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Hi SBT,

When I was young I could sense that following Gods law from the Bible was the only way to be Christian. And as I got older I really studied the Bible and realized that obeying Gods Word, the Bible, was the only way to truly be Christian. Since the Bible is Gods word it’s just logical to obey it.

Naturally, when I heard about some of the things the Catholic Church either:

(a) Taught directly or

(b) let develop within the church but did not stop such things, I was astounded.

 

Even more so when I realized a lot of Catholics held fast to such things. This motivated me to produce this information page, to reach out to Catholics in a loving way.

 

I should point out I know many Catholics who themselves are good and honest people, and have been badly misled by the church when it comes to Gods word. People dedicate themselves in service to help the poor etc via missions etc which is fantastic, but why build a house with a construction opposite to what the Architect, God, wants? That would be silly.

So I sat down and started researching what the church teaches and what Gods' word says.

 

Doing this basic research, I found that Catholicism is a false religion.
 

Why? Well here are some good reasons why


- Within the Church there is a petition tttoo make Mary Co-
Redemptrix with Jesus ( False - not in the Bible )
- The Church is taught to be infallible iiinn theology ( False - all men are imperfect )
- The Pope has title of "holy father&" ( False & is massive blasphemy - only God has that title – in the Bible ).
- Purgatory is said to exist ( False - not in the Bible ).
- That praying for the "invocation off the Saints" works
( False - only one intercedes on our behalf with God which is Jesus Christ – in the Bible  ).
- The church teaches that people should baptize babies ( False - you need a solid knowledge of the scripttures to know what you’re getting yourself into BEFORE BAPTISM - babies don’t have this because they are too young – this is in the Bible )
- It teaches people to pray the Rosary - <
a system of repetitive prayers ( False - God says in the Bible not to pray like the heathen do with repetitious prayer )
- The Eucharist is "the unbloody sacrrifice of the cross" and to be done each day ( False -  Jesus said his sacrifice was done ONCE and was enough – in the Bible. )
- The Catholic Church teaches that its traaditions
ARE AS IMPORTANT as the Bible ( False - this is a HUGE blasphemy! It is wrong to say that the head of the  church ( the Pope ) is EQUAL TO GOD from a theological standpoint and this implies the church is able to add or remove from Gods word ( False - no one is equal to God as it says in the Bible - and God says in the Bible never to add or subtract from the Bible. ).

Its so great knowing these things. I wonder how many people DONT know these things because they don’t know their Bible? I'm not an expert though....just humbly learning Gods' word as my life’s' work....


The list above is made up
from :

(1) studying the catholic church’s official documentation ( the Catholic Catechism ) including books written by ordained priests , and;

(2) Information obtained about Catholicism by talking to practicing Catholics.

You have to wade through piles of official and unofficial documentation but even if it doesn’t say it directly, the practices are real. I have citations from books written by catholic priests that underpin
unspoken  or implied teachings. The catholic Catechism reads like it was written by lawyers ( those in bondage to the law? ) and difficult to wade through. Its like a swamp......



(1) Mary is Co Repemptrix with Jesus Christ – Not in the Bible & this is blasphemy !


http://www.catholicsource.net/articles/coredemptrix.html

Note that this Marian dogma ( a dogma is just an idea or set of ideas adopted as policy but not found in the Bible ). This is not yet formally agreed by the Pope, but being pushed hard by ordained Bishops etc from within the church population - this ground swell within the catholic church alone is worrying, and appears to be proof of man-made doctrine threatening sound scripturally based worship.


While “Mary is Co-
Redemptrix”   is not formal church policy (..... yet..... ), the fact that it is not being stopped in affect implies an apparent silent acceptance of the policy by church leadership. Really from a Bible point of view, it should be stopped and exposed immediately.

And what of the other biblically unsupported Catholic man-made dogma that Mary takes Jesus’ role as a mediator ( the female version of mediator is mediatrix )

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P2C.HTM


969 "This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation .... Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix."510  ( our emphasis added )

 

My comment here – even saying Mary is a "Mediatrix" is Biblically unsupported and missing the point entirely - that only Jesus is mediator between men and God.

 

 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, [4] who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. [5] For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, [6] who gave himself as a ransom for all men...( 1 Timothy 2:3-6 )

 

And another confirmation of this :

 [The apostle Peter said] Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.... [12] Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10, 12 ) 

This is another fine warning from Gods word, the scriptures where we are always told to test all things :

"….To test all things to see they are good"   ( 1 Thess 5:21 ).

