Thursday, April 14, 2016

Revelation 21:10-27 describes the New Jerusalem at the end of time. It is exquisite and the writer of Revelation struggles with words to describe it’s glory and magnitude. 

So, how large will the New Jerusalem be? Here is a diagram superimposed on a map of the United States.

Many people, especially the Orthodox Jews, discuss the building some day of the new Temple.

Sorry, there will never be a “new Temple” since that new Temple is already being built. It is the Body of Christ, the Church.

The Gospel of John tells us, “The Jews then said to him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he spoke of the temple of his body” (John 2:18–21).

And St. Peter tells us more, “And like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

Our destiny is marvelous, exciting and for all of eternity.


Topic: Open Forum Q & A for Non-Catholics

You can listen on-line here, for podcast and other info click here.

1.  How can you say the Church is one and visible when Christians make up so many different denominations?

2.  Evangelical (I think):  How does the Catholic Church come to believe in the Immaculate Conception? Did Christians always believe this? 

3.  Greek Orthodox:  What about the Catholic obsession with defining everything and not leaving things simply as “mystery”?

4.  Follow up:  Why did I chose Catholic over Orthodox?

5.  Evangelical:  I am hanging on to Salvation by Faith Alone for dear life but starting to question it. Can you explain how we are saved and what you think of “Faith Alone”?

6.  Fallen Away, Renegade Catholic:  What is the penalty for homosexuals? What is the difference between mortal and venial sins. (He ended by saying that he thinks I changed him from being a renegade Catholic).

7.  Non-denominational:  Does the Catholic Church allow gays to marry?