COMPARING SCRIPTURES IN THE CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE TO 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 5

 

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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 click HERE).

(For PART 2 click HERE).

(For PART 3 click HERE).

(For PART 4 click HERE).

INTRODUCTION TO PART 5

As I have tried to point out to you through the information that I  have shared with you in each post in this series, Catholicism presents some extremely troubling and unbiblical teachings to their people, which also includes those who take part in their Catechism classes.  In this post, however, as we begin going through the next section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we will be looking at some of their teachings  that clearly line up with Scripture.

At some point in this series (probably closer to the end) I will be presenting you with a post in which I will be comparing some of Catholicism’s teachings with some of their other teachings in order to point out their inconsistencies, as well as the contradictions and the unbiblical nature of some of their teachings. I was considering doing that every time that a problematic teaching came up as I am continuing to go through the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) with you, but I decided that doing it that way may be too disruptive for you, the reader. What I will do from now on is put a bright pink asterisk (*) next to not only a problematic teaching, but also next to one that is clearly Biblical, and yet as you will soon see as we continue in this series, sadly, many of the teachings of the Catholic Church end up nullifying the Word of God. It will be these teachings that I will emphasize and bring to your attention at a later time, backing up everything with Scripture so that you can clearly see the truth with your own eyes. Towards the end of this post I will, however, be bringing your attention to two teachings that veer Catholics away from solid Biblical truth.

Dear Catholic, please take a moment to pray now and ask God to show you the truth according to what His Word says.

Now lets begin PART 5 of this series:

THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

ARTICLE 4

“JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED, AND WAS BURIED”

“The Paschal mystery of Christ’s cross and Resurrection stands at the center of the Good News that the apostles, and the Church following them, are to proclaim to the world. *God’s saving plan was accomplished “once for all” by the redemptive death of his Son, Jesus Christ.” (Para 571)

“In Jesus, the same Word of God, that had resounded on Mount Sinai to give the written Law to Moses, made itself anew on the Mount of the Beatitudes. Jesus did not abolish the Law but fulfilled it by giving its ultimate interpretation in a divine way: “You have heard that it was said to the men of old…But I say to you…” *With this same divine authority, he disavowed certain human traditions of the Pharisees that were making “void the word of God.” (Para 581)

PARAGRAPH 2. JESUS DIED CRUCIFIED

Jews are not collectively responsible for Jesus’ death

“The historical complexity of  Jesus’ trial is apparent in the Gospel accounts. The personal sins of the participants (Judas, the Sanhedrin, Pilate) is known to God  alone. Hence we cannot lay responsibility for the trial on the Jews in Jerusalem as a whole, despite the outcry of a manipulated crowd and the global reproaches contained in the apostles’ calls to conversion after Pentecost. Jesus himself, in forgiving them on the cross, and Peter in following suit, both accept “the ignorance” of the Jews of Jerusalem and even of their leaders. Still less can we extend responsibility to other Jews of different times and places, based merely on the crowds cry: “His blood be on us and on our children!” a formula for ratifying a judicial sentence. As the Church declared at the Second Vatican Council: …[N]either all Jews indiscriminately at that time, nor Jews today, can be charged with the crimes committed during his Passion…[T]he Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy Scripture.” (Para 597)

All sinners were the authors of Christ’s Passion

“In her Magisterial teaching of the faith and in the witness of her saints, the Church has never forgotten that “sinners were the authors and the ministers of all the sufferings that the divine Redeemer endured.” Taking into account the fact that our sins affect Christ himself, the Church does not hesitate to impute to Christians the gravest responsibility for the torments inflicted upon Jesus, a responsibility with which they have all too often burdened the Jews alone.” (Para 598)

II. CHRIST’S REDEMPTIVE DEATH IN GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION

“Jesus handed over according to the definitive plan of God”

