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Are the Gospels a Myth?

One of the most common pronouncements by the atheists is that “Christianity is a myth.”
Are they right? Is Christianity a myth? Are the gospels myths?
In a sense the gospels function like a myth. However, most of the atheists making this comment do not seem to have a very knowledgeable understanding of myth and how it works. They don’t seem to understand the richness and the ambiguity of the term “myth.” When they say “myth” what they mean is “fairy tale.” Even the term “fairy tale” has far deeper and richer levels of meaning than they are aware of. They use…

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/are-the-gospels-a-myth


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The Bible: Gospel of John 1

The Gospel of John is written differently. It has twenty-one chapters that are steeped in theology. John tells the story, but with a heavy emphasis on Jesus’ Divinity. John seems to go off into another world, and yet gives a lot of detail that the other gospels do not catch. This gospel is very symbolic and raises the soul to great heights without the reader really fully understanding what they read. Continue reading


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Bible: Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is the first book of the New Testament. It gives an account of the life of Jesus in 28 chapters. It is the longest of all the four Gospel books. Scripture experts tell us that it was originally written in Hebrew, though we have no original Hebrew texts. There are a couple of reasons why we believe this. First of all, the experts tell us the way it was written was as if it was a translation. Secondly, the things they say are things that belong more naturally in the Hebrew language as it was spoken then. The way it was written also indicates that it was meant for people native to the Hebrew language and culture. For example, the Book of Matthew does not take the time to explain the Hebrew culture like the other Gospels do (except for the cry on the cross “Eli, Eli, lema Sabachthani”). Even then, the witnesses of the event assume that Jesus is calling upon Elijah, which is a Jewish thought. Matthew also assumes the strong patriarchal role of St Joseph in the birth account of Jesus. Even when Joseph is not the blood father, he uses the bloodline of Joseph to establish Jesus’ heritage to King David, whereas Luke uses the lineage of Mary. Continue reading


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The Bible: The New Testament

The New Testament has 27 books in it. When you open the Bible, you will notice that most of the Bible is the Old Testament. The New Testament may be the shorter end of the Bible, but it is very powerful. It represents the time of Jesus coming into this world and after. It marks a major shift in humanity and the way we think about God, others, and ourselves. Continue reading


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A special Invitation from Bishop Malloy

August 10, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Mary at Fatima to the three young children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.

Since the appearance of Mary at that moment near the end of the First World War, her message about the need for repentance and penance calls the modern world to conversion to the message of the Gospel. Her words and her motherly care, demonstrated at Fatima, have been taken to heart by the Church, and even the last three Popes have made special visits to Fatima to honor Mary.

The 100th anniversary falls on Friday, October 13th, the date Mary’s final appearance and of the famous Miracle of the Sun witnessed by tens of thousands. In order to leave that date free for any possible local or parish celebrations of the anniversary, I will offer a Mass to commemorate those events on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Parish of St. Peter in Rockford. In the course of that Mass, I will renew the consecration, made by my predecessor Bishop Thomas Doran in 2004, of the Diocese of Rockford to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At that same Mass, I will offer the consecration and service of the priests of this Diocese to Our Blessed Mother as well.

I take this opportunity to invite you to be present for that Mass. Please consider joining me in this special celebration and in offering reparation to Christ and to the Immaculate Heart as requested by Mary at Fatima.

With prayerful best wishes, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Malloy Bishop of Rockford


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Pope on Epiphany: ‘Longing for God Shatters Routines, Impels Us to Change’

“Longing for God draws us out of our iron-clad isolation, which makes us think that nothing can change. Longing for God shatters our dreary routines and impels us to make the changes we want and need.”

Pope Francis stressed this in his homily this morning at the Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Reflecting on how the Wise Men set out when they saw a star, the Pontiff underscored that this star did not shine just for them, nor “did they have special DNA” to be able to…

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-on-epiphany-longing-for-god-shatters-routines-impels-us-to-change/