic doctrines are well supported. You shouldn't feel pressured to chose sides with groups of men (religions), instead try to find the truth and follow it. That is the best that all of us can do. The "gospel" is really just another word for God's truth. So each truth is a part of God's gospel.


Are Mormons Christians
  
dorot9548: Mormons get their concept of God from the New Testament. We believe that Christ is our savior (not Joseph Smith or anyone else).


Are Mormons Christians
  
dorot9548: Christ was literally sent by God the Father. He clearly stated approximately 50 times within the gospels that He was "Sent" by God. He wasn't lying or pretending about this relationship. We are not trinitarians. St.John has dozens of solid references. See John 5:30,31 and John 8:16,17. We also believe that God the Father testified from Heaven that Christ is his beloved Son, meaning that Christ is literally God's son, not just a portion of himself.


Predestined To Salvation
  
steven-rem7000: "Choose you this day" (Josh 24:15). God allows us to choose. So I say, we have free will.
You say we are predestined? If so, nothing matters. If we aren't saved, then it is God's fault. If this is the case, then those who don't believe in God are not to be condemned, because God is guilty not the individual.

I still say I can't believe in your god that is so arbitrary, unloving and unreasonable.



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