Well, for a start...
The picture puzzle of the story of the Bible. You cannot sit down and read the Bible as you would a novel. You would not understand it. Think of the Bible as a giant jigsaw puzzle with thousands of interlocking pieces. Each piece is somewhere in the box but not necessarily touching the next piece to fit with it. You have to assemble the puzzle piece by piece by examining each piece to see where it fits. One piece fits nicely in Genesis while the piece next to it might be in Deuteronomy. Another fits in Isaiah, and its partner is in Matthew, and so on. It is a huge puzzle and it takes a long time to put it together. Some people never manage to complete it as they find pieces missing here and there. They never get to see the whole picture that GOD has planned for us.
How do some pieces of Scripture end up missing?
1. They get thrown away.
For instance some say, "I cannot find the piece about Purgatory in my Bible that says pray for the dead." It is because someone threw away the Bible book that described it, 2Maccabees.
Catholics have all those pieces since their Bible has always had all 73 of the inspired books.
2. They are ignored.
For instance, huge pieces of their puzzle are missing because they ignore such key pieces as, "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold the traditions that you have learned, whether by WORD or by letter of ours, 2Thess 2:15. Look at all of the hundreds of pieces of tradition which are ignored here. Catholics have all those pieces.
3. They are misinterpreted.
For example, in other Churches it is every man for himself in Bible interpretation. Baptists are not Methodists because of differences in Bible interpretation. Presbyterians are not Lutherans for the same reason, and so on. Why else are there 39,000 splits in the body of Christ in Protestantism?
Catholics have all of these pieces also, as they are united in only one interpretation of the Bible. This is given to us by the Pope in conjunction with the Magisterium, which consists of thousands of Bishops who have impeccable credentials, and all of which are guided by the Holy Spirit.
4. They are taken out of context.
For example, in other Churches they invariably take 2Tim 3:16-17 out of context to try and 'prove' the false doctrine of Sola Scriptura, or the Bible only is sufficient.
Catholics do not take the verses out of context and for this particular example, when taken in context, these verses mean just the opposite of what the other Churches teach.
Why the puzzle of the Church which Jesus Christ founded.
In order to find out which Church it is, it is a simple matter to make
comparisons with many churches. What does Scripture say? Caution, make sure you
have all of the pieces of Scripture beforehand.
How do some pieces of the Church end up
Scripture says Christ's Church will last even unto the consummation of the world,
Isa 59:21, Matt 16:18, Matt 28:20, John 14:16-17. The Catholic Church has been around for almost 2000 years and we can prove it. How old is your church? Can you trace it all the way back to Christ? Name another church which comes even close to a 2000 year age?
Scripture says Christ's Church is the Church which has the authority,
Matt 18:17-18, John 14:16-17, Eph 1:22-23, Eph 3:10,21, Eph 5:23-24, 1Tim 3:15. Who had the authority to decide which books were inspired, and which were not, in both the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible? Can any other Church besides the Catholic Church claim authority?
Scripture says Christ's Church has Priests,
Matt 9:38, Tit 1:5, Heb 7 all, Heb 9:6. The Catholic Church has Priests. Does yours?
Scripture says Christ's Church has Deacons,
Phil 1:1, 1Tim 3:8-13. The Catholic Church has Deacons. Does yours?
Scripture says Christ's Church has Bishops,
Acts 20:28, Phil 1:1, 1Tim 3:1-7, Tit 1:5-9. The Catholic Church has Bishops. Does yours?
Scripture says Christ's Church has seven Sacraments. Does your church have all seven?
Matt 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, John 3:1-5, Acts 8:26-39, Rom 6:3-4, Eph 4:4-7. The Catholic Church has Baptism, does yours?
Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 8:14-20, Acts 19:1-7, Rom 1:16, 2Cor 1:21-22, Eph 1:13, Heb 6:2. The Catholic Church has Confirmation. Does your Church have the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Matt 1:21, Matt 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-27, Luke 5:17-26, Luke 7:36-50, Luke 13:1-6, Luke 22:19-20, John 8:3-11, John 20:19-23. The Catholic Church has the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Does yours?
4. Holy Eucharist,
Mal 1:11, Matt 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-27, Luke 22:19-20, John 6:all, 1Cor 11:17-27, Heb 7,8,9, 1John 4:15. The Catholic Church has the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Does yours?
