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Estaben Ramirez wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Where does it say in my Bible that we must pray the Rosary?
  • Where does it say in my Bible we are saved through Baptism?
  • Where does it say in my Bible we must be confirmed to receive Holy Communion?

Estaben

  { Where in my Bible does it say I must pray the Rosary, be confirmed, and I'm saved by Baptism? }

Mike replied:

Dear Estaben,

Your questions are based on a false premise:

That all Christianity (or the Catholic Church) is based on the Bible.

<This is far from true.>

For those that hold this false premise I would ask the following questions: (from a very good friend of mine, Clayton Bower Jr. who pasted away a few years ago.)

If the Bible is the basis for all Christianity:

  • Which books did Jesus write?
  • If the answer is none, Why didn't he write any books of the Bible?
  • Why don't we see Him telling one of His Apostles in the Scriptures to write a book?
  • Why didn't he leave us with an encyclopedia of written teaching?

There can only be one answer to these four questions: He chose not to.

  • Why did only five out of the twelve Apostles write anything?
  • What Chapter and verse show Jesus giving His Church the Bible before His Ascension into Heaven?
  • What Chapter and verse in the Bible tell us which books should make up the Bible?

After Our Lord's Ascension into Heaven, it was almost 350 years before any Christian knew what books would makeup the entirety of the Holy Scriptures. In 382 A.D., at the Council of Rome, Catholic bishops guided by the Holy Spirit decided which books would makeup the Inspired Table of Contents that conform to every Protestant's New Testament today!

For those weak on history, if you are a non-Catholic Christian, during the Reformation, Martin Luther and his followers:

  • took Catholic Bibles from Catholic churches
  • dropped the books from Bible they didn't like
  • made changes to the remaining text in accordance with their theology, and
  • slapped the name "Bible" on the cover.

  • How do you think the King James Bible came to be named after King James?

It was like Bill Clinton saying, "I want a Bill Clinton Bible" : )

These "bibles" only have as much authority to the extent that they agree with Catholic teaching.

In addition, if the Bible was the basis for the salvation of the first century converts, not many would be saved because very few people:

  1. had enough money to buy the Old Testament Scriptures, and
  2. could read ... as many were illiterate.
  • What saved this first century converts?

The Oral Tradition of the Church. (Luke 10:16)

They talked, like you do in your family : )

The Apostles read from the Old Testament Scriptures and proclaimed the Oral Gospel to the assembly back in 33 A.D. Catholic priests do the exact thing every Sunday that the Apostles did back in 33 A.D.! (The only difference is that we now have a written New Testament as well as and the Oral Gospel.)

We don't hand out Bibles and say, "Interpret the Bible for yourselves."

Now let me address your questions.

  1. Though the Church has strongly encouraged the faithful to pray the Rosary on a regular basis, there is no doctrine or teaching that states you have to pray the Rosary.

    It's an option, a choice.

  2. Jesus Himself said we must be baptized to be saved.
    Here's a segment from my Scripture Passages page on Baptism:
    http://www.askacatholic.com/ScripturePassages

    Catholic Note:

    Some non-Catholic Christians believe that Baptism is necessary and sets us free from sin. Many others think it is merely a symbol of one's desire to follow Christ, having no real effect upon the soul. The Catholic Church teaches that Baptism is both necessary for salvation and regenerative, causing us to be reborn as children of God. Through Baptism we receive the life-giving, sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit. This grace wipes away Original Sin that stains each soul because of the fallen nature we inherited from Adam and Eve. The Church prescribes Baptism by water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as the normative gateway to God and his family, the Church. While most Protestants agree the Baptism is a good idea, many do not believe it is really necessary; and many think is unbiblical to baptized babies. The Church has baptized infants from the earliest times and continues to do so today. The Church also teaches that catechesis must follow Baptism to properly assist the baptized on his Christian journey. Some fundamentalists believe that the only acceptable Baptism is by immersion. Both immersion and sprinkling are acceptable forms of Baptism in the Catholic Church. To learn more about the Church's teaching on Baptism, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC 1213-1284. "The Church is the extension of Christ's incarnation, and that extension takes place through the sacraments" (Scott Hahn , Swear to God, Page 22)

    Commanded by Christ and taught by the Apostles
  • Matthew 28:19 - "Go therefore ... baptizing them in the name of the Father ..."
  • Mark 16:16 - "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved"
  • John 3:5 - (No one enters heaven without baptism of water and spirit)
  • Acts 2:38 - "Peter [said] ... repeat and be baptized"
  • Acts 2:41 - (Those accepting St. Peter's message are baptized; 3000 members are added.)
  • Acts 8:12 - (Once they believed Philip's teaching, men and women were baptized.)
  • Acts 8:38 - (Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch)
  • Acts 10:48 - "he [Peter] ordered them to be baptized"
  • See also: - Mark 10:38, John 3:22, Acts 9:18, Acts 16:15, Romans 6:3, 1 Corinthians 12:13, 27; Galatians 3:27

    Replaces the need for circumcision.

