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This is one anti-Mormon’s idea of a joke.Still, I think it inadvertently makes a an important and faith-promoting point.(Click to enlarge.)
This is worth a look.
Most everything in scripture can be explained now, using modern technical wizardry against an ancient backdrop. Except for “instant” healings, likely.
The Liahona was an iPad Mini with large, spherical solar battery.
When I have taught Sunday School lessons about the translation of the Book of Mormon, or about other uses of the Urim and Thummim and the Liahona, I have argued that while the concept of information devices like crystal balls has been around for some time, the utterly prosaic way in which these devices are used, both in the Book of Mormon and in the work of Joseph Smith, accurately describes the devices we use now some 180 years later, including the one on which I am writing this comment. I think Joseph deserves credit for describing an iPhone hooked into an internet with such clarity. It is another prophecy fulfilled, just as much as his declaration that the record was inscribed on ring-bound golden metal plates. Such records were hardly known in 1830, but Joseph accurately predicted how they would be designed and used.
It is ironic that Catholics and Protestants reject the concept of objects with divine power, when veneration of saintly artifacts on the one hand, and veneration of the Bible.on the.other, form important parts of their religious practice.
I think Brigham Young made the point that God’s miracles are not arbitrary violation of the.laws of bature, but demonstrations of God’s mastery of nature.
Jesus in John 3:14 compares himself to the miraculous bronze serpent which Moses was commanded to place on his staff and announce to Israel they could be healed by merely looking on it. People who ridicule small and simple miracles like the translation instruments for the Book of Mormon, and the book itself as a repository of divine revelation, are like the people who were too proud to be healed through the instrumentality of such a simple object. They are too proud to walk to the Jordan for baptism, too proud to open a book and read a message from God, too proud to listen to a living prophet.
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