The first half of this study concludes our discussion of the Biblical basis of Purgatory. The second half answers a question about prayer and then continues our exploration of the book of Jonah.
In this study, we examine the account of Cornelius the Centurion to see how our human goodness is not a proper foundation for our relationship with God.
We continue the study of the Book of Job focusing on the friends' rigid religion and Job's bewilderment at God's actions. We discuss the problem of spiritual dishonesty and the danger of not letting reality challenge our understanding of God.
We continue our study of the Book of Job to see Job's continued bewilderment at God and the friends' highly defensive and violent reaction when Job challenges their view of God and religion with reality.
We continue our study of the Book of Job and shift our focus from the shortcomings of the friends to the shortcomings of Job and identify the dysfunction in Job's relationship with God. We then start the speech of Elihu and explore how his approach is different from both Job and the friends.
We continue through the Letter of James discussing overcoming sin at its root and the progression from sinfulness to sin to death contrasting the path to death with the path to life. We digress a bit onto the subject of first fruits and conclude with an exploration of the literal meaning of our rebirth.
Our study of James continues with a discussion of the implanted word and interior transformation. We also respond to a question about judgment, punishment, and proper reception of the Eucharist.
Tonight's study covers most of Psalm 95 including its place in the Divine Office, its context, and its abrupt shift of mood. We examine the novelty of the view of God as creator of all nature and review the historical background in Exodus and Numbers. We touch upon the idea of God forgiving sins and at that same time exacting punishment. Finally, we begin an examination of the use of this psalm in the Book of Hebrews.
Tonight's study started with the background of the pictured destruction of Rome and the harlot upon the beast that set the stage for Revelation 19. We briefly discuss the word "Hallelujah" and its evolution into "Alleluia". We spend some time examining the idea of eternal punishment and what the earliest Church believed about it. We conclude with an exploration of the bride making herself ready.