This is my third time talking to the same missionary mormons, also this is probably for the last time, since they weren’t to happy by the end of the discussion. After hearing them out about the pre-existence. they said that we all pre-existed as spirits in a world before this one and decided to come here with physical bodies. My immediate question to them was, “what about aborted children? have they changed their mind in the last minute?” they couldn’t answer that. I thought that was funny. By the end of the discussion their only proof that Joseph Smith is a prophet from God was to tell me :
“pray and ask God sincerely if what I’m telling you is true”
You can never find such statement if the Bible. Jesus says in John 5:39,to search the scriptures,and that the scriptures testify about him,not through prayer, Paul in Acts 17:2,3 uses reason to explain and prove Christ from the Scriptures. In Acts 17:10-12, Christians in Berea did not take Apostle’s words for granted but examined the Scripture to see if whether what he preached was truth. It’s not biblical to pray to whether something is true or not. Any religion can claim that.
You cannot know Christ apart from the Word of God.
FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. Romans 10:17
The ability to believe is not determined by how i feel when i pray but by the knowledge of truth found in the word of Christ. Truth is objective, unbiased. Feelings are subjective. Knowledge of truth is critical. Acts 17:2,3.
When something big is at stake I want to put may faith in something concrete,objective and unbiased rather than how I feel about it.
Eternal life is at stake so. your choice.
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in
them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me”
2 Cor 11:4-6
“For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.”
And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”
The brothers[b] immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.