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“Go therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you” (Mt 28:19).

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q1: Are Catholics Christians?

Q2: Do Catholics believe in Jesus Christ?

Q3: Are Catholics “saved” or “born again?”

Q4: Why do Catholics call priests “father” when the Bible says to “call no man father?”

Q5: Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest when they could go directly to God?

Q6: Why can’t Catholic priests be married?

THE BIBLE QUESTIONS

Q1: Do Catholics believe in the Bible?

Q2: Do Catholics read the Bible?

Q3: Why do Catholic Bibles have more books?

Q4: Do Catholics follow the Bible alone?

MARY AND THE SAINTS QUESTIONS

Q1: Do Catholics worship Mary?

Q2: If Catholics do not worship Mary, why then do Catholics pray to Mary?

Q3: Why pray to Mary and the Saints at all when you can take your prayers directly to God?

Q4: How is praying to the Saints not necromancy or witchcraft which is forbidden in the Bible?

Q5: Why do Catholics have statues of Mary and other Saints?

Q6: Doesn’t the Bible forbid the use of statues and “graven images?”

Q7: Why do Catholics believe in the ever virginity of Mary when the Bible talks about the “brothers” of Jesus Christ?

Q8: Why do Catholics believe Mary was without sin?

Q9: Why do Catholics give so much honor to Mary?

SALVATION QUESTIONS

Q1: Do Catholics believe in salvation by faith alone?

Q2: Do Catholics believe in “once saved, always saved?”

Q3: Why do Catholics baptize babies when they can’t even understand what is going on?

Q4: Why do Catholics believe in Purgatory as a place in between Heaven and Hell?

Q5: Do Catholics believe Protestants can be saved?

THE SACRAMENT QUESTIONS

Q1: Do Catholics really believe that communion bread and wine become the literal flesh and blood of Jesus Christ?

Q2: So does this mean that Catholics believe Jesus is re-crucified every time a priest says the mass?

Q3: Do Catholics believe Protestant communion is the same as Catholic communion?

Q4: So then is Protestant communion just symbolic?

Q5: How is the Catholic worship of bread and wine not idolatry?

Q6: How can this Catholic worship of communion elements be Biblical?

Q7: How can any reasonable and sane person be expected to believe such absurdity as the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the literal flesh and blood of Jesus Christ?

THE CHURCH QUESTIONS

Q1: Do Catholics really believe the Catholic Church was the only Church ever established by Jesus Christ?

Q2: How can Catholics say that Peter is the “rock” upon which Jesus built the Church, when clearly the passage used to support this uses two completely different words for “rock?”

Q3: How can Catholics say Peter died in Rome, when there is no Biblical or historical record of Peter ever being in Rome?

Q4: Maybe Jesus did invest his authority and power into his apostles, but does that mean these apostles could really transfer that authority and power on to their successors?

Q5: Why do we need apostolic successors when we have the Bible?

Q6: How can the Catholic Church really be the Church Jesus established when there are scandals and corruption?

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  • 15th July 2016 at 12:59 pm
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    Question: Do Catholics believe in salvation by faith alone?
    Answer: No! We absolutely reject this concept because the Bible specifically contradicts it. The only place in the entire Bible where the phrase “faith alone” is found is in James 2:24 which reads: “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.” There is no other passage in the Bible which suggests that “faith alone” is sufficient for salvation. There are plenty of verses that point out the superiority of faith over the old Mosaic Law (Romans 3:21-22; Romans 4:1-24; Galatians 3:16-18; Galatians 5:2-5; Ephesians 2:8-9), but none of them say that salvation comes directly by “faith alone.” These passages emphasise the fact that salvation is the work of God not man. It comes to us solely by God’s grace (unmerited favour toward us), and we must receive that grace as a little baby receives the care of his mother. Saint Paul pointed out that the Law of Moses was given as a tutor. It was designed to teach us that we are sinners and we need God’s grace. It was designed to teach us that our own righteousness is insufficient and that we can’t be saved on our own. We need God to help us. That’s what the Law of Moses was all about. Father Abraham understood this, and so God initiated in his offspring a tutoring process that would lead all of humanity to the same understanding. When we receive God’s grace, it produces both faith and works in us. Both faith and works are the byproduct of God’s grace. They go hand-in-hand. As Saint James said: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:27) This is why salvation is an ongoing thing. It is a process that is not complete until we die, and this is why Saint Paul told us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). You see, we Catholics believe in salvation by grace alone (not faith alone), yet grace must not be resisted, either before justification, by remaining in unbelief, or after justification, by engaging in serious sin. The notion of salvation by “faith alone” came to us from the German reformer Martin Luther, as one of his “five solas” (or pillars) of German Protestant religion. It became extremely popular in the Protestant world. Luther himself could find no direct Biblical validation of this teaching, so he created one. In 1522 AD he artificially inserted the word “alone” after the word “faith” into Romans 3:23 of his German translation of the New Testament, thus changing the entire meaning of the text. Luther not only removed some books from both the Old and New Testaments (see above), but he also had no problem changing the text of Scripture itself to suit his theological presumptions. The Catholic Church does not permit the changing of Scripture to suit theological presumptions. As Catholics we do not believe we “earn” our way to heaven as if we did not need the merits of Christ. Far from it! We believe that everything we have comes directly from the grace of God, and this includes our salvation, our faith and our works.

