Catholic Answers Live

Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live Wednesday.

Topic: Scripture & Tradition -and Water & Infant Baptism

Introductory Questions:
Give us an update on filming your new documentary on Elijah and Elisha.

What was the authority accepted by the first Christians?

How is authority in New Testament based on authority in the Old Testament?

Questions Covered:
• 15:04 – Why doesn’t God allow Protestant pastors to consecrate the Eucharist?
• 21:48 – What is the difference between “Believer baptism” and Catholic baptism?
• 29:56 – When and why was the Bible first referred to as the Word of God in the Catholic Church? Doesn’t this promote the heresy of Sola Scriptura?
• 40:37 – Where did the pope get his authority to preach? I know the pope got it from Peter, who got it from Jesus, but then who in the Old Testament did Jesus get his authority?
• 45:54 – Jesus does not mention physical water when he speaks of baptism to the woman at the well and again in John’s Gospel. Why does the Catholic Church require baptism with water? (This got VERY feisty).
• 50:36 – Which scriptures can I use to show a Mormon that the Catholic Church is the only Church given God’s authority?

Resources Mentioned:
• “The Trail of Blood-Baptist Successionism” By Steve Ray
Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church by Steve Ray
• “Dei Verbum” by Pope Paul VI
The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church by Rod Bennett

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This month my topic on Catholic Answers Live was “Defending the Eucharist.” You can listen here.

Questions I Answered:

1. What did you believe about the Eucharist before you became Catholic?

2. What helped you understand the fullness of the teaching and why did you change?

3. The Bible also says Jesus is door, the gate, etc. Isn’t “this is my Body” just another example of symbolic language?

4. What is the history of Eucharistic adoration? When did it start?

5. How can I explain to Lutherans why their Eucharist isn’t the true body and blood of Christ in their churches?

6. At the consecration, the priest says, “This is My Body” and “This is My Blood” but at communion, I know that each particle of the Eucharist contains the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, so when is the Body and Blood rejoined?

7. Why is it still valid if you chose to eat only the bread and not to drink the wine?

8. How can I explain to non-Catholics that the Eucharist isn’t just bread and wine but the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ?

9. Why is it so hard for some people to believe it when Jesus says it as clear as can be, “This is My Body”?

 10. What is your opinion on James White’s YouTube video “John 6 for Roman Catholics”?

11. What happens when a non-Catholic or someone who is not in the state of Grace receives the Eucharist? Is it still the Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity of Christ?


Questions I Answered on the Resurrection on Catholic Answers Live. You can listen on-line here or download podcasts here

Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 3.42.25 PM1.  Why does Paul say Peter was the first to see Jesus when the Gospels say it was Mary Magdalen?

2. Why did you call a priest a heretic? Or, was the resurrection a real physical event?

3. Did the Virgin Mary see Jesus first after his resurrection?

4. If Scripture says Jesus resurrected on the third day, why did he rise on Sunday instead of Monday? How many days was he in the tomb?

5. In Matthew’s Gospel it says that many tombs were opened and the dead resurrected and they walked around Jerusalem. What is that about and is it literal?

6. Who was the “other Mary” that was at the tomb early in the morning?

7. Was the other Mary at the Tomb the Blessed Virgin?

8. A doctor asks: I think the Shroud should help skeptics believe in the resurrection; do you agree?

9. With such evidence of the resurrection, why did so many of the Jews not believe especially after the prophecies of Isaiah?

10. How many times or in how many places was Jesus seen after his resurrection?


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