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Angbarrientos wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a few questions about Catholicism.

  1. Why do Catholics pray to saints when one of the Ten Commandments are:

      You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

      Deuteronomy 5:8-10

  2. Why do Catholics confess to a man, when it is not necessary?

  3. Why don't Catholics read from the Bible and teach the Congregation from the Scriptures.

  4. Why baptize a baby when a baby or small child has no sin?

  5. Why do you believe they will be saved from baptism automatically?

  6. Why can't a person without catechesis receive the Eucharist?

  7. Why are priests called fathers and the Pope called Holy Father, when Mathew 23:9 states:

      And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in Heaven.

In Scripture, the only Holy Father is our Lord. This title is not meant for any man. I have more and more questions but all that is taught in Catholicism is unbiblical, and even against God.

I believe so many people are confused in this religion because 9 out of 10 Catholics can never answer my questions.

Angbarrientos

  { Can you answer these questions that nine out of every ten Catholics can't answer? }

Mike replied:

Dear Angbarrientos,

We have answer most, if not all of your questions, in our knowledge base.

You may want to search for answers using it time. Nevertheless, I'll take the time to answer your questions or at least show you answers from our database.

You said:

  1. Why do Catholics pray to saints when one of the Ten Commandments are:

      You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

      Deuteronomy 5:8-10

  2. Why do Catholics confess to a man, when it is not necessary?

You said:

  1. Why don't Catholics read from the Bible and teach the Congregation from the Scriptures.

Catholics are encouraged to read from the Bible on a regular basis. If there were more Catholics reading the Bible, we would be a stronger Church. As far as teaching the congregation goes, we have to remember what St. Peter warns about in his second epistle:

20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

2 Peter 1:20-21

The men moved by the Holy Spirit are the priests of our Church who have been trained to teach the Catholic congregation from the Scriptures they just heard for that Sunday.

You said:

  1. Why baptize a baby when a baby or small child has no sin?

You said:

  1. Why do you believe they will be saved from baptism automatically?

You said:

  1. Why can't a person without catechesis receive the Eucharist?

You said:

  1. Why are priests called fathers and the Pope called Holy Father, when Mathew 23:9 states:

      And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in Heaven.

You said:
In Scripture, the only Holy Father is our Lord. This title is not meant for any man. I have more and more questions but all that is taught in Catholicism is unbiblical, and even against God.

This is not true. Jesus founded one Church: the Catholic Church and this can be historically proven. Any perception that it is unbiblical or against God is a distortion you have heard from others.

You said:
I believe so many people are confused in this religion because 9 out of 10 Catholics can never answer my questions.

This is an excellent point and probably the biggest problem we have in the Church. For some reason, we are not able to teach the Catholic Faith correctly during the teenage years when most Catholics learn the faith. This truly has to change to be what Our Lord wants His Church to be.

Nevertheless, we have to remember that bad or even scandalous behavior in the Church has never taken away from the Teachings Jesus taught Peter and His Apostles. We don't leave Peter, due to Judas behavior. To this day, the Catholic Church is the only Church that has safeguarded and preserved all of His Teachings. We have never added new teachings, though we may have clarified them.

You may find my Scripture Passages that defend Catholic doctrines page interesting.

Hope this helps and ... that you finally met a Catholic that answered all your questions. : )

I know these postings make up a lot of reading, but if you really want to understand what Catholic Christians believe and who we are, you'll read everything ... and pick up a copy of the Catechism.

Hope this helps,

Mike

Angbarrientos replied:

Hello and thank you for your response to my questions about the Catholic Faith.

I have read the responses and I must admit that they are even more confusing than ever.
When I said:
I believe so many people are confused in this religion because 9 out of 10 Catholics can never answer my questions.

Mike replied:
This is an excellent point and probably the biggest problem we have in the Church. For some reason, we are not able to teach the Catholic Faith correctly during the teenage years where most Catholics learn the faith. This truly has to change to be what Our Lord wants His Church to be.

