Monday, April 26, 2010

Ladies Sunday School April 25th

The last few weeks we have been studying through Jude and II Peter. In each of these books we saw how our Lord was warning us of the false religions that were already cropping up in the first century church.  Today there are a myriad of false religions it almost makes your head swim.  We are studying through some of the world's major religions and comparing them to what the scriptures say about each of their major beliefs.

Basic Tenets of the Catholic Faith

1) Catholics believe their faith started with Peter. Jesus appointed Peter the head of His church, and this is their basis for having a pope. Reference to Mt. 16:18. But what else does scripture say about the church and the leaders in the church?
Titus 1:5-9   I Cor 3:11   Eph 2:20  I Pt. 5:1-5

2) Catholics believe in a 3 legged basis of faith or salvation. 1)God 2) Scripture 3) Sacred Tradition. This is a works based salvation. What does the Bible say about this?
Micah 6:8   Rom 10:9-10  Eph 2:8    Gal 2:3   Rev. 22:19
3) Catholics believe a person is saved through faith and works and they cannot know if they are truly saved until they are judged by God. What does the Bible say?
I Jn 5:9-13  II Cor 5:8  Rom 10:13 II Tim 1:9

4) Catholics believe that Jesus spoke literally when He said, “Take eat, this is my body.” And “drink, this is my blood.” It is believed that after the priest consecrates the “host” (wine and bread) that it ACTUALLY becomes the body of Christ and the blood of Christ. HUNDREDS of Christians have been martyred over this point alone. What does the Bible say?
  Mt. 26:17-30  Mk 14:22-24   Heb 10:8-14

5) The Catholic religion teaches that Jesus gave the disciples the ability to forgive sins, and we are commanded to confess our sins to one another if the sin involved others. If the sin did not involve others and was grave then it must be confessed to a priest. They call this the mediation of the priest. What does the Bible say about this?  John 1:29   I Jn 1:9
I Tim 2:5  Ps 32:5 I Jn 1:8-10
Gal 2:15   Eph 2:8

6) The Pope has the authority to make “ infallible” statements to settle important matters regarding salvation. These “ex cathedra” statements are rare but are considered infallible. What does the Bible have to say about a man being infallible?

Rom 3:10

7) Sacred traditions and works are necessary for salvation in the Catholic religion. Here is a list of the 7 Sacraments of the Catholic church.

a. Baptism – infant by sprinkling and typically called “christening” Mk 16:16

b. Eucharist – communion I Cor 11:20

c. Reconciliation – confession  Rom 10:9  Rom 14:11

d. Confirmation – at which time you receive the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit

i. Wisdom

ii. Understanding

iii. Right judgment

iv. Courage

v. Knowledge

vi. Reverence

vii. Wonder and awe

e. Marriage

f. Anointing the sick – extreme unction – last anointing – last rites

g. Holy Orders

What does the Bible say about these seven sacraments?

8) Catholics pray to Mary and to other saints. Who does the Bible tell us to pray to?

Acts 4:12   Phil 4:6

9) Catholics believe in purgatory - a place where men and women go to temporarily be “purged” from their sins. What does the Bible say about this?

II Cor 5:8

10) Catholics believe they are the Universal Church. What does the Bible say about the church?
I Thes 1:1   Col 4:16   II Tim 4:22

11) Catholics believe in worshipping icons in the church. What does the Bible say about this?
Ex 20:3-5, 23   Lev 19:4   I Cor 10:14


  1. If we looked at the same picture, or experienced the same event but reacted differently it doesn't mean either is wrong. As a Catholic I see myself as a Christian, and am dating a wonderful Christian man. I was fortunate enough to have grown up in a wonderful family where my parents are of 2 distinct denominations, and I had athiest, christian, catholic and buddhist cousins. Each of them is different to the next and all lead amazing lives. Embracing our neighbours for who they are is what makes us all better people.
    I love your blog, your ideas, and the adventures you share, but it saddens me that so many people share your views.

  2. Samantha, thank you for your comment and your praise about my blog, however my views are not my own but come from The Holy Bible. I do agree that we are to love our neighbors and that people from all walks of life are amazing...loving others is right, but then what? What happens after this life? Our love is not enough to take care of their eternal souls. The difference is that the the Word of God (the only absolute truth on earth) tells us that there is only one way to heaven. The Bible says in I Tim. 2:5-6 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." Christ came for "ALL", and commands us to love "ALL" people. Yet, just as the absolute truth that the sun rises and sets each day; there is the absolute truth that when this life is over our spirit will be with our Creator. If we aren't prepared to face Him, then life will have been meaningless. I could give a buddhist all the respect that I have, but when He faces God, he will have needed to "know" the ONE mediator between God and men that paid the price for our sin. Jesus gave us the free gift of salvation by paying for the sin debt that we have. Rom. 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." All that is required is that we accept HIS free gift and "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." So, though I respect, and appreciate all other types of people... I know that they must believe in Jesus to have eternal life, and lasting peace.

  3. Thanks for replying - sorry it's taken me a while been so busy writing reports and finishing up for the term.

    See I agree with what you are saying as I was brought up being eternally grateful and preparing for when I face God. But what I find wrong is telling my beautiful cousins and friends that they are wrong they wont have eternal life and lasting peace. I say each to their own beliefs, we can't force people to be someone they aren't. We need to be grateful for our relationship with Him, and work on that.

    I have experienced a number of discomfort with people heavily preaching. Culturally for my cousins their buddhist beliefs are more than what they believe in. Being Chinese it is who they are and is the understanding of where their ancestors came from. Also what they believe will bring them eternal life and lasting peace is a relationship for them to work on.

    Thanks for the discussion.