“Jesus’ violent death was not the result of chance in an unfortunate coincidence of circumstances, but is part of the mystery of God’s plan, as St. Peter explains to the Jews of Jerusalem in his first sermon on Pentecost: “This Jesus [was] delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God.” This Biblical language does not mean that those who handed him over were merely passive players in a scenario written in advance by God.” (Para 599)

“To God all moments of time are present in their immediacy. When therefore he establishes his eternal plan of “predestination,” he includes in it each person’s free response to his grace. “In this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.” For the sake of accomplishing his plan of salvation, God permitted  the acts that flowed from their blindness.” (Para 600)

“He died for our sins according to the Scriptures”

“The Scriptures had foretold this divine plan of salvation through the putting to death of “the righteous one, my servant” as a mystery of universal redemption, that is, as the ransom that would free men from the slavery of sin. Citing a confession of faith that he himself had “received,” St. Paul professes that “Christ died for our sins according with the scriptures.” In particular Jesus’ redemptive death fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering Servant. Indeed Jesus himself explained the meaning of his life and death in the light of God’s suffering Servant. After his resurrection he gave this interpretation of the Scriptures to the disciples at Emmaus, and then to the apostles.” (Para 601)

“Jesus did not experience reprobation as if he himself had sinned. But in the redeeming love that always united him to the Father, he assumed us in the state of our waywardness of sin, to the point that he could say in our name from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Having thus established him in solidarity with us sinners, God “did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,” so that we might be “reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” (Para 603)

God takes the initiative of universal redeeming love

“By giving up his own Son for our sins, God manifests that his plan for us is one of benevolent love, prior to any merit on our part: “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) God “shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) (Para 604)

“At the end of the parable of the lost sheep Jesus recalled that God’s love excludes no one: “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” He affirms that he came “to give his life as a ransom for many; this last term is not restrictive, but contrasts the whole of humanity with the unique person of the redeemer who hands himself over to save us.” The Church, following the apostles, teaches that Christ died for all men without exception: “There is not, never has been, and never will be a single human being for whom Christ did not suffer.” (Para 605)

CHRIST OFFERED HIMSELF TO HIS FATHER FOR OUR SINS

Christ’s whole life is an offering to the Father

“The Son of God who came down “from heaven, not to do [his] own will, but the will  of him who sent [him],” said on coming into the world, “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.”  *And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.” (Hebrews 10:5-10) From the first moment of his Incarnation the Son embraces the Father’s plan of divine salvation in his redemptive mission: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.” The sacrifice of Jesus “for the sins of the whole world” expresses his loving communion with the Father. “The Father loves me, because I lay down my life,” says the Lord, “[for] I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” (John 10:17) (Para 606)

“The desire to embrace his Father’s plan of redeeming love inspired Jesus’ whole life, for his redemptive passion was the very reason for his Incarnation. And so he asked, “And what shall I say? ‘Father save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour.” And again, “Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?” From the cross, just before “It is finished,” he said, “I thirst.” (Para 607)

“The Lamb who takes away the sins of the world”

“After agreeing to baptize him along with the sinners, John the Baptist looked at Jesus and pointed him out as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” By doing so, he reveals that Jesus is at the same time the suffering Servant who silently allows himself to be led to the slaughter and who bears the sin of the multitudes, and also the Paschal Lamb, the symbol of Israel’s redemption at the first Passover. Christ’s whole life expresses his mission: “to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)(Para 608)

Jesus freely embraces the Father’s redeeming love

“In suffering and death his humanity became the free and perfect instrument of his divine love which desires the salvation of men. Indeed, out of love for his Father and for men, whom the Father wants to save, Jesus freely accepted his Passion and death: *“No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” (John 10:18) Hence the sovereign freedom of God’s Son as he went out to his death.” (Para 609)

NOTE: Up to this point many of you will probably agree that for the most part, these teachings in this section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church line up with Scripture by stating that:

Jesus’ sacrifice is a “once for all” sacrifice

Jesus’ redemptive death fulfills the prophecy in Isaiah 53

As sinners, we are all responsible for Jesus Christ’s death

Jesus willingly gave His life for us

However, in this next section in Para 611 this is where some serious problems begin to emerge:

