Catholic Answers Live

Here are the questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday evening. You can listen on-live here or use other listening options, like podcasts, here:

1. If God is good, why is there evil and why do bad things happen to good people?

2. Why do Catholics think their Mass is a sacrifice when the Bible says Jesus was crucified only once for our sins?

3. What does the Catholic Church teach about conscientious objectors?

4. Why are there so many Catholic laws in the Canon Law? What is it for anyway?

5. Did the Catholic Church ever add books or remove books from the Bible?

6. Is the story of Barabbas in the Gospels mythical or historical (he argued that it was mythical)?

7. Why was the Book of Enoch and other ancient writings not included in the Bible?

8. Please expand on your thoughts on why God allows bad things to happen.

9. Can you expand on your comments about the Mass being like inside a bubble?

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Are You Born Again?

by Steve Ray on May 19, 2015

 Since we are all renewing our Baptismal Vows at the Jordan River today, thought this post from a year ago might be appropriate :-)

It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way – with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following:

1) The first creation came from the the earth which was covered with WATER and the SPIRIT hovered over the waters and from the water emerged land and man and God’s first creation (Gen 1:1-2).

NoahsArk3.jpg2) A new humanity was started with Noah through WATER and SPIRIT. The ark went through the water and a dove (representing the Spirit) hovered overhead with an olive branch. Peter said this represents baptism which “now saves us” (1 Peter 3:18-21).

pillar of fire3) The nation of Israel was created through the WATER of the Red Sea (baptism) with the cloud and fire of the Holy SPIRIT overhead — my oh my, again we have water and Spirit (Ex 14).

4) Ezekiel then describes what the New Covenant will look like and he said we will be sprinkled with clean WATER and his SPIRIT will be placed in us (Ez 36:25). Born again, I suspect.

5) Then Jesus, right before saying you must be born of “water and the Spirit” had just gone down into the WATER of the Jordan and the SPIRIT came down and landed on his head. Again, water and the Spirit (Mt 3:16; Jn 1:29).

6) Jesus teaches Nicodemus that he must be born again, or from above which is accomplished through “WATER and the SPIRIT.“

Jesus-Baptized-077) When Jesus finished these words what was the first thing he did? He went down and baptized people in the Jordan with his disciples (Jn 4:1-2).

8) At the first Holy Ghost Gospel Revival meeting :-) Peter stood up at Pentecost and said,  “Repent, and be baptized (WATER) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy SPIRIT“ (Acts 2:38).

9) Peter also says “Baptism now saves you“ (1 Pet 3:18), and Paul is told “Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16), and Paul writes that we are saved “by the washing of regeneration (WATER) and renewal in the Holy SPIRIT“ (Titus 3:5).

Other verses you should know — click here!

For my article on Infant Baptism, click here

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JordanSm.jpgToo bad many Evangelicals and Fundamentalists refuse to see it but the Bible is pretty clear about new birth through the sacrament of baptism. Jesus is not ambiguous in this matter and he is alluding quite clearly to new beginnings in the Old Testament. The Early Church is also very clear and so is the teaching of the Catholic Church today.

(Picture to right is the place in the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Click for larger image.)

St. Augustine said, “Who is so wicked as to want to exclude infants from the kingdom of heaven by prohibiting their being baptized and born again in Christ?”

When someone asks me “Have you been born again?“  I simply answer “Absolutely, but I’ve been born again the Bible Way!“

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It was a rousing hour with great questions. Hope you enjoy it.

To listen on-line, click here. To download as a podcast or other listening options, click here.

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Can I take RCIA classes and still have my planned wedding in a Protestant church this fall?

Shouldn’t Christians be uniting in volunteer missionary activity rather than arguing and debating theology?

Why do Catholics bow down to statues if it says in the Bible we should not do that?

Do Catholics believe that ONLY Catholics will go to heaven?

What is the biblical basis for the infallibility of the Pope?

Why do you Catholic exclude other Christians from taking your eucharist?

 

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Karl Keating Steps Down at Catholic Answers

February 3, 2015

This is good news for Catholic Answers and will open up a lot of new possibilities. Christopher Check is now President — a good move. You can read the official announcement here: http://www.catholic.com/news/catholic-answers-names-new-president

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Link Available: Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live

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Raising Daughters: Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – links added

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday

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Today on Teresa Tomeo, Al Kresta Show and Tomorrow Catholic Answers Live

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Catholic Answers Live: Stations of the Cross and Pain of the Crucifixion

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Wow, what a fun show. Great questions and lively discussion. Listen on-line HERE and other audio options HERE. the audio links as soon as they are available on Thursday. Also, for those who are interested in my audio talks on this topic, visit Steve Ray’s Store/audio. Look for “Stations of the Cross” and also “Pain of [...]

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