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A pamphlet published  in the "God's Message" Magazine. First in a series.

March 2002

HAVE YOU EVER ASKED WHY?

...Catholics worship images?

The Catholic Church claims that worshipping an image is the same as worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ:

"It is this sense, I take it that scholastic writers have spoken of the same worship being paid to images of Christ as to Christ our Lord Himself; for the act which is called the worship of an image is relay the worship of Christ Himself, through and in the presence of the image and by the occasion of it;..." (James Cardinal Gibbons, The faith of our Fathers. New York: P.J. Kennedy & Sons, 1917. pp. 164-165)

But the Bible teaches otherwise. God Himself commanded:

"Worship no god but me. Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on the earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation." (Exo. 20:3-5, Todays English Version, emphasis ours)

 

...Catholic priests are prohibited to marry?

The Catholic Church imposes celibacy among her priests:

"The discipline of the [Catholic] Church has been exerted from the beginning in prohibiting Priests to marry after ordination." (The Faith of our Fathers, p. 328)

But, according to Apostle Paul, to forbid one to marry is a doctrine of the devil:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils:

"Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." (1 Tim. 4:1,3, King James Version, emphasis ours)

...Catholics are forbidden to eat meat during Lent?

The Catholic Church orders its members to abstain from meat during Lent:

"The second precept is, To fast and abstain on the days appointed. By fast-days are meant days on which are allowed only one full meal; days of abstinence are those on which we are forbidden to eat meat but are allowed the usual number of meals. The [Catholic] Church commands us to fast and abstain in order that we may mortify our passions and satisfy for our sins." (Rev. John A. OBrien, Ph. D. The Faith of Millions. New and Revised Edition. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, 1874, 1963. p. 417)

But the Bible assures that such a doctrine is likewise devilish:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils:

"Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." (1 Tim. 4:1,3, King James Version, emphasis ours)

...Catholics pray to Mary and the saints for intercession?

The Catholic Church supposes that Mary, the apostles, saints and even its priests can intercede to the Father:

"...[Mary] is the queen of heaven and a mediatrix before God for all men..." (Jack F. Bernard, John J. Delaney. A Guide to Catholic Reading. Garden City, New York: Image Books, 1996. p. 243)

"...we should make use of the intercession of the saints as well as of Mary, with this differences: Marys intercession is always at work, her realm is universal, While the domain of any other saint is limited, and, in a way, occasional." (William G. Most. Mary in Our Life. U.S.A.: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1959. p. 72)

But the Bible teaches that there is but one Mediator, our Lord Jesus Christ:

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5, New King James Version, emphasis ours)

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need," (Heb. 4:16, Ibid.)

 

...Catholics receive Communion by eating bread alone?

The Catholic Church teaches that it is enough to eat the bread during the so-called Holy Communion.

"11. Must we receive Communion both forms?

"No, it is sufficient to receive Communion under the form of bread, for Christ is present whole and entire under each form." (Francis B. Cassily. Religion: Doctrine and Practice. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1926, 1931, 1934. p. 225)

But in the Holy Supper that our Lord Jesus Christ gave His disciples, He commanded them to eat the bread and drink the fruit of the juice of the vine:

"While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it and gave to his disciples. Take and eat it he said; this is my body.

"Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and gave it to them. Drink it, all of you he said; this is my blood, which seals Gods covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."(Mt. 26:26-28, TEV, emphasis ours)

 

For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If anyone shall add unto these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book: And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

(Revelation 22:18-19, NKJV)

Does your religion really teach the truth?

 

Its not too late for you to find out what our Lord God really wants you to do. Make sure that your faith will not be worthless. Learn the true words of God in the Bible as upheld by the Church of Christ.

 

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