Reason #28 Why I Won’t Return to Mormonism: Gods

Mormons frequently point to Psalm 82:6, quoted by Jesus in John 10:34-35, to say that the Bible teaches that men are gods, or at least can become gods.  Taken alone, these two scriptures could possibly be construed to have that meaning (although the “you” to whom Jesus addressed His teaching in John 10 certainly were not on the “god track” (they tried to kill Jesus a few verses later.) When the Bible speaks elsewhere of “gods” they are not humans (either formerly or in the future.)  Today in reading Psalm 96:4-5, I saw vindication of His absolute uniqueness, and how He views anyone or anything else that would be termed “a god”: For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised: He is to be feared above all gods. For...

Reason #27 — The “other sheep” problem

  I was told when I was a Mormon that the other sheep Jesus said he would bring were the Nephites.  The Book of Mormon records a supposed visit of Jesus to the Nephites, apparently about a year after His resurrection in Israel. Two things to notice about John 10:16:  one, Jesus said He would bring, not visit, the other sheep.  (I read Biblical Greek, and there’s a significant difference in those two words. The thought of Him bringing or drawing people to Him is echoed in John 12:32, where He said that after He was lifted up from the earth on the cross, followed by His resurrection, He would draw all men to Himself.) Secondly, He made a point during His earthly ministry to acknowledge that, in a human body, He couldn’t go everywhere in His few...

Reason #26 — This Geography Blew Me Away!

Much has been made about how Joseph Smith just used or adapted Bible names to create the names in the Book of Mormon.  But recently I came across this fascinating map — in which the place names in the Book of Mormon are compared to the place names of Joseph Smith’s own home territory in upper New York state. Apparently Joseph Smith just adapted place names, too.  Take a look at the map and its labels at this site.  What would you conclude?   For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

The Life of Writers — Giveaways, Cool Stuff

 I know that many  readers are hungry for high-quality Christian fiction. Several of us who are trying to “raise the bar” in that area have a new blog, featuring six Christian novelists (including myself.) It’s called “Novel Matters,” and it will include giveaways (like getting a top agent to read your novel-in-progress, for instance), writing advice, and a look into the hearts of people who are writing sumptuous, irresistible fiction by using surprising and satisfying language, and creating unforgettable characters. “We aren’t afraid to ask the difficult questions that linger in the reader”‘s mind long after the last page. We are students of craft and desire to join with you in provocative discussions...