Catholic Dogma Answered Scripturally
All Bible quotations come from the Authorized Version in English AKA the King James Version
Are RC Teaching Always Right?
Salvation by Grace through Faith
Roman Catholic Dogmas and Teachings Ever Wrong Scripturally?
We will simply begin this site with one example of a scripture's direct interpretation versus some RC teachings on the same. You decide which is right or wrong and whether the Words of God Himself are more important than the teachings of a church.
"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 lets 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."