My son and I drive 40 miles roundtrip every Tuesday night to attend a non-mormon Bible study. The “minister” is well know in the born again Christian community. He has produced commentaries on most every book in the Bible, has a regular radio spot and produces CDs on various religious, political, and Israel related topics.
When I’ve told members that I’ve purchased most of his O.T. commentaries and attend his lectures weekly I’ve gotten some results I didn’t expect.
Reactions have been everything from “that’s interesting” to “you’re going to hell.” I’ve been asked why would I listen to such rubbish. Some have wondered whether it would effect my testimony.
I’ve purchased, I’ve listened and I go because there is a depth of study I don’t find and can’t find from any L.D.S. source. I feel I’m pretty well founded in our doctrine, so many of the things said have no effect at all. In fact, my son and I have some great discussions after the class about his false doctrine and his viewpoints.
I’m teaching the book of Daniel in a single adult class. Seaching all the L.D.S. material gives me very little in depth material. Ok, Daniel and the Word of Wisdom (which really had nothing to do with the word of wisdon), Shadrach and the boys in the furnace and a bit on Neb’s dream with a few paragraphs about the church being the stone cut out of the mountain. Oh, yeah and a bit of material about the Lion’s den and the writing on the wall.
There is so much more!!!
There is no verse by verse in depth commentary of the scripture, most especially of the Bible available from any L.D.S. source. We miss too much. We have lesson after lesson over the same subjects, year after year. We touch a few high spots and then quickly move on to “get thru” the lesson – what a pathetic waste.
The Tuesday night Bible study is going to take 16 weeks to get through just the book of Romans. (Last week I purchased a CD to add to my library and made a contribution in the offering box…it’s worth it!)
At least if I go to Hell I’ll know the scriptures that got me there!