A must read. I wasn't sure what to expect but I simply couldn't put this down and that is rare for me. I read a lot but this was engrossing. It's not just a book about Mormons. Instead, it's a book that addresses the fundamental questions every human should ask themselves. What is the truth about God? Could I be believing the wrong thing(s) about God? Was what I was taught by my parents and or others close to me the truth?
I think way too many people blindly believe and accept what their parents or society around them says without bothering to investigate the matter for themselves. What is more important than discovering for yourself personally A) if God exists B) If there is an afterlife, where am I going to end up? C) What does God expect of me? Believing in the God (and Jesus) of the Bible is not a completely blind exercise devoid of logic and evidence. God reveals his truth through the scriptures but there is also archaeological and historical evidence to back up what is written there. Carma has a desire to do God's will and in her quest for truth, begins to logically question how she was taught from childhood. When she examines the Book of Mormon compared to the Bible she finds major contradictions that can't be explained away. Even more importantly, she discovers that Joseph Smith was flat out wrong about the Native Americans being of Jewish ethnicity. Modern DNA tests prove that. To me, that should make any Mormon begin to question the validity of their religion. If Joseph Smith was told of God what he wrote, how did that huge mistake happen? Also, there is no archaeological or historical evidence to back up the peoples he mentions in the Book of Mormon. That is another huge glaring red flag. In the past, people were able to take Joseph Smith's word for these things but now, we have conclusive evidence he was wrong with DNA testing. Anyone that is an LDS Church member should read both these books. I'm not sure how anyone could confront the evidence and still think this religion is correct. However, it's not just Mormons that have latched onto completely wrong beliefs about God. There are many other sects and religions that do so as well. I think this book is valuable to anyone to read because it asks the reader to start their own personal journey to find out the truth. I think anyone who prays "God show me personally who you are and what I need to do to be in your will" with a sincere heart and then reads the New Testament without preconceived notions will be on the path to conviction-----then will gain saving faith and be born again.
Faith is required to please God, but it is not a completely blind faith devoid of reasoning.
The LDS Church asked the author to have no doubts at all and check her reasoning at the door when she found out things that weren't true.
The God of the Bible and Jesus has left us actual historical documents and archaeological finds. Prophesies in Isaiah (written long before Jesus) came true. Many other Old Testament prophecies also came true---for example Israel being taken into captivity. These weren't vague prophecies. Again, faith is required to be saved, but it is not a faith completely without evidence or logic--which is what the LDS church was trying to ask the author to do.
I think anyone reading the New Testament completely with an open mind will begin to see its truths. Even atheists like Lee Strobel were completely changed by reading the Bible. Paul originally persecuted the Christians but then gave his life for Jesus. Examples like that should raise any thinking person's curiosity about what the Bible truly says (and just as importantly--what it does NOT say).
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1127 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
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- Publisher: Light of Truth Books (22 September 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NTPA936
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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