“At the Last Supper Jesus anticipated the free offering of his life”

“Jesus gave the supreme expression of his free offering of himself at the meal shared with the twelve Apostles “on the night he was betrayed.” On the eve of his Passion, while still free, Jesus transformed this Last Supper with the apostles into the memorial of his voluntary offering to the Father for the salvation of men: “This is my body which is given for you.” This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:20) (Para 610)

*“The Eucharist that Christ institutes at that moment will be the memorial of his sacrifice. Jesus includes the apostles in his own offering and bids them perpetuate it. By doing so, the Lord institutes his apostles as priests of the New Covenant. “For their sakes  I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”  (John 17:19) (Para 611)

NOTE: We will be taking a thorough look into Catholicism’s teachings concerning the Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass at a later time in this series, but I would just like to stop for a moment to ask any Catholic who may be reading this just one question:

Dear Catholic, since Catholicism teaches that the apostles were commanded to perpetuate the Sacrifice of the Mass, will you prayerfully consider taking some time to read through the Book of Acts in the Bible which records the beginning of the church? Look to see if you can find at least one time in which the apostles declare this time of reflecting on the Lord’s death as being a time of sacrifice “in reparation for sins of the living and the dead…” as the Catholic Church teaches in Para 1414, instead of  it being just a time of “proclaiming His death until He comes again,” as it says in 1 Corinthians 11:26.

This is what Para 1414 in the CCC says which, by doing so, renders Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as being insufficient to pay the debt for our sins in full:

“As sacrifice, the Eucharist is offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God.”

God’s Word clearly says otherwise:

“God offered him so that by his death  he should become the means by which men’s sins are forgiven, through their faith in him. God did this in order to demonstrate his righteousness. In the past, he was patient and overlooked men’s sins; but now in the present time he deals with men’s sins, to demonstrate his righteousness. In this way God shows that he himself is righteous and that he puts right everyone who believes in Jesus.” (Romans 3:25,26) (SHLCNT)

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

“You were at one time spiritually dead because of your sins, and because you were Gentiles without the Law. But God has now brought you to life with Christ; God forgave us all our sins. He cancelled the unfavorable record of our debts, with its binding rules, and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross. And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his victory procession.” (Colossians 2:13-15) SHLCNT

Now let’s continue on with some more teachings that can be found in this section of the CCC that are Biblical because they line up with Scripture:

Jesus substitutes his obedience for our disobedience

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” By his obedience unto death, Jesus accomplished the substitution of the suffering Servant, who “makes himself an offering for sin” when “he bore the sins of many,” and who “shall make many to be accounted righteous,” for “he shall bear their iniquities.” Jesus atoned for our faults and made satisfaction for our sins to the Father.”

Jesus consummates his sacrifice on the Cross

“It is love “to the end” that confers on Christ’s sacrifice its value as redemption and reparation, as atonement and satisfaction. He knew and loved us all when he offered his life. Now “the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.” (2 Corin. 5:14) No man, not even the holiest, was ever able to take on himself the sins of all men and offer himself as a sacrifice for all. The existence in Christ of the divine person of the Son, who at once surpasses and embraces all human persons and constitutes himself as the Head of all mankind, makes possible his redemptive sacrifice for all.” (Para 616)

These next two teachings are rather troubling:

Teaching #1

“The Council of Trent emphasizes the unique character of Christ’s sacrifice as “the source of eternal salvation” and teaches that “his most holy Passion on the wood of the cross merited justification for us.” And the Church venerates his cross as it sings: “Hail, O Cross, our only hope.” (Para 617)

On September 14th the Catholic Church has a feast day set aside to venerate the cross. In the following video starting at the 26:55 minute mark, Catholic priest, John Corapi closes this video by saying many unbiblical things concerning human suffering:

“Listen, we’re baptized, we’re in Christ. And so through Him, with Him, and in Him, every beat of our heart, every word we speak, every step we walk through life has redemptive signification. Every little pain…all the physical problems…all the emotional distress you can have throughout the course of a life walking through this valley of tears, all that’s powerful in union with Jesus. Now apart from Jesus, it’s not valuable. Apart from Jesus it’s just evil. But through Jesus, and with Jesus, and in Jesus, it’s powerful. We, as it were, participate in redemption…we  participate in the paschal mystery. We contribute to the salvation of our brothers and sisters through this redemptive love.”

