Maybe Jeffery could be Adam’s coach. He has been very sensible to me. I agree that it shouldn’t be a matter of “right” or “wrong”, but you should be able to say “and that’s why my interpretation makes the most sense”. Use logic and scripture; your priest’s or church’s views can be mentioned, but they are opinions and not The Truth.
No insults here (or at least tone it down!). We don’t need “You are twisting God’s words.” Try, “No, that interpretation is not the best, because look at x, y, z”. Don’t bring in side topics.
And could you post the scripture you are referring to? I can look it up, but it gets hard to remember what people are referring to 12 posts later, and I think the other SDMBers feel the same.
I am amenable to being the ref; as an atheist, for me it is much like arguing over the color of Santa’s boots. I do not want to have to declare a “winner”; I am a ref, not a judge. If your logic is clear and your cites strong, it will speak for itself.
I admit I like some of the LDS ideas, but I think some are truly bizarro (no offense, my beliefs would appear bizarro if taken out of context and reduced to one sentance). Adam sometimes annoys me, but I bear him no deep grudge. I have read a fair amount of the Bible (I’ll finish it someday) and a tiny little bit of the BOM, but I will mostly depend on you guys for cites. Is that “full disclosure” enough? Is David B gonna get miffed if I infringe on his baliwick?
“Eppur, si muove!” - Galileo Galilei