Category Archives: Bible

The scriptural teaching of the doctrine of the Trinity

Sadly, there are many Christians and people claiming to be Christians nowadays who are totally confused about what the Trinity teaches and what the Trinity does not teach. I have seen Modalists in the blogosphere who not only state Trinitarians … Continue reading

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Hell–Annihilation, Salvation of All?

As the Church developed its beliefs in regards to Hell, the East generally preferred to link Hell with the presence of God and the West favored the view of Hell as the absence of God. I do not think the … Continue reading

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Self-mortification, miscommunication

I think Mother is having difficulty understanding my recent interest in self-mortification and I hope my good friend Damsel of the Faith does not mind if I borrow from some of her posts in order to qualify some statements. Mother … Continue reading

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Male-centered translations of the Bible?

I’ll admit, I’m a part of one of those “evil” denominations that still prefers these “male-centered” translations of the Bible for liturgical use–specifically, the KJV. However, most of the people at our church are elder people. We have elder women … Continue reading

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Easiest section of the Bible…

My dad has pestered me for a long time about wanting me to read the Bible and focus more on Biblical interpretation. I’d imagine it has something to do with his own Baptist upbringing. As a Baptist, he was taught … Continue reading

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Peter Enns accused of heresy for The Bible Tells Me So

I confess, I have not read this book nor do I plan to. I’ve read a few different books published by HarperCollins and they generally do not mix well with what I expect from a book. Largely, because as someone … Continue reading

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What can chess teach us about our faith?

Our poor friend jrj1701 keeps playing e5 as his second move against the Scandinavian defense. This is considered a blunder by the majority of chess theoreticians (if not all) when playing against the Scandinavian defense as it allows black to … Continue reading

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may I have a word with Christian pacifists

First off, it’s not pacifism that I have a problem with nor a pacifistic interpretation of the Bible. I find pacifism to be a highly admirable position and have frequent disagreements with my own father when it comes to topics … Continue reading

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LIGHTS hermeneutic principle

We talk about Biblical hermeneutics a lot with our dear friend Bosco the Great. I thought it would be good to lay out one method of Biblical interpretation. The LIGHTS method. Most Christians actually affirm this method even if they … Continue reading

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Is evangelicalism a Christian denomination?

I’ve seen Evangelical Christians lower-case the term “evangelicalism” when specifically referring to the so-called “Christian” denomination of Evangelicalism/The Evangelical Movement (for the record, I have prayed about this numerous times, and I have become convinced that this Evangelical Movement is … Continue reading

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Are Anabaptists orthodox?

I use the term Anabaptist here to refer to someone who deliberately denies baptism to infants. Although technically, the term means “no baptist” and a better term would be credobaptist. I reject the term credobaptist to refer to such people … Continue reading

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A Video QVO Would Like

It is true, many Lutherans are more Christian these days than many Roman Catholics. QVO will love this video.

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Women’s Ordination: Starting Points

I came across this video by N.T. Wright a while back. It’s interesting because I think it points out the major problems in making a radical egalitarian argument on this base. The radical egalitarian normally begins his argument for the … Continue reading

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1 Timothy 2:8-15 and the Liturgy

1 Tim. 2:8 I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument; That is that men should raise their hands in prayer in every church within the context of the … Continue reading

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Avoiding Reading the Bible Through Tradition?

There’s a book that lies on a shelf at home that I pick up every now and again called The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight. He’s a Biblical scholar. Not among the best of the Biblical scholars but has a … Continue reading

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Women’s Ordination and the Bible (pt. 2)

Dr. Gibbs explores some of the “clobber texts” used on the other side of the women’s ordination debate. I find the efforts of the Evangelical feminists admirable though there were some serious errors in his hermeneutical approach to 1 Corinthians. … Continue reading

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Women’s Ordination and the Bible

Assemblies of God theologian Jeremiah Gibbs has an interesting post explaining why he feels women’s ordination is Biblical and those who reject it are not Biblical. Of course, I’d like to give a brief and respectful reply hoping I have … Continue reading

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Marks of a Valid Baptism…

Intent I have concluded recently that the Traditionalist Catholics are correct in their interpretation of the sacrament of baptism and what marks a baptism as being valid. Of course, the implications would exclude the vast majority of Protestant baptisms as … Continue reading

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In praise of Greek philosophy!