“It’s kind of a divine alchemy. That base metal of evil — human suffering — is transformed through the power of love into the pure gold of redemptive suffering. Now think about this…this is huge…especially for those of us who are getting older…we may be saddened by the fact that we can’t do things like we used to…we can’t see or hear like we used to. Our human powers are diminishing as it were. Well, remember this in the face of all of that…you are becoming more and more conformed to Jesus, and Him crucified, and thus bringing down grace on your brothers and sisters; you’re contributing to their salvation through this redemptive sacrifice.”

Teaching #2

Our participation in Christ’s sacrifice

“The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the “one mediator between God and men.” (1 Tim. 2:5) But because in his incarnate divine person he has in some way united himself to every man, the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery” is offered to all men. He calls his disciples to take up [their] cross and follow [him],” for “Christ also suffered for [us], leaving [us] an example so that [we] should follow in his steps.” In fact Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries. *This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering.” (Para 618)

Catholicism does have many teachings that line up with Scripture. However, as you have seen from the two teachings directly above, sadly, many of them — in one way or another — directs every precious Catholic’s attention away from the finished work of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross either to something that must be added to what Jesus Christ has already fully accomplished for us, as if what He did wasn’t enough, or the attention of precious Catholics is somehow directed away from Jesus Christ and on to Mary. As we continue through this series, these sad truths will become very clear to you.

Let’s continue:

“Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians  15:3) (Para 619)

“Our salvation flows from God’s initiative of love for us, because “he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19). (Para 620)

*“Jesus freely offered himself for our salvation. Beforehand, during the Last Supper, he both symbolized this offering and *made it really present: “This is my body which is given for you” (Luke 22:19). (Para 621) NOTE: Lord willing, I will be going into great detail concerning this very troubling teaching when we get further into this series.

Paragraph 3. Jesus Christ Was Buried

“By the grace of God” Jesus tasted death “for every one.” In his plan of salvation, God ordained that his Son should not only “die for our sins” (1 Corin. 15:3) but should also “taste death,” experience the condition of death, the separation of his soul from his body, between the time he expired on the cross and the time he was raised from the dead. The state of the dead Christ is the mystery of the tomb and the descent into hell. It is the mystery of Holy Saturday, when Christ, lying in the tomb, reveals God’s great sabbath rest after the fulfillment of man’s salvation, which brings peace to the whole universe.” (Para 624)

“You will not let your Holy One see corruption”

“Christ’s death was a real death in that it put an end to his earthly human existence. But because of the union which the person of the Son retained with his body, his was not a mortal corpse like others, for “it was not possible for death to hold him” and therefore “divine powers preserved Christ’s body from corruption.” Both of these statements can be said of Christ: “He was cut off out of the land of the living,” and “My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let your Holy One see corruption.” Jesus’ Resurrection “on the third day” was the sign of this, also because bodily decay was held to begin on the fourth day after death.” (Para 627)

Article 5

*“HE DESCENDED INTO HELL. ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN”

Paragraph 1. Christ Descended into Hell

“This was the first meaning given to the apostolic preaching to Christ’s descent into hell: that Jesus, like all men, experienced death and in his soul joined the others in the realm of the dead. But he descended there as Savior, proclaiming the Good News to the spirits imprisoned there. (1 Peter 3:18,19) (Para 632)

“Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.” (Para 633)

