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SERIES INTRODUCTION

There are two very important reasons why I felt compelled to write this series of posts, and I’d like to briefly share these reasons with you now before I go any further:

1) Since I am a former Catholic who is very aware of the teachings of the Catholic Church because I attended twelve years of Catholic school, attended Catechism classes, made my First Holy Communion, was Confirmed, and faithfully attended Mass not only every Sunday for many years, but also before school began for three years (as required by the school that I attended at the time),  and who came to the knowledge of who Jesus Christ truly is and what He actually accomplished for us by reading a Catholic New Testament Bible exactly like the one pictured above, I decided to write this series with the hope of reaching Catholics so that they can not only come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ truly is as His Word, the Bible, declares Him to be, but also so they can see by reading God’s Word that they can have complete forgiveness, lasting joy, true peace, and the assurance of salvation if they choose to believe God’s Word and place their trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. Also, since many Catholics do not realize everything that the Catholic church actually teaches (as I once did not realize until after doing research and reading the CCC), I thought that it was extremely important to share this information to make Catholics aware of many things that are quite disturbing, as you will all soon become aware of as this series continues.

2) This series of posts is also being written with the intention of helping those of you who are born-again, Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ who have no idea of what the teachings of Catholicism are so that you can become aware of their teachings and be prepared to offer hope and assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ to Catholics based solely upon the truth that is recorded in God’s Word.

As we continue on in this series together comparing Scriptures in the Catholic New Testament to teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we must keep these important thoughts in mind:

When it comes to our eternal destination — heaven or hell — we must be certain that we place our trust in solid truth and not in speculation or in the traditions of men. The Catholic church claims to be the “one true Church.” Therefore, it stands to reason that their teachings must line up with God’s Word and not contradict it since God does not change (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Hebrews 13:8), and His Word stands firm forever. (Psalm 119:89, Isaiah 40:8, 1 Peter 1:24,25) If a contradiction is found it must be rejected because God’s Word is our plumb line by which we must measure (or test) the teachings of every religion to see if it lines up or not. If it is off in one point we can be certain that it will lead us further and further away from Biblical truth and lead us into spiritual deception.

This series will cover many different subjects ranging from what does the Catholic Church teach about the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, priests, the pope, sin, forgiveness of sins, salvation, prayer, and what must a Catholic believe in order to receive eternal life. Some of these teachings will shock even many Catholics when they learn what their church actually teaches!

Lord willing, I hope to share at least one post every month with you in this new series until I have covered all the most important teachings that need to be brought to your attention. The main goal that I have in writing this series is to present the Word of God to Catholics — and to every person — in order to point everyone to Jesus Christ, who is our only hope and ‘the only name under heaven given among men by which we can be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)

Dear Catholic, please take a minute now to pray, asking God to open your mind to the Scriptures and to reveal the truth to you –whatever that may be.

Because only God can reveal the truth to you, I will refrain from making any comments unless I find it completely necessary. Since God’s Word is truth I trust that He will not only give you eyes to see the truth, but also I trust that He will give you the courage to respond to His leading. However, each one of you will find yourself having to answer this question when you come to many points that I present to you in these posts after realizing that there are oftentimes extreme differences between what the Word of God says and what Catholicism teaches, and the question that you will have to answer is:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God, or the word of man?”

 Please keep in mind, as you are carefully reading all of the statements made from the following Catholic sources, that every time you see the word “church” spelled with a capital c they are referring to the Catholic church, since they believe that the “Catholic Church” alone is the “one true Church.”All of the information that I will be sharing with you I have obtained from the following sources:

1) CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (pictured above) – Imprimi Potest – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict) – Interdicasterial Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church

2) THE WORD OF GOD – THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR  IN TODAY’S ENGLISH VERSION – SACRED HEART LEAGUE EDITION – IMPRIMATUR JOHN FRANCIS WHEALON, ARCHBISHOP OF HARTFORD, APRIL 15, 1971 SIGNED AND SEALED BY BISHOP JOSEPH B. BRUNINI, DIOCESE OF JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

3) Occasionally when I share a Scripture with you from the Sacred Heart League (SHL) Catholic New Testament and notice that it lacks depth and clarity, I will then follow it with the same verse but in the King James Version in order to give you a better understanding of what is being said, and so that you can see what is missing from the SHL translation.

