Unhappy Reformation Day! [COMIC]

It's the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther (NOT) nailing it. Here's a comic I drew up about the Luther Bible which removed several key books from the Christian Bible. Why would the Father of Sola Scriptura remove books from the Bible? Books which conveniently did not match his Protestant theology? See below for a quick answer to "Why do Protestants Bibles have less books"? All Christians everywhere had been using the same version of the Old Testament for 1500 years ... and then Martin Luther comes knocking at the door. Guess which version of the Old Testament, i.e. the Jewish Scriptures, Jesus and the Apostles used? The same pre-Luther version. Why would Luther and, subsequently, John Calvin change this, especially with their emphasis on Sola Scriptura, the doctrine of authority residing in the Bible alone? It doesn't make any sense.  The version of the Old Testament used by Jesus, the Apostles, St. Paul, and all Christians until the 1500s was the Sept Read More October 31, 2017

The First Halloween ... in the Bible? The Catholic & Biblical Origins of Halloween

It’s that time of year again! All the traditional sounds filling the cool night air: Autumn leaves crackling underfoot, the hum of children in costumes racing from house to house, and ... howls of Christian indignation over Halloween.[1] Can traditional Catholics participate in this spookiest of holidays? Isn't it all just derived from devil worship?  First off, have you ever noticed the reference to Halloween in the Bible? This one is pretty spooky! Also, we'll discuss how, yes, traditional Catholics can, with all respect to tradition (and redundancy), celebrate this traditionally Catholic celebration. Join in the discussion and don't forget to comment below! First off, some quick  background :  Background on the Feasts of All Saints & All Souls The word “Halloween” is a Scottish shortening of the phrase “All hallow-even,” literally meaning “All Holy Evening” and dates to the 18th century. The English have a similar phrase, “All Hallows’ Eve,” with the same Read More October 26, 2017

The Hidden Meaning of "What Good Can Come From Nazareth?"

Have you ever wondered about Nathanael's strange remark in the Gospel of John? When told about Jesus of Nazareth, Nathanael responded "What good can come from Nazareth?" ( John 1:46 ) Since there are no throw-away phrases in the Gospels, especially in John's Gospel, what could this mean?  In the very last verse of his Gospel, John wrote this: "But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written" ( John 21:25 ). If this is true, we know John wouldn't just waste space with a useless line. So what gives? What insight does this give us into the mysteries of Christ? Stay tuned! This seemingly inconsequential phrase is actually the fulfillment of an ancient prophesy. First off, let's dig into this mysterious passage from the first chapter of the Gospel of John ( in red ):  The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he Read More October 19, 2017

Most Amazing Things About the Rosary You Didn't Know

Many of us probably know that the Blessed Virgin Mary first gave the Rosary to St. Dominic, but that's not the beginning of the story, nor the end of it, not by a long shot! I recently interviewed some top Catholic writers on the subject of the Rosary. I asked them one question: What is the most amazing thing about the Rosary that nobody knows about? But first, I'll begin with what I think is the most amazing and least known Biblical treasures about the Rosary: The Golden Lampstand I first learned about this special connection from one of my Scripture professors, and I have yet to see anybody write about it or even mention it since.  Inside the tent of the Tabernacle of Moses, there were three artifacts. There was the (1) Ark of the Covenant, which took the primary position, but there was also the (2) Golden Table of twelve loaves of bread and a flagon of wine and the (3) Golden Lampstand. The Golden Lampstand was the basis for the menorah.  These three artifa Read More October 12, 2017