John 5:39-40: The Scriptures Bear Witness to Me yet You Refuse to Come to Me That the You May Have Life

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You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

John 5:39-40

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John 3:14-18: For God so Loved the World That He Gave His Only-begotten Son

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And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.

John 3:14-18

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Luke 11:23: He Who Is Not with Me Is Against Me

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He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

Luke 11:23
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1 Corinthians 1:22-25: Christ is the Power and the Wisdom of God

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For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1 Corinthians 1:22-25
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Review: Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible App

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This is my own review for the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible: New TestamentBook by Carl Amari, Michael (PRD) Stark, and Raymond (PRD) Arroyo, an app you can download via your Android or IOS phone with a one-time minimal charge.

This app is one of the best gifts I gave to myself and I have been enjoying it ever since. I love it because I can play it anytime I want and listen to the Word of God effortlessly even while doing something else. There is no other audio bible app out there better than this one, I promise!

The free version lets you experience a dramatized audio (a chapter if I remember correctly) but you will not be able to download the audio of the entire New Testament. You may check the current price of the app via its website https://www.truthandlifeapp.com/purchase.html.

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Here is a video clip of the actual app with the dramatized audio activated. Do raise the volume if needed.

Other contents included in the Truth & Life app:

  • Dramatized Daily Mass readings (New Testament only)
  • Pray the Rosary
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross
  • Pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
  • Access the Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Listen or Watch live broadcast of EWTN
  • Access audio and video on demand from selected EWTN programs
  • Free Online Bible studies with Fr. James Mcilhone
  • Access Word of Fire articles, blog, homilies, and online videos

I strongly recommend this not only to those who are studying apologetics and theology but also to all Christians who want grow in faith through reading, listening, and studying the Scriptures. It’s an investment you wont regret!

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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How to Not Misunderstand the Holy Bible?

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We’re Misunderstanding the Bible When…

1. We think we are the first ones to understand God’s message.

We think we are the first ones to understand God’s message and that there were no true Christians before us. No! The Bible has existed since the fourth century after Christ and it has been read by billions of people. Out of these, surely millions possessed higher intellect than we do and they humbly kept their faith in line with the Catholic Church. “Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation,” (2 Peter 1:20). Paul said in Galatians 1:8 that even if an angel from heaven should preach to us a gospel other than the one that the apostles preached (including Sacred Traditions), let that one be accursed! So it is clear that private interpretation is prohibited and we should stick to what had been preached from the beginning of Christianity. Interpreting it on our own would be a way to found another strange sect.

2. We think that every word is an instant problem-solver today.

No! The Word of God is indeed life-giving but that does not mean whatever difficulties we have today will disappear by reading the Bible. In Biblical Hermeneutics, we encounter the word “exegesis” which means the process of finding the meaning or meanings a biblical text had for its own author and for its original readers. We have to ponder what their problems were and what God wanted them to understand. From there, we can then reflect the messages shed on the present time and circumstances.

3. We think that God taught everything from the beginning.

No! God taught his people for more than fifteen centuries from Abraham to the apostles but not everything. As per Paul, the teachings followed by the Jews were custodian laws until Christ came (Galatians 3:24-25). Other words for custodian are disciplinarian, tutor, or guide. As Christians, we have the full revelation in Christ – the Word of God. We should believe in Christ and observe all things whatsoever He had commanded us (Matthew 28:20).

4. We think that God did not have in mind the coming of his Son in the Old Testament.

No! From the very first message which God gave his people, he had in mind the coming of Jesus Christ and the mystery of his cross and resurrection. We need to read and understand the Old Testament in this light. References to Jesus, his person and mission, are mentioned in the Old Testament especially in the Book of Psalms and the Book of Prophet Isaiah.

5. We think that the most important is not clearly taught.

No! Although some parts of the Sacred Scriptures that actually have a little to teach and were written in a sophisticated way according to an old literary style, we should not cling to these strange sentences to the point of forsaking what is clear and fundamental. 2 Peter 3:16 reminds us that there are some things hard to understand (in Paul’s letter) that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures.

6. We think that reading what we do not yet know is better than reading it continually.

No! We should read the bible continually as proof of our love and faithfulness to God. If we persevere, God will give us all the understanding we need.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

Reference: The Christian Community Bible: Catholic Pastoral Edition, page 7.

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