Father Spitzer’s Universe – EWTN

July 11, 2018

From Credible Catholic:
Evolution, The Bible and Science Part 1

1. A few months ago, you commented about an alien being whom Satan would temp into sin, and that when the alien died, God would judge him? o you believe there are other beings in the vast universe? Is it a universal law that all life throughout the universe must die eventually?

2. Recently I read of a metastudy, which examined myriad strands of DNA and stated that 90% of all animals appeared at the same time, 100,000-200,000 years ago. This seems to point to a Creator too. Have you heard of this study? What are your thoughts on it?

3. Science has calculated that the earth was created some billions of years ago. Does it mean that the earth existed for some billions of years before Jesus Christ came to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth? Where do Adam and Eve fit into this?

4. To believe the Big Bang Theory and Evolutionary Theory, don’t we have to believe that God introduced death at the creation of the universe? In order to create Adam and Eve, wouldn’t the many previous evolutionary species have to die to evolve into humans?

5. I see the earth prior to man as in a state of original just but not a place of peace and harmony. Shouldn’t this time of evolving be viewed as a time without sin, since nature was already pretty violent? A creature would have to have knowledge of sin in order to commit sin. Correct? Any thoughts?

6. As a biologist, I am familiar with the teaching that says biology reduces chemistry, and that chemistry reduces to physics. At what point do physics and chemistry become “life”? What does the theologian say that “life” is?

7. There is a “creation museum in Texas that teaches that dinosaurs became extinct because they were too large to fit aboard Noah’s Ark, yet science has proven this theory wrong. What is your opinion?

8. Father mentions Michael Polanyi’s essay “Origin of Life”.

June 27, 2018

Topic: Near Death Experiences Part 2
From our new website, crediblecatholic.com

1. Last week, you said that God does not send us to Hell but rather we choose Hell. I am very disturbed by this comment. To me, it seems to contradict both the Catechism and the Bible (Matthew 13, where God’s angels will weed the Earth of the unfaithful). If we send ourselves to Hell, then what’s the point of judgment day?

2. Last week, you discussed reasons that most adults who “flat-line” don’t have a NDE. I have heard that one is often given a choice to stay or go. Given that God is omniscient, could it be that He usually wants us to go back, knowing we would likely choose to stay? Perhaps children would more likely choose to go back to alleviate their families.

3. Can we actually meet the people we love in heaven after we die, assuming that we get to heaven?

4. My non-Catholic daughter-in-law has had dreams of dead people who she knew. I suggested to her that these people might be in purgatory, and requesting prayers for their souls. Was I correct in suggesting this?

5. What do you think about Internet postings of people claiming to go to hell and come back?

6. Do Protestants typically see anything that would incline them to become Catholics when they return from NDE’s? How are we to reconcile NDE’s with God’s immediately judgment after death?

7. Aren’t there NDE’s that speak to non-Christians – like Buddhist experiences? If so, how are we to view such experiences?

8. Why would someone who is not Christian and has a NDE become a Christian?

9. Father speaks about terminal lucidity.

10. Father speaks on the validation of the human dignity of Alzheimer’s patients.

June 20, 2018

Near Death Experiences, Evolution, The Bible and Science

1. I worry about some of Fr. Spitzer’s allegations. His lack of emphasis on how serious sin is troubles me the most. Proof of that is how long we have been suffering for the one sin of Adam and Eve. Another proof is how the world is suffering for the new morality. Observe. Sin matters, and we suffer for it, generation passes onto generation.

2. When it comes to moral sins, if I really knew this was going to hurt God am I accountable?

3. In reference to recent discussions on God and philosophy, I understand that one of God’s attributes is that He is unchanging. How are we to reconcile this with the descriptions of Him feeling anger, sorrow, vengeful, etc. in scripture? Even EWTN has a program titled “Where God Weeps”.

4. Do we, along with God, go through the review of our past life even before we’re actually dead? Only three days before my mother died, she said that she now realized that she only thought of herself throughout her lifetime. She was, in fact, a very narcissistic person.

5. Where do ghosts or souls that have passed before us fall in with near death experiences? Could you explain about this? I would also like to know how to know if someone is fabricating a near-death experience.

June 6, 2018

Topic: Evidence of God from Philosophy Part 3
From our new website, crediblecatholic.com

1. What really is a Christian? I once heard a priest claim that Protestants are not Christians because they don’t belong to the Church that Christ founded. It seems that the popular definition of a Christian is someone who believes that Jesus is God, and not necessarily someone who belongs to His True Church.

2. I believe that The Blessed Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, always existed, but I find it difficult to understand what “begotten” means when professing Jesus Christ as the Only Begotten Son of God. To me, it sounds like there was a time before Jesus was begotten by the ‘Father, and that He did not exist. Please clear this confusion.

3. Christ asks us to go forth and share the Gospel, but how are we to properly convey Christ’s message of saving love, so that others properly understand? What is the simple message?

4. What did Jesus mean by some people being called least in the kingdom of Heaven, while others will be called greatest in the kingdom of Heaven? Is this perhaps, in some way, talking about purgatory?

5. How does one know that he has been touched by the Holy Spirit? I feel I have been touched while in Church, as a warm feeling shot right through my body, a feeling I never experienced in my 65 years. I would love to hear what you have to offer on this, Father!

6. How can philosophy prove anything?

May 30, 2018

Topic: Evidence of God from Philosophy Part 2
From our new website, crediblecatholic.com

1. Ireland overwhelmingly voted to remove the ban on abortion by a noticeable margin. How does this even happen? It is very depressing to see a country that has respected life so much in the stand for this.

2. I believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but I think subconsciously I was thinking of a Spiritual Presence, not an earthly body. Your graphic description of the Eucharistic miracle last week left me with ambivalent feelings and a question — why would Jesus want us to ingest His physical body and blood? What am I missing?

3. Although I am a lifelong Methodist, I enjoy watching your show regularly. I have never heard anyone speak so clearly and understandably as you do. Does this matter or affect my relations with God in any way in the fact that I attend a Methodist church but agree with your messages?

4. In reference to last week’s show – if Jesus is the Son of God, how can He also be God? Jesus prayed to God the Father, so it seems they would be two separate entities. This logic seems much more straightforward.

5. Even though I have a belief in God, I still wonder what His plan and our salvation is really all about. What is the purpose of eternal life with God?

6. What are the constants in life?

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