4) Very briefly in this series, I will also be quoting from THE CATHOLIC DOUAY RHEIMS VERSION OF THE BIBLE – in which you will find the following statements:

“EXCERPT FROM ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF OUR HOLY FATHER BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE POPE LEO XIII ON THE STUDY OF HOLY SCRIPTURE:

“The God of all Providence, Who in the adorable designs of His love at first elevated the human race to the participation of the Divine nature, and afterwards delivered it from the universal guilt and ruin, restoring it to its primitive dignity, has in consequence bestowed upon man a splendid gift and safeguard–making known to him, by supernatural means, the hidden Mysteries of His divinity, His wisdom, and His mercy. For although in Divine revelations there are contained some things which are not beyond the reach of unassisted reason, and which are made the objects of such revelation in order “that all may come to know them with facility, certainty, and safety from error, yet not on this account can supernatural Revelation be said to be absolutely necessary; it is only necessary because God has ordained man to a supernatural end.” This supernatural revelation according to the belief of the universal Church, is contained both in unwritten Tradition, and in written Books, which are therefore called sacred and canonical because, “being written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, they have God for their author, and as such have been delivered to the Church.” (Page ix)

“Wherefore it must be recognised that the sacred writings are wrapt in a certain religious obscurity, and that no one can enter into their interior without a guide; God so disposing, as the Holy Fathers commonly teach, in order that men may investigate them with greater ardour and earnestness, and that what is attained with difficulty may sink more deeply into the mind and heart; and, most of all that they may understand that God has delivered the Holy Scriptures to the Church, and that in reading and making use of His Word, they must follow the Church as their guide and their teacher.  St. Irenaeus long since laid down, that where the charismata of God were, there the truth was to be learnt, and that Holy Scripture was safely interpreted by those who had the Apostolic succession.  His teaching, and that of other Holy Fathers, is taken up by the Council of the Vatican, which, in the renewing of the decree of Trent, declares its “mind” to be this–that “in things of faith and morals, belonging to the building up of Christian doctrine, that is to be considered the true sense of Holy Scripture which has been held and is held by our Holy Mother the Church whose place it is to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures; and therefore that it is permitted to no one to interpret Holy Scripture against such sense or also against the unanimous agreement  of the Fathers.” (Page xvii)

“Wherefore the first and dearest object of the Catholic commentator  should be to interpret those passages which have received an authentic interpretation either by the sacred writers themselves, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost (as in many places of the New Testament), or from the Church, under the assistance of the same Holy Spirit, whether by her solemn judgment or her ordinary and universal magisterium –to interpret those passages in that identical sense, and to prove, by all the resources of science that sound hermeneutical laws admit of no other interpretation. In the other passages, the analogy of faith should be followed, and Catholic doctrine, as authoritatively proposed by the Church, should be held as the supreme law; for seeing that the same God is the author both of the Sacred Books and of the doctrine committed to the Church, it is clearly impossible that any teaching can by legitimate means be extracted from the former, which shall in any respect be at variance with the latter. Hence it follows that all interpretation is foolish and false which either makes the sacred writers disagree one with another, or is opposed to the doctrine of the Church.” (Page xviii)

“For although the studies of non-Catholics, used with prudence, may sometimes be of use to the Catholic student, he should nevertheless, bear well in mind–as the Fathers also teach in numerous passages –that the sense of Holy Scripture can nowhere be found incorrupt outside of the Church, and cannot be expected to be found in writers who, being without the true faith, only gnaw the bark of the Sacred Scripture and never attain its pith.” (Page xix)

 (To read PART 1 clickHERE).

(For PART 2 clickHERE).

(For PART 3 click HERE).

