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Is Faith Alone the Basis for the Final Judgment?

by Steve Ray on October 17, 2018

Is Faith Alone the Basis for the Final Judgment?  By Steve Ray

Dear Jerry:

I had no intention of writing you again this soon but after having dinner with your brother the other day and picking up a copy of a booklet you gave him entitled Studies In Contrasts: The Doctrine of Salvation (by Herb Vander Lugt and published by the Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, MI.), I thought I’d drop you a short note.

I was not surprised, but I was again disappointed in the obvious dishonesty (or ignorance) and the unfounded assumptions of the booklet. I decided to write a short note to ask you a few questions to see if you agree with me.

First, I will be honest, I did not read the entire booklet. I first flipped to page 18. The title was Everyone / Not Everyone Will Be Judged. The first passage of Scripture quoted was John 5:28, 29, which was prominently placed in a text box at the top of the page.

Screen Shot 2018-10-03 at 5.48.54 PMBut first, before we look at John 5:28, 29, let’s take a look at the contrast that Herb Vander Lugt sets up. He says under the heading Explanation: “. . . we are told that all people, believers, and unbelievers [here is his contrast] will be resurrected and appear before Christ for final judgment.” He makes the opposing categories believers and unbelievers, but this is not what the Bible says.

What contrast does the Bible set up? This booklet is written by those who are supposed to be the “Bible-people” who do not interpret the Bible on the basis of “tradition” but objectively, based on the supposed perspicuousness of the Scriptures. Let’s see how honest they are, or how blinded by their tradition they are . . .

If the reader goes to the text box to read the passage of Scripture referred to, they will find this: “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth . . . to the resurrection of life, and . . . to the resurrection of condemnation.” John 5:28, 29. Now, what do the three periods ellipses ( . . . ) delete from the text? An ellipsis is defined as by the American Heritage Dictionary as “The omission of a word not necessary for the comprehension of a sentence.” The unwary reader might expect believers and unbelievers to be the words cut out. Am I correct? This is of course what the author expects you to read and understand. He deceives his readers.

Yet, get your Bible out and read for yourself the words of our Lord that the author “cut out” or deleted.

 “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28, 29).

My question to you is this: why did he remove words to hide the meaning of what our Lord Jesus was saying? And why do you condone such actions by believing and perpetrating the material?

Why do you think Vander Lugt cut these essential words out? Was he trying to put words into our Lord Jesus’ mouth? Why did he want the readers to misunderstand what Jesus was actually saying? The author could not come up with a verse in the Bible that describes the final judgment in terms of faith vs. no faith, or belief vs. disbelief could he?

There are no verses in the Bible that discuss the Judgement in these terms. In fact, isn’t it true that every time the judgement is discussed, the basis for judgement is deeds or actions or works? One must be careful of playing with our Lord’s words and especially careful of misrepresenting His intent. He condemns the Pharisees in no uncertain terms for doing exactly that.

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How Do They Cook Spinach in Rome?

by Steve Ray on May 3, 2018

Posted a while ago but in Rome now eating spinach again so thought we’d share again…

Janet and I (and our whole family) are keeping healthy with losing weight, exercise and eating good food. While in Rome last week Janet and I ate spinach every day. (Spinach is a SuperFood.) The spinach we ate was so good that  we asked our friend Mario to show us how to cook spinach Roman-style. Not only did he include spinach (as a SuperFood), but also two others: Olive Oil and Garlic.

Like many times in the past our friend Mario took us downstairs into his kitchen on Via di Porta Cavalleggeri across the street from St. Peter’s Basilica — and we took a video so YOU could learn how to make this healthy and delicious dish.

We also added some video and pictures from an exceptional restaurant where Frs. Alfonso Aguilara and Ben Cieply took us for our celebration at the end of teaching our course on apologetics.

Here is the video! Bon Appetit!

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2 Million Miles with Delta! Yikes!

by Steve Ray on November 20, 2017

473550159_1280x720The circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles. If you fly all the way around the earth 80 times you have 2 million miles.

Delta Airlines just wrote to me and told me I have done just that. Yikes! That is a lot of miles and a lot of time on a plane. My good wife is only a few miles behind me.

If I ever get loopy or lose my mind I will attribute it to all that time squeezed in little seats eating really unsavory food. But I understand that they cannot serve gourmet food.

Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 5.16.37 AMEven with this many miles, I have no complaints with Delta. They are an exceptional company and have always taken great care of us. The problems can be counted on the fingers of one hand and they always make it right in the end.

It is estimated that St. Paul traveled in excess of 6,000 miles but he did it on crude wooden ships and on foot. Kudos to him!!

