Christianity bases a significant amount of its doctrine and practices on the writings of St. Paul (his epistles) – a man who claimed to have received divine revelation straight from Jesus Himself.
Here’s the thing:
Mormonism bases a significant amount of its doctrine and practice on the writings of Joseph Smith (the book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price) – a man who claimed to have received divine revelation straight from “the angel Moroni”.
Islam bases a significant amount of its doctrine and practice on the teachings of Muhammad (which after his death were written down and canonized as the Quran) – a man who claimed to have received divine revelation straight from the angel Gabriel (among other sources).
So wait a minute, as Christians we throw out the visions of Smith and Muhammad as a matter of course, but why do we accept Paul’s testimony and not theirs? Why do we insist that Paul was telling the truth, while these other men were either deceivers, or deceived themselves?
6 months ago or so, I asked Issues, etc.if they would do a segment on the difference between Paul’s vision of Christ, and the visions of Joseph Smith and Muhammad to address this precise issue. It took them some time to get to it, but do the segment they did! As luck would have it, the individual they drafted to do the segment was none other than Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, a stalwart defender of the faith and a hero of mine. Further, this segment originally aired the week of my birthday – I can think of no better gift than listening to Dr. Montgomery himself answer a question of mine (and answer it well!).
In any case, now that I have the capability to embed audio I thought I would share the segment with you. It is approximately 30 minutes long, and you can also download it and other segments on iTunes by subscribing to the Issues, etc. podcast.