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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live of Friday, January 23, 2016.

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1.  Opened with a discussion of St. Paul life before conversion, his life and radical ministry and the facts and issues surrounding his martyrdom.

2.  In 1 Corinthians St. Paul mentions Jesus’ words, “This is my Body, this is my Blood” from which we get the words of consecration. Where did the rest of the words we hear at Mass come from?

3.  St. Paul was not a Catholic. He was a Christian. The Catholic Church was something created by men.

4.  In 2 Corinthians 12 St. Paul said that he knew a man who was caught up to the third heaven. What does that mean? How many heavens are there?

5.  Why do you have to peg St. Paul into a particular denomination? Why not just say he is a Christian?

6.  Was St. Paul an agent of the Roman Empire when he assisted in Stephen’s martyrdom?

7.  I am what Paul was, a follower of the Nazarene. St. Paul was not and I am not a Christian, just a follower of Jesus. What do you think of that?

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Are You Born Again?

by Steve Ray on January 5, 2016

 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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Fun, fun, fun! I love doing the Catholic Answers Live call-in show. Wednesday the topic was Bethlehem and the Nativity. We started out with my description of what it was like for Mary and Joseph to arrive in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. 

You can listen on-line HERE; for other listening options like podcast, click HERE.

Here are some of the questions I answered: 

1. Are there any sources outside the Gospels that attest to the birth and life of Jesus Christ? (see book list below)

2. In Matthew it mentions that Mary remained a virgin UNTIL the birth of Jesus. Does that mean Mary had marital relations with Joseph after Jesus’ birth?

3. Did the Magi go to Nazareth or Bethlehem? What was the situation with their arrival?

4. When did the wise men come to visit Jesus — immediately after his birth or several years later?

5. The wise men are referred to as Casper, Balthazar and Melchias. Where did these names come from?

6. Can you provide some deeper insight as to why King Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus, and again when he agreed to have him crucified?

7. Were the shepherds and wise men considered of low esteem — outcasts?

BOOKS ABOUT THE HISTORICAL EVIDENCE FOR JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT?

- The Historical Jesus, by Habermas
- Jesus Outside the New Testament, by Van Voorst
- Case for Christ, by Stroebel (very good)
- Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ, by Habermas
- Evidence for Jesus, by Dunn
- Christian Origins Outside the New Testament, by Bruce
- Evidence for Jesus, by France 

 

 

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live from Malta: “Who was St. Paul?”

October 7, 2015

It was great doing the Catholic Answers Live show on St. Paul from the Island of Malta. Here are the questions I answered in a very lively hour. To listen on-line listen here. To download the Podcast click here. **************************************** 1. What are you doing on the Island of Malta and tell us of St. [...]

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Links to Audio of Questions Steve Answered on Catholic Answers Live Friday

September 20, 2015

Questions I answered Friday on Catholic Answers Live “Q & A for Non-Catholics“  We took a bit of time to answer each question. Great fun with this show and the excellent callers. To listen ON-LINE click here. To download the PODCAST or for more info here.  In RCIA:  My wife grew up Catholic but became lukewarm [...]

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Catholic Answers Live Tonight: “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family”

August 10, 2015

Here are the questions I answered today on Catholic Answers Live. The topic was: A Day in the Life of the Holy Family. I will provide the links to listen on-line and download as a podcast as soon as the links are available. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 1. What did Jesus and Joseph do as carpenters? 2. What [...]

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Questions I Answered On Catholic Answers Live…

July 13, 2015

… with my usual “Open Forum for Non-Catholics.” Here are the questions I answered. Listen on-line here; see other listening options such as podcasts here. ************************************ 1. Why do Catholics think that gay marriage should be illegal but not birth control and fornication? 2. What is meant by grace that Catholics receive in the sacraments? [...]

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Questions Steve Ray answered on Catholic Answers Live Monday: Q & A Forum for Non-Catholics

June 8, 2015

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 [...]

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Questions I Answered this Week on Catholic Answers Live Q & A for Non-Catholics

May 5, 2015

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. ***************** 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 [...]

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Are You Born Again? A Few of the Questions I Answered Wednesday on Catholic Answers Live

April 23, 2015

A Few of the Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live — Are You Born Again? To listen on-line, click here. For Podcasts and other options, click here.  **************************************** 1. As a Baptist, what did you used to believe about being born again? 2. How do you now answer if someone asks you if you [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Q & A with Non-Catholics

March 19, 2015

Here are the questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday evening. Not a lot of questions by number – but we spent a lot of time on some of the excellent conversations. Fun show! Here is the link to listen on-line: http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/28639  Here is the link for downloading the podcast: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/open-forum-for-non-catholics-28639# **************************** 1 – [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – Raising Sons

February 17, 2015

These are the questions I answered about Raising Sons on Catholic Answers Live. It was a fun show with great questions. Click here for the LINK to listen on-line. Click here for the PODCAST or other information. *************************************** 1)  I have a son who defends the Catholic Church to the death but won’t go to [...]

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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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Questions I Answered for 2 Hours on Catholic Answers Live with Non-Catholics

January 28, 2015

 I took my own hour and filled in for Jimmy Akin for the 2nd hour — taking questions from Non-Catholic for two hours on Catholic Answers Live.  First Hour: First hour listen on on line here: http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/27630 For podcasts, click here: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/open-forum-for-non-catholics-27630  Second Hour: Second hour listen on line here: http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/27631   Podcast here: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/open-forum-for-non-catholics-27631#  QUESTIONS I [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday

December 17, 2014

Here is a link to listen on-line to Steve’s Open Line for Non-Catholics: Click here  For other options like podcasts, click here Here are the questions Steve answered: 1) Some on Catholic radio said there must be a God because people who do not believe in God can’t prove the he doesn’t exist. How come [...]

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Link Available: Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live

November 28, 2014

Topic: St. Paul Teaches Us to Run the Race on Catholic Answers Live  Questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live tonight. You can access the link to listen on-line or to download as a podcast – as soon as the links are available. Listen here. 1. St. Paul speaks rather strongly regarding women’s participation in [...]

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