Gen 1:28, Gen 2:18-24, 1Cor 7:2-8, Eph 5:21-33. The Catholic Church has the Sacrament of Matrimony. Does your Church have the Sacrament of Matrimony?
6. Holy Orders,
Luke 5:1-11, John 1:35-39, John 15:15-16, John 20:19-23, Acts 6:3-6, Acts 13:3, 1Cor 11:19-27, 2Tim 1:6, Heb 5:1-5, 1Pet 2:5-11. The Catholic Church has the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Does your church have this Sacrament?
7. Anointing of the sick,
Mark 6:13, Mark 16:18, Acts 2:27-43, James 5:14-15. The Catholic has the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Does your Church have this Sacrament?
Some of the thousands of Saints which the Catholic Church
honors. This is just a small sampling:
St. Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of GOD.
St. John the Baptist
St. John, the Evangelist
St. James, the Greater
St. James, the Less
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Rita of Cascia
St. Francis Xavier
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Becket
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Catherine of Sienna
St. Ignatius Loyola
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Thomas More
St. Joseph of Cupertino
St. Louis de Montfort
St. Catherine Laboure
St. Rose of Lima
St. Don Bosco
St. Theresa, the Little Flower
St. Maria Goretti
For many more, see "Patron Saints" elsewhere on this website. Also there are many more in some of the following categories...
Human Heart tissue, 700, Lanciano, Italy.
Bleeding Host and Blood Stains, 1239, Daroca, Spain.
Liquid Blood in a Vial, 1240, Santarem, Portugal
Blood Stains forming many Faces of Christ, 1330, Walldurn, Germany
Blood Stained Host, 1998, Rome, Italy.
Here is a beautiful picture of a recent Eucharistic Miracle.
Healings, 1Cor 12:28.
Sixty Six documented, independently observed healings from the waters of Lourdes.
Mother Angelica, Jan 28, 1998, healed of 40 years of pain in five minutes while praying the rosary.
There are hundreds of well documented miraculous healings from all around the world.
Speaking in various tongues, 1Cor 12:28.
The Charismatic movement in the Catholic Church.
The Uncorrupted Bodies of Many Saints and Venerables, their date of death and where they can be seen. All are Catholic. There are many more than are listed here.
St. Isadore the Farmer, D 1172, Madrid, Spain.
St. Rose of Viterbo, D 1252, Viterbo, Italy.
St. Sperandia, D 1276, Cingoli, Italy.
St. Zita, D 1278, Lucca, Italy.
St. Margaret of Cortona, D 1297, Cortona, Italy.
St. Clare of Montefalco, D 1308, Montefalco, Italy.
Bl. Margaret of Costello, D 1320, Citta-di-Castello, Italy.
Bl. Imelda Lambertini, D 1333, Bologna, Italy.
St. Bernardine of Siena, D 1444, L'Aquila, Italy.
St. Rita of Cascia, D 1457, Cascia, Italy.
St. Catherine of Bologna, D 1463, Bologna, Italy.
Bl. Osanna of Mantua, D 1505, Mantua, Italy.
St. Catherine of Genoa, D 1510, Genoa, Italy.
St. Angela Merici, D 1540, Brescia, Italy.
St. Francis Xavier, D 1552, Goa, India.
St. Andrew Bobola, D1657, Warsaw, Poland.
St. Lucy Filippini, D 1732, Monterfiascone, Italy.
St. Teresa Margaret, D 1770, Florence, Italy.
St. Jean Vianney, Cure of Ars, D 1859, Ars, France.
St. Catherine Laboure. D 1876, Rue du Bac, Paris, France.
St. Bernadette of Lourdes. D 1879, Nevers, France. See a picture of Saint Bernadette as she looks today. She is beautiful after being deceased for over 120 years..
Only in the Catholic Church will you have of the preceding in
this file. Only in the Catholic Church will you have of the pieces of the
puzzle. Only in the Catholic Church will you be able to see the entire and most
beautiful picture which GOD has presented to us in His plan of Salvation. Only
in the Catholic Church will you have of the fullness of
Truth. Does it make any sense to accept anything less than of what GOD is
offering to us? Why should anyone want to choose anything