Category Archives: Scripture

The Death of the Last Apostle claim

The last of the 12 Apostles to die was John, the author of the Gospel and the Book of Revelation. A number of sources make the claim that public revelation (Tradition and Scripture) was completed or closed with “the death … Continue reading

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What Jesus said about the Islamic Extremists

Jesus is God-made-man, so he knows the whole future. When Jesus was teaching the disciples, he had in mind the whole future of the Church. Therefore, His teachings take account of future situations, including ours today. What would Jesus say … Continue reading

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Total Inspiration and Total Inerrancy in Sacred Scripture

“Non potest solvi Scriptura.” “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). There is a widespread heresy in the Church today concerning the Bible. It is the claim that inerrancy does not apply to all of Sacred Scripture, but only to certain … Continue reading

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Difficult Bible Passages – Genesis 3:15 – Jesus or Mary?

The Latin Vulgate Bible gives the text of Genesis 3:15 as follows (with my English translation). {3:15} Inimicitias ponam inter te et mulierem, et semen tuum et semen illius: ipsa conteret caput tuum, et tu insidiaberis calcaneo eius. {3:15} I … Continue reading

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The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ – Matthew 17 and Mark 9

Difficult Bible Passages Jesus took three Apostles (Peter, James, John) aside from the other Apostles and disciples, on to a high mountain. He then was miraculously transfigured before their eyes. This event was for the purpose of teaching the Church … Continue reading

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Difficult Bible Passages – John 8:25 – The Beginning

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End of all things. For all things were created through Him and for Him. [Revelation] {1:8} “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says … Continue reading

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Difficult Bible Passages – the Nephilim or Giants of Genesis 6:4

Who are the Nephilim or Giants mentioned in Genesis? [Genesis 6] {6:1} And when men began to be multiplied upon the earth, and daughters were born to them, {6:2} the sons of God, seeing that the daughters of men were … Continue reading

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Difficult Bible Passages – liable to judgment: Mt 5:20-22

This post is the first in a series: Roman Catholic commentary on difficult Bible passages, based on my translation of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate (the Catholic Public Domain Version or CPDV). [Matthew] {5:20} For I say to you, … Continue reading

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How long have humans been on this earth?

I frequently see the claim made in news media coverage of science: that humans have been around for a couple of million years. They talk about the latest anthropological discovery in terms of “early humans” and “our ancestors” in times … Continue reading

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Noah and the Flood according to the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

Quoted from The Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations (my unpublished edit of a public domain edition): Then God declared to Noah His intention to send the Deluge. During the building of the ark, Noah had to suffer terribly … Continue reading

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Evolution’s Glass Ceiling

The Catholic Christian Faith is based on faith and reason, not faith alone. And we are obliged by our love of truth to consider and accept any scientific theories that are reasonable, fairly well proven, and not in contradiction to … Continue reading

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A Few Comments on Biblical Inerrancy

We are obliged by faith to believe: A. Scripture is entirely inspired by the Holy Spirit B. Scripture is entirely inerrant C. All the truths of Scripture have been preserved by the Holy Spirit (A) and (B) are the infallible … Continue reading

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The Purpose of the Jewish Dietary Laws

The Jewish dietary laws were a living parable. In distinguishing between clean and unclean foods every day, the devout Jew learns to take the will of God into account in daily life. Clean and unclean foods figuratively represent good and … Continue reading

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Is Creation in a Fallen State?

When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden (paradise), they fell from grace. In a sense, humanity was tested by God, and we failed. But why did Adam and Eve need to be in paradise, to be tested? … Continue reading

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Private Interpretation of Scripture

The Church has repeatedly condemned using any private interpretation of Scripture to contradict an infallible teaching of the Magisterium. The Magisterium is the authoritative interpreter of Scripture, and all infallible magisterial teachings are required beliefs. But in the case of … Continue reading

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The Bible, Slavery, and Intrinsic Evil

Does the Bible approve of slavery, or remain silent on its immorality? Has the Roman Catholic Magisterium condemned slavery as intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral? The Bible The Old Testament had something more like indentured servitude. In ancient times, … Continue reading

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What Jesus said about homosexuality and same-sex marriage

[Mark] {7:18} And he said to them: “So, are you also without prudence? Do you not understand that everything entering to a man from outside is not able to pollute him? {7:19} For it does not enter into his heart, … Continue reading

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Concerning the approval of Bible translations

Since the completion of my translation of the Bible in March of 2009, I’ve read a number of different comments about my work. More than a few persons have shown appreciation for my translation, the Catholic Public Domain Version. More … Continue reading

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Daniel’s 70 Weeks of Years: an eschatological explanation

{9:24} Seventy weeks of years are concentrated on your people and on your holy city, so that transgression shall be finished, and sin shall reach an end, and iniquity shall be wiped away, and so that everlasting justice shall be … Continue reading

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How much influence should the Dead Sea Scrolls have on Bible translations?

The short answer is: not much. The long answer follows. Biblical scholars often give more weight to a manuscript that is older, as compared to a more recent manuscript of the same passage. The reason is that copyist errors, and … Continue reading

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