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JOHN- Would like to have explanations for a few contradictions between Bible and the Doctrine and Covenants scriptures
D&C 130: 3 vs. John 14:23 (God as a man) If God is a man how can he abide in man?
"The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the
Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false." (D&C 130: 3)
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him,
and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23)
This is explained in 1 Jn. 3: 24.
"And this is his commandment, That we should believe
on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one
another, as he gave us commandment.
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him,
and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in
us, by the Spirit which he hath given us."
God abides in man "by the Spirit". His Holy Spirit can come into a person and be with him.
JC dwells in us (2 Cor. 13:5, Col. 1:27, Eph. 3: 19-21 vs. D&C 130):
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that
Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Cor. 13:5)
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is
Christ in you, the hope of glory:" (Col. 1:27)
"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the
fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power
that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Eph.3: 19-21)
All these scriptures are refering to Jesus Christ being inside us in the figurative or spiritual sense, not physically.
Alma explained how Christ spiritually "dwells" inside us:
"And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye
received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?" (Alma 5: 14 )
How could Jesus physically dwell inside us if he has a solid resurrected body as He showed to His apostles?
"Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." (Luke 24: 39)
Instead of different glories of heaven, all people in heaven will be in ‘one fold’ and will all be in the presence of Jesus - John 10:16 vs Doctrine and Covenants 76
"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice;
and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." (John 10:16)
D&C 76 is talking about the different kingdoms of heaven, but John 10:16 is talking about this earth
where all will hear about Christ's gospel and those who accept it will all be in one fold. The other sheep are those people talked about in the Book of
Mormon whom Jesus visited. (See 3 Ne. 15: 11-24). And there are others in different parts of the world to
whom He also visited to bring His gospel (3 Ne. 16:1-3), but we do not yet have their scriptures.
There is no indication that Jesus is talking about heaven in John 10:16.
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