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Why "They Left Because They Were Offended" Continues To Hold Such Power As An Excuse

Many who have experienced crises of faith in the LDS Church are bewildered at the explanations given by those who have never deeply struggled with doubt in the faith. Often, the explanations given in a typical Sunday School are that individuals were "offended" by a local leader, "wanted to sin" through infidelity to spouse or the LDS Word of Wisdom, or simply became "tired" of having to do all of the things expected of a stalwart…

1 Peter 4:6 (Not Finished)

Greek: 6 εἰς τοῦτο γὰρ καὶ νεκροῖς εὐηγγελίσθη ἵνα κριθῶσι μὲν κατὰ ἀνθρώπους σαρκὶ ζῶσι δὲ κατὰ θεὸν πνεύματι. My Translation: 6 Therefore it was preached to the dead that they might be truly judged against humans in flesh but they might live against God in spirit. KJV: 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live…

Hebrews 12:9 (Not Finished)

Greek: 9 εἶτα τοὺς μὲν τῆς σαρκὸς ἡμῶν πατέρας εἴχομεν παιδευτὰς καὶ ἐνετρεπόμεθα· οὐ πολὺ μᾶλλον ὑποταγησόμεθα τῷ πατρὶ τῶν πνευμάτων καὶ ζήσομεν; My Translation: 9 After that, of our flesh truly we fathers have had, chastisers, and we gave reverence: will we not much rather submit ourselves to the father of spirits and we will live? KJV: 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall…

Philippians 4:13 (Not Finished)

Greek: 13 πάντα ἰσχύω ἐν τῷ ἐνδυναμοῦντί με [Χριστῷ]. My Translation: 13 I am able to do everything through him [some manuscripts: "Christ" ] who strengthens me. KJV: 6 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. My translations are purposefully stretched and should not be viewed as more accurate than the KJV translation unless I say so in the post. I'm trying to show the range lying between the original Greek text and the…

Galatians 5:22-23 (Not Finished)

Greek: 22 ὁ δὲ καρπὸς τοῦ πνεύματός ἐστιν ἀγάπη, χαρά, εἰρήνη, μακροθυμία, χρηστότης, ἀγαθωσύνη, πίστις, 23 πραΰτης, ἐγκράτεια· κατὰ τῶν τοιούτων οὐκ ἔστιν νόμος. My Translation: 22 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joyfulness, rest, patience, kindness, goodness, belief, 23 meekness, self-control: and these things there is no law. KJV: 6 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 6 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.…

John 14:6 (Not Finished)

Greek: 6 λέγει αὐτῷ Ἰησοῦς· ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ὁδὸς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ ἡ ζωή· οὐδεὶς ἔρχεται πρὸς τὸν πατέρα εἰ μὴ δι’ ἐμοῦ. My Translation: 6 Jesus says to him: "I am the way and the truth and the life; no-one goes towards the father except through me." KJV: 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. My translations are…