According to data from BibleGateway.com and YouVersion, the popular Bible app, the most popular Bible verse of 2018 was Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear.” Bishop Barron looks at several other verses that cracked the list and reveals the right (and wrong) ways to understand them. A listener asks for clarification on Bishop Barron’s comments about the salvation of Jews on Ben Shapiro’s interview show.

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20 comments on “WOF 162: The Most Popular Bible Verses

  1. Penelope Taurozzi ACDP Jan 14, 2019

    This was so great thanks guys you gave me a lot to feed on

  2. Elaine Stahlheber Jan 15, 2019

    Hi. Would you please leave links and names for the documents that Bishop Barron that mentioned in his response to the audience question regarding the saving of people outside the church. He mentioned the catechism as well as a couple of documents including one from Pope John Paul.

    • I don’t know of any Catechism passage that directly talks about non-Catholics going to Heaven or Hell, but the following passages can give you a better understanding of salvation, especially regarding other religions, people who die unbaptized, and the invincibly ignorant.

      Catechism passages dealing with ignorance and salvation include 1860, 1790-1793, 1735, 1260, and 847-848

      Ignorance and sin: 1860, 1790-93, 1735
      Salvation of non-Catholics: 1260, 847-848

      Catechism passages dealing with baptism by blood and by desire and unbaptized infants include 1258-1259 and 1261.

      Baptism by blood: 1258
      Baptism by desire: 1259
      Unbaptized infants: 1261

      Catechism passages dealing with the Church’s views on non-Catholics include 54-64, 203-205, 210, 575, 595, 597, 600, 818-819, 838, 839-845, 761, and 2569.

      Protestantism: 818-819, 838
      Judaism: 54-64, 203-205, 210, 839-840, 575, 595, 597, 600
      Islam: 841
      Every religion: 761, 842-845
      Righteous non-Catholics: 2569

      Catechism passage about non-Catholics’ salvation include 543 and 1037.

      No one is predestined to Hell: 543
      Everyone is called to Heaven: 1037

  3. What a magnificent evangelizing tool right on the palm of a hand! Thanks!

  4. I don’t know of any Catechism passage that talks about non-Catholics going to Heaven or Hell, but the following passages shed light on each other and together give a better understanding of salvation, especially regarding other religions, people who die unbaptized, and the invincibly ignorant.

    Catechism passages dealing with ignorance and salvation include 1860, 1790-1793, 1735, 1260, and 847-848

    Ignorance and sin: 1860, 1790-93, 1735
    Salvation of non-Catholics: 1260, 847-848

    Catechism passages dealing with baptism by blood and by desire and unbaptized infants include 1258-1259 and 1261.

    Baptism by blood: 1258
    Baptism by desire: 1259
    Unbaptized infants: 1261

    Catechism passages dealing with the Church’s views on non-Catholic Christians and non-Christian religions include 54-64, 203-205, 210, 575, 595, 597, 600, 818-819, 838, 839-845, 761, and 2569.

    Protestantism: 818-819, 838
    Judaism: 54-64, 203-205, 210, 839-840, 575, 595, 597, 600
    Islam: 841
    Every religion: 761, 842-845
    Righteous non-Catholics: 2569

    Catechism passage dealing with non-Catholics’ predestination include 543 and 1037.

    No one is predestined to Hell: 1037, 1821
    Everyone is predestined and called to Heaven: 381, 543

    • Doug Lawler Jan 15, 2019

      It seems to me that human beings seldom go more wrong or do greater harm than when we dare to proscribe limits to the Mercy of God. As I strain to follow the path that He laid out, marked with His own blood, I so need His Mercy when I stumble or stray or retreat. Who might I be, if I were to gainsay the possibility of that Mercy gifted to another? I cannot compel God to save me. So dare I forbid Him to save another? Salvation is, ultimately, God’s work we should gratefully and humbly let Him do it.

      As always, thank you Bishop Barron.

      • Michael Weber Jan 19, 2019

        Doug,
        Well, thought out reply. I keep reading it. You’ve made clear my thoughts in words that I was incapable of doing. Thanks.

    • Michael Weber Jan 19, 2019

      Wow! Great work there, Nick. I’ve copied and pasted your reply for future reading. Thank you.

      Mike

  5. Ingrid Alfaro Jan 15, 2019

    Beautiful explanation of the Word of God!

  6. ekanem_etimoffiong@yahoo.co.uk Jan 16, 2019

    Great show. Totally agree with Bishop Barron’s position with respect to the question from Ben Shapiro on personal salvation for non Catholics, and the follow up response to the same with the listener’s question.

  7. Natty Jan 17, 2019

    I just enjoy and love Word on Fire.. keep up the wonderful work.

  8. My original response to the pride/fear thing was, it’s a little like the chicken and the egg. However, after a few days thought on fear i’ve settled. I am grateful to be reminded of this which you talked about a few years back. Thanks, Bishop B. This is so helpful.

  9. Not that my opinion matters - Jan 18, 2019

    i think it is good that you expanded on your answer. i just know many people needed to hear it.

    One other thing. You talk about full implication. I’ve found most people usually do not consider full implication. They do not consider how hurtful and incredibly harmful this can be. Most especially within our church, one of the worst places to do this. Does anybody think things through?

    I’ve grown to hate the gossip as much as i hate the lie, barely to mention the judgement based on appearances alone.

