Truthful and Thoughtful Replies to False
So many false charges are made against the Catholic Church by
people who refuse to go to the source of Catholic teaching, to find out what the
Church really teaches. They instead prefer to propagate the lie they are taught
by others of the same mind set. If you wanted to buy a Ford, would you go to a
Chevy dealer to find the "truth" about Fords? No, you go to the source, the ones
who built the Ford. In the same way you will not learn the truth of what the
Catholic Church teaches from a non-Catholic source. So if you have not bothered
to go to the source for Catholic teaching, then why do you continue to
perpetuate the lie? By doing so, you gamble with your eternal salvation.
Here are some of the false charges made against the Catholic Church, and the
replies of truth to those charges:
*The Catholic Church is not the Church which Jesus Christ founded.
please give me the name of the Church which He did found, since it must still be
here, as He did promise that His Church would last forever, did He not? Matthew
28:20. Did Jesus lie?
Also, since every Church on earth was founded by a
person with a name, please name the person who did found the Catholic Church if
it was not Jesus Christ? Oh, and please do not forget to include the genuine
historical document(s) to back up what you say.
*There is no "proof" that
Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church.
To the contrary, here are 140 reasons why it is the Catholic Church which He founded
and none other. Now you give me just one reason to "prove" that it is
your church which He founded and not the Catholic Church?
*The Catholic Church apostatized soon after the last Apostle died, so the
Catholic Church of today is not the same Church which Jesus Christ
Please give me the date of this monumental historical event? Show me your genuine historical
documents which "prove" what you charge? Of the thousands of genuine historical
documents of every century going all the way back to the first century, and
which are available for anyone to research, why is there no mention of this
so-called earth shaking "great Apostasy" anywhere to be found? Don't you think
that a falling away of the Church which Jesus Christ founded would "rock the
universe", so to speak, and be the cause of a great chastisement from GOD after
what His Son went through in His passion? Look at what happened to the Jews for
Jesus did promise the Holy Spirit would be with, and
teach His Church forever in John 14:16-17.
Are you calling Jesus Christ a
liar for His promises of perpetuity for His Church?
*Well it was not any specific date, but was a gradual process over
Okay, but that still implies that it did happen at some time, so give
me the date, and your genuine historical documents. List for me the "gradual"
apostasies of which you refer and the dates of their supposed
What is the teaching of the Catholic Church on the Holy Trinity?
Is that apostasy?
Does the Church teach that Jesus Christ is GOD? Does the
Church......well, I could ask you about what the Church teaches regarding a
Instead of my listing all of the subjects on which the
Church teaches, it would be much easier if you would just please tell me the
subjects of your charges of apostasy by the Catholic Church, and the dates of
*The Eucharist is "obviously" only a symbol.
show me the "obvious" Scriptural verses which say that it
is only a symbol after you have read and studied the two links in this
*The Bible alone is our sole authority. We do not need
the Catholic Church.
Oh? What did Jesus Christ found, a teaching Church, or a book? Since the Gospels are the heart
of the New Testament, please show me the verse(s) where He commanded anyone to
Please show me where the Bible says that it alone is the sole authority?
*The Catholic Church is always coming up with "new
doctrine". I refuse to believe anything if I cannot find it in the
Oh? Please give me a list of this "new" doctrine of what you speak?
Also please give me the verse which you use to "prove" that everything worth
believing is in the Bible?
*GOD did not need Mary.
Oh? Did GOD tell you that He did not need her? Or did
some human person in your sect tell you? Are you a modern day prophet?
your remark that, "GOD did not need Mary", in the Bible? Are you a Sola Scriptura believer?
If so, then you must find that in
the Bible for any other SS follower to believe it,
right? Show me the verse as 'proof' of what you say?
Well, to the contrary,
explain Luke 1:26-38 to me? Why did GOD send the angel Gabriel to her to tell
her of the great gift she was about to receive if He did not need her?
*Catholics "worship" Mary.
I have been a Catholic all
of my life and I have never heard the Church tell its people that we must
worship Blessed Mary (Luke 1:48). For that charge to be true, then please
provide the genuine Catholic Church document which states that Catholics are to
worship Blessed Mary? Did you ever think to go to the source for the answer to
*Mary could not have been immaculately
Oh? Are you saying that GOD could not have done this?
not Jesus say this?
"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men
this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.""
Didn't Adam and Eve, and Jesus Christ come into the world without sin?
Then please explain to me, why the Mother of GOD could not?
*Mary gave birth to the human nature of Jesus only.
Mothers do not give birth
to natures alone, but to persons who possess a nature.
Blessed Mary gave birth to the complete person. Now, is Jesus Christ a divine
person, or is he a human person?
He could not be both, as that would make
Him to be two persons.
*Mary could not be the Mother of GOD.
you made this statement, you now have only two options. Either Jesus Christ is
not GOD, or He had another mother other than Blessed Mary. Which option will you
*Mary had "other children".
