"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, 'Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.' " From the Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12 from the authorized translation in English
Obviously, all the claims made by the Roman Catholic Church cannot be true. In these 4 verses alone we discover at least 3 contradictions of traditional teachings and/or ecclesiastical decrees of the Roman Catholic Church. From this scripture we read that
Now before smoke comes out of your ears or your head blows up, reread the scripture above and immediately read the following which are the very words of Jesus,
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. The Gospel of John 3:14-21 from the Authorized Version in English (Underline added)
Jesus, God Incarnate, says THREE times, BACK TO BACK, that if ANYONE believes in Jesus as the only begotten Son of God, that person "shall not perish, but, shall have eternal life", "should not perish but have eternal life", and, "is not condemned".
Am I interpreting scripture or letting it speak directly to me? Clearly, I am letting the Word speak directly to us, because, what Peter said is exactly what Jesus said. And to make sure we are not misunderstanding let's hear Jesus again speak
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him. The Gospel of John14:6,7 ibid.
Jesus reiterates that He is God and that He (God Incarnate, Son of God, Lamb that will be slain) is the ONLY WAY TO GOD. So, we have Peter saying something that Jesus taught him and we have it stated twice more directly by Jesus.
When studying the Word of God, we must ALWAYS let scripture interpret scripture. In this case, there really isn't much interpreting to be done. I am often befuddled when speaking with cult members (I am referring here to JWs and Mormons, by the way) that they always seem to take direct statements like those we have cited and claim that they are not to be taken literally. Then, when they (the cult member) gets to a passage of scripture that obviously uses symbolism, they immediately claim that that single clause or verse must be taken literally and out of context to fit whatever point they are trying to prove. Think about that for a moment. If we cannot take a direct statement of our GOD as direct truth which does not require interpretation, then, how can we ever hope to understand the gospel with the "simplicity that is in Christ"(2 Corinthians 11:3). If direct quotes require constant "interpretation" and cannot be trusted on their face as a direct self-explanatory statement, can we ever find truth in the scriptures? I don't think so. I see that as a barrier to your understanding of the Word of God (the Word that is so simple children can understand it). By interpreting direct statements as not meaning what they say, one completely rules out the hope of finding any fact in the Bible whatsoever. How can I say that? Let me give a brief math example.
If we say that "2+2 does NOT equal 4", then, how can we solve ANY math problem? How could we conduct trade or count fingers and toes? Math would immediately be useless and undermined by our false interpretation of a statement that is direct and clear, "2+2=4". A fact is a fact and a statement is a statement. If you want to argue the veracity of the Holy scripture, you must do so with God. But, if you want to know it, you must believe that He said what He meant and that a direct statement of truth requires no interpretation, just acceptance.
Why start with so long
an example? Because, I am not here to condemn you or anyone else!
Jesus said that if you reject Him, you are already condemned. If you
reject the light of truth that Jesus has brought to the world, it is by your own
choice because, He says, "For
every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest
his deeds should be reproved."
I am not God. So, when I provide scripture that contradicts the teachings of any church or person, I do not condemn that person or church. They are condemned by God and His Holy written Word as it applies. If you do not like what Jesus says, or, you do not understand what He says, you should immediately take it up with Him. He will answer you, if you seek him.
That being said, I do wish to explain this site and its purpose.
As a Christian (by the declaration and definition of Jesus, God Himself), I am very worried about the dangers of various teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the danger of those teachings to the Catholic body and Protestant Christians that are being pressured to accept Catholic doctrine. Traditional Protestant Christians are being encouraged to accept the RCC as a Christian church that teaches the same things that they teach. This is not true. Were it true there would have been no Reformation, no coming out of the RCC and no need for Christian leaders like Luther, Huss and Savonarola to take a stand against the incorrect teachings and sins of the RCC. Any dogma of any church that undermines the deity of the Christ by definition is heresy and puts one's soul at risk. As Peter stated above, "there is none other name" by which men are saved. Therefore, when we hear of dogmas speaking that anyone or anything else other than God should be praised, worshipped, or venerated in order to receive everlasting life, we fear for the deceived followers.
Therefore, this site has been created to provide direct scriptures that discuss (answer) certain dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church. Some of these scriptures have been quoted to the church since reformation times, but, the Roman Catholic system has never been reformed. Further, in the counter-reformation period, the Council of Trent declared that the very scriptural answers to bad doctrine in the church were ANATHEMA, cursed. That is why salvation through faith alone (which is not implied but clearly stated above by Jesus) is not taught to Catholics. This flies in the face of the very Word of God. But any priest who wants to teach those words to you cannot for fear of disciplinary actions. That is why much of the dogmas of the RCC are hidden and misrepresented by Ecumenical leaders who are encouraging the Protestant Christians to have fellowship with the RCC. That is why we are posting them here. We will strive to answer only official dogmas and those arising from encyclicals, tradition, and the official councils and papal decrees of the church.
