Catholic Answers Live

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Questions Covered:

  • 13:54 – Was the historical Reformation a lost cause? 
  • 22:00 – If the physical body is a manifestation of your identity, how do intersex people or people with chromosome abnormalities identify? Are gender and sex synonymous in the Catholic faith? 
  • 29:42 – If Peter was married and the Eastern Catholics can marry, why do Roman priests have to be celibate? 
  • 35:15 – If the Marian doctrines are so necessary to Catholicism, why did none of the epistles cover them? 
  • 44:36 – How do you know if you’re in purgatory? And is purgatory the dark night of the soul? 
  • 49:03 – Why do Catholics think Protestants are wrong about the Eucharist when the early church seems to resemble Protestantism more? 

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Fun show about the Nativity: People and Things Present at the Nativity including the cave, the star, Mary and Joseph, the Tomb of Rachel, shepherds and magi, sheep and angels – and much more. Fun show.

We started by discussing Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary, the cave and the dangers of travel in biblical times.

Questions Covered:

  • 15:57 – Can you tell us more about the Wise Men? 
  • 22:52 – Why is the entrance to the Nativity in Bethlehem so low to get into? Why is there so much division over the location? 
  • 30:05 – What was the timeline of the birth of Jesus to the presentation and then the flight into Egypt? 
  • 34:00 – When Joseph traveled with Mary, did they travel alone without other people? Was that true and was that unsafe? 
  • 41:17 – Why did the angel of the Lord go to Shepherds first? 
  • 43:48 – What was the topography of the journey that Mary made to Elizabeth? 
  • 49:20 – You said you think the star was a miracle. How could this be if the star first led them to the evil Herod? 
  • 51:17 – What is the meaning of the Nativity scene in the Vatican?

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Are You Born Again?

by Steve Ray on November 20, 2020

I posted this for the listeners of Catholic Answers Live on Wednesday evening, March 21. I will post the audio link as soon as it is available and a list of all the questions we answered.

It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way — with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following:

1) The first creation came from the earth which was covered with WATER and the SPIRIT hovered over the waters and from the water emerged land and man and God’s first creation (Gen 1:1-2).

NoahsArk3.jpg2) A new humanity was started with Noah through WATER and SPIRIT. The ark went through the water and a dove (representing the Spirit) hovered overhead with an olive branch. Peter said this represents baptism which “now saves us” (1 Peter 3:18-21).

pillar of fire3) The nation of Israel was created through the WATER of the Red Sea (baptism) with the cloud and fire of the Holy SPIRIT overhead — my oh my, again we have water and Spirit (Ex 14).

4) Ezekiel then describes what the New Covenant will look like and he said we will be sprinkled with clean WATER and his SPIRIT will be placed in us (Ez 36:25). Born again, I suspect.

5) Then Jesus, right before saying you must be born of “water and the Spirit” had just gone down into the WATER of the Jordan and the SPIRIT came down and landed on his head. Again, water and the Spirit (Mt 3:16; Jn 1:29).

6) Jesus teaches Nicodemus that he must be born again, or from above which is accomplished through “WATER and the SPIRIT.“

Jesus-Baptized-077) When Jesus finished these words what was the first thing he did? He went down and baptized people in the Jordan with his disciples (Jn 4:1-2).

8) At the first Holy Ghost Gospel Revival meeting :-) Peter stood up at Pentecost and said,  “Repent, and be baptized (WATER) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy SPIRIT“ (Acts 2:38).

9) Peter also says “Baptism now saves you“ (1 Pet 3:21), and Paul is told “Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16), and Paul writes that we are saved “by the washing of regeneration (WATER) and renewal in the Holy SPIRIT“ (Titus 3:5).

Other verses you should know — click here!

For my article on Infant Baptism, click here

My book Crossing the Tiber has over 50 pages on Baptism from the Bible and the Church Fathers.

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JordanSm.jpgToo bad many Evangelicals and Fundamentalists refuse to see it but the Bible is pretty clear about new birth through the sacrament of baptism. Jesus is not ambiguous in this matter and he is alluding quite clearly to new beginnings in the Old Testament. The Early Church is also very clear and so is the teaching of the Catholic Church today.

(Picture to right is the place in the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Click for larger image.)

St. Augustine said, “Who is so wicked as to want to exclude infants from the kingdom of heaven by prohibiting their being baptized and born again in Christ?”

When someone asks me “Have you been born again?“  I simply answer “Absolutely, but I’ve been born again the Bible Way!“

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live “St. Ignatius of Antioch and the 1st Martyrs”

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Steve Ray’s Q & A on Catholic Answers Live, Monday 4-6-20

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My Q & A for Non-Catholics on Catholic Answers Live (audio & video)

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Three Radio Shows on Monday – and Heading to Jordan and Holy Land Part 2

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Mary, Mother of God’s Early & Later Life – The Real Mary

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Three Radio Shows Today – Two about Bethlehem

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – Raising Sons

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These are the questions I answered about Raising Sons on Catholic Answers Live. It was a fun show with great questions. We recorded this one a ways back but it is still alive and applicable. In biblical teaching, it is the father’s responsibility to raise, educate and prepare his sons and daughters to be adults. […]

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All Saints Day: My Show on Catholic Answers Live – “Old Testament Saints”

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Steve’s Latest Appearance on Catholic Answers Live

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On Wednesday I was on Catholic Answers Live with the topic of “Giving Yourself to God.” It was a fun show with good questions. We started out with my first understanding of this as a 17 year old rebel in the early 70’s. It changed my life forever. We answered questions such as: 1) How […]

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