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Who speaks for God?

Throughout history, prophets have recorded the words of God on tablets, temples, tombs, parchments, plates and papyri. Men have gathered these writings together and organized them into various canons. These canons define multitudinous competing religions throughout the world. The competition engenders fiery rhetoric between rival groups. Religions with small/closed canons are often called “apostate”, “obsolete” and/or “dead”; whereas, religions with large/open canons are called “heretical”, “cultish” and/or “mislead”. In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, how can we come to any certain conclusion who is right and who is wrong?

One solution might be to ask of God to know which books of scripture are from Him and which are made up. Before we can do this however, we must first find out what’s actually in the scriptures we’re inquiring about. We need to know who wrote them. When, where and why were they written? To whom were they written? What is their historical context? What was the author’s original meaning? How did the author’s intended audience understand his words? Etc.

This site it dedicated to free inquiry into the scriptures, outside the walls of dogma. It consists of short essays on religious texts, historical data and philosophical issues, with particular emphasis on the LDS Standard Works. Here we follow the facts wherever they lead, without regard to the proclamations of authority figures.

Comments are welcome, even if you don’t speak for God.

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