We will confine ourselves to issues affecting the very salvation of the believer and those such as blasphemy that could cause the good Christian to stumble. We do not wish to discuss whether sprinkling a baby or immersing the baby is considered a true baptism. We do not wish to discuss minutia. We only care about those dogmas that affect your eternal destiny and relationship with Our Father (God in Heaven). Also, we are NOT here to sling accusations against the Roman pontiff. We WILL NOT discuss the shortcomings of any clergyman. Thank God, we do not have to pay for the sins of another person and the church body is not responsible for the shortcomings of any man or member thereof. They will answer for their sins to God personally on the day of judgment.
You may find some quotes from the Bible hard to swallow when they question or condemn a practice of tradition that you and I have known since childhood. However, we must follow the Word. If the Word is not true and falls before the teachings of men, then the entire system of Christianity is a construct of man and not the plan of salvation laid out by God. I hope we all agree that Christianity and salvation laid out in the Bible are true and of God. If you believe you have the truth and the "truth shall set you free", then, you should have no problem reviewing all that is on this site and thinking about it with no risk to your faith. I have found that if you are truly rooted in the Word of God, the words of men cannot deceive you. However, if you are incapable of thinking for yourself and need for someone to tell you how to think and what to think, you may not understand anything on this site. You will simply dismiss everything here including the Word of God which is cited as heresy and go back to sleep.
Dear Catholic believer we love you, unequivocally and unconditionally. If you reject this entire site, we still love you. This is not a Bible thumping attempt to claim you are going to Hell. Our time with Catholicism has proved that many Catholics are wonderful, faithful, moral, and God-fearing people. Anyone who tells you that all Catholics are going to Hell is a LIAR. Our intent is not to harm you or disparage you in any way. We are merely making certain that you are aware of scriptures from the Word of God that disagree with certain RCC dogmas. We are not here to debate sprinkling versus immersion baptism or whether women should be ordained. Our purpose is to deal directly with the dogmas which relate to the foundational principals of the Gospel of the Christ and/or those that relate to your eternal destiny. Why those? Because when you boil it all down, the only thing that counts is whether you will live for God and make it to heaven or whether you will die in your sins and go to eternal torment. Everything else is subordinate because for a true born-again Christian eternal life is already guaranteed by Jesus (see above quotes!).
And in case you are not aware, if you are not a true Christian, Jesus warns of a burning hell not a temporary purging.
"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. " The Gospel of Mark 9:43-48 ibid. (emphasis added)
He defines Hell three times in the same statement regarding death and punishment for sin with NO reference to any transitional place for purging of sin. That is why we feel we must put people in remembrance of the teachings of our Lord. It should be obvious to you that we love you because we are providing these scriptures to you despite the ANATHEMA curse your church has placed on us for doing so. Also, it is not pleasurable at all to proclaim the truth when it hurts people's feelings and causes them discomfort. But, because Jesus warns us that to to cut of body parts is preferable to Hell, so, we feel it of the direst importance to share our findings from the Bible with everyone whether it cuts or not, whether it is comfortable for us or not.
"Open rebuke is better than secret love." from Proverbs 27:5
If you find any fault with the direct statements of the Word of God, please, take it up with Him Who wrote It and Him Who is the Word. We will dialogue with you in email if you feel we have mistakingly applied a scripture to a dogma to which it does not apply. However, here are the rules we use in scriptural study and interpretation.
If you do not accept the rules we use as valid, emails with a simple denial of our texts applied will not be answered. If you cannot provide a scripture disagreeing with the scriptures we quote on a given subject, you have no argument. We trust the Word of God alone, as it is written, direct where it is direct and symbolic where it is symbolic. We do not appeal to "natural", "empirical" or "philosophical" reasoning to reach the Truth of God. God is superior to all things known to man. We defer to His Word for all explanations of His Word and His divinity, rule, authority, nature, creation and plan of salvation.
However, we are not perfect (only God is). Therefore, if you feel we need to make a correction and it is Biblical, we will do so as the Word dictates. If you do not understand a statement made, we will also attempt to explain it better. We will endeavor to post emails and our replies so that we can avoid duplicating effort. Further, if you feel there are other dogmas that should be addressed, please, email us with them and from which authority or source they come. Also, if you have a newer OFFICIAL printing, definition, or quotation of a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church, please, feel free to email us with the newer material and it's official source. We are not experts on the Roman Catholic system, nor do we claim to be.
May the truth of God be found by all who seek Him and be in those who love Him. God be with you all.
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This site is for Christians and Roman Catholics ONLY. If you are not a Christian or a Catholic, you have no Biblical right to condemn Catholic Doctrine or Dogma. If you are an atheist or an adherent of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, or any other non-Christian religious system, this site is not for you. If you belong to such systems, you must compare your religious writings with the Torah and the Christian Bible and decide if you will accept or reject Jesus, the Christ, as your personal Lord and savior. It is our hope that you will, but, until such time, the criticism of the followers of the Christ must be left to the Holy Spirit of God through the Word and Christians according to His Holy Word.