Here is an interesting article:


http://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=772

by Dr. Mark Miravalle

In a recent interview with Mel Gibson, Christianity Today (http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/commentaries/passion-passionofmel.html) referred to Gibson as a traditionalist Catholic who likes the Tridentine Latin Mass and calls Mary Co-redemptrix.

There’s another well-known Catholic who also calls the Mother of Jesus the Co-redemptrix: His name is Pope John Paul II. He has done so on six occasions during his post Vatican II pontificate.

What does the Co-redemptrix title mean? From the Catholic perspective, it refers to Marys unique human participation with Jesus (and entirely subordinate to her divine son) in the historic work of saving humanity from sin. Jesus is the only Redeemer, in the sense that he alone as the one divine mediator between God and man could redeem or buy back the human family from the bonds of Satan and sin. But God willed that the Mother of Jesus participate in this redemptive process like no other creature.

 

Now most people may not see this play on words of calling Mary Co-Redemptrix but then saying “but Mary is not the same level/position as Jesus”. This misleads people badly, as the title implies one thing ( and most people will accept this title, thereby effectively making it official ) but then the church denies this position. This is just messing with peoples heads and is plain wrong.

Other examples of Marian worship :

* Mary wrongly hailed as "Mother of God" - implying the Trinity is Biblically correct (its not!)
        http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15464b.htm

* Mary wrongly viewed seen as without sin ( sinless ) :

        http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15464b.htm    "When there is question of sin, Mary must always be excepted."



Yet all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

Pretty clear isn’t it?

* Pope crowning Mary (photo) ....crowning someone implies a high office within the church.... 

http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/crown.htm


Just in case there was ever any doubt.....



www.biblelight.net/worship_of_the_virgin_mary.htm

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin! O my Mother! Thou who art the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the advocate, hope, and refuge of sinners! I, the most wretched among them, now come to thee. I worship thee, great Queen, and give thee thanks for the many favors thou hast bestowed on my in the past; most of all do I thank thee for having saved me from hell, which I had so often deserved. I love thee, Lady most worthy of all love, and, by the love which I bear thee, I promise ever in the future to serve thee, and to do what in me lies to win others to thy love. In thee I put all my trust, all my hope of salvation. Receive me as thy servant, and cover me with the mantle of thy protection, thou who art the Mother of mercy! And since thou hast so much power with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the grace ever to overcome them. From thee I ask a true love of Jesus Christ, and the grace of a happy death. O my Mother! By thy love for God I beseech thee to be at all times my helper, but above all at the last moment of my life. Leave me not until thou seest me safe in heaven, there for endless ages to bless thee and sing thy praises. Such is my hope. Amen. (Prayer of St. Alphonse Liguori, 3 yrs indulgence, Raccolta, 342)

Source:

With Mary to Jesus: a collection of Marian prayers, by Fr. Theodore Anthony Zaremba. O.F.M., Franciscan Printery, Pulaski, Wis.,1954. The introduction says: "The indulgenced prayers contained herein are from the latest official edition of the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum (Raccolta), a compilation of prayers and devotions enriched with indulgences by the authority of the Holy See."

Source   www.biblelight.net/worship_of_the_virgin_mary.htm


My emphasis added in bold directly above to show what appears to be the “tick of approval” from the Holy See.

This appears to be Marian worship.

 

More information from the Vatican :

http://www.vatican.va/archive/compendium_ccc/documents/archive_2005_compendium-ccc_en.html

197. How does the Virgin Mary help the Church?

After the Ascension of her Son, the Virgin Mary aided the beginnings of the Church with her prayers. Even after her Assumption into heaven, she continues to intercede for her children, to be a model of faith and charity for all, and to exercise over them a salutary influence deriving from the superabundant merits of Christ. The faithful see in Mary an image and an anticipation of the resurrection that awaits them and they invoke her as advocate, helper, benefactress and mediatrix.

198. What kind of devotion is directed to the holy Virgin?

It is a singular kind of devotion which differs essentially from the cult of adoration given only to the Most Holy Trinity. This special veneration directed to Mary finds particular expression in the liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and in Marian prayers such as the holy Rosary which is a compendium of the whole Gospel.

199. In what way is the Blessed Virgin Mary the eschatological icon of the Church?

Looking upon Mary, who is completely holy and already glorified in body and soul, the Church contemplates in her what she herself is called to be on earth and what she will be in the homeland of heaven.

