Catholic view of Muslims

It happened again! Another mass killing by a “Radical Muslim Terrorist,” this time in Orlando Florida. It makes you ask the question whether the Muslim religion itself is a violent religion? If you read the Koran, a strong point could be made for it. Of course, Muslim apologists try to do their best to squelch that view. So with that in mind, who do we believe? Further, do they believe in the same God that Christians worship, the One true God? Continue reading

The Fate of the “Good Thief” on the Cross

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When Jesus was being crucified, there were two criminals that were also hanging on a cross, one on each side of him. One of the criminals is known as being the “good thief.” The criminal opposite the “good thief” mocked Jesus by telling him that if he really is the Christ of God, then he should save himself and come off the cross. To which, the “good thief” responded, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.”And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:40-43).” Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said that he will be with him in paradise this day? Was he saved, and if so, where did the “good thief” go? Did the he go to heaven as we know it, or was it another place? Continue reading

“Belief” in Jesus = Salvation?

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What does it truly mean to “believe” in Jesus? If we look to the Gospel of John and the scripture verse that is so familiar to not only Christians, but even non-Christians, we are asked to believe in Jesus in order to have eternal life; “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life ( John 3:16).”

To believe means to have faith in something. Continue reading

Eternal Life – Will Most People be Saved?

thCAN9PCG8 Since in the last few weeks, the Church has been looking at Salvation questions in the Gospel readings at Sunday Mass, I thought I would take a look at that issue in regards to how people look at it. It seems that over the last 40 years, many people have begun to take the attitude that salvation will come to just about everyone who believes in God. Continue reading