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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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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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“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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“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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The History of the Canon of Sacred Scripture

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in The Bible

adapted from materials of Professor Paul Hahn of the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas Development of the Old Testament Canon 1000-50 BC: The Old Testament (hereafter “OT”) books are written. C. 200 BC: Rabbis translate the OT from Hebrew to Greek, a translation called the “Septuagint” (abbreviation: “LXX”). The LXX ultimately includes 46 books. …

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The Importance of Doctrine

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in The Bible

Put briefly, sound doctrine is important because it tells us who Jesus Christ is. Every point of Christian doctrine reflects on the identity of our Divine Lover and to lose Christ’s greatest gift to his followers, a share in the life of the Trinity: Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If …

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The Credibility of the Gospels

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Gospel

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.” –G.K. Chesterton Real Common Sense: The Credibility of Witnesses in General Far be it from us too deny, that we know what we have learned by the testimony of others: otherwise we know not that there is …

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Divine Tradition and Sacred Scripture

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in The Bible and Tradition

Divine Tradition and Sacred Scripture The great experiment of Martin Luther has come to completion. The verdict of history is that Luther’s proposition– that all of the Christian faith can be extracted from Sacred Scripture– is a failure. This article explores the fundamental flaws of Luther’s proposition, known as sola scriptura (scripture alone) in turn …

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Why does the Catholic Church base some of her doctrines on tradition instead of basing them all on the Bible?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in The Bible and Tradition

Why does the Catholic Church base some of her doctrines on tradition instead of basing them all on the Bible? Did Christ not tell the Pharisees that in holding to tradition they were transgressing the commandment of God? (Matt. 15:3, Mark 7:9). Observe that in the Bible there are two kinds of religious tradition–human and …

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If the Catholic Church really honors the Bible as the holy Word of God–if she really wants her members to become familiar with its truth–why in times past did she confiscate and burn so many Bibles?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in The Bible

The Bibles which were collected and burned by the Catholic Church in times past–notably the Wycliff and Tyndale Bibles–were faulty translations, and therefore, were not the holy Word of God. In other words, the Catholic Church collected and burned those “Bibles” precisely because she does honor the Bible, the true Bible, as the holy Word …

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