In reference to my second question on Confession to a priest, Scripture still states:

"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all."
1 Timothy 2:5, 6

Jesus said to him,

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me".
John 14:6

"the one who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out"
John 6:37

It is in the Scriptures. No other explanation or justification for Confession is needed.  There is no confusion in these words. Like all the questions I asked, the answers are all in the Bible. There is no gray, just black and white.

I was a Catholic and, with all due respect, I was never filled with the Word. As a matter of fact,
I didn't know who the Lord was until I started reading the Scriptures, then it made sense. I do not believe that the Word of God should be confusing. When I only read from the Scriptures, I finally realized how I was suppose to live my life, not as tradition.

Looking back at Catholic doctrine, it is their way, or no way. I have found the Catholic Church is judgmental and intolerant. The Lord is not. When I gave my life to the Lord, as a sinner that
I am, the Lord started to change me.

It wasn't because I went to:

  • Catechism classes
  • Mass, or
  • confess my sins.

I never opened a Bible because we weren't suppose to read from the Bible.

  • Why?

It was, and is, what the Lord wants us to know. Nonetheless, if the Catholic faith cannot teach the Word of God correctly, as stated above, maybe is because they are not teaching right from the Bible, something people need to know; that would be my guess.

I believed you have answered all my questions which leaves me to believe I have made the right decision in my walk with Christ!

Angbarrientos

Eric replied:

Dear Angbarrientos —

Sorry to be late to the party here but I have a few things to add.

There are a few key verses here. One is John 20:22f:

"And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus is speaking to the Apostles and this is only the second time God breathed on a man
(the first was when man was created). Jesus is giving them the power to forgive sins and in order to forgive sins, and judge whether they are to be forgiven or retained, they have to hear what the sins are.

Confession of sins should not be a surprise to you. James 5:16 calls on us to confess our sins to one another.

  • Does your church do this?

Clearly, God is not calling us to only confess them to him privately if he commands us to confess them to one another! God ordained Confession as a way of humbling ourselves and keeping ourselves accountable to men. The verses before this one, verses 14-15, demonstrate that the priests ("priest" comes from the Greek word presbyter, sometimes translated "elder") have the power to forgive sins. In this particular case, the context is the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, not Confession, but it establishes that forgiveness of sins is a power Christ gave to men.

St. Paul alludes to this ministry of reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5:19-20, where he says that Christ reconciled the world to himself and

"committed to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us."

This is precisely an illustration of the way in which the priest shares in the mediation of Christ,
as we all do in various ways. As others pointed out, even evangelism is a form of mediating in that we attempt to reconcile people to God by bringing them together.

Catholics believe that only what we call mortal sins — murder, adultery, apostasy, other sexual sins that are done deliberately and knowingly — must be confessed in this sacrament, although we do believe that the sacrament provides grace for lesser sins. This illustrates a point: Paul says that there is a connectedness between members of the body of Christ:

"If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." (1 Corinthians 12:26)

This applies to sin as well, as it did in the Old Testament: When one member sins, the whole body is affected, just as when one part of your body is injured, the whole body is affected. When you sin grievously, it is not just a matter between you and Jesus. It's between you, Jesus, and his Body, the Church. Therefore, you must be reconciled to the Body through the priest.

Eric

Mike replied:

Dear Angbarrientos —

You said:
When I gave my life to the Lord, as a sinner that I am, the Lord started to change me.

It wasn't because I went to:

  • Catechism classes
  • Mass, or
  • confess my sins.

I never opened a Bible because we weren't suppose to read from the Bible.

  • Why?

It was, and is, what the Lord wants us to know.

I agree! It is truly sad that you have been given the impression that reading the Scriptures privately is of little importance. Nevertheless, when you went to Mass, in three years you heard the whole Bible from the pulpit. Even Sunday, Catholics hear one reading from the Old Testament, two readings from the New Testament and one reading from the Gospel. From those readings, the celebrant gives his homily.

Now:

  • if the homilies were not inspiring enough to change your life, or
  • CCD classes were poorly taught

for that I apologize.

Nevertheless, usually when someone replies like this, there are some other moral issues that are being evaded for some reason.

Of course, no Catholic should ever apologize for the Mass or Confession. The sacraments of the Church are the dynamite that powers our lives.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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