INTRODUCTION TO PART 4

If one takes the time to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), they will find that oftentimes what’s woven through these teachings are attempts to attribute to the Virgin Mary accomplishments and credit that do not apply to her and should not be given to her. In doing so, they diminish all that Jesus Christ alone has accomplished for us through His sinless life, His substitutionary atoning death on the cross, His burial, and ultimately His glorious resurrection when He arose bodily from the dead.  Please be sure to keep all of these thoughts in mind as you carefully read through this post, and it will become much more evident to you how they do this as we continue going through the teachings of the CCC. The truth of what I am warning you about will be confirmed to you as you read their teachings, and their teachings will be refuted by what should be our ultimate authority –the Word of God. You will see how the focus of one’s attention is frequently made to shift from being on Jesus Christ, and instead, Catholics are directed to Mary or to the apostle Peter, who they claim was appointed as the first pope and the head of the church by Jesus Christ Himself. You will then come to realize why precious Catholics are never able to comprehend the depth of the love that God has for them, and the glorious good news of the gospel –that Jesus Christ’s “once for all” sacrifice was sufficient to pay the debt of our sins in full!

Once again, I will only make comments when I see that it is completely necessary to do so. All I ask for you to do is to please take a minute now to pray in order to ask God to give you discernment before you continue reading. Thank you.

Now let’s begin PART 4:

Mary’s predestination

“God sent forth his Son,” but to prepare a body for him, he wanted the free cooperation of a creature. For this, from all eternity God chose for the mother of his Son a daughter of Israel, a young Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee, “a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the Virgin’s name was Mary”: The Father of mercies willed that the Incarnation should be preceded by assent on the part of the predestined mother, so that just as a woman had a share in the coming of death, so also should a woman contribute to the coming of life.” CCC (Para 488)

“Through the centuries the Church has become even more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854. The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”  (Para 491)

“The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God “the All-Holy” (Panagia) and celebrate her as “free from any stain of sin, as though fashioning by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature.” By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.” (Para 493)

“Let it be done to me according to your word…”

“At the announcement that she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High” without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that “with God nothing will be impossible” : “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word.” Thus giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus. Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to serve the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God’s grace: As St. Irenaeus says, ” Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.” Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert…: “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith.” Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary “the Mother of the living” and frequently claim: “Death through Eve, life through Mary.” (Para 494)

Mary’s divine motherhood

“Called in the Gospels “the mother of Jesus,” Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as “the mother of my Lord.” In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly the “Mother of God.” (Theo-tokos). (Council of Ephesis – 431)

Mary — “ever-virgin”

“The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man. In fact, Christ’s birth “did not diminish his mother’s virginal  integrity but sanctified it.” And so the liturgy of the Church celebrates Mary as Aeiparthenos, the “Ever-virgin.” (Para 499)

“Against this doctrine the objection is sometimes raised that the Bible mentions brothers and sisters of Jesus. The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to the other children of the Virgin Mary. In fact James and Joseph, “brothers of Jesus” are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ, whom St. Matthew significantly calls “the other Mary.” They are close relations of Jesus, according to an Old Testament expression.” (Para 500)

Let’s stop for a few minutes and take time to look at the verses in which the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ are mentioned:

“When Jesus finished telling these parables, he left that place and went back to his home town. He taught in their synagogue, and those who heard him were amazed. “Where did he get such wisdom?” they asked. And what about his miracles? Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t Mary his mother, and aren’t James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas his brothers? Aren’t all his sisters living here? Where did he get all this? And so they rejected him.” (Matthew 13:55-57a)

“Jesus’ mother and brothers came to him, but were unable to join him because of the crowd. Someone said to Jesus, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.” Jesus said to them all, “My mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 8:19-21)

After this, Jesus traveled in Galilee; he did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jewish authorities there were wanting to kill him. The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, so Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave this place and go to Judea, so that your disciples will see the works you are doing. No one hides what he is doing if he wants to be well known. Since you are doing these things, let the whole world know about you!” (Not even his brothers believed in him.) Jesus said to them, “The right time for me has not yet come. Any time is right for you. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I keep telling it that its ways are bad. You go on to the feast. I am not going to this feast, because the right time has not come for me.” He said this, and then stayed on in Galilee. After his brothers went to the feast, Jesus also went; however, he did not go openly, but went secretly.” (John 7:1-10)