Paragraph 2. On the Third Day He Rose from the Dead

“We bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this day he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus.” (Acts 13:32,33) The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the New Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross: Christ is risen from the dead! Dying he conquered death; to the dead he has given life.” (Byzantine Liturgy, Troparion of Easter) (Para 638)

I. THE HISTORICAL AND TRANSCENDENT EVENT

The empty tomb

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” The first element we encounter in the framework of the Easter events is the empty tomb. In itself it is not a direct proof of Resurrection; the absence of Christ’s body from the tomb could be explained otherwise. Nonetheless the empty tomb was still an essential sign for all. Its discovery by the disciples was the first step towards recognizing the very fact of the Resurrection. This was the case, first with the holy women, and then with Peter. The disciple “whom Jesus loved” affirmed that when he entered the empty tomb and discovered “the linen cloths lying there,” he saw and believed.” This suggests that he realized from the empty tomb’s condition that the absence of Jesus’ body could not have been of human doing and that Jesus had not simply returned to earthly life as had been the case with Lazarus.” (Para 640)

The condition of Christ’s risen humanity

“By means of touch and the sharing of a meal, the risen Jesus establishes direct contact with his disciples. He invites them in this way to recognize that he is not a ghost and above all to verify that the risen body in which he appears to them is the same body that had been tortured and crucified, for it still bears the traces of his passion. Yet at the same time this authentic, real body possesses the new properties of a glorious body: not limited by space and time but able to be present how and when he wills; for Christ’s humanity can no longer be confined to earth and belongs henceforth only to the Father’s divine realm.” (Matt. 28:9, 16,17, Luke 24:15,36, Jn. 20:14,17,19,26; 21:4) (Para 645)

II. THE RESURRECTION — A WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY

“Christ’s Resurrection is an object of faith in that it is a transcendent intervention of God himself in creation and history. In it the three divine persons act together as one, and manifest their own proper characteristics. The Father’s power “raised up” Christ his Son and by doing so perfectly introduced his Son’s humanity, including his body, into the Trinity. Jesus is conclusively revealed as “Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his Resurrection from the dead.” St. Paul insists on the manifestation of God’s power through the working of the Spirit who gave life to Jesus’ dead humanity and called it to the glorious state of Lordship.” (Para 648)

“As for the Son, he effects his own Resurrection by virtue of his divine power. Jesus announces that the Son of man will have to suffer much, die, and then rise. Elsewhere he affirms explicitly: “I lay down my life, that I may take it again…I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” “We believe that Jesus died and rose again.” (Para 649)

III. THE MEANING AND SAVING SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” (1 Corin. 15:14) The Resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ’s works and teachings. All truths, even those most inaccessible to human reason, find their justification if Christ by his Resurrection has given the definitive proof of his divine authority, which he had promised. (651)

“Christ’s Resurrection is the fulfillment of the promises both of the Old Testament and of Jesus himself during his earthly life. The phrase “in accordance with the Scriptures” indicates that Christ’s Resurrection fulfilled these predictions.” (Para 652)

“The truth of Jesus’ divinity is confirmed by his Resurrection. He had said: “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he.” The Resurrection of the crucified one shows that he was truly “I Am,” the Son of God and God himself. So St. Paul could declare to the Jews: “What God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’ Christ’s Resurrection is closely linked to the Incarnation of God’s Son and is its fulfillment in accordance with God’s eternal plan.” (John 8:28) (Para 653)

“Finally, Christ’s Resurrection–and the risen Christ himself–is the principle and source of our future resurrection: “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep…For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)(Para 655)

SOME CLOSING THOUGHTS:

As you have seen throughout most of this post, there are many teachings in Catholicism that absolutely do line up with Biblical Christianity. However, as we continue on in this series you will come to realize even more just what happens to Biblical truth when it becomes mixed with the “Traditions of men.” I capitalized “traditions” intentionally, because as I have shared with you in the first post in this series, the Catholic Church puts their traditions on the same level of authority as the Word of God:

“Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other.”(Para 80)

“Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.” (Para 82)

And as you will see by reading the Scriptures further below, God is very clear in His Word about what He thinks concerning the mixing of His truth with the traditions of men.

