Catholic Religion Conflict with the Bible?
The following are 5 extremely important issues facing every devout
religious person in Ireland today. Is what we believe, right? Let's
contrast the two authorities we hold dearest: the Bible and the Church.
ISSUE: Basis of Truth
BIBLE: The Bible is the
sufficient source for truth
Titus 1:2 - "God cannot lie."
Matthew 4:4 - Jesus answered "It is
written: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God."
Deuteronomy 4:2 - "Ye shall not add
unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it."
2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All Scripture is
given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be
perfect, thoroughly furnished unto every good work."
ROME says: The basis of truth is
not just the Bible but also tradition plus what is proposed as
divinely revealed by the Roman Church.
CCC* 82 - "The Church... does not derive
her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both
Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of
devotion and reverence." (*Catechism
of the Catholic Church (CCC), Veritas, 1994.)
Canon 750** "All that is contained in the
written word of God or in tradition, that is, in the one deposit of
faith,... must be believed with divine and catholic faith." (**The
official Post-Vatican Council II Roman Catholic source quoted is The Code Of
Canon Law: A Text And Commentary promulgated by the Authority of Pope John
Paul II, 1983, published by the Paulist Press, 1985.)
QUESTION: If God said His
word was all we need, why would we seek religious traditions which end up
according to Jesus in St. Mark 7:13, "making the word of God of none
effect" (of no use)? Scripture is to be our only source for God's
Can we trust the Bible, or the Church to speak
faithfully for God, and without any error?
BIBLE: God's Word alone is
without any error.
Psalm 12:6 "The words of the LORD
are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven
Psalm 119:160 "Thy word is true
from the beginning."
John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy
truth; thy word is truth."
Proverbs 30:5-6 "Every word of God
is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add
thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."
Romans 3:4 "Let God be true, but every
man a liar."
ROME: The Pope's word is
infallible when he proclaims on matters of faith or morals.
Canon 749 - "The Supreme Pontiff, in
virtue of his office, possesses infallible teaching authority when, as
supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful ... he proclaims with a
definitive act that a doctrine of faith or morals is to be held as
such." (Sect. 1)
Canon 333 (Sect. 3) - "There is neither
appeal nor recourse against a decision or decree of the Roman
QUESTION: Which authority are
you willing to stake your future on - God's word, or man's teaching?
ISSUE: How One Is Saved?
BIBLE: It is by grace
that a person is saved through faith in the substitutionary death of Christ
Jesus. This is a gift from God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 - "For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not
of works, lest any man should boast."
Isaiah 53:5 - "But he (Jesus) was
wounded for our transgressions (sins), he was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed."
Romans 5:1 - "Therefore, being
justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Hebrews 10:26 – "There remaineth no
more sacrifice for sins."
ROME: We become children of God
by baptism, and through a whole lot of effort from then on.
CCC 1821 - "In every circumstance, each
one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere ‘to the end’ and
to obtain the joy of heaven, as God’s eternal reward for the good works
accomplished with the grace of Christ."
Canon 849 - "Baptism, the gate to the
sacraments, necessary for salvation in fact or at least in intention, by which
men and women are freed from their sins, are reborn as children of God..."
QUESTION: With all your best
efforts, are you 100% certain you are worthy of heaven when you
die, and that you will not end up instead in hell for all your sins? If not
sure, then don't overlook the full forgiveness and pardon offered by Jesus
Christ on the cross!
ISSUE: Confession to God or Man?
BIBLE: Sins are forgiven by you
confessing them directly to God.
Mark 2:7 - "Who can forgive sins but
1 John 1:9 - "If we confess our
sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Psalms 32:5: "I said, I will confess
my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the
iniquity of my sin."
1 Timothy 2:5 - "There is one God and one
mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
ROME: The only ordinary way to
have serious sins forgiven is to confess to a priest.
CCC 1456 - "Confession to a priest
is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance."
Canon 960 - "Individual and integral
confession and absolution constitute the only ordinary way by which the faithful
person who is aware of serious sin is reconciled with God and with the Church;.
Canon 978 (Sect. 1) - "In hearing
confessions the priest is to remember that he acts as a judge as well as
The only way into heaven is to
have all your sins paid for before death. The Church says it is by your
works of contrition and penance, while God says it is by faith in the
perfect work of Jesus Christ! Shouldn't you be trusting Jesus, who alone gave Himself
in your place on the Cross knowing every one of your sins ahead of time?
ISSUE: Graven Images
BIBLE: We are to have no
graven images for worship. God utterly despises them!
Exodus 20:4-5 - "Thou shalt not make
unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven
above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD
thy God am a jealous God."
Leviticus 26:1 - "Ye shall make you no
idols nor graven image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land,
to bow down unto it. "
Romans 1:22-24 - "Professing
themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image.... Wherefore God also gave them
Yet ROME says: Display of sacred
images is to remain, to encourage the worship of the saints.
Canon 1188 - "The practice of displaying
sacred images in the churches for the veneration of the faithful is to remain
QUESTION: Does God want anyone
to turn to idols or to religious statues as aids in worship when we have a
living Saviour and Lord named Jesus?
Who are you going to trust - God, or a Church? It's your sins, and
your eternity that are at stake!
Believe only on the Lord Jesus Christ!