“They entered Jerusalem and went up to the room where they were staying: Peter, John, James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Patriot, and Judas the son of James. They gathered frequently to pray as a group, together with the women, and with Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (Acts 1:13,14)

“It was three years later that I went to Jerusalem to get information from Peter, and I stayed with him for two weeks. I did not see any other apostle except James, the Lord’s brother.” (Galatians 1:19)

Now back to sharing some more rather disturbing information with you from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

“At once virgin and mother, Mary is the symbol and the most perfect realization of the Church: “the Church indeed…by receiving the word of God in faith becomes herself a mother. By preaching and Baptism she brings forth sons, who are conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of God, to a new and immortal life. She herself is a virgin, who keeps in its entirety and purity the faith she pledged to her spouse.” (Para 507)

“The Virgin Mary “cooperated through free faith and obedience in human salvation” (LG 56). She uttered her yes “in the name of all human nature” (St. Thomas Aquinas, (STh III, 30, 1). By her obedience she became the new Eve, mother of the living. “(Para 511)

At this point I’d like to stop for a few minutes to share a few Scriptures with you in order to show you how, once again, some of the teachings of the Catholic church — such as the one above — elevates Mary to a position of far more honor than is due to her, because it attributes to Mary, things that only Jesus Christ accomplished for us. When it comes to our salvation, the truth of God’s Word puts the focus on Jesus Christ where it should always be. All glory and honor belongs to Him alone; from His perfect obedience, to His choice to willingly lay down His life for us, He alone did everything necessary to provide for our salvation! God’s Word has nothing to say about Mary being the “new Eve.” It does, however, show us that Jesus Christ was the “last Adam.” Dear Catholic, and others of you who have not yet come to understand the truly good news of the gospel, please ask God to open your eyes to the truth, and then read these Scriptures:

“Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death spread to the whole human race, because all men sinned. There was sin in the world before the Law was given; but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins. But from the time of Adam to the time of Moses death ruled over all men, even over those who did not sin as Adam did  by disobeying God’s commands. Adam was a figure of the one who was to come. But the two are not the same, because God’s free gift is not like Adam’s sin. It is true that many men died because of  the sin of that one man. But God’s grace is much greater, and so is his free gift to so many men through the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. And there is a difference between God’s gift and the sin of one man.  After the one sin came the judgment of “Guilty” ; but after so many sins comes the undeserved gift of “Not guilty!” It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule, because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and the free gift of his righteousness will rule in life through Christ. So then, as the one sin condemned all men, in the same way the one righteous act sets all men free and gives them life. And just as many men were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way many will be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one man. Law was introduced in order to increase wrongdoing, but where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more. So then, just as sin ruled by means of death, so also God’s grace rules by means of righteousness, leading us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:12-21)

“And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sins. It would also mean that the believers in Christ who have died are lost. If our hope in Christ is good for this life only, and no more, then we deserve  more pity than anyone else in all the world. But the truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised. For just as death came by means of a man, in the same way the rising from death comes by means of a man. For just as all men die because of their union to Adam, in the same way all will be raised to  life because of their union to Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:17-22)

“For the scripture says, “The first man, Adam, was created a living being” ; but the last Adam is the life-giving Spirit. It is not the spiritual that comes first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. The first Adam was made of the dust of the earth; the second Adam came from heaven. Those who belong to the earth are like the one who was made of the earth; those who are of heaven are like the one who came from heaven. Just as we wear the likeness of the man made of earth, so we will wear the likeness of the Man from heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:45-49)

The Christmas mystery

“To become a child in relation to God is the condition for entering the kingdom. For this, we must humble ourselves and become little. Even more: to become children of God we must be “born from above” or “born of God.” Only when Christ is formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us. Christmas  is the mystery of this “marvelous exchange” : “O marvelous exchange!  Man’s Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers of the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.” (Para 526)

At this point I must pause in order to share some concerns with you related to the above statement. First I want to remind you of what I shared with you in PART 3 of this series concerning what Para 460 says:

“For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”

Now, again, take a look at the final portion of Para 526 that I posted for you below, and you will see that the focus, once more, goes back to this mystical concept that they previously presented about sharing in the “divinity of Christ.”