 

(2) The catholic church is infallible ( ....supposedly…. ) :


http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07790a.htm
II. PROOF OF THE CHURCH'S INFALLIBILITY

That the Church is infallible in her definitions on faith and morals is itself a Catholic dogma, which, although it was formulated ecumenically for the first time in the Vatican Council, had been explicitly taught long before and had been assumed from the very beginning without question down to the time of the Protestant Reformation. The teaching of the Vatican Council is to be found in Session III, cap. 4, where it is declared that "the doctrine of faith, which God has revealed, has not been proposed as a philosophical discovery to be improved upon by human talent, but has been committed as a Divine deposit to the spouse of Christ, to be faithfully guarded and infallibly interpreted by her"; and in Session IV, cap. 4, where it is defined that the Roman pontiff when he teaches ex cathedra "enjoys, by reason of the Divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer wished His Church to be endowed in defining doctrine regarding faith and morals".

The church itself admits its made this one up ( i.e. dogma ) as you can see above. In affect the Bibles rules are being bent to suit the church.

Nowhere in the Bible does it mention the catholic church is infallible. This is a dangerous MAN MADE TRADITION!! God abhors tradition over His word:

"neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men." (Mark 7:8)

"and why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?" (Matthew 15:3)

"thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that." (Mark 7:13)

They were so caught up in tradition, they could not see the coming of the Messiah they had been waiting for; they did not know the time of their visitation (Luke 19:44).

 


(3) The Pope being called "Holy Father" - this is pure blasphemy.

            http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11777a.htm

            “The petition should be addressed to the pope himself, and should therefore begin with the words "Beatissime Pater" (Most Holy Father).”

And from the Vatican :

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/index.htm


THE HOLY FATHER

The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful.
LUMEN GENTIUM, 23

 

However, from the Bible :

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”  ( John 17:11 )


(4) Purgatory – not found anywhere in the Bible.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12575a.htm

"Whereas the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has from the Sacred Scriptures and the ancient tradition of the Fathers taught in Councils and very recently in this Ecumenical synod (Sess. VI, cap. XXX; Sess. XXII cap.ii, iii) that there is a purgatory, and that the souls therein are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, but principally by the acceptable Sacrifice of the Altar; the Holy Synod enjoins on the Bishops that they diligently endeavor to have the sound doctrine of the Fathers in Councils regarding purgatory everywhere taught and preached, held and believed by the faithful" (Denzinger, "Enchiridon", 983).

This goes against the Bible where it says of the dead:

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.  ( Ecclesiastes 9:5 )

Again we see dogma ( from quote above )           “…..and the ancient tradition of the Fathers…. “

“Tradition of the Fathers….” - Again we see traditions overriding Bible truths.

Note too that the church says that saying Mass for peoples souls that are supposedly in a location which doesn't actually exist, is useful. Again, nowhere does it say this in the Bible. This is purely a catholic invention.

 

(5) Invocation of the Saints – the saints overriding Jesus place …..

           http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08070a.htm

The Catholic doctrine of intercession and invocation is set forth by the Council of Trent, which teaches that the saints who reign together with Christ offer up their own prayers to God for men. It is good and useful suppliantly to invoke them, and to have recourse to their prayers, aid, and help for obtaining benefits from God, through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Who alone is our Redeemer and Saviour. Those persons think impiously who deny that the Saints, who enjoy eternal happiness in heaven, are to be invoked; or who assert either that they do not pray for men, or that the invocation of them to pray for each of us is idolatry, or that it is repugnant to the word of God, and is opposed to the honour of the one Mediator of God and men, Jesus Christ (Sess. XXV).

This is not in the Bible, it is only a catholic dogma.

Nowhere in the Bible do we see the ability to pray through the saints to God. We do see in the Bible that other people/disciples prayed FOR saints while they were disciples on earth ( so they might have got Gods help at the time ), but NEVER is there ANY Biblical basis for thinking the saints can INTERCEDE on our behalf – this job alone is for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour :

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men..( 1 Timothy 2:3-6 ).

 

(5) Baby Baptism – not in the Bible….

 

Baptism of infants or children is never found in the Bible. In fact, to be baptized, you need an ADULT understanding so you can be VERY SURE you UNDERSTAND the high standards required of you by God BEFORE this step is taken.

Every person INDIVIDUALLY is accountable to God for his or her actions. Consequently it is a decision that only the INDIVIDUAL can make.

Can a baby make this decision?

