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Open Forum

Jimmy Akin

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Callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 01:08 - How would you explain to a modern American woman the way women lived and were treated in the Old Testament? It seems absurd to explain to them. 
  • 06:43 - How did original sin change our bodies, most particularly in regards to childbirth? 
  • 14:26 - How can I explain Acts 8:14-17 to my Protestant friends? 
  • 18:48 - In the catechism, it defines what constitutes a sacramental marriage. One of the stipulations says that it requires two baptized individuals. Why is this? Where in the Bible is a sacramental marriage defined? 
  • 22:05 - My nephew is doing his Confirmation and he wants me to support him doing that, but I am conflicted because I think he’s just doing it to check it off a list. Should I withhold my support until he takes the faith more seriously? 
  • 29:10 - Sarah gave Haggar to Abraham so that a child could be conceived. How did God view this? 
  • 36:25 - Why is it that in the Old Testament that Jews couldn’t eat pork and had to wear certain types of clothing? What was the purpose of all those rules? 
  • 43:10 - If the Passover lamb or the manna were not saved overnight, why do we save the Eucharist over night? 
  • 47:10 - A couple came to us that we don’t know and asked us to be godparents to their child. My husband and I want to say no because we do not know them or their intentions for raising their child. Is it wrong to say no? 
  • 50:14 - How do we understand the different translations of John 3:16? It seems like my Catholic Bible uses the phrasing, “might have eternal life” and Protestant ones say, “will have eternal life.” 
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