With great pleasure, I recently read my friend James White’s book, “What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an,” published by Bethany House Publishers. It may be helpful to begin by clarifying what the book is not, then identifying what I liked about the book.
As mentioned on yesterday’s Dividing Line, there is a collection of mp3s that provide James White’s lectures on church history. (Here is the Link!) There are about 50 or so lectures there, so enjoy!
Steve Ray (Roman Catholic) writes:
From the early centuries Mary was considered the All Holy One and considered as without sin. Rom 3:23 is a general statement but does not mention exceptions to the rule. For example, Jesus was a man without sin, therefore an exception.
Jesus did not come short of the glory of God, because Jesus is God. Recall that the text says:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Moreover, it’s not just Romans 3:23.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
This falls into the category of manifest exceptions. A similar manifest exception is explained here:
1 Corinthians 15:27
For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
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Pilgrimage panderer Steve Ray has some video clips up at his site (link). In the first video (starting around 4:50 into the clip, with the key portion beginning at 7:00), you can hear Steve Ray discussing the idea that Jesus’ reference to “the gates of hell” is a reference to a deep crevice near the mouth of a cave at the back of a temple. It was sad to see one of the members of the pilgrimage spouting back the idea that the cave was the “gates of hell.” The folks on the pilgrimage do seem very sincere, and it seems clear that Steve Ray is misleading them.
Over at the “National Catholic Register,” Mark Shea provided a piece responding to a reader’s concerns about the apocryphal book of Tobit, which is included within the canon of Scripture by the Council of Trent. I’m afraid the reader of Shea’s response has been seriously disserviced by Shea’s misleading answer.