Of course not.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02258b.htm#IX

The absolute necessity of this sacrament is often insisted on by the Fathers of the Church, especially when they speak of infant baptism. Thus St. Irenćus (II, xxii): "Christ came to save all who are reborn through Him to God, infants, children, and youths" (infantes et parvulos et pueros). St. Augustine (III De Anima) says "If you wish to be a Catholic, do not believe, nor say, nor teach, that infants who die before baptism can obtain the remission of original sin." A still stronger passage from the same doctor (Ep, xxviii, Ad Hieron.) reads:"Whoever says that even infants are vivified in Christ when they depart this life without the participation of His Sacrament (Baptism), both opposes the Apostolic preaching and condemns the whole Church which hastens to baptize infants, because it unhesitatingly believes that otherwise they can not possibly be vivified in Christ," St. Ambrose (II De Abraham., c. xi) speaking of the necessity of baptism, says:" No one is excepted, not the infant, not the one hindered by any necessity."

Note we see here “the fathers of the church”. Do we see any reference to scripture at all?  - no.

We do realise it is absolutely necessary to be baptized to enter Gods kingdom, however we must remember that we are saved by Gods grace ALONE – baptism is a serious commitment to God, but not an automatic saving by God – only God can decide if we are worthy of His grace.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. ( Eph 2:4-9 )

So by grace alone we are saved by God.

But first we need to understand God – this is through accurate knowledge of Him ( and of course a baby cannot do this as they are too young )

I therefore exhort, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, offerings of thanks, be made concerning all sorts of men, concerning kings and all those who are in high station; in order that we may go on leading a calm and quiet life with full godly devotion and seriousness. This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, whose will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.  (1 Timothy 2:1-15 )

But we also need to follow Gods word – this requires accurate knowledge of Gods word through studying scripture ( again something a baby cannot do )

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake, and follow me. ( Matt 16:24 )

And that we must approach God with a clean heart and have repented of our sins in committing ourselves to Him ( which a baby cannot do )

True, God has overlooked the times of such ignorance, yet now he is telling mankind that they should all everywhere repent. Because he has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and he has furnished a guarantee to all men in that he has resurrected him from the dead.” ( Acts 17:30-31)

You need consciously put faith in God

Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please [him] well, for he that approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.  (Hebrews 11:6 )

And turn your life around to please God:

“Repent, therefore, and turn around so as to get YOUR sins blotted out, that seasons of refreshing may come from God    (Acts 3:19 )

Once you have made the decision to serve God, you need to be baptized:

Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”

And another example :

Philip opened his mouth and, starting with this Scripture, he declared to him the good news about Jesus. Now as they were going over the road, they came to a certain body of water, and the eunuch said: “Look! A body of water; what prevents me from getting baptized?” With that he commanded the chariot to halt, and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.  ( Acts 8:36 )

Again and again we see that a baby cannot make these decisions, and to be baptized requires an adult level conscious analysis of your life and again a conscious and independent decision to serve God and do things His way – no baby or infant has this ability.

In fact many people ask someone “what faith are you” , they may say “Oh well, I was baptized xyz when I was a baby so that must be it”.

Quite a few times I have heard this but there is no real desire to know more yet the church claims another adherent to its faith yet the person has little idea of God and His requirements of them. Is this fair?

Whereas, had the person followed common sense in the Bible example, they would have a solid foundation of knowledge upon which to follow Jesus. Certainly Jesus said “let the little children come to me” so they could be taught by him, but this was NOT a direct command to baptise children. This idea of baptising babies or children is based on traditions of men, not on solid scriptural study and understanding.

 

(6) Praying Repetetive prays are banned in the Bible

http://www.newadvent.org/etc/search.htm?safe=active&cx=000299817191393086628%3Aifmbhlr-8x0&q=rosary&sa=Search&cof=FORID%3A9

