Did You Know ... Isaac Was NOT a Child?

Imagine Abraham and Isaac. Imagine the man that God called to sacrifice his son. What does this man and his son look like? What if I told you that our mental image of Abraham and Isaac is  seriously  flawed? What about Isaac? How old is he? He's just a young boy, right? What if I told you that Isaac was  not  a little boy?   Not only that, did you know that some people accuse the Bible of endorsing child sacrifice ? This is all based on fundamental misconceptions about Isaac, which we will unravel together below.  [This is part one of a series of articles on Abraham & Isaac and how they prefigure Jesus] We will go over the following topics in this article: (1) the age of Isaac; (2) Isaac was not a child sacrifice; and (3) Isaac was a willing sacrifice.  The Age of Isaac One of the first questions I asked was this: How old is Isaac?  Picture him. From our years in Sunday School and Children's Church, we are taught that Isaac is a child, are we not?  Is Read More May 08, 2018

Catholic Convert & Seminarian: The Catholic Journey of Kyle Richard Thérèse George

Ever wonder what draws a high school student to the Catholic Church? In a world of fake and false facades, is it the Church's authenticity that attracts people? If so, how do young people come to know the authenticity that only the Church can provide? A friend of mine, a Catholic seminarian, recently celebrated his Tenth Anniversary as a Catholic. His name is  Kyle Richard Thérèse George. He was kind enough to share with me his remarkable journey to the Catholic Church. I hope by reading his story, stories such as these will become commonplace.   Interview with Kyle Richard Thérèse George: Ten years and eighteen days (3673 days) ago, I became what God had always wanted me to be: Catholic.  What began twelve years ago in mid-February to March 2006 was the beginning of a journey to my first fulfillment, that is the decision to become Catholic.  What did you convert from ? When people ask me how I became Catholic it is always a question of what faith I converted fro Read More April 18, 2018

Did You Know ... The Serpent of Genesis is NOT a Snake?

Close your eyes. Imagine the Garden of Eden. Eve is being tempted by a snake coiled about the Tree of Knowledge, beguiling her to eat the forbidden fruit.  Terrible things are about to happen, but right now it's just Eve and the snake.  What does the snake look like?  Are you picturing a little green garter snake? A giant boa constrictor? What if I told you that the Bible is describing something much larger and much more terrifying than any of these?  What if I told you that the "cunning serpent" of Genesis isn't a snake at all?  I have previously written about  the Forbidden Fruit not being an apple . Now, read why the serpent of Genesis is  not  a little green garter snake.  Critically-Flawed Understandings of the Serpent Some people actually argue that the serpent of Eden was  not  Satan. Take this  article  from  The Huffington Post , for example. In it, a professor from Berkeley - God help us - argues that the conception of Satan was greatly enlarg Read More April 06, 2018

Good Friday & the Hidden Meanings of "Golgotha": Whose Skull Was It?

There is a lot going on during Christ's Crucifixion just beneath the surface. You know that Christ is crucified on Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. But who's skull is it? Also, why was Christ crucified at this particular spot?  St. Paul gives us a hint in Romans 5:12-14: Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned ... death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come . All sin came into the world through one man, Adam. Wouldn't it be perfect if all sin was conquered by one man? It was .  Wouldn't it be even more perfect if ... Wouldn't it be perfect if there was, not only this poetic symmetry, but a physical connection, as well? Wouldn't it be perfect if Adam somehow was there when Jesus, the New Adam, redeemed the world that was lost by Adam's sin?    What i Read More March 30, 2018