The Parable of the Groundhog.

We often ignore the obvious warning signs of danger and do things that we know are not good, and as a natural result, we pay the price. I recently had some groundhogs in my yard that I gave every opportunity to leave and left no doubt that they were not welcome and were in danger if they stayed, and that story gives a good illustration of the positions we put ourselves into.

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I am sorry but... (When apology is not an apology)

Sometimes we apologize with a self-serving or empty aplogy, and sometimes our apologies blame the one we wronged instead of conveying our sorrow at having hurt them by our poor actions. Through the examples of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Saul and David we are shown some Biblical examples of poor apologies and of some good ones as well.

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Mormonism is not Christianity pt. 5: The church Jesus founded did not fall away

The entire structure of the LDS Church depends on their claim that the Church that Jesus founded when he was alive fell into complete apostasy after the death of the apostles and that it had to be restored by Joseph Smith. The problem with that claim is that Jesus said the gates of hell would never prevail against his church, so that means that it did not fall away. Another problem is that the LDS Church claims to be a restoration of the original church that Jesus Christ founded, yet it looks nothing like what the Bible teaches of Jesus’ church.

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Mormonism is not Christianity pt4: Jesus and the devil are not brothers.

The LDS Church (Mormons) teach that Jesus and the devil are literal brothers, and that all humans are also the literal siblings of Jesus, born through spiritual intercourse by a heavenly father in a natural mother, born just as our bodies were born on earth through parents through natural means. Mormons don’t believe God can create matter, that he used to be a man, and that he is the same species as the devil and sinful humans, just better. This is not Christianity. True Christianity is that Jesus is God and was always God and was not created, nor are humans the same as God and never will be. God is good and we are not.

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What is Grace and Why do we need it?

Humans, by their very nature are sinful creatures and we are so far removed from God that we can never do anything to make up for our failures and be saved, but Jesus died for all that they may be saved if they have faith in Him and accept his grace and mercy.

We are saved by grace alone through faith alone and trying to earn our salvation is like trying to drain the ocean with a sponge, but luckily our salvation is not based on our merits but on Christ’s.

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You Are the Only Bible Some People Will Ever Read

A while back I saw a church sign that said, “You are the only Bible some people will ever read,” and I thought about the implications of that statement and wondered how well or how poorly I am representing Christianity to those around me. A lot of people judge Christianity on the merits of Christians instead of the merits of Christ, and let's face it, it us usually out poor actions that Christianity is being judged by and not our good actions.

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The Next Thing

People are never satisfied with what they have while they have it and they often look at other people as a means to an end, someone to make them happy etc. People also look to Jesus as the means to an end and not the end in and of itself.

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Damaged Goods

We, often look at other people, and sometimes ourselves, as damaged goods; something no worth accepting or spending any time or effort of, a lot cause. However, that is not how God looks at us and He loves us and views us as precious.

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Mormonism is not Christianity

With the name of Christ put so prominently in the name of the church, many people, including those in the church, mistakenly think The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a Christian church, but the god they serve is night and day different from the God of the Bible and they teach that salvation is earned by works and not given by grace.

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Absolute Truth VS. Realative Truth.

There has always been people who argue that there are no absolute truths, especially no absolute moral truths, and the number of people who argue against absolute moral truths is increasing at a rapid rate. There are definite absolute truths, and there are also absolute moral truths. There are some instances, such as whether or not a specific food tastes good, where two people may have different truths, but there are also areas where there are absolute truths and those truths are the same for everyone, no exceptions.

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Why I Joined (and left) the LDS Church, AKA Mormon

A brief overview of why I joined, and ultimately left, the LDS Church before I get into more in depth topics concerning the Church such as why they are not truly Christian, despite their name, as well as diving into some of the issues with their history and doctrines.

LDS people are some of the nicest people you will ever get the privlige to know and them going out of their way to be nice to me was one of the reasons I joined the Church in the first place. The LDS Church is a missionary church and focus a great deal of their time and effort on gaining new converts to their faith.

LDS people think they are Christian, despite many of their views and doctrines being in opposition to the Bible and traditional Christianity; they believe that traditional Christianity is wrong and their version is the only one that is correct and the only one that even has a chance of being correct.

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