Thursday, October 15, 2009

Amazing Bible Timeline

At first glance, the Amazing Bible Timeline is pretty...well...amazing! Unfortunately upon closer inspection this is something I can NOT recommend. My copy will be destroyed upon completion of this review.

The publishers of the timeline also publish an LDS (Mormon) version. Some of the specifically Mormon dates are also on the timeline I received for review. I have only come across the idea that the ancient people of America somehow connect to the Jewish nation and may be part of the "lost tribes" in Mormon teachings. As an evangelical Christian who is familiar with the LDS church teachings, I cannot use or recommend a timeline that has any background associated with what I find to be heresy. I can't trust a product that presumes to tell me Biblical dates if I cannot trust the publishers worldview.

The publishers did respond to concerns regarding LDS content. Their response may be found HERE. While I do agree that we need more unity and cooperation among Christian denominations, I do not believe Mormonism to be a Christian religion (believing Christ to be A son of God as opposed to THE son of God is a huge distinction). I do believe we are to love everyone, regardless of religion or worldview. My opinion is not being shared to hurt or attack anyone of any religion, but to clarify why I personally cannot trust this timeline for my family.

The Amazing Bible Timeline is available for $29.97.

*Disclosure- This product was provided at no cost for review purposes.*

5 comments:

Tristan said...

Lori, I want you to know that we (members of the LDS faith)believe Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God. Not 'a' son of God. He is God's literal son. You can read that from official publications of our church, including this page, The Living Christ:
http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&sourceId=735b862384d20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=e1fa5f74db46c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD

Regardless, I understand your choice to use materials for your family that you feel are appropriate to your beliefs. That is one of the perks to homeschooling that I am grateful for as well! Good, specific review of your objections.

Lori said...

Unless doctrine has changed since I attended the Mormon church, LDS believes we may become gods ourselves and that there are multiple gods- that the Father/Son/Holy Spirit Trinity is not the One and Only God.

A quick search brought me this answer; http://www.fairlds.org/Bible/Do_We_Have_the_Potential_to_become_Like_God.html

The "a" and the "the" is perhaps semantics and could have been stated more clearly. This was a tough one to write. While I did not want to get into all the reasons I do not believe in the LDS faith, I did want to state why I take issue with this product.

I do appreciate your graciousness in light of our differences in beliefs and do agree with you that we should treat each other with love and grace despite this.

Tristan said...

Ah, I understand more of your differences now. Just so you know, the site you referenced is not the official Church website, and as such can not speak on the doctrine.

(hugs) Still love ya! See you on the boards...

Lori said...

This is from the official site; http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&sourceId=45af9daac5d98010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&vgnextoid=bbd508f54922d010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD

One can read through the Index of Topics on the official site and the differences between Christianity and Mormonism will be come clear.

I guess we would consider each other apostates (http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?index=1&locale=0&sourceId=619439b439c98010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&vgnextoid=bbd508f54922d010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD) but can still be friends...weird, but true!

{{hugs}} back at ya, you are a sweetie!

Tristan said...

"I guess we would consider each other apostates"

hehehe! too funny!

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