Well, we leave for Israel again at Christmas with two buses full of excited Catholic families so I now begin working toward the next milestone of 3 million miles.

B777-200-air-3.At roughly 200,000 miles a year I should reach the next milestone in six years!

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Visit St. John Lateran with me today for the Feast of Its Dedication

November 9, 2017

I am in Rome and decided to run to St. John Lateran this morning a make a video — so all of you could enjoy the Feast Day of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Church on November 9, 313. Yup, that’s right! It was the first Christian church ever built and it was the […]

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Traveling with Paul, John & Mary in Biblical Times was TOUGH!

October 30, 2017

Jostling through the crowds Paul and Luke pushed their way to the ramp. The wooden cargo ship was ready to leave Caesarea and they had gathered the last of their supplies. They pressed the silver denarii into the hands of the sailer at the dock. They were allowed onto the ship. They rushed to the […]

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One of My Most Valued Possessions

July 3, 2017

It is the 4th of July and Janet and I are sitting in an airport in Tel Aviv Israel. We were just in Egypt two days ago and were so happy to get back through security into Israel heading back home to America. One of my most valued possessions enables us to travel through all […]

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Arriving at Mount Sinai in the middle of a wilderness nowhere

June 30, 2017

Here you’ll see a picture of Masada, and the sunrise over the Dead Sea along with a map to show you our route. In the picture with the fortress in the Red Sea we could see 34 countries Israel, Egypt, Jordan and  Saudi Arabia . Also a picture of our crew in front of the […]

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Gibraltar Broadcasting Corp. Interviewed us on the “Rock” – Marvelous Production

May 10, 2017

I must say that Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation did a very fine job of interviewing Janet and I about our recent visit and conference at the “Rock of Gibraltar.” They not only did a fine interview but interspersed it with pictures and segments of my talks. I was invited to give a weekend conference at the […]

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Newly Renovated Tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre

April 27, 2017

Before our group arrived today Janet and I visited the Tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre a few days after its unveiling without the ugly iron girders that used to surround it for support. Here are a few pictures of the new exterior and one of the interior. Nothing is really changed (except removal […]

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Stupidest Airport Sign Ever

February 9, 2017

“Life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” We saw the above sign while walking through the airport. I interviewed some people at the airport and though some said they enjoyed the trip, they ALL said they were here to reach a definite city or place. Imagine an airport concerned only with random […]

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Conversation at an Airport; Don’t Be Intimated! Say What You’re Thinking!

October 25, 2016

We stepped into the Delta lounge to await our flight to Greece where we will meet our group of 95 excited pilgrims for our St. Paul cruise. A guy sat down next to me and said, “How you doing?” I said, “Great, we just voted for Trump and we are on our way to lead […]

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Join us on a Catholic Tour of Germany following Martin Luther and the “Protestant Reformation”

August 10, 2016

The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Schism is upon us. Protestants are celebrating 500 years from Martin Luther nailing his 95 Thesis on the Wittenburg Church door. His actions divided Christendom and caused untold problems. Protestants of course consider this revolt as the restoration of the biblical Christianity and salvation by “faith alone.” Steve and […]

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Steve’s Interview about his trips to India, the Work of the Apostles after Pentecost and more

August 5, 2016
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Riddle in Pictures for my Grandkids: Where in the World are Nana and Papa?

August 2, 2016

Hints for the Grandkids: 1) We were on a plane, 2) heading home, 3) on the other side of the world, 4) in picture 6 look through the haze of sand for a hint – tallest building in the world. Pray for us on the rest of our journey. Pray that our humble efforts in […]

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Discovering Apostle St. Thomas in India; then, Mass Barefooted with Local Catholics

August 1, 2016

The last two days in India we have kept free for exploration and touring. I’ve always wanted to trace the steps of the Apostles (and all the biblical personages) and was able to do so with St. Thomas who came here and established the Church in 52 AD. Then we rode a rickshaw to Mass […]

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Friends and Family: Our 2016 Trip to India

July 29, 2016

What wonderful folks here in Kerala India! What a joyous two weeks. Heading home on Wednesday.   … Powered by Cincopa Podcast Hosting for Business solution.Final Days in India 2016flash 16cameramake Appleheight 480dir: 100alt: 12lat: 10.290864long: 76.337622orientation 1camerasoftware 9.3.3originaldate 7/29/2016 4:13:53 PMwidth 640cameramodel iPhone 6sflash 16cameramake Appleheight 640orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS4 originaldate 7/25/2016 7:49:45 […]

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