Category Archives: Bible Stories

Final Judgment is Not a Matter of “Faith Alone” At All

Final Judgment is Not a Matter of “Faith Alone” At All

In the biblical and Catholic view, works are not separated from faith and salvation.

10/07/2016 

Giotto, “The Last Judgment”, Cappella Scrovegni in Padua (1306)

A Presbyterian pastor once asked me: “If you were to die tonight and God were to ask you why He should let you into heaven, what would you tell Him?”

The problem here is that I don’t see anywhere in the Bible, in any passages we can find concerning judgment, where God talks like a good Protestant Evangelical. They never refer to the “faith alone” that we are told is the sole criterion of salvation.

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WHY “THE GOSPELS WERE WRITTEN CENTURIES AFTER JESUS” IS COMPLETE NONSENSE?

WHY “THE GOSPELS WERE WRITTEN CENTURIES AFTER JESUS” IS COMPLETE NONSENSE?

Sep 19th, 2016 | By  

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Have you ever heard someone say “The Gospels were written centuries after Jesus”?

I hear this all the time. And of course the conclusion we are supposed to draw from this claim is that therefore the Gospels cannot be trusted to give us accurate information about the life of Jesus.

But there is one small problem.

This claim is complete NONSENSE. This claim evinces a total ignorance of history.

No New Testament scholar believes this ridiculous claim, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get asserted time and time again on the popular level.

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“Mutual Submission” between Husbands and Wives in Ephesians 5?

“Mutual Submission” between Husbands and Wives in Ephesians 5?

Ephesians 5

Since the promulgation of St. John Paul II’s Mulieris Dignitatem in 1988, Catholics often speak of a “mutual submission” between husbands and wives. Proponents of the idea of mutual submission between spouses, including John Paul himself and Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia, often cite Ephesians chapter 5, and particularly verse 21—“submitting to one another out of the fear of Christ”—as the basis for their teaching. Located as it is between general exhortations on Christian living and specific instructions for relationships within families, this verse is read as teaching an attitude of service and mutual regard among Christians, an attitude which would be especially appropriate among spouses who possess an equal dignity and an equal share in the salvation won by Christ (cf. Gal. 3:28). While some claim that John Paul II intends to leave in place the traditional doctrine of male headship in marriage and others claim he has moved beyond this teaching, few have examined the exegetical foundation upon which this teaching is based. Does Ephesians 5 teach mutual submission among spouses? As plausible as this reading is on a superficial level, it is almost certainly wrong, for a number of reasons.

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