Category Archives: Scripture

The Sharp Corners of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

The true Gospel of Jesus Christ has some sharp corners. The Word that proceeds from the mouth of Jesus is a sharp two-edged sword: it cuts for you and against you. When you do good, or repent from doing evil, … Continue reading

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The Martyrdoms of James and John, sons of Zebedee

In the Gospel, Jesus says that both sons of Zebedee, James the greater and John the Evangelist, would be martyred. [Mark] {10:35} And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, drew near to him, saying, “Teacher, we wish that whatever … Continue reading

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How Many Animals entered the Ark of Noah?

The usual discussion about Noah and the Flood among Catholics involves two different positions: that the Flood story is entirely fictional, or that it is entirely literal. In my book, Noah’s Flood: Literal or Figurative?, I refute both positions and … Continue reading

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bible

1. Some words in the Bible’s original languages are so obscure no one knows what they mean. The footnotes of a Bible often say about such words, “Hebrew obscure, corrected according to the Greek” or a similar phrasing. Usually, this … Continue reading

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Does the Bible forbid wearing multi-fabric clothes?

For some reason, the following passage from the book of Leviticus is often ridiculed today: [Leviticus] {19:19} Observe my laws. You shall not cause your cattle to breed with other kinds of animals. You shall not sow your field with … Continue reading

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Release To Us Barabbas!

The first century Jews would gather at Jerusalem three times each year: the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover), and the Feast of Weeks (Jewish Pentecost). [Exodus] {23:14} Three times in each year, you shall celebrate feasts … Continue reading

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Reply to People who ridicule Noah’s Flood

There are two common views on the story of Noah, the great Flood, and the Ark. One view is entirely literal: water covered the whole surface of the earth, all human and animal life outside the Ark died, the Ark … Continue reading

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Read the whole Bible in preparation for the Warning

I propose that we read the whole Bible in preparation for the Warning on Good Friday of 2016 (March 25th). Here is the math: * 5 days a week (Mon. through Fri.) for 52 weeks is 260 days. * 1 … Continue reading

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Did king David murder Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba?

David attempted to murder Uriah, to cover up his sin of adultery with Bathsheba. So David did commit the mortal sin of murder. However, according to the account of these events in Sacred Scripture, David’s order to murder Uriah was … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Canaanite woman: dogs or puppies?

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus encounters a Canaanite woman, who pleads with Him to heal her daughter. She acknowledges that He is the long-awaited Messiah, by calling Him ‘Lord, Son of David’. For the Jews all understood, and even … Continue reading

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Why did God allow polygamy among the Israelites?

The Catholic Encyclopedia offers this approach to the problem: “The monogamic and indissoluble properties of marriage were for a time dispensed by Divine permission. Thus in the patriarchal times of the Old Testament polygamous marriage was tolerated.” The Supplement to … Continue reading

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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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