It is regretfully common nowadays to see Protestants rejecting the intermingling of Christian theology and Greek philosophy but the Greek philosophical traditions have a lot to praise for in the Christian theological tradition. Without them, Christianity wouldn’t be Christianity! Take … Continue reading

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How do you know you’re a sinner?

When I was growing up, people told me that I was in danger of going to Hell because of my sin and that I was the “nastiest” child in the world because of a concept that they called “original sin”. … Continue reading

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Biblical Meditations—Mary a widow?

Scot McKnight says in his book that the officially established church tradition holds Mary to be a widow (The Blue Parakeet, 177). Actually, it’s debatable in the Syriac textual tradition that Mary was even, err, married. http://www.jacobitesyrianchurch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=86 In fact, Fr. … Continue reading

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Holy Fathers St. Cyril of Alexandria, Abp. John Chrysostom and a Little Flower

As I was reading St. Therese of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul the following passages were brought to my attention and I was wondering what some of the church fathers said on them in comparison to the Little Flower. Consider … Continue reading

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How To: Avoid Being a Bibliolater

Bibliolatry is the rendering of divine services to a leather-bound, paperback, or hardcover book called the “Holy Bible”. In all technicality, worship of the Bible is actually a form of idolatry that largely stems from forgetting its messages of simplicity. … Continue reading

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The Ethiopian Eunuch–for St Bosco

The following is based on the account of Acts 8:26-40 “Help! I’m reading this book and I don’t quite grasp it! I’m just a noble-man here with great education but this book leaves me quite confused! Will someone help me?” … Continue reading

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The Bible is a Simple Book

Theophiletos said in a comment… Although I would hesitate to use the term “contradiction” of any parts of the Bible, whenever two passages don’t line up, I find that to be a productive tension which teaches me a lot more … Continue reading

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Fr. Kimel–Letting Scripture Be

Me: Help, please? Understanding the Bible? John 3:3-5 does not equal Acts 10:44-48 Matthew 18:1-4 equals neither 1 Corinthians 13:10-13 nor 1 Corinthians 14:20 I’m not trying to sound like an atheist it’s just that every single freaking time I … Continue reading

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God Speaks…

Try as he might, Mack could not escape the desperate possibility that the note just might be from God after all, even if the thought of God passing notes did not fit well with his theological training. In seminary he … Continue reading

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I’ve Had it With Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

“Fr.” in this context is an abbreviation for a certain word that I dare not say for it upsets some people. First off, don’t become his apologist. If he truly is in support of something that which has a strong … Continue reading

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Why a Male Protestant Pastor/Minister/Priest Would Want to Support Egalitarianism

In the past, I’ve commented numerous times as to how Protestant male educators in the Christian circles are only supporting egalitarianism because they are turning the sacrament of holy orders into nothing more than a power-grab away from the mystical … Continue reading

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What is Sola Scriptura?

‘Scripture alone’ needs to be understood in a particular, technical light. Protestantism was not crudely fundamentalist in that it did not (at this stage) teach a literal inspiration or verbal inerrancy; indeed its attitude to the canon would scandalize many … Continue reading

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Music For My Anglican Friend

I find the themes expressed in this music video to be quite truthful and the song’s lyrical thematics actually match the song for once. Apparently, the video is supposed to be based on the Biblical story of Job. The band’s … Continue reading

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2 Catholic Kooks Debating on Jesus

Note: Moss comments on how O’Reilly cherry-picks yet in her CNN article review on the subject she insists that “Not everything Roman historians tell you is true” and that “the Roman orator Cicero complains that he is misrepresented in the … Continue reading

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Was Junia an Apostle?

