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Whose Bible Is It, Anyway?

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in The Bible and The Church

KARL KEATING Most Protestants are at a loss when asked how they know that the 66 books in their Bibles belong in it. The most overlooked part of the Bible, apologetically speaking, is the table of contents. It does more than just tell us the pages on which the constituent books begin. It tells us …

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Are Catholics Born Again?

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Born again

MARK BRUMLEY “Have you been born again?” the Fundamentalist at the door asks the unsuspecting Catholic. Yes, they believe in Jesus. And yes, they try to live Christian lives. They probably have some vague awareness that Fundamentalists think being “born again” involves a religious experience or “accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.” Many …

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Myths about 7 Books

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Apocripha - Deuterocanonical

MARK SHEA Here are the answers to five common arguments Protestants give for rejecting the Deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament. People don’t talk much about the deuterocanon these days. The folks who do are mostly Christians, and they usually fall into two general groupings: Catholics—who usually don’t know their Bibles very well and, therefore, …

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“People’s memories of their past lives prove that reincarnation is true…and that the Christian view of Heaven and Hell is not.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Reincarnation

  As society becomes increasingly fascinated with the paranormal, we can expect to see claims of “past life memories” increase. Indeed, there are now organizations who will help take you through your previous lives using hypnosis. While this may be convincing to some, it certainly isn’t to anyone familiar with the mechanics of hypnosis. Almost …

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“Properly interpreted, the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. Rather, it weighs against promiscuity — whether homosexual or heterosexual. Therefore, we have no reason to oppose loving homosexual relationships.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Homosexuality, Homosexuality

As homosexual activity gains greater acceptance in our culture, there’ll be more pressure among Christians to explain away the Bible’s clear prohibition against it. It’s now the standard liberal party line to claim that the Bible — when understood correctly — doesn’t disallow homosexual activity. But this claim flies in the face of clear passages …

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“Dissent is actually a positive thing, since we should all keep our minds open to new ideas.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Catholic Church

  You might hear this argument a lot today, especially in the wake of the abuse scandal in the Church. Everyone wants to find a solution to the problem, and in doing so some people are advocating ideas that are outside the pale of our Catholic faith (i.e., women priests, being open to homosexuality, etc). …

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“If the Church truly followed Jesus, they’d sell their lavish art, property, and architecture, and give the money to the poor.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Catholic Church

  When some people think of Vatican City, what they immediately picture is something like a wealthy kingdom, complete with palatial living accommodations for the pope and chests of gold tucked away in every corner, not to mention the fabulous collection of priceless art and artifacts. Looking at it that way, it’s easy to see …

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“You don’t need to confess your sins to a priest. You can go straight to God.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Confession

As a former Baptist minister, I can understand the Protestant objection to confession (they have a different understanding of priesthood). But for a Catholic to say something like this…it’s disappointing. I suspect that, human nature being what it is, people just don’t like telling other people their sins, and so they come up with justifications …

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“I don’t need to go to Church. As long as I’m a good person, that’s all that really matters.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Eucharist, Go to Church

This argument is used often, and is pretty disingenuous. When someone says he’s a “good person,” what he really means is that he’s “not a bad person” — bad people being those who murder, rape, and steal. Most people don’t have to extend a lot of effort to avoid these sins, and that’s the idea: …

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“The Old and New Testaments contradict one another in numerous places. If an omnipotent God inspired the Bible, He would never have allowed these errors.”

May 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Contradictions

This is a common claim, one found all over the internet (especially on atheist and free-thought websites). An article on the American Atheists website notes that “What is incredible about the Bible is not its divine authorship; it’s that such a concoction of contradictory nonsense could be believed by anyone to have been written by …

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