  10. Steve Jan 18, 2019

    As always Bishop Barron’s insites are very inspiring. I not only enjoy the thought that bible verses have an uplifting effect, physiologically, on many online searchers, but the insites on “fear” really hit home. A true answer to human fear is not found anywhere except within the Judeo Christian faith and is found most completely in Jesus Christ. After hearing auguments for and against Christianity (and for that matter religion in general) no other belief system dealing with the understanding of our human existsence addresses fear with as much satisfation as Jesus Christ.

  11. Michael Weber Jan 19, 2019

    Brandon, Bishop Barron,

    Great episode. I really enjoyed this one. I enjoy all of them, but this hit a chord. Also, great pick for the question at the end of the show. Bishop, you make it all look so simple and logical. Thank you. Thank you for your clarity.

    Regards,
    Mike

  12. Marion Hettia Jan 20, 2019

    Very good show…but wish you had repeated more than once the verse so that we can find same in our bible.

  13. Xavier Velasco-Suarez Jan 31, 2019

    I really would like to share some insight into the problem of salvation of those who don’t believe in Christ. It is a subject that has tormented me for my whole Christian thinking life, and I have recently had what might be a revelation of a terrible truth. I know I need to write about it, but I don’t seem able to find the time, so maybe I could have a conversation with somebody about it. Very briefly, the revelation stems from John 6, and the promise of Jesus of eternal life and resurrection to those who eat His Body and drink His Blood. He doesn’t promise Heaven; He does promise eternal life and resurrection at the end of time. All of a sudden it jumped at me the implication: “NOT EVERYBODY WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE; NOT EVERYBODY WILL RESURRECT AT THE END OF TIME”. Then I realized that all throughout Holy Scripture the dichotomy that faces humanity’s power of free will, the binary consequence of our life definitive choice, is not Heaven vs. Hell, but Life vs. Death. Even at the beginning, God establishes that the consequence of sin is Death. God’s admonishment to Adam and Eve for eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, first of all, is not a threat of a punishment, but the statement of a consequence; and, most importantly, the consequence is not eternal life of suffering (what we commonly understand by Hell), but eternal death. I understand that there are some scriptural hurdles to this, and I wish some day I will have time to work through them, since I’m quite certain that I will be able to, because there’s a bit of theological reasoning behind my conclusion that I find no way to refute, and it goes as follows:
    God is the only source of eternal life. The life of God is the Holy Spirit, the Love between the Father and the Son. Hell is most unanimously defined as the place where there’s no God, much less His Love. Therefore, there cannot be life in Hell. Therefore Hell is eternal death. If this is true, the consequences are dire and of a terrible urgency, specially for us Catholics, who hold the secret key to the Kingdom of Heaven: the union with Christ in the Eternal Sacrifice of the Cross, mystically through the Church, His Mystical Body, but also physical, through the reception of His Holy physical body present in the Eucharist (therefrom the promise of bodily resurrection at the end of time). There was a time when I would assuage my conscience “hoping” that my lack of apostolic zeal could not possibly be the reason for millions of people to suffer in Hell for all eternity, that God is infinitely merciful and that “Baptism of desire” was like this huge back door to Heaven. Still, the thought of so many good people that had all the opportunities to know Jesus kept gnawing at my conscience with the unavoidable conclusion that that back door would not open for them.
    And then, the realization that there is no injustice, no lack of mercy on the part of God, who gives people not only chances to get to know Him, but also a beautiful and fulfilling life. That is what atheists always boast about, isn’t it? They don’t need the promise of eternal life to live good and satisfying moral and happy lives. Why would it be cruel and unjust if they don’t get it? This life alone is a beautiful gift for which they are immensely grateful (no idea to whom, but that’s what they say).
    I think it’s time for us Catholics to stop talking about Hell. I don’t think that was the driving force behind the powerful apostolic onslaught of the first Christians. I firmly believe that their force was given by the certainty that they had found an amazing treasure and it was their high duty of love to share it with the world, because the treasure is offered for free to all the world. The driving force is not where the world is going without Christ, but what the world is missing without Christ. The words of the Apostle Paul resonate with a lot more clarity from this perspective: “Woe to me if I don’t evangelize!” That is why we have to not linger to those who don’t want to listen to our message. That’s why (because the “back door” is even more unlikely open to them) we have to go with urgency to our lapsed Catholic brothers and sisters, “the lost sheep of the house of Israel”.

    • I agree about stop talking about Hell. God didn’t create us to burn us forever. Would you do that to someone who you knew was going to sentence himself to Hell by his actions? God knows all before it happens. We need to emphasize the Love of God because I don’t believe He wants to lose even one of His sheep. And if He doesn’t want to, why would He? Could He lose something He didn’t want to lose and still be all powerful?

  14. Next Post and Previous Post need to be reversed in position. In the West we read from left to write, front to back, so Next Post needs to be at the right, not left side.

  15. You need to clarify with specific examples what you mean when you say we need to believe, that is, trust in and follow Christ. What does that look like to the average Mary or Joe? How do we surrender all to Christ? What exactly does that look like? I love God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and try to be the best person I can, but do you want me to give so much that my family and I suffer loss of all? How could we be of help to anyone then? So, for me, the answer is moderation in my giving. I am man and spirit, made in God’s image. I am a child of God, and bad apples don’t fall from a good tree…like God. I have been given the gift of an earthly life and hope to see an eternal gift of life with the Lord God my Father someday.

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