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1.The Bible did not drop down from heaven ready-made, as some people seem to imagine. It did not suddenly appear on earth, carried down from God by an angel. It was written by people like ourselves, who held in their…
Catholics and Orthodox are criticised by Protestants for calling their priests "Father". Of course, their criticism comes from Matthew 23:1-12: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat, so practise and observe whatever they tell you, but not what…
As a Catholic you believe that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church established by Jesus Christ. Do not waste your time trying to show how good or holy or intelligent Catholics are. Stick with the fact that that…
"Do you think I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." (Luke 12:51) This quotation from Luke 12:51 (and the parallel passages in other Gospels) are more than puzzling. They are upsetting and…
1. The New Testament was not, any more than the Old, all written at one time, or all by one man. At least 40 years passed away between the writing of the first and the writing of the last of…
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." (John 6:53) On hearing Jesus make this statement, many of his disciples said, "This…
If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sister, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26) This seems a shocking…
As we have seen, the Gospels were written at different times. We put them at the beginning of the New Testament, but, of course, they were not the first books to be written. The letters of Paul and other writers…
The Bible tells us (Colossians 2:11-15) that in the New Covenant, baptism replaces circumcision in the Old. In the Old Testament God required circumcision as the basic way of bringing a child into the Covenant (Genesis 17:1-14). The ritual was…
Beginning with the Reformation, Protestants have stuck to the principle that everything revealed by God as necessary for salvation is found in the Bible alone, without any need for the Church to show the authentic meaning of Scripture. The idea…
To another he said, "Come, follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." But he said, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of…
Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.(Mark 10:11-12) This was felt to be a hard saying by the disciples who first heard it. It…
To you the secret of the kingdom of God has been given: but to those who are outside everything comes by way of parables, so that (as Scripture says) they may look, but see nothing; they may hear, but understand…
To you the secret of the kingdom of God has been given: but to those who are outside everything comes by way of parables, so that (as Scripture says) they may look, but see nothing; they may hear, but understand…
Was the Bible only in Latin so that the people could not read it? This question has two parts: (i) the question of the Bible being only in Latin; and (ii) the question of people not being able to read…
I am a Catholic priest, but got ordained rather later than is usual, because first I was a Protestant pastor. I was born and brought up in a Protestant family, and wanted sincerely to serve the Lord as a minister.…
Celibacy is not popular. I don't suppose it ever has been, and in the modern world which places so much emphasis on sex, the gift of consecrated celibacy is even more misunderstood and discredited than ever. All the more reason,…
How were the Scriptures written in the earliest days? When you have read this, you will understand the dangers of loss and corruption and how absolutely necessary was the protection of the Church for these documents not to be completely…
To all lovers of the written word of God In all his letters there are, of course, some passages which are hard to understand, and these are the ones that uneducated and unbalanced people distort, in the same way as…
How was the Bible preserved and multiplied and spread throughout the centuries before printing was invented? Just as the Catholic Church at the beginning wrote and collected together sacred books of the New Testament, so her monks, friars, nuns, and…
Looking at the Bible as it stands today, we find it is composed of 73 separate books – 46 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. How has it come to be composed precisely of these 73, and…
It is better not to argue with people about religion. An intelligent discussion that is seeking understanding can be enlightening, but most religious arguments are no more intelligent than a repeated "I'm right, you're wrong", like two dogs barking at…
You lack one thing: go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. (Mark 10:21) This, of course, is the story of the rich young man, that very…
The Bible provides a great deal of evidence that Christians can and should honour and imitate the saints. One rhyme I remember from childhood ends: Make friends with the saints, For the saints are God's friends, Is the motto with…
God condemns the sin of idolatry, whether it is in the form of worshipping statues, or money, or sex, or a new car, or any other created thing that can become an idol. In Exodus 20, the Lord forbids the…
Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter: but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin. (Mark 3:28-29) And everyone…
In Mark 7:1-13, the Pharisees and scribes accuse Jesus and his disciples of abandoning "the tradition of the elders" because they ate with unwashed hands. This obviously makes Jesus angry, and he turns on them. "Well did Isaiah prophesy of…
And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of the mamon of unrighteousness; so that when it fails, they may receive you into eternal dwellings. (Luke 16:9) This saying comes at the end of the parable of the…
Matthew 6:7: "And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words." In this verse, Christ condemns prayers that fall into the category of "vain…
You will see that Protestant Bibles have seven fewer books than Catholic ones. These are books that were in all Bibles from the 4th. to the 16th. century. They are: Tobias, Baruch, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, 1 Maccabees, 2…