“How to recite the Holy Rosary

IN THIS ORDER…

INTRODUCTION

1.        IN THE NAME…

2. I BELIEVE IN GOD…

3. OUR FATHER…

4. HAIL MARY

5. HAIL MARY

6. HAIL MARY

7. GLORY BE

8. O MY JESUS…

THE FIRST DECADE

9. ANNOUNCE…

10. OUR FATHER…

11. HAIL MARY

12. HAIL MARY

13. HAIL MARY

14. HAIL MARY

15. HAIL MARY

16. HAIL MARY

17. HAIL MARY

18. HAIL MARY

19. HAIL MARY

20. HAIL MARY

21. GLORY BE

22. O MY JESUS…

THE SECOND DECADE

23. ANNOUNCE…

24. OUR FATHER…

25. HAIL MARY

26. HAIL MARY

27. HAIL MARY

28. HAIL MARY

29. HAIL MARY

30. HAIL MARY

31. HAIL MARY

32. HAIL MARY

33. HAIL MARY

34. HAIL MARY

35. GLORY BE

36. O MY JESUS…

THE THIRD DECADE

37. ANNOUNCE…

38. OUR FATHER…

39. HAIL MARY

40. HAIL MARY

41. HAIL MARY

42. HAIL MARY

43. HAIL MARY

44. HAIL MARY

45. HAIL MARY

46. HAIL MARY

47. HAIL MARY

48. HAIL MARY

49. GLORY BE

50. O MY JESUS…

THE FOURTH DECADE

51. ANNOUNCE…

52. OUR FATHER…

53. HAIL MARY

54. HAIL MARY

55. HAIL MARY

56. HAIL MARY

57. HAIL MARY

58. HAIL MARY

59. HAIL MARY

60. HAIL MARY

61. HAIL MARY

62. HAIL MARY

63. GLORY BE

64. O MY JESUS…

THE FIFTH DECADE

65. ANNOUNCE…

66. OUR FATHER…

67. HAIL MARY

68. HAIL MARY

69. HAIL MARY

70. HAIL MARY

71. HAIL MARY

72. HAIL MARY

73. HAIL MARY

74. HAIL MARY

75. HAIL MARY

76. HAIL MARY

77. GLORY BE

78. O MY JESUS…

CONCLUSION

79. HAIL HOLY QUEEN…

80. O GOD, WHOSE

81. IN THE NAME…”

 

These are a series of repeated prayers.

Certainly these repeated prayers have other prayers amongst them, however the main focus is repetition. The Bible says plainly NOT to say repetitious prayers:

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." ( Matt 6:1 )

So its very clear – repetition of prayer is useless in talking to God. In many cultures rosary beads are used for prayer. Pagans have no trouble using and recognizing rosary beads as a pagan method of worship. Its clear that rosaries are derived from practices. Many web sites which are devoted to pagan gods and goddesses use rosaries.

With pagan practices, God is VERY clear----- About this:

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”( 2 Cor 6:17 )

God is very clear in being separate from unclean pagan practices. We must come to God with clean hands, our hands being clean through not participating in unclean practices. All through the Bible God told those who are His people to be separate from the world and to be clean and holy. Nothing has changed for us as Christians. While this makes us unpopular with the world, God will sustain us in our trials.

For many people breaking old habits of using a rosary may be hard, but which is more important – a set of beads or Gods love and approval?

 

(6)  The Eucharist – a daily resacrificing of Jesus – this is unbiblical

 

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. ( John 19:30 )

Jesus died ONCE at Calvary for us.  He said “it is finished”, meaning his work was complete – he had offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God to take away our sins and allow us to come before God in prayer.

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation ( Hebrews 9:26-29) ( my emphasis added as bold underlined text )

From the Catholic encyclopaedia :

http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_jp02ee.htm

The Mass makes present the sacrifice of the Cross; it does not add to that sacrifice nor does it multiply it.16 What is repeated is its memorial celebration, its "commemorative representation" (memorialis demonstratio),17 which makes Christ's one, definitive redemptive sacrifice always present in time. The sacrificial nature of the Eucharistic mystery cannot therefore be understood as something separate, independent of the Cross or only indirectly referring to the sacrifice of Calvary.

13. By virtue of its close relationship to the sacrifice of Golgotha, the Eucharist is a sacrifice in the strict sense, and not only in a general way, as if it were simply a matter of Christ's offering himself to the faithful as their spiritual food. The gift of his love and obedience to the point of giving his life (cf. Jn 10:17-18) is in the first place a gift to his Father. Certainly it is a gift given for our sake, and indeed that of all humanity (cf. Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24; Lk 22:20; Jn 10:15), yet it is first and foremost a gift to the Father: "a sacrifice that the Father accepted, giving, in return for this total self-giving by his Son, who 'became obedient unto death' (Phil 2:8), his own paternal gift, that is to say the grant of new immortal life in the resurrection".18 

In giving his sacrifice to the Church, Christ has also made his own the spiritual sacrifice of the Church, which is called to offer herself in union with the sacrifice of Christ. This is the teaching of the Second Vatican Council concerning all the faithful: "Taking part in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, they offer the divine victim to God, and offer themselves along with it".19

So we have a situation here – on one hand the Catholic Church says the mass does not add to the sacrifice by Jesus, but then say it is a sacrifice in the “strict sense”. This is just playing with words – the Eucharist is a re-sacrificing of Jesus every Mass - the bold text directly above makes this clear."....they offer the divine victim to God....." - this is an offering of a sacrifice.