Dear Catholic, maybe at this point you still do not see anything to be concerned about in the information that I have shared with you. But if you will please consider checking back here from time to time, I will be sharing some more teachings of the Catholic church in upcoming posts concerning things that you are probably not even aware of…teachings that you may find very disturbing and hard to believe at first. Until then, please prayerfully consider reading through the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans in the Bible, and ask God to open your mind to the truth of His Word so that you will see what the real truth is for yourself. Your eternal destiny is truly at stake.

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“This is how you disregard God’s word to follow your own teaching. You hypocrites! How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! ‘These people, says God, honor me with their words, but their heart is really far away from me. It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach man-made commandments as though they were God’s rules!’ ” (Matthew 15:6-9) Sacred Heart League Catholic New Testament (SHLCNT)

“Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:6-9) (KJV)

“See to it, then, that no one makes a captive of you with the worthless deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by men, and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) (SHLCNT)

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)(KJV)

“Preach the message, insist upon telling it, whether the time is right or not; to convince, reproach, and encourage, teaching with all patience. The time will come when men will not listen to the true teaching, but will follow their own desires, and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear. They will turn away from listening to the truth and give their attention to legends.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4) (SHLCNT)

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4) (KJV)

 

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2 Comments:

  • Valerie

    Mary, this is a very fine article, and dare I say it that it has so much in common with that OTHER false, man-made belief system. The signs are all there!

    Yes, the notion that Jesus went to hell (or hades) and preached the gospel there to believers or unbelievers is a recurrent lie. That would mean, simply, a false doctrine of “second chance,” which is nowhere in the Bible. Other popular false teachers even go so far as to say Jesus went there (to hell, which is not even ready yet; or to Hades) to show off and proclaim his victory at the cross! That is simply blasphemous, as it is not Jesus’ character! (People show off; pastors show off and wear ripped jeans, fake tans, tattoos, rings in all kinds of places, silly-looking spectacles, flex their muscles on photographs, act like empty-headed pop stars, and marry new, younger wives, etc.). I’ll have you know that if my husband tried any of these things, I’d book him a place in a sleazy hotel on the bad side of town!

    The teachers of this misconception fall for the Ephesians 4, verse 9 trap and link the two, whereas the Ephesians verse has nothing to do with “hell” or “hades” at all.

    But this “Jesus went to hell” point simply demonstrates how supposed “men of God” (those who have thousands of blinded followers) can take a verse and twist it to suit their false beliefs, philosophies, and thought-up fantasies. Oh, they can be very convincing because don’t they have “secret knowledge” because they’ve been to some seminary or another? Or some gnostic revelations? In the same way that they twist this idea, so they twist the very heart of the gospel too, leading scores of people away from Jesus Christ. Of that, I can personally testify.

    When one looks at the context of the first book of Peter, it is very clear that Peter is referring to something else altogether, and something that has something to do with the times of Noah.

    The rest of what RCCs believe, as in your article, is shocking, Mary; and you’re doing a wonderful, Godly job in helping the blinded and deceived RCCs. I pray that they will read your article and THINK about it, and then read the Bible for themselves. And of course, I pray that they, and others who are lost, will accept the gift of salvation, Jesus Christ.

    Regarding the thief who was saved on the cross, may I write something? I hope to show you how false teachers and false doctrine prescribe to the masses, when, in fact, the written Word of God is clear, if we allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us instead of listening and blindly following the sea of false teachers out there! I am sorry for writing so much, Mary, but this is a subject close to my heart, as you know.

    The faith of thief on the cross was remarkable. Jesus promised him that he’d be with Him that very day in Paradise (the Third Heaven, 2 Corinthians 12, verses 2 and 4). The very dwelling place of God!

