Catholic layman defending the faith and correcting misinformation
Sept. 14, 2015
Hello my name is George, I was born into a Catholic family, baptized and raised Catholic. I spent the first 20+ years of my life as a cultural Catholic. Catholic by title and not by practice. I was divorced at an early age and turned to my faith. I always believed in God, believed in the doctrines of the Church. I just was not living them out in my life. When my wife of 4 yrs took our daughters and left I was crushed. I'm not going to say I was all innocent and she was all to blame. Takes two to get married and it takes two to bring one to an end. So when I heard the words come from her mouth "I want a divorce" I thought I had died. I hung up the phone and while lying on the couch I looked up at the ceiling and sad "God, my dad is always telling me to offer myself up to you. To offer up my struggles to you. Well, I ain't much but here I am. I can't do this on my own. I need help"
A sense of comfort came over me. For the next two weeks I felt calm and like there was nothing that I couldn't handle. That's when I became a practicing Catholic. I had a long long journey ahead of me and I still do today. But today I can say I know Jesus and have a relationship with him, God and the Holy Spirit.
I yurn for Mass, I yurn for the Conffesional and most of all I yurn for the most Holy Euchurist. I yurn to be able to hold Jesus Christ in my hands.
Every week I take My God my Lord into my hands and than eat his flesh and drink his blood. Like it says in John 6.
Catholic Study Bible
51 I am the living bread * which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."
So who are we (meaning the network), and what are we all about, well so far it's just me.
My Goal with this podcast is to burst some of the myths associated with the Catholic faith. Engage non-Catholics in dialogue and fellowship.
This episode I want to touch on the name of the network and how that relates to Catholics.
Are Catholics Bible Christians?
First thing we have to ask is where did the bible come from?
Third Council of Carthage (A.D. 397).
It was also determined that besides the Canonical Scriptures nothing be read in the Church under the title of divine Scriptures. The Canonical Scriptures are these: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua the son of Nun, Judges, Ruth, four books of Kings (1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 kings, 2 kings), two books of Paraleipomena (1 chronicles, 2 chronicle), Job, the Psalter, five books of Solomon [Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom, and a portion of the Psalms], the books of the twelve prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezechiel, Daniel, Tobit, Judith, Esther, two books of Esdras, two books of the Maccabees. Of the New Testament: four books of the Gospels, one book of the Acts of the Apostles, thirteen Epistles of the Apostle Paul, one epistle of the same [writer] to the Hebrews, two Epistles of the Apostle Peter, three of John, one of James, one of Jude, one book of the Apocalypse of John. Let this be made known also to our brother and fellow-priest Boniface, or to other bishops of those parts, for the purpose of confirming that Canon. because we have received from our fathers that those books must be read in the Church. Let it also be allowed that the Passions of Martyrs be read when their festivals are kept.
Catholic answers has a good tract on the Old Testament canon
Old Testament Canon
Now Who is boniface:
Boniface was a prominent Bishop in the Latin Church and eventually became Pope.
This shows us two things, that the regional Church's did not view themselves as independent from each other and that Rome held a significant position.
So the canon of scripture comes from the Catholic Church.
That seems brazen to say that the Canon comes from the Roman Catholic Church..... But wait I didn't say that!