Additionally, further down the same page as the quote is from above , it defines TRANSUBSTANTIATION.

Transubstantiation is a practice that occultists use and know well, and occult Alchemists use :

http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_jp02ee.htm
15.
The sacramental re-presentation of Christ's sacrifice, crowned by the resurrection, in the Mass involves a most special presence which -- in the words of Paul VI -- "is called 'real' not as a way of excluding all other types of presence as if they were 'not real', but because it is a presence in the fullest sense: a substantial presence whereby Christ, the God-Man, is wholly and entirely present".22

This sets forth once more the perennially valid teaching of the Council of Trent: "the consecration of the bread and wine effects the change of the whole substance of the bead into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord, and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. And the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called this change transubstantiation".23 Truly the Eucharist is a mysterium fidei, a mystery which surpasses our understanding and can only be received in faith, as is often brought out in the catechesis of the Church Fathers regarding this divine sacrament: "Do not see -- Saint Cyril of Jerusalem exhorts -- in the bread and wine merely natural elements, because the Lord has expressly said that they are his body and his blood: faith assures you of this, though your senses suggest otherwise".24

 

Now there are two issues here –

(1) The re-sacrificing of Jesus which is impossible since Jesus said “It is finished”.

(2) The use of occult practices to make people think the blood and wine is literally Jesus body and blood.

And there is another issue here – since the church says it re-sacrifices Jesus every mass in the Eucharist, this would mean the church has power over Jesus - which is pure blasphemy.  Think about it -The idea you could drag the second most powerful being in the universe to earth through chanting words over an altar ( as witches do with an altar, candles, incense and chanting ) is the very essence of the practice of WITCHCRAFT.

Witches try to control the physical and spiritual world through casting spells, use of smoke, incense and chanting, etc. There is little difference between the Mass and witchcraft.  Below is a direct quote from an Alchemist website ( I have omitted the web site address but can provide the web site address).

Note the Alchemist recognises the Mass as occult magic and says the Trinity & Transubstantiation are occult beliefs :

“The Roman Catholic Mass is a magic ritual par excellence. It can not be improved. Outside the esotericism of the Catholic Church there is nothing greater………………… The ritual of the Catholic Mass captures the magical experience like no other tradition. "The Unspoken Word" is expressed in its highest purest essence in the Catholic Church, The alchemical ideal is expressed in the sacrament of transubstantiation. The mystery of the Trinity is expressed most wonderfully in Catholic Theology. I laugh when I see people involved with ceremonial magic because they can never compare to the greatness of the Catholic Mass. What more could you want? What more is there?”

 

What more proof does someone need.

Transubstantiation is an occult practice.

The Mass is recognized by occultists as occult.

 

So by the church in effect saying in every Eucharist they can :

(a) pull Jesus down from heaven,

n       (b) put him in the wine and bread and re-sacrifice him to God every time

……..happens to be a practice of pure witchcraft and blasphemy of the highest order. Where in the Bible does it say this happens? It doesn’t.

n       I should also mention I have talked to several Christians who by the blessing of God have left their past lives as practicing witches, repented of their deeds and been baptized in the blood of the lamb of God and become clean Christians. One of these people had grown up in a family where multiple generations of their family practiced witchcraft. God in His love for them had allowed them to repent of their sins and be accepted to Him as loving heavenly Father and left their old ways and became Christians. Consequently talking to these people gave me an insight to the occult from a safe distance.

The Bible is very clear about God despising occult practices like witchcraft & sorcery.

“He…..practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger.” ( 2 Chronicles 33:6 )

"So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers... Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have." (Jeremiah 27:9-10)

But outside [heaven] are dogs and  sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. ( Revelation 22:15)

Some people think that we should literally eat Jesus blood and body, but it is a metaphor ONLY:

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  ( John 6:53-57)

Jesus was not saying that we must literally eat his body or drink his blood to have eternal life. He was speaking spiritually of believing upon Him and thus partaking of His very life and that life becoming our very own spiritual life. (Colossians 3:4). Interestingly, if Jesus dwells in everyone who partakes in Jesus way of life being a Christian, then if Jesus dwells in that person ( say the many millions of Christians in the world ) then what does that make the so called “trinity”? A Million-inity"?