    Question: Why do Catholics believe Mary was without sin?
    Answer: Again, besides the unanimous consensus of the early Church, and plenty of early Christian writings to support that dating back to the second century AD, the greeting of the angel Gabriel is the Biblical reference that clues us in. The angel Gabriel addressed Mary as “full of grace” (Luke 1:28), not “highly favored one” as some modern translations erroneously put it. The term “grace” does mean the favour of God, but to say that one is “full of grace” is to say that one has no room for sin. According to Scripture, Mary was already in the state of grace that Christians do not attain until after they receive baptism. This has led the Catholic Church to understand that God created Mary in the same state of grace as he created Adam and Eve, and that by God’s mercy, Mary was not stained with original sin like the rest of us. Theologically this is very important, because Jesus received all of his human flesh and blood from Mary. That flesh and blood ought to be unspoiled and unstained by sin. Furthermore, modern science tells us that cells from the mother and child do exchange between them during pregnancy. In fact, modern science has confirmed the presence of male baby cells in the brains of their mothers decades after pregnancy. Jesus and Mary shared flesh and blood, as all mothers and their babies do. That means that in order for Jesus to inherit and maintain a perfect body from his mother, without sin, his physical mother should be without sin as well. While God can do anything he wants, it is only fitting and proper for things to be done this way, and the Scripture seems to support this with the angelic salutation “full of grace.” Some Christians believe that Mary became “without sin” when she accepted God’s plan to deliver the Saviour. However, the angelic greeting seems to indicate that her state of grace existed prior to her acceptance of God’s messianic plan. So while some Christians believe Mary became “immaculate” (without sin) at the annunciation, Catholics believe she was conceived and born “immaculate.” This is what is meant by the “Immaculate Conception.” All Christians become immaculate (without sin) upon their baptism, which in many cases happens shortly after birth. Mary however, seems to be the only Christian who was immaculate (without sin) before her birth. The debate about when Mary became immaculate (without sin) has been long-standing in Christianity. What has not been debated, until recently, is the notion that she was not immaculate at all, and remained with original sin during her pregnancy with Jesus and after. That is a recent Protestant phenomenon. Such a notion was foreign to the early Church and the first Christians.

  • 15th July 2016 at 11:44 am
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    Us Catholic, we don’t worship Mary, we honor her as mother of God and as our mother. Us, as human being, we are close to our biologic mother, we respect her, we tell her our story, we seek to please her every time. The same, If Jesus is our Brother and we are close to him. It is not evident that we ignore his mother. Mary is our Mother, for mother and children, we share our story to our mother, we request her to pray for us, we seek advice,etc. That is a wonderful relationship. That is the kind of relationship we need to have as children, Love Jesus and love our mother Mary.
    That is not worshiping. That is closed interaction.
    Mary plays an extraordinary role in the history of salvation, through her Jesus became man for our salvation. We Catholic, we believe that Mary was immaculately conceived. “There is no other human to whom Jesus was as closely and intimately connected, as His Mother, Mary”
    “The assumption of Mary is one doctrine of the Church that has emerged from apostolic tradition, rather than directly from scripture.”

  • 15th July 2016 at 11:02 am
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    Why Catholics Worship Marry? Please dear IMCS, let us try to discuss on this title. Because this is today’s most popular question coming from protestant brothers and sisters

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