I’m wondering what you have to say about Catholics “praying” to Mary or other saints. I understand that the first commandment tells us to have no other gods, but Catholics seem to believe they’re not praying to Mary or the other saints, but somehow praying to God through them.
This also brings another question to mind of praying for someone after they’ve died. Is there anyplace in the bible that speaks to this?
Thanks so much for your thoughtful answer.
I’m not sure if you are familiar with the discoveries of Ron Wyatt (a Biblical Researcher/Archaeology), which are believed to include the remains of Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah and also the Ark of the Covenant (apparently he received a supernatural indication that the Ark of the Covenant was buried in a cave under the hill where Jesus was likely to have been crucified, hence making literal the notion of Jesus blood covering the Ark).
Do you think that these discoveries have been orchestrated by God to provide some evidence to the world of His existence? I would be particularly interested to know if the claims about the positioning of the Ark of the Covenant are credible…what do you think?
What evidence do we have that Old Testament prophecies we believe to be Messianic Prophecies are also considered to be Messianic Prophecies by the Jewish people? And if our versions of them are the same what is their reasoning for not accepting Jesus?
I enjoyed your article “Who’s Laughing Now?” and your response to “disproving the bible”. I hear many different skepticism’s regarding the bible and its historical accuracy. Some include the idea that the bible has been translated many times, and that there wasn’t any paper “back then” so how could the text have been saved?
One book titled “Quoting Jesus”, claims original manuscripts have been lost, and what remains of the bible is just translations that people use for their own gain. Could you elaborate on what remains of the original manuscripts and how the bible has been proved to be an accurate replica of what was first written?
The Bible says at the Rapture, upon Jesus’ return the dead will arise first and then those of us that are saved and still living at that time will be raised next. Does this mean that our ancestors’ spirits are presently at rest in the grave?
While I firmly believe that Jesus was crucified and rose again, most literature I’ve read about the actual crucifixion process has the nails driven through the wrists. This was to ensure that the arms were held securely and thus prolong the person’s agony.
However, in the Gospels, Thomas places his fingers through the holes in Jesus’s hands. Thus indicating that Jesus was crucified through the palms of his hands. Plus every image I’ve seen depicting the crucifixion has the nails through the palms.
I’ve been curious about this for some time, and while it has no real relevance to what Jesus did, I’ve often wondered about it. So I was wondering what your view on this is.