Logically then if we follow Trinitarian logic,  if God dwells in Jesus and Jesus in God as part of the trinity, then does that mean the trinity includes millions of Christians? Of course not. The trinity is a lie.

 

 (7) Catholic church sees Traditions equal to Bible – this is unBiblical :

http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-43679/Roman-Catholicism

"The Council of Trent affirmed that the deposit of faith was preserved in the Scriptures and in unwritten (not in the Bible) traditions and that the Catholic Church accepts these two with equal reverence. The council studiously avoided the statement that they meant these as two sources of the deposit, but most Catholic theologians after the council understood the statement as meaning two sources. Protestants thought it meant the Roman Catholic Church had written a second Bible.
Only in contemporary Catholic theology has the question been raised again, and a number of theologians believe that Scripture and tradition must be viewed as one source." 


Catholic church says their traditions come from God directly:( this is from Catholic Catechism at the Vatican )

http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p1s1c2a2.htm
80 "Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divine well-spring, come together in some fashion to form one thing, and move towards the same goal."40 Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ, who promised to remain with his own "always, to the close of the age".41

So here we see in the catholic churches eyes directly equating its traditions of the church fathers with the Bible. This is blasphemy!

What is not said, but has to be logically part of this statement above, is the following:

- Since the church equates its tradition with the Bible, tradition and Gods word are equal in importance in the catholic church.

- Since the church is custodian of the church traditions and views these as equal to the Bible, the church in effect has added to Gods word.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.  ( Rev 22:18-19)

 

Continuing this line of thought where the church equates the Bible and its traditions as having equal importance - since the church appears to equate tradition to the Bible, the head of the church and the head of the Bible must therefore , using the same logic - be equal i.e. the Pope and God are in effect seen as equal – this is a MASSIVE BLASPHEMY!!.

See below the scripture that identifies God as Holy Father ( a title the Pope has wrongly taken )

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”  ( John 17:11 )

However, the Pope is just a man who has sinned like all of us:

Yet all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

So Biblically speaking, the Pope cannot be the same as God or have Gods moral authority. Gods word tells us this.

But the true implication in the church equating its tradition to the word of God – If the church is equal to God, in the churches eyes, then believes it has the ultimate and final moral authority on earth.We recall the slaughter of the Inquisition, and realize the church does not have in place Gods righteous standards.....

"neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men." (Mark 7:8)

"and why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?" (Matthew 15:3)

"thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that." (Mark 7:13)

They were so caught up in tradition, they could not see the coming of the Messiah they had been waiting for; they did not know the time of their visitation (Luke 19:44).

Traditions put men in bondage; the commandments of God make men free. Paul directs us not to follow the traditions of men lest we be taken captive (Colossians 2:8). It is the things of the world that hold us in bondage (Galatians 4:3).

The word of God is truth, and this truth will set us free (John 8:32).

 

Is the Bible enough?

http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/oraltrad.htm

The Catholic religion says, "No, the Bible is not enough. You have to keep it in perspective." But the Bible says something entirely different. Revelation says the BIBLE IS COMPLETE. That means the Bible ain't missin'  nothin!  There is nothing to be added and nothing to be taken away.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. ( Revelation 22:18-19)

If you are a Catholic person teaching people to believe in Tradition, you need to re-evaluate what you are doing. Not only do you follow a false gospel, you add to and subtract from God's word. You might want to read the above again and consider what you are doing.

I've compiled a list of every New Testament reference to the word "scripture". NO WHERE will you find it say that the scriptures are not sufficient for everything that we need. One Catholic told me,

"The Bible itself never claims to be the sole rule of faith. The Bible claims itself useful to settle disputes, etc..but never, anywhere does it say that faith and Christianity is taught ONLY through the Bible."

Of course this is not true, but the larger question is this:

Where does the Bible say that it is NOT the sole rule of faith?

If what you believe is supposed to be based on the Bible, then logically speaking, there must be a place that specifically sanctions the Catholic religion and its traditions. You won't find it. The burden of proof rests on the Catholic, not the Bible believer.

 

“Keeping things in perspective” is the creeping cancer of “relativity”. Relativity is where any old standard is set as being "the standard". The problem is that the Bible has ABSOLUTE standards. They DO NOT change because God does not change.

Gods standards are fixed.

But relative “standards” are not fixed.

With relative reasoning and relative morals, moral values slide. Then once these become “normal”, they slide some more down hill because the world doesn’t use Gods standards.