  • Colossians 2:11-12 - (Baptism is described as the "circumcision of Christ")
  • See also: - Genesis 17:12-14

    Jesus sets the example for us.

  • Matthew 3:16 - "After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water"
  • Mark 1:9 - "Jesus came ... and was baptized in the Jordan by John"
  • Luke 3:21 - "and Jesus also had been baptized"

    Is regenerative.

  • John 3:5, 22 - born of water and the spirit; Apostles begin baptizing
  • Romans 6:3-4 - So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glorious power, we too should begin living a new life
  • Acts 2:37-38 - repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Spirit
  • Acts 22:16 - And now why delay? Hurry and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name
  • 1 Corinthians 6:11 - "now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God"
  • Ephesians 5:26 - "cleansing her by the bath of water with the word"
  • Colossians 2:12 - "burned with him in baptism .. raised with him [in] faith"
  • Hebrews 10:22 - So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our hearts sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
  • Titus 3:5 - saved us through bath of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit
  • 1 Peter 3:21 - "It is the baptism corresponding to this water which saves you now - not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience given to God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ"
  • See also: - Romans 4:23-25, Galatians 3:27, 1 Peter 1:23

    Takes away all sin.

  • Mark 1:4 - (John the Baptist preaches a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.)
  • Mark 16:16 - "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved"
  • Luke 3:3 - (John the Baptist still preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins)
  • John 1:33 - (John testifies that Jesus is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit)
  • John 3:5 - (No one enters heaven without baptism of water and spirit)
  • Acts 2:38 - "be baptized ... for the forgiveness of your sins"
  • Acts 22:16 - "have yourself baptized and your sins washed away"
  • Colossians 2:13 - "you were dead [in] transgressions ... he brought you to life"

    Not to be repeated.

  • Ephesians 4:5 - "one Lord, one faith, one baptism"
  • Hebrews 6:4-6 - (After the "enlightened" [baptized] fall away, they cannot be enlightened again.)
  • Hebrews 10:26 - (No sacrifice for sins after deliberate sin after knowing the truth)

    Faith of others is efficacious.

  • Matthew 8:5-13 - (Jesus heals a servant because of the Centurion's faith)
  • Matthew 15:21-28 - (Daughter healed because of the Canaanite woman's faith)
  • Luke 5:20 - "when he saw their faith, he said ... 'your sins are forgiven'"
  • Luke 7:7 - "say the word and my servant will be healed"

    To be administered to children "Infant Baptism"

  • Matthew 8:5ff - servant healed because of centurion's faith
  • Matthew 15:21ff - daughter healed because of the Canaanite woman's faith
  • Matthew 18:14 - (It is not the will of God that children be damned.)
  • Matthew 19:14 - "Let the children come to me"
  • Mark 10:14 - let the children come, for such is the kingdom of Heaven
  • Luke 7:1ff - just say the word, and let my servant be healed
  • Luke 18:15-17 - people were bringing even infants to him ... whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."
  • John 3:5; Mark 16:16 - (No one enters heaven without baptism of water and spirit)
  • Acts 16:15 - (Paul and Silas baptize Lydia and her whole household)
  • Acts 16:30-33 - (Paul and Silas baptize a prison guard and his whole family)
  • Acts 18:8 - (Crispus, his family, and other Corinthians are baptized)
  • Romans 5:18-19 - all are born with Adam's sin and need baptism
  • 1 Corinthians 1:16 - "I baptized the household of Stephanas"
  • Colossians 2:11-12 - baptism has replaced circumcision
  • See also: - Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15, Acts 2:39, 1 Corinthians 15:22
  • St. Hippolytus of Rome (c. 215 A.D.) - "Baptize first the children; and if they can speak for themselves, let them do so. Otherwise, let their parents or other relatives speak for them." (The Apostolic Tradition 21)
  • Origen (post 244 A.D.) - "the Church received from the Apostles the tradition of giving baptism also to infants."(Commentary on Romans 5, 9)
  • St. Cyprian of Carthage (252 A.D.) - this council [ Council of Carthage ] condemned the opinion that infants must wait until the eighth day after birth to be baptized, as was the case with circumcision. (St. Cyprian of Carthage, Letter 64 (59), 2)

    Is necessary for salvation.

  • John 3:5 - "No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit"
  • Mark 16:16 - "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved"
  • Acts 16:30, 33 - "what must I do to be saved? ... he and all his family were baptized"
  • 1 Peter 3:21 - "baptism which saves you now."
  • See also: - Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, Acts 16:15

  1. Finally, you don't have to be confirmed to receive you First Communion but you have to receive your First Confession.

    This is no where in the Bible. The Teaching Authority in Matthew 16:13-20 and 1 Timothy 3:15, tells us this.

    It has that Divine Authority delegated to the successors of St. Peter by Jesus.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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