I have come to know the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God by reading it, applying itís teachings, and asking God if it is true. Through applying itís teachings, I experienced the most profound change from wickedness to righteousness. When I asked God, He bore witness to me more powerful than mere dna tests that it is true.
Itís a familiar sentiment. But itís not one restricted to the Mormons - people who would loudly (and rightly!) deny that the Book of Mormon has any status as Scripture would say much the same about their own beliefs.
But why should they be taken any more seriously than this Mormon ?
I suppose it is human nature to assign the penultimate status to your own belief.
When I first got saved in 1993, I found myself researching my own chosen belief in the context of the apologetic books (and later websites) of that time. jar, our friendly resident curmudgeon, educated me on how to be unbiased and more objective in my learning. I watch how our member Faith defends her beliefs stubbornly and determinedly, never allowing herself to be fully objective and unbiased, but I think this has to do with human nature.
Even today, I have a problem with 100% objectivity because it goes at odds with my belief which I hesitate to throw away in the name of objectivity.
...But why should they be taken any more seriously than this Mormon ?
I also have a problem assigning the same value to any belief apart from my own. I was always taught (and believed) that standing for something was better than falling for just anything (or nothing).
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Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. ĖRC Sproul "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ĖMark Twain " ~"If that's not sufficient for you go soak your head."~Faith Paul was probably SO soaked in prayer nobody else has ever equaled him.~Faith :)