Table of Truth No. 1 - what the Catholic Church says vs. what the Bible says.
CALVARY Catholic Church: The Lord Jesus is offered again and again as a sacrifice at every mass. The Bible: There was only ONE sacrifice, at Calvary, and that was sufficient for all time. 'we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for all.' ONE sacrifice for sins forever' 'For by ONE offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.' 'there is NO MORE OFFERING for sin.' All the above is from the letter to the Hebrews Chapter 10 'who needeth not daily to offer up sacrifice for this He did ONCE' Hebrews 7:27
SALVATION Catholic Church: You MIGHT get to heaven if you are a good Catholic. The Bible: You will DEFINITELY get to heaven if you trust in the Lord Jesus. 'Verily, verily, I say unto you: he that believeth on me HATH (already has) everlasting life.' (This means you just have to believe; your salvation does not depend on any denomination).
John 6:47 'For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.' Ephesians 2:8 'He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life' John 3:36 '(Peter speaking) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' Acts 2:21
COMMUNION Catholic Church: Jesus is mystically present in the wafer and the wine. The wafer is actually His real body and the wine is His real blood. The Bible: The communion service is symbolic, and the purpose is to help us remember the Lord Jesus' great sacrifice for us. 'And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.' Luke 22:19 'Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.' 1 Corinthians 11:24 'as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.' 1 Corinthians 11:25 'It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.' John 6:63 In other words, the Lord's teaching on eating His flesh and drinking His blood are spiritual - not physical. We are saved by our faith in Him and His once and for all sacrifice.)
PRAYER Catholic Church: It is good to pray the rosary (53 Hail Marys and six Our Fathers). The Bible: 'But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.' Matthew 6:7 OUR MEDIATOR Catholic Church: Mary is co-mediator between us and God. The Bible: 'For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.' 1 Timothy 2:5
MARY Catholic Church: Mary was conceived without sin. The Bible: 'All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.' Romans 3:23 '(Mary speaking) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my SAVIOR.' Luke 1:47 SCRIPTURE Catholic Church: The canons and decrees of the church are more important than the scriptures in the Bible.
The Bible: 'All scripture is given by inspiration of God.' 2 Timothy 3:16 'Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.' Matthew 24:35 and Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33. 'Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.' Psalm 119:89 'If any man shall add unto these things (scripture), God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.' Revelation 22:18
FATHER Catholic Church: The Pope is the Holy Father and every priest must be called Father. The Bible: 'Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.' Matthew 23:9
THE POPE Catholic Church: The Pope is leader of the church on earth. The Bible: '...ye are all brethren.' (No big chief) Matthew 23:8 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleannes'.” Matthew 23:27
'PURGATORY' Catholic Church: When you die, you go to 'purgatory' to burn for your sins. You can PAY a priest to say masses for your soul to get you out of 'purgatory' more quickly. (Catholics actually believe this! It is extortion!) The Bible: 'Verily I say unto thee; TODAY shalt thou be with me in paradise.' Luke 23:43 '...willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.' 2 Corinthians 5:8 '...having a desire to depart and to be with Christ...' Phillipians 1:23
Burning in purgatory was a concept that started in ancient Babylon, when the pagan priests were paid to get the dead person out of the flames. The Roman church resurrected this evil, disgusting concept to extort money from grieving families. It is an insult to Christ, who paid the price for ALL our sins.
STATUES (IDOLS) Catholic Church: Statues are good. They help us to honor the dead person. The Bible: The Second Commandment: 'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath…Thou shalt not bow down (kneel) thyself to them...'
Exodus 20:4-5 'And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.' Psalm 106:36 'Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: and the mean man boweth down and the great man humbleth himself: therefore FORGIVE THEM NOT!' Isaiah 2:8 'Neither be ye idolaters...' 1 Corinthians 10:7 '...flee from idolatry.' 1Corinthians 10:14 An idol is anything or any being you reverence or 'idolize' or address prayers to other than God Himself. God ALONE is to be worshipped. He ALONE is the object of our prayers and adoration. NOT dead saints. NOT Mary. She would be HORRIFIED!
SAINTS Catholic Church: 'Saints' are very holy, dead people who could perform miracles. The Bible: The saints are LIVING BELIEVERS - nothing to do with miracles. '... receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints...' Romans 16:2 '... Paul…unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints (living believers) which are in all Achaia...' 2 Corinthians 1:1 '... Paul…to the saints which are at Ephesus ...' Ephesians 1:1 '... to all the saints…at Phillippi... ' Philippians 1:1 '...to the saints…at Colosse ...' Colossians 1:2
THE ROCK Catholic Church: The church was founded upon the rock - Peter. The Bible: '...Jesus Christ…this is the stone…which is become the head of the corner.' Acts 4:10-11 'I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone (Jesus), elect, precious, and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.' 1 Peter 2:6-8 '...that Rock was Christ.' 1 Corinthians 10:4 (Christ is ALWAYS the rock on which our salvation depends. When He re-named Cephas to Peter - rock - Peter had just said in the gospel of Matthew Chapter 16: 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' That, the statement Peter made, is the rock on which our faith rests. It does not rest on the man Peter. He did not die for us. And it certainly does not rest on the deluded men who reside in the Vatican.
CELIBACY Catholic Church: Priests and nuns should be celibate. The Bible: Peter was MARRIED! (as were some of the other apostles). He was a NORMAL MAN. 'And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's MOTHER (Peter's mother-in-law) laid and sick of a fever.' Matthew 8:14,15 '... (Paul speaking)…let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.' 1Corinthians 7:2 '... a bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife...' 1 Timothy 3:2 'Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devil ...forbidding to marry ...'” 1 Timothy 4:1-3 The Roman church began this evil practice of forbidding people to marry to stop married priests leaving all their property to their children. The church wanted their land, homes and money. I am told that the tombs of married priests and their families can still be seen in Rome.
CHURCH SERVICES Catholic Church: Church services should be highly structured with only certain people allowed to officiate, saying only certain things that are prescribed in advance. The Bible: '...when ye come together, every one of you (men) hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.' 1 Corinthians 14:26
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