“But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the LORD?’
Who I am
'Canaan' is a parent, hobbyist writer and student of comparative religion with a lifelong fascination with Mormonism. Always with more questions than answers, more books to read than time to read them, and the attention span of a Chihuahua, Canaan seeks to understand the views and beliefs of others while attempting to show the reliability and truth of the Christian faith, with a focus on the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I am also pathologically introverted, hence the pseudonym.
Why I do this
In many ways, I write because I have to. Over recent years I have discovered that, as I'm studying a topic, the best way for me to organize and process my thoughts is by laying them out on paper, digital or otherwise. The process of writing forces me to rephrase information so it may be conveyed to others and this requires me to more fully unpack the topic in my own mind, thereby coming to a greater degree of understanding of what I'm trying to explain. In addition, no one likes the embarrassment of throwing out a fact, figure or claim only to be shown that the information being expressed is demonstrably false. Elaborating on a subject requires deeper research which, in turn, leads to deeper knowledge and understanding.
More specifically, I write here on the subject of comparing the Christian faith with that of Mormonism, Islam and others because my beliefs compel me to do so. It's no secret that biblical Christianity makes clear claims to being the exclusive way to God (John 14:6). This is an uncomfortable fact when the consequences of those claims are fleshed out and the realization is made that billions of people who do not follow Christ are facing an eternity separated from God in a place of torment we call Hell (Revelation 20:15). As C.S. Lewis famously said in The Problem of Pain, "There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than [hell], if it lay in my power. But it has the full support of Scripture and, specifically, of our Lord's own words; it has always been held by Christendom; and it has the support of reason". I would agree.
I will not expound or defend the Christian doctrine of hell here, but the conclusion leaves few options. If I truly believe that hell is a real place and that real people made in the image of God will go there, then the best thing I can do is try to stop as many people as I can. If the Christian believes that Joseph Smith, Muhammad or anyone else was a false prophet and has since led people away from the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, then it is our responsibility to warn them.
"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for." - C.H. Spurgeon
Be certain of this, it is not my intent or desire to "bash" anyone else's beliefs and nothing I do here is born out of hatred toward any group.
Speak the Truth
Christians are commanded to oppose and correct false teaching. Religious pluralism is not an option:
speak with love
Christians are commanded to always treat others with love and respect. We can disagree, but we can do so in a civil and respectful manner:
It is God's intention for us to use the minds he gave us and to use them well. God is not honored with bad reasoning or muddy thinking:
I am not an expert and cannot pretend to be one. I am not a trained philosopher, theologian or apologist and I don't expect anyone else to be. At the end of the day, I am just another human being trying to honor God with my time and my talents. I am human and I do make mistakes. I am not omniscient. It's okay to say "I don't know".