Modern Day Prophets: Islam versus Christianity Essay examples

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Modern Day Prophets: Islam versus Christianity

In today’s world of chaos and war, many people are turning to religion. People look to organized religion not only for solace but on the contrary, they also look to attribute cause for the world’s woes. The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th has many people looking to the religion of Islam for a culprit, as the men who flew the planes were Israeli suicide missionaries. These men thought themselves to be on a mission from God (Allah). This implies that they were acting on the words of a prophet, or thought themselves prophets. In response to this, I decided to research the major religions in today’s world that rely on modern day prophets for guidance. By doing
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[1] The Bible even tells them, “Surely the Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.”[2] Their prophets fill those empty spaces. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as the Mormon Church is formally known, was founded by prophet Joseph Smith. Smith was their first prophet, and he clarified the system of revelation for the Mormon Church. There is only one person, ordained by God, who can make revelations for the church at a time. This person is the President, who holds and exercises the keys of the priesthood. His prophecies are passed through the church hierarchy to the bishop (there is a bishop for each church in separate geographic regions) and then to those in the congregation.

Devout Christians believe that Mormonism is a cult, not a division of the church, because of their reliance on modern day prophets. They defend their case using the New Testament: “…In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things…” (Hebrews 1:2) saying that Jesus is the one prophet of modern times, not the many appointed prophets of the LDS. It is true that many religions that base their foundations in the revelations of modern day prophets are considered cults by Christians which adhere to strict interpretations of the Bible.

Seventh Day Adventists are also not recognized by the greater Christian Church, though they follow

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