Show me where Holy
Scripture says that, after you have read the link? Suppose you were the brother
or sister of GOD. Wouldn't there be a mountain of material written about you and
your lives? Isn't it possible that the meaning of words then, are not the same
as they are today, especially after they have been translated from language to
language? You see, something is always added or lost in a language translation.
To prove this, I gave you an example in the 3rd sentence, 'you and your lives'.
Do you see it? The word 'you' in English can be singular or plural, but in
Greek, different words are used for 'you', sou (singular) and humeis (plural). I
do explain the importance of this particular translation problem in greater
So do not fall into the
"brothers-brethren" trap by using today's English meaning only.
Read the link for much more.
*Mary could not have been assumed into Heaven.
Why not? Were you there? Is this yet something else that GOD could not do?
*It does not matter which church a person belongs to.
To the contrary, it does matter a great deal. Do
you wish to gamble with your eternal salvation?
There is only one true Church, the one which Jesus Christ
I would suggest that you read Psalms
Now, since everyone has read
Psalms 127:1, I wish to ask all non-Catholics who make these false charges
against the only Church which Jesus Christ founded, to please show me the
verse(s) in Holy Scripture which give authority for any person to found another
church other than that one of Matthew 16:18? Notice that Jesus did say
"Church", and not churches in that verse.
For those who make false charges against the Catholic Church without bothering
to go to the source to see if the charges are true or not, please read this
quote from Saint Irenaeus which was written in 180 A.D.
TRUTH (of what the Catholic Church teaches*) IS TO BE
FOUND NOWHERE ELSE BUT IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE SOLE DEPOSITORY OF
APOSTOLICAL DOCTRINE. HERESIES ARE OF RECENT FORMATION, AND CANNOT TRACE THEIR
ORIGIN UP TO THE APOSTLES.
1. Since therefore we have such proofs, it
is not necessary to seek the truth among others which it is easy to obtain from
the Church; since the apostles, like a rich man [depositing his money] in a
bank, lodged in her hands most copiously all things pertaining to the truth: so
that every man, whosoever will, can draw from her the water of life. For she is
the entrance to life; all others are thieves and robbers. On this account are we
bound to avoid them, but to make choice of the thing pertaining to the Church
with the utmost diligence, and to lay hold of the tradition of the truth. For
how stands the case? Suppose there arose a dispute relative to some important
question among us, should we not have recourse to the most ancient Churches with
which the apostles held constant intercourse, and learn from them what is
certain and clear in regard to the present question? For how should it be if the
apostles themselves had not left us writings? Would it not be necessary, [in
that case,] to follow the course of the tradition which they handed down to
those to whom they did commit the Churches?"
Saint Irenaeus, Against
Heresies, Book 3, Chapter 4, Par 1, 180 A.D.. Jurgens 213
*Added by myself and not in the original St. Irenaeus text.
Right here and take a deep breath before proceeding, for your eternal salvation
may be at risk!
For proof of this, now read on.
"This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of
God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge
of the truth."
It is the
will of GOD that we all must come to the truth. No one can come to the truth who
has a closed mind, or is prejudiced, or has preconceived ideas. The only way
anyone can find the truth is to go to the source with an open mind, and
discover it for themselves.
"...but for those
who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness,
there will be wrath and fury."
"Now the works of the
flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery,
hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,
dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies,
and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such
things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
"Factious"? The dictionary says,
"Factious: (1) relating to internal dissension. (2) Promoting internal
dissension." Doesn't this sound like the mindset of the reformers? The
Reformation certainly did lead to the "thousands of factions"*
which we have in Protestantism today.
The word "factions" leads us to yet
"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you all say the same thing; and there be no dissensions among
you, but that you be perfectly united in one mind and in one judgment."
For all of those who refuse to come to the truth, they will be met with
the wrath of GOD.
*There were 33,820 factions of Protestantism as of April 2001,
World Christian Encyclopedia, a Protestant publication. This publication can be
purchased from www.amazon.com.
"The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be
with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked
deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth
and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them
believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the
truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
For those who do not believe the truth, ALL
will be condemned.
What does all of this mean? Let us summarize:
are all bound to search for the truth. 1Timothy 2:3-4
2. Those who refuse to
search for the truth will be met with the wrath of GOD. Romans 2:8
who refuse to accept the truth, will be condemned. 2Thessalonians 2:9-12
He who has refused to acknowledge the truth in life will be forced to confront
it in death. Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 21:27
5. Now who does all of this fit?
It certainly does fit all of those who perpetuate false charges against the only
Church which Jesus Christ founded, and who continue to do so, by refusing to
go to the source for the truth of what the Catholic Church teaches.
These are not my rules or ideas. They are the teaching of GOD through Holy
"Have I then become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
"Truth has always bothered people and is
Cardinal Ratzinger, October 9, 2000
However, He who
has refused to acknowledge the truth in life will be forced to confront it in
Written by Bob Stanley, February
Updated September 19, 2002
Updated March 22, 2008
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