God’s Atonement – Why did Jesus have to die?

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How would you respond to someone who says, “Why was God required to spill blood of his own son to save us, when he could have just done that some other way?” If you think about it, in the strict sense, God could have done it a different way. He could have told the story of our redemption any way he wanted. So, why did he choose to put it on the shoulders of Jesus? Continue reading

Do Catholics Worship a Wafer?

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The National Catholic Reporter asked both a knowledge question, and a belief question in their 2011 survey about the Eucharist. They found that half of adult Catholics (50 percent) know the church’s teaching regarding the real presence and half do not. We also found that close to two-thirds of adult Catholics (63 percent) believe that “at the consecration during a Catholic Mass, the bread and wine really become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Therefore, more adult Catholics believe the statement than understand its source. But how are these two items related? Continue reading