Yes I definitely understand those type of gifts that God has given us; he uses our passions and talents to glorify His name. What I want to know about is if the specific spiritual gifts, the miraculous works that Jesus and his disciples did, still exist today. I talked with a baptist preacher last Sunday at my grandmother's church to find out what he thought, and he told me that anyone who thinks they have the gifts are kidding themselves and that miracles nowadays are fake. It's just that this issue has bothered me a lot and I really want to find the answer straight from the Bible.We all have different spiritual gifts though talking in tongues isn't really practiced at my church. I am good with kids and have been serving as an Awana leader for 5 years now. I also consider this site a ministry and feel that it's been blessed by God as well.
Personal experiences definitely are allowed! I just didn't want someone to say, "Well spiritual gifts don't exist because I feel like they aren't real," or other wishy-washy arguments like that.What about personal experiences?
Do you have any sources straight from the Bible? I don't want to be rude, but I do not quite know where I am with the Book of Mormon yet and am still figuring out my own faith, so do you know any places directly in the Bible that reveal the answer?You can read more about it here, if you'd like.
There are places in the Bible that reveal part of the answer. Open up the Book of Acts and read up on the Pentecost. There you'll find examples of speaking in tongues, for one.Do you have any sources straight from the Bible? I don't want to be rude, but I do not quite know where I am with the Book of Mormon yet and am still figuring out my own faith, so do you know any places directly in the Bible that reveal the answer?
Very interesting, in 1st Corinthians Paul says this. 13Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 16Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 17For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
The link I provided outlines the gifts that the LDS church believes its members can receive, and includes links to the various scriptures where details can be found (most of which are in Corinthians, if I recall correctly). However, take note that some of these links will direct you to specific parts of the Book of Mormon or the Doctrine and Covenants, instead. So whether or not you accept those aspects is between you and God.Do you have any sources straight from the Bible? I don't want to be rude, but I do not quite know where I am with the Book of Mormon yet and am still figuring out my own faith, so do you know any places directly in the Bible that reveal the answer?You can read more about it here, if you'd like.
James 1:5 My favorite verse.I'll restate, though, that the greatest source of information is your Father in Heaven. Don't discount the power of prayer in trying to understanding the gifts of God (or lack thereof). He won't steer you wrong!
At that time, there were a lot of people that didn't believe in God and Jesus Christ. And nowadays... there's still a lot of people that don't believe in God and Jesus Christ. Some things never change.Something to know is that some spiritual gifts have passed away, such as healings and speaking and interpreting tongues and some others, Paul tells us this in 1st Corinthians, we do not need those gifts because they were used to show others that God and Jesus were living and powerful beings who actually came to earth just as the disciples had been proclaiming. So God gave the early church those gifts to show the non-believers the veracity of the disciples words. Now, we have the complete Word of God and His creation and Spirit to show others that Christ is real and died for the world, so we don't need those gifts to prove our faith.
There are some Christian branches - such as the Pentecostals - that believe God didn't take these gifts away, and some people still bear them. Do you think they may be faking it? Or that their "power" does stem from God or Satan?But, if God took away these gifts, then it was for a good reason.
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