Category Archives: Bible Stories

Five Hard Bible Passages and What They Mean: Understanding the difficult parts of the Bible

Five Hard Bible Passages and What They Mean: Understanding the difficult parts of the Bible

06/07/2016 

Elisha and the bears.

Problematic Biblical passages are only a problem because we don’t approach them properly. Either we’re taking a passage too literally (or perhaps not literally enough), excising it from context, assuming an action of humans is a divinely approved, relying on faulty translations, or simply failing to understand the real meaning because of our distance from the time, place, and culture in which it was written.

These are human, not divine, errors, and they require intelligent engagement. They’re easy to mock, and the internet is full of scoffers doing just that rather than trying to understand the real meaning. Sites such as The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible pile ignorant derision on the text as though Jewish and Christian scholars hadn’t poured over every degesh and iota for several thousand years. There are no hard questions that have not already been asked and answered many, many times. All you need is the willingness to seek an answer.

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This One Quote Convinced Me to Be a Catholic

This One Quote Convinced Me to Be a Catholic

August 18, 2015 by St. Ignatius of Antioch. Painting by Menologion of Basil II.

St. Ignatius of Antioch. Painting by Menologion of Basil II.

I first met Jesus at the age of fifteen. As a teenager, I “accepted Christ” and began to live as best a Christian life as I could muster. And it was great. I was happy as an Evangelical Protestant. I hadn’t rejected Catholicism, I didn’t know much about it and what I knew, sadly, had come from rather poor sources. From Catholics who, themselves, didn’t know much about their faith either.

Bad Catholics.

But when an Evangelical Pastor, and good friend, asked me, “What’s more important, the Bible or Tradition?” He stumped me.

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Bible on Submission to Church and Apostolic Tradition

Bible on Submission to Church and Apostolic Tradition

February 10, 2016 by

+ Biblical Condemnation of the Rebellious & Schismatic Aspects of the Protestant Revolt

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Saint Peter as Pope, with the Keys of Heaven (1610-1612), by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]

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[originally compiled on 27 August 2011 and  published as Chapter One of my book,Biblical Proofs for an Infallible Church and Papacy]

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Prohibition of the Removal of Ancient Landmarks

Deuteronomy 19:14 (RSV, as throughout) In the inheritance which you will hold in the land that the LORD your God gives you to possess, you shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set.

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BIBLE IN TOP TEN LIST OF CHALLENGED BOOKS: Multiple complaints filed over sexual content and violence

BIBLE IN TOP TEN LIST OF CHALLENGED BOOKS: Multiple complaints filed over sexual content and violence

Bible in Top Ten List of Challenged Books

by Joseph Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 12, 2016

CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) – The Holy Bible is being declared one of the most challenged books of 2015.

According to a list compiled by the American Library Association (ALA), the Bible was challenged for “religious viewpoints,” coming in at number six out of over 270 books. Other complaints cited sexual content and violence, but the prevailing objection concerned the legality of libraries offering it.

“You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it’s a violation of Church and State,” claims James LaRue, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the ALA. “And sometimes there’s a retaliatory action, where a religious group has objected to a book and a parent might respond by objecting to the Bible.”

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When were the apostles of Jesus born?

When were the apostles of Jesus born?

04/04/2016 

Let’s put on our detective hats and see what we can discover . . .

Wouldn’t it be neat to know more about the apostles?—like when they were born?

How about members of Jesus’ family?

It turns out, we can figure that out with more reliability than you might suppose.

Let’s put on our detective hats and see what we can discover . . .

A Key Insight

I was a child in the 1970s. It was a tumultuous time. It followed the youth rebellion of the late 1960s, and there were many, similar youth rebellions and protest movements in different parts of the world in the ’70s.

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“No Pope in the New Testament” & Other Such Myths Debunked

“No Pope in the New Testament” & Other Such Myths Debunked

January 21, 2016 by

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The Liberation of St. Peter, by Antonio de Bellis (1616-1656) [public domain /Wikimedia Commons]

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I had an encounter with a former Catholic  Protestant (Church of Christ) in a closed Facebook group, who was replying to my posted paper, 50 NT Proofs for Petrine Primacy  & the Papacy.

This guy concluded that my list was a fantasy and dreamt-up and that the Bible needs to state outright and explicitly that Peter was pope; he also questioned that the papacy was an office, with someone to replace Peter the way Judas was replaced. Lastly, he denied that Catholic popes were successors to St. Peter.

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ANTI-CATHOLIC MYTHS AND LIES: #3 JESUS, CHRISTMAS & EASTER ARE OF PAGAN ORIGIN

ANTI-CATHOLIC MYTHS AND LIES: #3 JESUS, CHRISTMAS & EASTER ARE OF PAGAN ORIGIN

As we have seen with the two earlier Anti-Catholic Myths and Lies (Constantine Founded the Catholic Church and the Pope is the Antichrist), the origin of these mendacious stories are always grounded in someone’s wild imagination, which has not connection to historical facts.


9 things you need to know about Good Friday: The day our Savior Jesus Christ died for us

9 things you need to know about Good Friday: The day our Savior Jesus Christ died for us

03/24/2016 

Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. Here are 9 things you need to know . . .

Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year.

It is the day our Savior died for us.

It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man.

Here are 9 things you need to know.

1. Why is this day called “Good Friday”

It’s not for the reason you might think.

Despite the fact that “good” is a common English word, tempting us to say the name is based on the fact that something very good (our redemption) happened on this day, that’s not where the name comes from.

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What does science say about the darkness during the Crucifixion?

What does science say about the darkness during the Crucifixion?

03/20/2016 

What does science suggest about the darkness that occurred during Jesus’ Crucifixion?

What does science say about the darkness during the Crucifixion?

This Sunday I winced when we got to the following line in the Gospel reading:

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun (Luke 23:44-45).

“An eclipse of the sun”? Really? Surely the translators of the New American Bible, which we hear at Mass, didn’t render the passage that way!

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Was Jesus Really Nailed to the Cross? – Scripture, history, and the early Church Fathers help explain the crucifixion

Was Jesus Really Nailed to the Cross? – Scripture, history, and the early Church Fathers help explain the crucifixion

03/21/2016 

Christ on the Cross, by Carl Heinrich Bloch

It seems like an easy question to answer: were nails used to affix The Lord to his cross? The Gospels are silent on this moment of the crucifixion, so how do we know it was with nails?

If you look at the four Gospel accounts of the crucifixion itself, nowhere do they specify that Jesus was nailed to his cross. We have such specific images in our minds of this scene that this may come as a shock to some, but let’s look at the passages.

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