    This section of the Bible also makes the following very clear:
    1) That repentance and faith are needed for salvation
    2) That sacraments like baptism or the Lord’s Supper DO NOT save us
    3) That church membership does NOT save us or “keep” us saved
    4) That good works do NOT save us or keep us saved
    5) That there is no such thing as soul sleep (only the body goes into a state of “sleep”)
    6) That there is no such thing as purgatory
    7) That salvation is not universal, as only one thief was saved by trusting and believing in and trusting Jesus whereas the second thief was not saved. We are not all God’s children (yet another prevalent lie from the liberal side, this time).

    The greatest satisfaction I learn from the thief on the cross is that Jesus said to the thief that he’d be with Him that very day. What a blessed assurance, Mary! The ultimate joy is being with Jesus, and that’s why I am so happy that you proclaim the simple, Biblical gospel on your site. May all your readers who have not yet met the Jesus of the bible be helped by your blog.

    Much love and gratitude!

    • Valerie, thank you very much for taking so much time to post such a detailed comment filled with Biblically insightful information. Yes, it is very sad and extremely alarming that many people — Catholics and others — have placed their trust in men not realizing or forgetting the importance of testing their words against Scripture (Acts 17:11) and the eternal consequences of believing their false teachings.

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Valerie, and for your prayer for Catholics and others to ‘THINK about it and to read the Bible for themselves.’ Our eternal destination depends upon who and/or what we place our trust in, as you well know. And none of us will get a second chance concerning choosing to place our trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation after we die. I will certainly be addressing Catholicism’s teaching concerning Purgatory in this series since it is one of two main teachings that deny the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross to satisfy God’s wrath towards us because of our sin. I pray that many will come to realize the importance of searching the Scriptures to see if the things they believe to be true really are, so that they will not only come to realize the TRUE gospel, but also so that their eyes will be opened to see the many ways that God’s Word has been distorted and nullified by the teachings of the men (and women) in whom they have placed their trust in.

      Concerning the portion of Scripture that you shared about the thief on the cross — especially verses 42 and 43 of Luke 23, I am sure that you are aware of the fact that the original manuscripts do not have any punctuation marks. So some will say that it should read, “I tell you the truth today, you will be with me in paradise,” instead of “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” I read an article earlier this year about that controversy. While I do not recommend this site because they promote teachers (such as Charles Swindoll) who present mysticism in their teachings, this article was helpful: https://gotquestions.org/today-paradise.html

      Yes, amen, dear Valerie! What blessed assurance we can have when we come to the knowledge of the truth that we can have absolute assurance of being in heaven with Jesus Christ when our life comes to an end –if we choose to place our trust in what Jesus alone has done for us when He gave His life in our place for every wretched sinful thing that we have done or could ever do in the future. Those who have come to the knowledge of that good news and choose to place their trust in Him alone for their salvation live for Him out of appreciation for all that He has done for us, and not with the hope of doing enough good things to earn our way into heaven as I once believed and as many now truly believe.

      Below is the portion of Scripture that God showed me as I was reading my Bible one day…verses that I had never seen before because I had just started to read the Bible at that time. I believed the good news of the gospel that God had just opened my eyes to see as I read through Romans for the first time, but I wanted God to confirm to me that what I had read was really true since it was saying something completely different than what I was taught as a Catholic. These verses not only confirmed to me that what I had read in the book of Romans was really true, but also these verses gave me complete assurance of salvation after I chose to believe God’s Word over the teachings of Catholicism. The truth in these verses also set me free from the false teachings of Catholicism concerning Purgatory that had caused me to be gripped by the fear of death for many years:

      “This, then, is the witness: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write you this so that you may know that you have eternal life–you that believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:11-13)

      Thank you so much for your prayers for those who read this blog…that they will be helped by the things that I share with them. That is my prayer, as well, and that is what motivates me to write these posts.

      Thank you again, Valerie. God bless you dear sister and friend.


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