People go from bad to worse as they have no ABSOLUTE REFERENCE, which is Gods word.

But you might say "I am a good person"

Ok - but by whose standard?

Yours?

Or by non-Christian worldly people around you?

While we are IN the world we are NO PART of the world. While this may be a hard concept for some people to take in, it is an essential part of being Christian. Jesus clearly says this :

I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world. “I request you, not to take them out of the world, but to watch over them because of the wicked one. They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.   (John 17:14-16)

Jesus explained why his attendants would not fight to Pilate after being arrested on false charges of sedition:

Jesus answered: “My kingdom is no part of this world. If my kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be delivered up to the Jews. But, as it is, my kingdom is not from this source.”  (John 18:36)

Why should we be no  part of the world? One of the reasons is this – Satan rules the world ( remember Satan was kicked out of heaven and came down to the earth having great anger ):

"The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one." The Bible identifies this wicked one , saying: "The one called Devil and Satan . . . is misleading the entire inhabited earth."—1 John 5:19; Revelation 12:9.

And since worldly standards are Satan-driven, and Gods kingdom is not of this world, Gods view of us is the ONLY view that matters.

Gods standards WORK.

The great news is that if we feel that God wouldn't want us because we have been very bad, be comforted that God forgives our sins readily and we can come to Him in prayer DIRECTLY ( no Priest required ), and repent and ask forgiveness and try to sin no more.

If we make an effort to turn our life around, God does bless your effort and helps you to do things His way. He wants you to come to Him so He can be YOUR heavenly Holy Father. God is loving and kind. God invented the love we feel for our spouses and children. Think of how you feel when you see a loved one coming to you, asking forgiveness when they have done something bad and the joy afterwards.

Imagine how much more God must enjoy when anyone prays something such as this :

“Holy Father, Yahweh, God of the Bible, forgive me, I have sinned appallingly, I have done what is wrong, but I am very sorry. I totally repent of my sins. Holy Father you give freely the gift of love and forgiveness to all those asking for it. I want to turn my life around and want to do things your way.

Please help me do this. Please give me the strength and guidance to do things your way.

Amen.

Wow….imagine how happy God feels when someone does this?….J

Gods word says all the angels in heaven rejoice when a sinner turns back to God.

" I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance..". (Luke 15:7.)

How fantastic is that? A sinner turning back to God makes God very happy. If we do things Gods way, He will bless us. Certainly Satan will put obstacles in our path, as he wants to prove God a liar, but we are told to “persevere in prayer” and God will help us. God will never let us be tempted more than we can handle.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]. ( 1 Cor 10:13 )

What a loving , caring, thoughtful and wonderful God!! He want us to come to Him. We need Him for protection from Satan.

When we persevere in prayer, Be persevering in prayer, remaining awake in it with thanksgiving ( Colossians 4:2)

If your prayer is in line with Gods will, He will answer it, but in His own time. We must be patient and wait upon God, as God knows what is best for us.

Patience is a Virtue.

A Final Thought

Thank you for reading this web page. This information was put together after prayer to God asking Him to guide this information’s preparation. I am merely a humble servant of God proclaiming His word and providing Bible information. All readers of this page to examine their Bibles and to test all they hear and read and to prove to themselves it is good and correct, as we are told to do.

"All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness” ( 2 Timothy 3:16 )

For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints and [their] marrow, and [is] able to discern thoughts and intentions of [the] heart. ( Hebrews 4:12 )

If you ask Yahweh, the God of the Bible for the light of truth from His word, He will give to all who ask and earnestly seek His truth - the Bible says this.

“Keep on asking, and it will be given YOU; keep on seeking, and YOU will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to YOU. For everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking it will be opened. ( Matt 7:8 )

By now you have seen much proof of the un-Biblical nature of the catholic church on this web page. God instructs us to worship Him “in spirit and in truth”

Jesus says in John 4:24, "God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

So if we don’t worship Him in truth, what is the point of worshipping Him as He asks? Plainly we can see that just on the topics raised on this page ( there are many others ) the evidence indicates the catholic church is incompatible with Bible truth. Consequently, while it may be hard to think about this, if you are a catholic, you must leave the church to be compatible with Gods ways.

Sorry to be so blunt but time is short.

May God give you the strength and wisdom to see and act in His righteous ways. Serving God as He wants us to bring so much joy and happiness. I hope you may experience that joy!!

Please feel free to contact us regarding questions about Gods word and this article.

All glory be to God forever and ever. Amen.