O marvelous exchange! Man’s Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers of the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.”

Now to address an even more important concern in regards to Para 526:

While it is true that “in order to become children of God we must be “born from above” or “born of God,” (John 1:10-13, John 3:1-8, 1 Peter 1:23) and as amazing and as miraculous as it was that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, clothed Himself in human flesh and came to this earth being born of the Virgin Mary, this “marvelous exchange” that they see as taking place at Christmas, in all actuality truly took place at the cross:

“He was given over to die because of our sins, and was raised to life to put us right with God.” (Romans 4:25)

“It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule, because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and the free gift of his righteousness will rule in life through Christ. So then, as the one sin condemned all men, in the same way, the one righteous act sets all men free and gives them life. And just as many men were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way many will be put right  with God as the result of the obedience of the one man.” (Romans  5:17-19)

“Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that we, in union with him, might share the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Please keep in mind that even though many Bible translations say in 2 Corin. 5:21 that Jesus Christ became sin, if this was true He would not have been the spotless, sinless Lamb of God that could have been the perfect sacrifice for our sins by giving His life in our place. He truly bore our sins, as it says in Isaiah 53:6, “And the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all,” but He did not become sin. This is a heresy that is taught in the Word of Faith movement by preachers such as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, and many others too numerous to mention.

“He committed no sin; no one ever heard a lie come from his lips. When he was insulted he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge. Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:22-24)

This song also expresses Biblical truth about the great exchange taking place at the cross:

Let’s continue once again going through the CCC:

“Through Baptism the Christian is sacramentally assimilated to Jesus, who in his own Baptism anticipates his own death and resurrection. The Christian must enter into this mystery of humble self-abasement and repentance, go down into the water with Jesus in order to rise with him, be reborn of water and the Spirit so as to become the Father’s beloved son in the Son and “walk in newness of life.” :

“Let us be buried with Christ in Baptism to rise with him; let us go down with him to be raised with him; and let us rise with him to be glorified with him. Everything that happened to Christ lets us know that, after the bath of water, the Holy Spirit swoops down upon us from high heaven and that, adopted by the Father’s voice, we become sons of God.” (Para 537)

Much more will be shared with you in an upcoming post in this series concerning the teachings of baptism according to the Catholic church when we get to the section on the Sacraments. However, let’s stop for a few moments and carefully read what God’s Word has to say about baptism. As you are reading, please ask yourself what these Scriptures  focus on. Is the main focus on baptism? Or is it on something else? Clearly put, is it the act of baptism that saves? Or is it our choice to believe that saves us?

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)

“An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, “Get yourself ready and go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This road is no longer used.) So Philip got ready and went. Now an Ethiopian eunuch was on his way home. This man was an important official in charge of the treasury of the Queen, or Candace, of Ethiopia. He had been to Jerusalem to worship God, and was going back in his carriage. As he rode along he was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and stay close to that carriage.” Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah; so he asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” “How can I understand,” the official replied, “unless someone explains it to me?” And he invited Philip to climb up and sit in the carriage with him. The passage of scripture which he was reading was this, “He was like a sheep that is taken to be slaughtered; he was like a lamb that makes no sound when its wool is cut off; he did not say a word. He was humiliated, and justice was denied him. No one will be able to tell about his descendants, because his life on earth has come to an end.” The official said to Philip, “Tell me, of whom is the prophet saying this?  Of himself, or of someone else?” Philip began to speak; starting from this very passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled down the road they came to a place where there was some water, and the official said, “Here is some water. What is to keep me from being baptized?” Philip said to him, “You may be baptized if you believe with all your heart.” “I do,” he answered; “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” The official ordered the carriage to stop; and both of them, Philip and the official, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The official did not see him again, but continued on his way, full of joy.” (Acts 8:26-39)

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, which shook the prison to its foundations. At once all the doors opened, and the chains fell of all the prisoners. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open he thought that all the prisoners had escaped; so he pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for a light, rushed in, and fell trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. Then he led them out and asked, “What must I do, sirs, to be saved?” “Believe in the Lord Jesus,” they said, “and you will be saved–you and your family.” Then they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that very hour of the night the jailer took them and washed off their wounds; and he and all his family were baptized at once.” (Acts 16:25-33)

