In Case Of Rapture – Nothing Will Happen To This Car

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by Fr. Peter Preble Several years ago I was driving behind a vehicle on the highway and I noticed the bumper sticker on the back. It was kind of funny and I will admit I laughed out loud. The bumper sticker read, "In case of Rapture this vehicle will be left unattended." OK, I thought it was kind of cute. But how accurate is this bumper sticker? I will state right up front that the ... More...

Farewell to the Rapture

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by N. T. Wright   Little did Paul know how his colorful metaphors for Jesus’ second coming would be misunderstood two millennia later. The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated.  Seen from my side of the Atlantic, the phenomenal success of the Left Behind books appears puzzling, even bizarre[1].  Few in the ... More...

Praying with Incense and the Wrath of God

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Having determined that repentant prayer alone turns away the divine wrath, we should also consider two ritual gestures in which such prayer may be expressed: the offering of incense and the devout raising of the hands. Since Holy Scripture regards both these elevations as symbols of the soul's ascent to God. It is no wonder we sometime find them joined in a unified ... More...

Sinners in the Hand of a ‘Less Angry’ God

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Church has always thought of God's wrath as a metaphor descriptive of His "negative response" to sin. The expression signifies the metaphysical incompatibility of moral evil with the Font of goodness. When the Bible, then, speaks of God’s anger, it indicates His extreme, punitive displeasure toward what is radically opposed to His being. If God's wrath is ... More...

The Wobbly Exegetical Basis of Penal Substitutionary Satisfaction

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon No treatment of the Passion of Christ is complete, I think---certainly it is not biblical---if it leaves out the wrath of God. One would need to be blind not to observe in the Bible---both Testaments---how often God is said to be angry at man's sins, or how frequently He is said to inflict punishment for those sins. And if it is true that the Lamb of God, by his ... More...