Jesus wants peace and justice and the New Testament gospels undermine that message

“In The Power of Parable, top Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan carefully dissects the stories we read in the gospels to get back to what Jesus actually intended to teach. Parables became so important for Jesus’s teaching that his follows also used this form to explain Jesus’s own life, ministry, and accomplishments.”

“Each gospel, then, is really a book-length ‘megaparable’ about Jesus of Nazareth.”

“Crossan also shows how these four gospel writers ended up undermining Jesus’s true message of God’s kingdom – that of bringing peace and justice for all,” “The Power of Parable” reads.

An angel appeared in 1827

The original version of The Book of Commandments in 1830 says that an angel was the way Joseph Smith, the translator of The Book of Mormon, learned about the book.

While the general reference preceded a mention of a particular name, it does assert that an angel appeared in 1827.

(more at MormonThink)