What happens after we die? Is it fitting that we will be judged by God? And is it compatible with our understanding of God that we could either spend an eternity in a paradise beyond our knowledge, or in a place of suffering that will never end? These topics and more will be addressed in this episode.
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Fr. Ian Palko will join us again to look specifically at the Miracles that the New Testament says Our Lord performed. Did he actually perform these, or are these just made up stories, passed from word of mouth, and finally collected in the New Testament as fodder for a new religion? How can we possibly prove these fantastic stories from nearly 2,000 years ago as being accurate?
Now we’ll start to see what religion needs to look like, so that it’s not just something we believe in, like a myth or a legend. What is the most fundamental principle of a religion, if it is going to be true? We’ll ask Fr. Leo Anthony Haynos, who teaches this exact topic at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary.
We’ve already seen in Episode 5 that we have to practice a religion, but now we’ll start to see what that religion needs to look like, so that it’s not just something we believe in, like a myth or a legend. What is the most fundamental principle of a religion, if it is going to be true?
There are tons of theories about who holds authority within the Catholic Church. Is the pope one of multiple patriarchs, who need to share power? Or is he the supreme, absolute monarch of the entire Catholic Church? How can we use Scripture and Tradition to answer this?
In this episode, Fr. MacGillivray will look at the concept of the papacy itself. We’ve already seen that Jesus set up the Catholic Church, but he left us with 12 Apostles, who would be the first bishops. Did he actually set up St. Peter as the most important of the Apostles? And what was the reason for putting one fallible, hot-headed, uneducated man at the head of His Divine Church?
We’ve seen that Jesus is God, that He rose from the dead, and performed miracles, but what about after He went back to Heaven? Did He just leave us with His teachings, or did He expect us to do something else? Some would claim he wants us to belong to a visible, real, hierarchical Church, but didn’t He say that His kingdom was not of this world? So why belong to a church here on earth?
We know that the New Testament is credible, but what about its most important event? Is it logical that a man died and then rose from the dead by his own power? Is there another way to interpret or explain what we read in the Scripture? Maybe the Apostles misunderstood it – or they exaggerated the story, or just made it up… But by the end, we’ll see that the simplest explanation is that it actually happened.
Fr. Franks will join us to examine whether we can believe what is written in the New Testament, or, like critics allege, whether it is just a collection of pious stories. Are the Gospels anonymous, or can we prove they were written by the Evangelists? And can we really show that over 2,000 years, they have not changed or been embellished at all? We’ll dive into that and more.
On today’s episode of the SSPX Podcast, we’ll continue our
What are miracles anyway? And isn’t it easier to just say that miracles are things that we don’t fully understand, and not the hand of God entering our life? That seems… not logical. And if miracles are real, then what is the point of them? How do we know that miracles are actually, miraculous? How do we know that things which are unexplained are actually miracles, and not just things we can’t explain? We’ll answer all these questions.
- Notes from Episode 31: The 4 Last Things
- Notes from Episode 30: Predestination & Justification
- Notes from Episode 29: Faith or Works?
- Notes from Episode 28: Interpreting Holy Scripture
- Notes from Episode 27: Attributes of the Church
- No Notes 21-26
- Notes from Episode 20: The Miracles of Christ
- Notes from Episode 19: What are the Marks of the Church?
- Notes from Episode 18: Can there be Multiple Religions?
- Notes from Episode 17: Who is the Pope?
- Notes from Episode 16: Why do we need a Pope?
- Notes from Episode 15: Must We Belong to a Church?
- Notes from Episode 14-13: None
- Notes from Episode 12: Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
- Notes from Episode 11: Are Miracles Real?
- Notes from Episode 10: Prophecies About Our Lord
- Notes from Episode 9: Theology of History: History and the Bible
- Notes from Episode 8: How Do We Know the Old Testament is True?
- Notes from Episode 7: Did God Have to Give Man Revelation?
- Notes from Episode 6: Can God Speak to Us?
- Notes from Episode 5: Why Worship God?
- Notes from Episode 4: God and Man
- Notes from Episode 3: Evolution
- Notes from Episode 2: How to be an Atheist
- Notes from Episode 1: Does God Exist?