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Where is That in the Bible? Paperback – March 1, 2001
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Evangelical Protestants sometimes accuse Catholics of basing important doctrines on extrabiblical sources. Now Catholics will have a ready rejoinder: Patrick Madrid's Where Is That in the Bible? informs readers of the biblical origins of Catholic doctrines such as priestly celibacy, veneration of Mary and the saints, mortal and venial sins, and purgatory. While the tone is sometimes strident, the information is clear and conveniently organized by topic.
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About the Author
Patrick Madrid is the president of the Envoy Institute, which publishes the Catholic journal Envoy Magazine. Patrick has authored or edited 20 books on Catholic themes, including Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? and Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist. He edited and co-authored the multi-volume Surprised by Truth series. His total book sales are approximately 900,000 copies worldwide. Patrick hosts the popular "Patrick Madrid Show," produced by Immaculate Heart Radio, occasionally guest-hosts Catholic Answers Live!, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and parishes.
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He wrote in the Introduction to this 2001 book, "The goal of this book is to help you dialogue effectively with those many sincere and good people who want to serve God and who want to obey what he has taught us in Scripture. Drawing on my experiences in apologetics and evangelization, this book was written to provide you with the basic Bible verses you will need to help others see that their understanding of Scripture, as sincere as it may be, might just possibly not be the right one. You can show them things in the Bible that many have never had pointed out to them before." (Pg. 12)
He states, "Few people deny the existence of heaven ... but there are many who deny the existence of hell. And their motivation for doing so is understandable, if not correct. The only doctrine of the Church I wish weren't true is the doctrine that hell exists. Unfortunately, the reality of hell is a fact, and try as they might, people can deny it, but eventually they will discover it's true... When Jesus spoke of the 'unquenchable fire of hell' (cf. Mark 9:43, 48) he wasn't kidding. Scripture reveals that hell is a real place where real people go. Really." (Pg. 62-63)
He notes, "In [Mt 23:9; 'call no man your father on earth'], Christ is actually warning against looking to any man as a father in the way God alone is our Father. Similarly, he warns against calling men teachers or masters in a way that is proper to God alone, our true and ultimate teacher and master... Christ did not literally mean that we cannot address others as 'Father,' even in a religious context... in the same passage below, Christ also says 'Call no man teacher.' Yet these non-Catholics call many people teacher, and commonly use the word 'doctor' which is the Latin word for 'teacher.'" (Pg. 122)
He states, "In Exodus 20[:3-5], the Lord forbids the carving of graven images for the purpose of idolatry---he does not condemn the carving of graven images per se... The context of [Ex 20:3-5] shows that Catholics are not wrong to make use of religious images and statues, so long as they are used to assist us in ordering our minds toward God and heavenly things." (Pg. 132)
He points out, "In [Mt 6:7], Christ condemns prayers that fall into the category of 'vain repetition.' He's not condemning repetition, but the fact that prayers offered to false gods ... are vain because these gods don't exist. We can be sure that Christ was not forbidding repetitious prayers per se, because, as we shall see, he himself prayed repetitiously, he gave us the greatest of all prayers, the Our Father, which he intended to pray repeatedly, and God the Holy Spirit inspired many repetitious prayers in Scripture... And finally, notice that in the Garden of Gethsemane Christ repeated the same prayer three times during his agony." (Pg. 136)
This book will also be of great interest to students of Catholic apologetics.
The book is broken down into six distinct areas of study: 1) Authority, 2) Doctrines, 3) The Sacraments, 4) Customs and Practices, 5) Moral Issues, and 6) Non-Catholic Beliefs. What makes this book unique is the fact that Madrid goes out of his way to eliminate Sacred Tradition, the Catechism, and those books of the Bible not accepted by most Protestants in order to defend each issue. He will sometimes hint at these sources, but primarily uses the Bible as accepted by most mainstream Protestant faiths. Much like his book, "Answer Me This!," which takes fifty frequently asked questions by Protestants of Catholicism and answers them, Madrid breaks each section of this book into short, to-the-point explanations. This isn't an exhaustive or thorough resource book, but it is easy enough to carry along with you most of the time. I'd also suggest toting along a Bible with you, as Madrid lists numerous references but does not print each one of them out on the pages of his book.
Overall, this book combined with "Answer Me This!" will provide any Catholic with a solid defense of their faith. It's also a wonderful book to use in day-to-day Bible study. It's a wonderful little resource to have around whenever friends or neighbors question your faith.