And lastly, consider this passage of Scripture, especially what Jesus Christ says in reply to what the thief on the cross says, and keep in mind that the thief on the cross was not baptized before he died:

“When they came to the place called “The Skull,” they nailed Jesus to the cross there, and the two criminals, one on his right, and one on his left.  Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.” They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. The people stood there watching, while the Jewish leaders made fun of him, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!” The soldiers also made fun of him; they came up to him and offered him cheap wine, and said, “Save yourself, if you are the king of the Jews!” These words were written above him: “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? We are all under the same sentence. Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done nothing wrong.” And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!” Jesus said to him, “I tell you this:  today you will be in Paradise with me.” (Luke 23:33-43)

NOTE: Many of you may already be aware of the fact that punctuation marks were added to Biblical manuscripts hundreds of years later. (See video and article below by GotQuestions?). There are many Catholic theologians who place a comma in Luke 23:43 after the word “today” thus changing the meaning entirely, especially concerning the timing of when the thief would be in Paradise with Jesus. It is interesting to note, however, that, as you can see from the above passage of Scripture in the final verse (verse 43), this Sacred Heart League Catholic version of the New Testament that I am quoting from in this series does not put the comma after the word “today,” thus agreeing with all of the main Bible translations in their understanding of the text to say that Jesus was proclaiming to the repentant thief on the cross that he would indeed be in Paradise with Jesus on that very day! The website, GotQuestions, oftentimes has some very good Biblical information on various subjects, as you will see by the video below. However, I do not endorse them because they, at times, recommend pastors and teachers who promote mysticism, such as Charles Swindoll, (You will see this at the very end of their article that I quick captured for you  below this video, followed by another quick capture of an article on Lighthouse Trails to show clear evidence that C S does indeed promote mysticism) in spite of the fact that they actually expose mysticism in many of their articles on their website. Now do you see how important it is for us to pray for discernment, to test things against Scripture, and to place our trust in Jesus Christ alone?

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(SOURCE) http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16270

Now let’s continue going through the CCC:

“Through a revelation from the Father, Peter had confessed: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Our Lord then declared to him: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Christ, the “living stone,” thus assures his Church, built on Peter of victory over the powers of death. Because of the faith he confessed Peter will remain the unshakable rock of the Church. His mission will be to keep this faith from every lapse and to strengthen his brothers in it.” (Para 552)

“Jesus entrusted a specific authority to Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” The “power of the keys” designates authority to govern the house of God, which is the Church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, confirmed this mandate after his Resurrection: “Feed my sheep.” The power to “bind and loose” connotes the authority to absolve sins, to pronounce doctrinal judgments, and to make disciplinary decisions in the Church. Jesus entrusted this authority to the Church through the ministry of the apostles and in particular through the ministry of Peter, the only one to whom he specifically entrusted the keys of the kingdom.”       (Para 553)

Please consider referring back to Part 3 in this series in which I already addressed this teaching concerning Peter being the Rock. You can do so by clicking on the link a little further below. In this post, however, I just want to share some Scriptures with you to point you to what God’s Word has to say concerning who the church is built upon:

“Jesus is the one of whom the scripture says, “The stone that you builders despised turned out to be the most important stone. Salvation is to be found through him alone; for there is no one else in all the world, whose name God has given to men, by whom we can be saved.” (Acts 4:11,12)

“What shall we say, then? This: that the Gentiles, who were not trying to put themselves right with God, were put right with him through faith; while the chosen people, who were seeking a law that would put them right with God, did not find it. And why not? Because what they did was not based on faith but on works. They stumbled over the “stumbling stone” that the scripture speaks of: “Look, I place in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall. But whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.”(Romans 9:30-33)