My current contention is no, and if she was, she was probably not an apostle in the sense that the 12 apostles were apostles having been ordained to the priesthood by Jesus. I was told I should read Eldon Jay … Continue reading

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Reasons Why I Hate the Bible

I’m shockingly one of very few “Christians” (I’m not one any longer, don’t know what I am, was an Eastern Catholic Catechumen and still desire to be an Eastern Catholic but need peace) who absolutely hates the Bible. I will … Continue reading

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In Defense of Infant Baptism

My dad stated a while back that infant baptism was instituted in response to Islam. I checked this out and found it to be a lie (again, I’m not even certain what extent Protestants can be labeled as honest any … Continue reading

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Reasons Why I Really Hate Protestants

1. Protestants are the proponents of mass confusion and mass hysteria in our world today. Because of their sola scriptura heresy, they’ve advocated numerous ways to interpret the Bible that which has ultimately led to little or no progress within … Continue reading

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Went To an Episcopalian Church Last Night

No, Episcopalians are not Catholics. The reason why I went there is because my younger sister had the opportunity to play flute in the choir. My mom’s been commenting on how amazing the Episcopalian Churches are and how they are … Continue reading

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Happy Byzantine Christmas!

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Hemant Mehta’s Article: Is The Church Opposed to Gays, Women, Science, and Sex Education?

Hemant Mehta has written a response to Robin Schumacher on this issue and I thought I’d write my own response to Hemant Mehta contributing to the discussion. Note that this is not a complex philosophical defense on the Catholic Church’s … Continue reading

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Was Mary a Perpetual Virgin?

The teaching of the perpetual virginity of Mary within the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches generally causes problems for Protestants. As such, it is typical to see Mary’s perpetual virginity from non-Catholics as, less strongly, a doubt, but more strongly … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas From the Maronites

And let’s not forget that he came with only one primary mission…to die.

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Why I’m Not Convinced By Liberal Protestants

I was talking last night about what we were talking about in the liturgy yesterday at the Parish. Protestants pretty much reduce God to an academic level. Of course, my dad got all defensive about this (he’s a hardcore Protestant) … Continue reading

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Liberals, fundamentalists, and Moderates – Part II

Last part dealt more with the liberal, fundamentalist, and moderate positions on issues related to secular things. This one will look at the varieties of Christians and analyze the main differences between the three varieties. It is typical when dialoguing … Continue reading

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Trouble For Fundamentalists – Does God Sleep?

My cousin wrote a post a while back on God’s anger showing numerous examples in the Old Testament of God getting angry. I have queried more on this as well. I’ve concluded ultimately, along with Msgr. Charles Pope, that there … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church – My Gymnasium

And it doesn’t even matter which Rite it is. It could be Roman Rite, Maronite Rite, Byzantine Rite, I don’t care though I am a little biased toward the Byzantine Rite as I will become one eventually myself (I attend … Continue reading

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I Was Blocked by James McGrath Today

I’m not surprised. James McGrath is a liberal Protestant Bible scholar. He adheres to many false teachings that are not in accordance with Christian tradition such as the idea of God as a serial rapist and favors the idea of … Continue reading

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Hell – My View

Well, I certainly do not support universalism. I came across Alister McGrath’s thoughts on this subject and I think he makes a fairly solid argument against universalism. Most universalists love to scream at those who support the existence of Hell … Continue reading

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Are We Really In the Hands of an Angry God That Wants to Punish Us?

I’m certain that everyone has heard of Jonathan Edwards, that famous preacher who taught us how we are sinners in the hands of an angry God and how we are all damned to Hell. He was one of the first … Continue reading

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Monogenism, Refuting Racism, Sin of Beastiality (aka why Catholicism can’t say goodbye to me)

Well, I’ve written on my trouble with certain theological positions in the past and I would have to say, that my fight with God isn’t over yet. Although in all honesty, what I have learned from it is something major. … Continue reading

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What is it I Believe?

For those of you who know me personally or have seen a lot of my posts keep getting deleted, you know that I change my beliefs quite frequently. I can be a bit of a roller coaster at times. So … Continue reading

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