Originally posted by kingofmd
I would start with the corruption of the Christian faith.
Protestants aren't guilt free in this area. Take the notion of 'rapture'. It's not in the bible.
And just because someone has a different interpretation of scripture doesn't mean it's
'corrupt'. It's just different.
We are saved (and always have been) by grace alone by faith alone, by Christ alone.
Sola scriptura is an invention of Martin Luther. He changed scripture and added those words.
Adding one's "good" works to the salvation formula has sent untold millions to hell.
1 - The official Catholic teaching is that faith saves, not works.
2 - The Catholic church points out what it says in scripture - from James - 'faith without works is dead'. Therefore, if anyone is physically able
to perform works, they will do so as an outward sign of their inner faith.
3 - Your comment 'sent millions to hell' is absurd. You have no clue.
4 - Stop getting your education about Catholics from Jack Chick and instead, read the Catechism.
Pagan practices such as praying to/for the dead,
1 - SCRIPTURE says to pray for each other. Therefore, that's what Catholics do. Catholics pray for each other, and ask each other to pray for them.
Living or dead. Makes no difference.
2 - SCRIPTURE says to pray for the dead.
Mary/Queen of Heaven worship,
Catholics do not worship Mary. Read the catechism.
veneration of idols,
1 - Ya' wanna' talk about idols? How about that serpant idol that God commanded be made back in Moses time .. the one that God said to lift up and
let the people see and venerate so that they would survive snake bites!
2 - Do you have pictures of family members in your home? Why? So you can be reminded of them, right? Having paintings and statues of people in
churches is no different. No one worships the statues. They are there to remind people of others who have gone before them and they are there so
that people can be inspired to be like them.
placing of tradition above scripture,
1 - Careful .. you anti-catholic fundamentalist training is showing. You are cherry picking scripture to fit your agenda.
2 - Scripture is tradition and stories that have been passed down .. and then written down.
3 - Scripture and Tradition
and now a little LIGHT reading .. shine some light into that closed mind of yours ...
Not everything was written in the bible. Holy traditions were followed based on the teachings and happenings that did not make it into the bible -
read and see - many holy teachings were left out -
Mark 4:33 - With many such parables he spoke the word to them ...
Mark 6:34 - He began to teach them many things ..
John 16:12 - I have yet many things to say to you but you cannot bear them now.
John 20:30 - Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book.
John 21:25 - But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose the world itself could not contain
the books that would be written.
Acts 1:2-3: To the apostles he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the
kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 15:1 - ... the gospel, which you received ...
1 Galatians 1:9 - .... the gospel .. which you received ....
1 Thessalonians 2:9 - We preached to you the gospel of God
Acts 8:14 - Samaria had received the word of God ..
Many teachings weren't written. Then scripture goes on to say to HOLD ONTO holy traditions.
1 Corinthians 11:2 - I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 - Stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 - Keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
Jesus is our ONLY redeemer/mediator as told by the Bible, not Mary.
Scripture says that we are to pray for each other and to ask others to pray for us. Catholics ask Mary to pray for them and to go to her Son for
them. This is NOT replacing Christ as the redeemer and mediator with God. That's a myopic notion. They just are asking one person (Mary) to pray
to Jesus for them. Considering she's already in heaven, and she's His mother and has a close relationship with Him ... I'd say that's a pretty
smart endgame move.
How about the murders of untold numbers of Christians throughout the centuries?
Yes .. the protestants sure did mass murder Catholics.
(that door swings both ways ya' know)