“By his death on the cross Christ destroyed the enmity; by means of the cross he united both races into one body and brought them back to God. So Christ came and preached the Good News of peace to all–to you Gentiles who were far away from God, and to the Jews who were near to him. It is through Christ that all of us, Jews and Gentiles, are able to come in the one Spirit into the presence of the Father. So then, you Gentiles are not foreigners or strangers any longer; you are now fellow citizens with God’s people, and members of the family of God. You, too, are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus himself. He is the one who holds the whole building together and makes it grow into a sacred temple in the Lord. In union with him you too are being built together with all the others into a house where God lives through his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:14-22)

“Come to the Lord, the living stone rejected as worthless by men, but chosen as valuable by God. Come as living stones, and let yourselves be used in building the spiritual temple, where you will serve as holy priests to offer spiritual and acceptable sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ. For the scripture says, “I chose a valuable stone, which now I place for the cornerstone in Zion; and whoever believes in him will never be disappointed.” (1 Peter 2:4-6)

COMPARING SCRIPTURES IN THE CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE TO THE TEACHINGS FOUND IN THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH – DEAR CATHOLIC, ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD, OR THE WORD OF MAN? (PART 3)

On to the next portion which raises some concern that I’d like to bring to your attention:

“No one, whether shepherd or wise man, can approach God here below except by kneeling before the manger at Bethlehem and adoring him hidden in the weakness of a new-born child.” (Para 563)

Some thoughts for you to ponder concerning the above quote:

This could possibly be why Catholicism places much more emphasis on Christmas  than it does on Easter/Resurrection Sunday, and why Jesus is almost always portrayed as a baby when seen in the arms of the Virgin Mary in statues and in pictures; instead of presenting Him as the Victor over sin and death, they keep who He truly is “hidden in the weakness of a new-born child.”       

 

A FEW CLOSING THOUGHTS

Dear Catholic, I hope that you are now beginning to see even more how some of the teachings of the Catholic Church elevates Mary to a position that cannot be verified by Scripture, and how some of their teachings actually contradict Scripture. Mary would never willingly take glory away from Jesus Christ by claiming to have played a part in God’s plan of  salvation. (Refer back to Para 494 and Para 511)Yes, she willingly submitted to God’s call to become the mother of Jesus Christ, but it was Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, who in every detail provided for our salvation by taking God’s full wrath upon Himself that was meant for me and for you. He willingly suffered the brutal torture of crucifixion in our place, and cried out, “It is finished” when God’s anger and wrath towards sin was satisfied. He offers complete forgiveness of sins to whosoever will come to Him and choose to place their full trust in His substitutionary atoning sacrifice on the cross.

Please don’t allow some of Catholicism’s teachings concerning Mary, or any other of their teachings that contradict Scripture lead you away from Jesus Christ who is the only one who did everything necessary to save you. Place your trust in Him alone to save you!

Dear Catholic, after all that I have shared with you in this post, I must now ask you to search your heart before God and to once again answer this question:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God, or the word of man?”

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles. For the gospel reveals how God puts men right with himself: it is through faith, from beginning to end. As the scripture says, “He who is put right with God through faith shall live.” (Romans 1:17)

“He was given over to die because of our sins, and was raised to life to put us right with God.” (Romans 4:25)

“There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit, which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. What the Law could not do, because human nature was weak, God did. He condemned sin in human nature by sending his own son, who came with a nature like man’s sinful nature to do away with sin. God did this so that the righteous demands of the Law might be fully satisfied in us who live according to the Spirit, not according to human nature.” (Romans 8:3)

“WHO hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? And he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of a thirsty ground: there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness: and we have seen him, and there was no sightliness, that we should be desirous of him: Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth. He was taken away from distress, and from judgment: who shall declare his generation? because he is cut oh out of the land of the living: for the wickedness of my people have I struck him. And he shall give the ungodly for his burial, and the rich for his death: because he hath done no iniquity, neither was there deceit in his mouth. And the Lord was pleased to bruise him in infirmity: if he shall lay down his life for sin, he shall see a long-lived seed, and the will of the Lord shall be prosperous in his hand. Because his soul hath laboured, he shall see and be filled: by his knowledge shall this my just servant justify many, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I distribute to him very many, and he shall divide the spoils of the strong, because he hath delivered his soul unto death, and was reputed with the wicked: and he hath borne the sins of many, and hath prayed for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53)

Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible Version


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