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Whether indirect or not, Our Lord’s claims to divinity are definitely, massively and undeniably present.
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“Charisms are to be accepted with gratitude by the person who receives them and by all members of the Church as well.” (CCC 800)
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The God who created space and time can also let the saints hear the prayers of millions of timebound humans.
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“Scripture bears witness to faith in creation ‘out of nothing’ as a truth full of promise and hope.” (CCC 297)
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God has no need for our praise. We praise him because we are creatures, and he is worthy of praise.
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Critics object that the ‘free will defense’ fails because it doesn’t address natural evils. This isn’t true at all.
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“Jesus Christ is true God and true man, in the unity of his divine person; for this reason he is the one and only mediator between God and men.” (CCC 480)
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“There is a connection between purity of heart, of body, and of faith.” [CCC 2518]
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The New Testament clearly supports Catholic soteriology and the possibility of apostasy.
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The notion of ‘once saved, always saved’ is false and presumptuous. Mortal sin is possible — even for believers.
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Refuting John Calvin’s false “tradition of men”
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It is perfectly understandable that the “bystanders” at the crucifixion misunderstood Jesus as calling out to Elijah, because they believed in Elijah’s return and the intercession of the saints.
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Can apostolic succession be historically proven? Yes.
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“I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles...”
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“There exists but one God ... he is the Father, God, the Creator, the author, the giver of order.” —St. Irenaeus
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God has only sinners to work with, yet work with them He does.
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And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power; only spare his life.” (Job 2:6)
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“Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.” (Luke 16:24)
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What does it mean when the Bible says, “For even his brothers did not believe in him?”
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“Let us look at the very tradition, teaching, and faith of the Catholic Church from the beginning,” said St. Athanasius, “which the Lord gave, the Apostles preached and the Fathers kept.”
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Someone once told me that only science could determine if a baby elephant was in one’s garage. This is untrue.
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Those who condemn the Catholic Church as “anti-scientific” are simply ignorant of history. The full truth is far more fascinating...
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Everyone knows about Galileo, but few people know the stories of scientists like Antoine Lavoisier, ‘the father of modern chemistry’
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To say that science and religion are fundamentally incompatible is historically ignorant.
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Stories of Galileo’s “torture” are myths invented and proliferated by a strange alliance of anti-Catholic fundamentalists and anti-religion skeptics.
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“For even now miracles are wrought in the name of Christ,” he said, “whether by his sacraments or by the prayers or relics of his saints.”
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“The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’” (CCC 1035)
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“Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them.” (Mark 1:30-31)
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Our Lord drank wine and turned water into wine.
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The dead in Christ are more alive and more aware than we are, so it’s foolish to exclude them from our prayer life.
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The Bible teaches that physical things related to a holy person can be channels of divine grace and miracles.
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Any way you look at it, the disdain of monasticism is radically misplaced and contrary to Scripture and reason.
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It takes much more faith to believe in inspiration of Scripture than infallibility.
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“Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.” —St. John Chrysostom
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Not all images are ”graven images.”
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Show and express your love. Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Make the first move — before it’s too late.
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Jesus loves sinners, but he doesn’t countenance sin. We ought to do the same.
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“And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’” (Mark 3:32-33)
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Some are opposed to crucifixes, but even Martin Luther defended them, saying, “If it is not a sin but good to have an image of Christ in my heart, why should it be a sin to have it in my eyes?”
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Sacraments possess an inherent power to give grace, yet the effect is hindered or rendered null and void if the recipient is in serious sin.
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When Our Lord was extolling those who “hear the word of God and obey it,” he was referring especially to Mary.
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The commonly asserted dichotomy between the Bible and Tradition is an unbiblical tradition.
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“Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity.” (CCC 1413)
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“From the first instant of her conception, Mary was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life.” (CCC 508)
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“For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us...”
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“And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars…”
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This is most assuredly not a “faith alone” theology.
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“The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary's real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man.” (CCC 499)
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“Mary ‘remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin.’ With her whole being she is ‘the handmaid of the Lord.’’ (CCC 510)
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Among other proofs, the Bible casually assumes that great prophets like Moses and Samuel would be praying for those on earth after they died
