Catholic Answers Live

Non-Catholics are welcome to call in with their questions about the Catholic Church today.

Questions Covered:

  • 11:56 – How do you know what the Canon of Scripture is? How do you know what the true Church is? 
  • 21:09 – Why do Catholics believe that they must go to a priest to confess their sins? Scripture says to go straight to God. 
  • 28:53 – Is it a sin to become intoxicated?  
  • 33:40 – How can Catholic authority reduce uncertainty in moral questions? 
  • 43:24 – What are the best first steps if I was considering becoming Catholic? 
  • 53:00 – Why is the Deutero-Canon considered Scripture when it doesn’t point to Jesus?  

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Are You Born Again?

by Steve Ray on June 6, 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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As we begin Holy Week, Steve Ray discusses the Cross of Christ and the figures surrounding it.

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Questions Covered (clicking on a timestamp below takes you to their website where the time link actually works; otherwise you can listen to the whole show with the audio link below):

  • 19:48 – Why did God send his Son to die and then get mad and send an earthquake when He did die? 
  • 23:34 – Did the Jews kill Jesus and did the Romans bring them in?  
  • 34:25 – Is it true that the nails would have gone through Jesus’ hands? 
  • 37:44 – Was Barnabus an eyewitness of Christ on the Cross? 
  • 46:04 – What was Jesus scourged with? 
  • 50:00 – Was it the custom for family members to be able to stand at the foot of the Cross or was this a special circumstance that Mary and the others were there? 

Whole show here:

 

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

February 5, 2020

Fun show today on Catholic Answers Live with my regular Q & A for Non-Catholics. Lots of good questions and interesting conversation. You can see it by video on Facebook HERE. Or you can listen to the podcast below. Questions Covered: 04:20 – If the papacy is not the antichrist, who or what is it?  07:33 – […]

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

February 2, 2020

First, Relevant Radio at 7:00 AM discussing the Presentation of Our Lord. Second, Teresa Tomeo Show at 9:15 AM Eastern on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN – also on the Presentation of Our Lord. Third, Catholic Answers Live at 6:00 PM with our favorite show “Q & A for Non-Catholics.” After that, we are heading […]

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

January 1, 2020

Questions I answered about Mary’s real life on Catholic Answers Live — it was a FUN show! To listen on-line, for podcasts and other listening options, click here.  (Photos: Top photo painted by James Tissot; bottom two pictures are actual photos of girls at the well in Nazareth over 100 years ago.) 1. Did Mary […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – Characters of the Nativity

December 19, 2019

Who were the Magi? What did the birth of Jesus actually look like? Find out here, with Steve Ray. Questions Covered: Initial Questions: Tell us about the Cave; Tell us about the key characters Mary & Joseph; Why a Manger? Why a 14-pointed star on the place of birth; What it is like to be […]

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Three Radio Shows Today – Two about Bethlehem

December 18, 2019

Busy day with Christmas topics on radio and webinar shows. 1)  It starts with my webinar with Teresa Tomeo at 11 AM Eastern. It is entitled “O Little Town of Bethlehem: A Spiritual and Biblical Journey to the Birthplace of Christ.” Since this webinar is now over, you can listen to the whole thing here or […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – Raising Sons

November 14, 2019

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”

October 31, 2019

We had a great time on Wednesday discussing Old Testament saints. Where were they before Christ died and rose, did Mary have OT heroes, are Adam and Eve saints and much more. I hope you enjoy this podcast. Click HERE to listen to the show. https://www.catholic.com/audio/cal/old-testament-saints#.Xb6zVgBoWJU.mailto “The patriarchs, prophets, and certain other Old Testament figures have […]

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Steve’s Latest Appearance on Catholic Answers Live

October 25, 2019

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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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: “Open Q & A for Non-Catholics”

September 12, 2019

Great fun. Here are the questions asked and my answers: 06:23 – I am Protestant, but I find praying the rosary very comforting and listen to Catholic radio a lot. I am overstepping by saying the rosary?  17:45 – I am a former Catholic. Why do people have to pray for special Masses?  24:06 – What is the Vatican hiding […]

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Steve “Appearance” on Catholic Answers Live – Martyrs!

July 25, 2019

Steve Ray discusses the Catholic Church’s history of martyrs who refused to deny Christ. Questions Covered: 18:20 – How can you historically prove that the writings of the martyrs are theirs? Do most Protestants believe that these writings existed and were true?  21:55 – How can we defend the bad practices of popes in the early Church?      […]

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Corpus Christi Sunday: Multiplication of Loaves a Miracle or Just a Lesson in Sharing?

June 23, 2019

When confronted with this at Mass a while ago I wrote a letter to the priest which became an article in Catholic Answers Magazine. Article HERE. The priest said there was no miracle when Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish. All he did was teach selfish people to share and they pulled extra loaves and fish from […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Q & A for Non-Catholics

June 18, 2019

From those who oppose the Catholic Church to those who are thinking about entering, in this show, we take a break from talking with Catholics to answer questions about the Faith from non-Catholics. Questions Covered: What did you just do in France? What was it like to be at D-Day commemoration at Omaha Beach in […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live Wednesday – Jerusalem During the Passion?

April 18, 2019

Steve Ray describes the events in Jerusalem surrounding Christ’s Passion. People asked 1) How long was Jesus on the Cross? 2)  How long was Jesus in the Tomb? and 3) Was Jesus clothed or naked during the crucifixion? I have written about all three of those topics HERE. Questions Covered: What was Jerusalem like during […]

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