Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 9, 2019
4:00 – What do Catholics (and Protestants) believe about Justification?
The question of Justification is one of the key dividers between Catholics and Protestants. In the Protestant viewpoint, God is a merciful judge before whom the sinner stands guilty. The judge declares the sinner, “Not guilty.” Although there’s no inward change in the person, the great gift of no more condemnation is received by faith. While Catholics don’t deny that there’s a forensic nature to justification, they believe that there’s a more profound change that occurs in justification than just going from guilty to not guilty. We take a closer look with Steve Wood.
5:00 – The Jewish Roots of Mary
Are Catholic teachings on Mary really biblical? Or are they the “traditions of men”? Should she be called the “Mother of God,” or just the mother of Jesus? Did she actually remain a virgin her whole life or do the “brothers of Jesus” refer to her other children? By praying to Mary, are Catholics worshipping her? And what does Mary have to do with the quest to understand Jesus? Brant Pitre joins us for a step-by-step walk through the scriptures to look at the deeply Biblical basis for our Marian beliefs.