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Our Lord had no doubts in the garden; he simply agonized over the suffering he was to willingly undergo.
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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
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Long before St. John Henry Newman became Catholic, his belief in Marian dogmas was firmly in place.
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The ancient Hebrews (unlike the “sophisticated” pagan Greeks and Romans) did not believe in mythical animals...
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The Temple was a place of worship and praise and prayer and ritual sacrifice — not a place to exploit the poor
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There are many signs of belief in the afterlife and salvation in the Old Testament
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“Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.” (Matthew 5:17)
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How Muggeridge’s ‘Something Beautiful for God’ brought Mother Teresa to the attention of the world
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When we sin, it’s entirely our fault. We’re the rebellious ones. God doesn’t cause it.
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“We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19)
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Jesus taught that we should love all people, and that includes those closest to us
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This Church’s regard of heresy as dangerous has remained the same, while the application and particular understanding of it has undergone positive development.
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Our merit is merely God crowning his own graces.
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In honoring and venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary, we worship and honor and adore her Son.
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“Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life.” (CCC 2264)
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Christian unity in Jesus Christ is supremely important, but so also is doctrinal agreement across the board.
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The Bible is crystal-clear about the Holy Trinity, yet there are many religious groups that reject the Trinity. That’s why we need the Church’s authoritative interpretation.
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“The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity.” (CCC 1035)
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“The liturgy is the work of the whole Christ, head and body. Our high priest celebrates it unceasingly in the heavenly liturgy, with the holy Mother of God, the apostles, all the saints, and the multitude of those who have already entered the kingdom.” (CCC 1187)
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Can God will one thing without its coming to pass? Can something that Jesus prays for not happen?
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“The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.” (Lumen Gentium 59)
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There is a great difference between NFP and contraception
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The theme of the obedience of faith is common in Paul’s epistle to the Romans
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Ironically, the notion of Sola Scriptura itself is never found in Scripture
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Here are 6 examples of Jesus using this method...
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Divine Comfort and Aid for Distress and Trouble
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Luther’s Mariology is (ironically) closer to that of the Catholic Church today than to the modern-day Lutheranism.
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“Where there is Christ Jesus, there is the Catholic Church.” (St. Ignatius of Antioch, AD 110)
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To be a Catholic is to accept, obediently in faith, all that the Church infallibly teaches
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“For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer...” (1 Peter 3:12)
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“The Blessed Virgin excels the angels in her closeness to God.” —St. Thomas Aquinas
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“My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt”
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“Gird yourselves with sackcloth”
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What Catholics and other Christians observe during Lent is altogether in line with biblical teaching.
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“The Blessed Virgin, under the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost ... is thereby really and truly His Mother.”
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“The glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.”
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The miracle of raising the dead is a belief grounded in the Bible and documented throughout Catholic history
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“Accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God.” (CCC 1579)
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“In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. Thus each man, in his sufferings, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.” (Pope St. John Paul II)
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The Bible also distinguishes between the “sojourner” and the “foreigner.”
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There is no absolutely irrefutable “contradiction” in the two genealogies.
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The problem is that biblical critics don’t require (let alone use or produce) any hard evidence to start questioning anything in the Bible.
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A closer look at the historical evidence
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“I am His messenger, spreading His gospel of salvation and peace...”
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A blessed Advent and merry Christmas to one and all!
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Catholics follow authority with eyes wide open, not “blindly”
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If we are all potentially partakers of the divine nature, then how much more so the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate New Eve, the Theotokos?
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It’s an error to conclude that every bad thing that happens to us is a demonic attack, just as it is to deny his existence and influence
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“The profound concordance of the four senses (of Scripture) guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church.” (CCC 115)
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“On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body.” (CCC 2185)
Dave Armstrong

Dave Armstrong is a full-time Catholic author and apologist, who has been actively proclaiming and defending Christianity since 1981. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1991.

His multi-faceted website/blog, Biblical Evidence for Catholicism, has been online since March 1997. He also maintains a popular Facebook page.

Dave has been happily married to his wife Judy since October 1984. They have three sons and a daughter (all homeschooled) and reside in metro Detroit.