Did God Know Thath Adam and Eve Would Sin?
It is becoming increasingly common for people do adhere to the idea that God either did not know Adam would sin or made the choice not to know that Adam would sin in order to “protect” God from accusations of being unfair or unloving. After all, why would an all-knowing God tell Adam not to eat of a certain tree if He knew that in the end he would eat of the tree? This is a very common question with relation to Adam and the first sin. We must first examine what the Bible has to say and use that as the final authority on the matter rather than our own ideas and wishes.The Star Of Bethlehem DVD And The Seven-Year Reign Of Antichrist
Rick Larson’s, “The Star of Bethlehem”, DVD has caused many to accept 33 AD as the date of Jesus’ crucifixion. This date is not only Biblically incorrect, but also results in the endorsement of the “seven-year reign of antichrist”, which is another false teaching. This article will Biblically, chronologically and historically refute both of these errant doctrines, beginning with Larson’s 33 AD crucifixion date.Why Catholics Are Devoted to Mary
When it comes to the Catholic Church’s teaching on Mary, many of our non-Catholic brothers and sisters find the position Catholics hold regarding Mary difficult to accept. Namely, the Immaculate Conception, Mary as “Mother of God”, and the Assumption of Mary into Heaven and her Coronation as Queen. However, this difficulty mainly stems from a lack of understanding.The Catholic Stance on Purgatory
The Church’s teaching on Purgatory also creates much confusion among Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Many view Purgatory as a type of temporary hell, or argue that there is no support in scripture for its existence. However, this mentality is not correct, and there is much proof in sacred scripture for the existence of Purgatory.Chapel Veils and Catholic Tradition
Since the early days of Christianity, wearing chapel veils has been a common practice among faithful women. Chapel veils, also commonly called mantillas, which comes from the word manta, meaning cape, are typically circular or triangular shaped pieces of black or white lace that are draped over a woman’s head when attending Mass, or in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Traditionally, the black veils were worn by married or widowed women, while the white veils were worn by young girls, or unmarried women.Celebrating a Young Catholic’s Confirmation
Confirmation is the time when young Catholics fully join the Roman Catholic Church as adults and embrace the responsibilities and joys of choosing to be Catholic. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon the baptized in order to make them more perfect soldiers of Christ. Giving someone special the perfect gift for Confirmation is an opportunity that only comes around once in a lifetime.Celebrating Your Child’s First Communion
First Communion is one of the most sacred and solemn occasions in a Roman Catholic’s life, and calls for great celebration. Your child, for the first time, will receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most children receive their First Communion around the ages of seven or eight.The Pope’s Role in the Church
A common stumbling block for non-Catholics is the role of the Pope, as the Vicar of Christ and the leader of the Church on Earth. Many misunderstand the actual role of the Pope, and misinterpret the authority that he has been given. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 16:18, Jesus says to Peter “and so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.Catholic Doctrine and the Holy Eucharist
The Catholic Church believes infallibly (without the possibility of error) that Jesus is present body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Holy Eucharist. This dogma is one that non-Catholics have particular trouble accepting. However, we can see that the institution of the Eucharist is clearly revealed in scripture.What Is Sola Scriptura to Catholics?
The idea of sola scriptura is one that is very prevalent in Protestant denominations. Sola scriptura is the notion that scripture alone is the foundation of faith, and contains all revealed truth in Christianity. A common misconception that Protestants hold is that since Catholics do not believe in sola scriptura, we therefore do not know the bible, and do not promote the importance of reading and applying the teachings of sacred scripture to our lives.Reading The Bible: A Simple Guide To Successfully Stick With It
Being a pastor, I do quite a lot of Bible Study. But I’d like to talk about something other than studying the Bible. I’m talking about simple Bible reading on a regular basis.Church Charades
God is not impressed by our many church activities if we don’t live right and treat others right. We are missing the whole point of worshiping God if we don’t love others. He accepts our love for Him as we love others and treat them right.