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I hear you man...

You seem like a nice lad. Glad to discuss these issues with a Ron Paul fan like yourself. The problem with the Mormon concept of using James 1:5 as Christians see it is...

When looking at any verse in the Bible, the first thing that we must do is to look at its immediate context. After all, if we take a verse out of its context, then we can make it say anything we want. So, let's examine the first few eight verses of James:

"James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad, greetings.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,
being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."

We can easily see from the context that James is writing to "the 12 tribes who were dispersed abroad." This means that James is writing to those who are Jewish believers, and this was probably written before the year A.D. 50. This means that there had been plenty of time since Jesus' crucifixion for evangelism to have brought many Jews throughout the Mediterranean area to the Christian faith.

"Flavius Josephus, first-century historian, records that James was martyred in a.d. 62, so the epistle must have been written prior to that date. Since no mention is made of the Jerusalem Council (a.d. 49) in which James took so active a role, it is likely that the letter was written between a.d. 45 and 48."1

So, James is written to Jewish believers but its context is about facing trials. Notice that verse two says "when you encounter various trials." Verse three mentions the "testing of your faith." Verse four talks about "endurance." It is after these verses that James mentions attaining wisdom. The context is about gaining wisdom through difficult trials and the testing of one's faith, not about praying to see if a book is true. Then James goes on to tell them to have faith and trust God.

Joseph Smith said in regards to James 1:5,

"Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible."2

First of all, Joseph Smith said that of all people who ever lived, he is the one who has experienced the most power in his heart when looking at James 1:5. That is quite a boast. Second, he talks about a feeling in his heart. This is highly subjective and is not based on scripture. Third, he said that he did not have confidence by settling the question [of which Christian sect was true] "by an appeal to the Bible."

So he appeals to the Bible in James 1:5, yet he also says he has no "confidence of settling the question by an appeal to the Bible." This is, of course, a contradiction; one that is not seen by very many Mormons.

Nevertheless, James 1:5 is improperly used by Mormons to justify praying about the Book of Mormon to see if it is true. What they do is not biblical. It is counter to Scriptural truth and it essentially subjects truth to a feeling. Because of this, the Mormons have believed in a false God (who came from another planet), a false Christ (who was brother of the devil and us in the preexistent), and a false gospel (deliverance of sin by faith and works). I pray that my Mormon friends will escape the lies of the enemy and come to a saving relationship with the real God of Scripture.

Often times a burning in the bosum as often stated in Latter Day Saint circles if felt at all is deceit. The devil can give you a burning in the bosom and has done so to deceive precious souls. This is found throughout the Bible.

Just Christianity's take on this issue but I respect your right to believe however you choose.