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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11 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.

  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.

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