Contrary to what most believe, Joseph Smith did not actually organize the Mormon Church. Brigham Young was the motivating force behind that.
Here is a little known fact. Joseph Smith wanted to worship on Sabbath. But Young and several others who were close to him, told him that if seventh-day worship was embraced that the church would not succeed. So, they choose Sunday as their day of worship.
Also, Joseph Smith was shot in a jail in Navaroo, Illiniois, as he was standing watching a crowd that was rioting in the streets blow, in the back. No one still knows who the trigger man was and it was never investigated.
As I remember, it has been a number of years since I read this, they were in the Navroo, Illinois jail for their own protection.
It was when they were moving from back east to Utah. When they came to Navaroo to spend the night, when the population found out who they were, a riot started. So, all of them were placed in jail to keep them safe from the rioting crowds. At least that is how I remember the story. I do not remember that they did anything except just be there and wanting to spend the night.
God had nothing to do with raising up the Mormon church. If you know much about them, that would not even be a question. I have investigated realitively deeply into their history and religion.
If you can find the book by Fawn Brodie, called: "No Man Knows My History," get it and read it. Fawn Brodie was a Mormon and they asked her to write a biography of Joseph Smith. They opened up all their records to her, so it is very well doctumented. You will not even wonder if God had anything to do with their being in existence after reading that report.
it was nice to know from brother Ray Phillips, that Joseph Smith was a sabbath keeper at 1st, then decided to change
his way of thinking when some of his close friends Brigham Young , decided this would not be to best interest of their church to keep the sabbath but rather to worship on sunday. I also didn't know that joseph smith was shot in prison later in life. Yes i pretty much know this answer, however i again must say that there will be mormons , catholics, davidians, shepherd rod, baptist, lutherans, muslims, native-american indians, vikings, pirates (the good ones), pilgrims, eskimos, africans, its too many to make mentioned here on adventist online. Heaven will not be esclusively for the adventist people, but for many religions and many non believers as well. although God may not have raised up these various religions, but if you think about it, the people who were brainwashed into joining these religions, would be judged according to the light they were given.
Heaven is now working on getting people out of the wrong churches. With the advanced technology people have no excuse at all for not accepting or learning the message. The end time message have been loudly proclaimed all over the world. In every corner of this world there are God's people sharing messages to them. To those who are brainwashed, God will reveal to them the truth but first they have to open themselves to the message. Regarding Joseph Smith, I have heard of him but obviously he joined the church and compromised his faith because he put his friends above God. I have heard also that Mormon Church is run by Freemason Secret Society. I am not sure if this is true or not. I wonder why they put Joseph Smith in silence. There had to be an important reason why they did it. I do believe there would be two classes of religious people at the very end of earth's history. The Sabbath Keepers who serve the Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the other religious group that serve their god Lucifer, the fallen angel. Those are the people who refused to accept God's message and wanted to keep their positions in their loving city of Babylon. I am referring to the protestant churches.
This is Webster's definition of a non-believer
: one that does not believe in a particular religious faith
: one that does not believe : an incredulous person : doubter, skeptic
I have 3 friends who don't believe in God and yet they are helping us with mechanical work, home repair to just to name a few things. We are very low income and one of them was just here for 12 hours helping install some ceiling fans. If they don't believe in God what motivates them to help?
God will hold each and every person to light that they have in their hearts. We don't don't know their hearts but God does. I think they will be in heaven too.
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Paul vs. Saul
The Dilemma: You’ve read his writing, or at the very least heard his First Letter to the Corinthians at 100,000 weddings (“Love is not boastful,” etc.). But what’s the real name of the 13th apostle?
People You Can Impress: biblical scholars and people named Paul (also, people named Saul, although a lot of them tend to be either elderly or dead)
The Quick Trick: Before he saw Jesus, he was Saul; thereafter, Paul.
Just as Prince became the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Saul of Tarsus saw fit to have a midcareer name change. But Saul’s transformation was even more radical than Prince’s: Saul was a Jewish tentmaker who may have possessed Roman citizenship and persecuted Christians; Paul was a Christian—in fact, he was probably the single most important person in Christian history not named Jesus.
The change came about while Saul was on the road to Damascus around 35 ce, when Jesus appeared before him in a vision. Called by Christ to apostleship, Saul became Paul, and Paul quickly became one of the most important leaders of the young church. As a Jew, Paul was able to ground his theology in the Judaism of Jesus and most of the fledgling band of Christians. But Paul saw his true mission as being “the apostle to the gentiles,” and with his knowledge of Roman traditions, he was well placed to preach to non-Jewish residents of the empire. In his letters to various congregations, many of which ended up in the New Testament, Paul’s emphasis on the mystical importance of the resurrection of Christ, along with his exhortations to evangelize to the gentiles, helped establish Christianity as we know it today, as a religion entirely separate from Judaism. Paul also founded churches in Asia Minor and possibly even Spain and Britain.
Although little is known for certain about his life after the letters in the New Testament (most of which date to the 50s ce, making them some of the New Testament’s earliest writings), Paul is believed to have been—you’ll never believe it—martyred around 67 ce