You may be wondering about the differences between Catholicism and Christianity. We are going to be looking at the actual theological beliefs and practices of the Catholic church, and how they differ from Christianity as I attempt to answer the question “Are Catholics Going To Go To Heaven?"
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PLEASE REFER TO THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT IN MATTHEW’S GOSPEL
IT IS LOADED WITH WARNINGS FROM JESUS ABOUT HELL AND THE DEVIL.
JESUS ALSO SAYS IF YOUR EYE OR HAND OFFEND PUCKIT OUT OR CUT IT OFF.BETTER TO ENTER HEAVEN WITHOUT AN EYE, HAND ETC THAN GO TO HELL WITH THEM. (PARAPHRASING).
CHRISTIANITY HAD IT ALL WRONG FOR OVER 1500 YEARS UNTIL THE PRTESTANTS CAM ALONG TO CORRECT US AND REVISE THE BIBLE.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TRACE BACK TO PETER, PAUL AND THE OTHER APOSTLES. IT IS OFFENSIVE WHEN YOU AND OTHERS REFER AND IMPLY THAT THE CHURCH FOUNDED BY CHRIST IIS NOT “CHRISTIAN” THE PROTESTANT CHURCHES WERE ALL ESTABILISHED BY HIMAN BEINGS BEGINNING IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY AND THEY CONTINUE TO SPLINTER AND DISAGREE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BEING ANTI- CATHOLIC. THE ORTHODOX CHURCH BROKE WITH THE WESTER CHURCH IN THE ELEVENTH CENTURY OVER THE ISSUE OF THE PAPACY. FUNNY THAT THEY HAVE THE SAME SACRAMENTS AS CATHOLICS AS DO EPISCOPAL IANS, AND LUTHERANS. TAKE SOMETHING OUT OF CONTEXT OR DELETE WHOLE BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY(BIBLE MEANS LIBRARY AS IT IS A COLLECTION OF MANY BOOKS) AND START YOUR OWN RELIGION.
JESUS ALSO WARNS US ABOUT FALSE PROPHETS IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
JESUS ALSO WARNS US ABOUT A WIDE GATE. HE RECOMMENDS THE NARROW GATE.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU HEALTHY..
DAVE MATHEWS (CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN) CATHOLIC SIMPLY MEANS UNIVERSAL.
CHURCH IS AN ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE NOT A BUILDING!
Your refutation is really good but lacks love and that is more important than truth, even if one’s interlocutor breaches love if we are to do good in the name of “Christ-ian” we must not let our will to choose love and unity lead us astray from that end.
I am a Catholic, and with many friends that are protestant just like you, I have heard many times how you think that Jesus had siblings. What you do not care to acknowledge is how back then anyone that was close to them was referred to as a brother or sister, and Jesus called everyone his brothers and sisters. One other thing is that when Jesus was dying, he turned Mother Mary’s care over to John. If Mary had other children, they would have taken care of her. Mary is sinless and pure, and her womb would not carry the life of a human stained with original sin. Mary remained a virgin all her life, referred to as a perpetual virgin. We also do not believe that you can only confess your sins to a priest. You may confess your sins to God as long as they are only vinyl sins. As soon as you are in a state of mortal sin, you must confess them to a priest before you can fully participate in the Mass again. There are other things in this video that were incorrect but to keep it brief, I will leave it at that.
Why do Protestant churches still recite the Apostles Creed, if what you say is true? Organized religion in general has caused more hatred and prejudice than anything else.
I am Catholicsmn
Couple notes – I’m a follower of The Way (I do my best, and fail, but am redeemed by Christ), I try my best to live in Jesus. I practice the Roman Rite, but that’s only one piece of the Holy catholic Church (you know, the one all believers belong to, that’s why I used lower case).
I pray directly to God. I sometimes thank Him for the examples of the Saints (sinners who worked really hard to follow Jesus, even in their flaws).
While I know that my redemption is in my acceptance of Jesus as The Way, The Truth, and The Light, I don’t discount one part of scripture (for example those you listed) in the face of another. I acknowledge that it’s very old testament to ask a priest to speak to God on my behalf. Heck, I feel pretty bad for those folks who lived around Amos’ time and had only the high priest to intercede! But that also means that I struggle to balance the ability to confess directly with God against Jesus’ ordainment of the Disciples (the 12) in John 20:20-23.
Now, some parts of the “Protestant” Church retained confession to Ordained priests (I keep using quotes because I think there is one Holy catholic and Apostolic Church that we’re all members of), and many point to John 20:20-23 and also to the sacrificial offering and instruction “Do this in memory of Me” given at the Last Supper (both Old Testament duties specifically retained by priests) as a suggestion that Jesus built three levels of priesthood. Himself (“No one may come to the father except through Me”) as high priest, the Disciples as an ordained tier (described above) who lead the Flock, and in much of the new testament (I think starting with Peter) we are clearly ALL members of the Royal Priesthood. I do struggle to see that biblically, there is any reason to think that the Apostles kept that ability to retain and forgive sin to themselves, or on the flip side anything that they specifically delegated it.
Now I’m not saying that ordained priests are somehow better, or closer to God, or that they can get between me and God. Heck, I’m human, so no priest has time to review and hold or loose all my sins. But I am aware that I experience some level of Grace when I acknowledge that giving voice to some of my sins in front of another can add a level of accountability for me to think of.
With all the above, one of my remembrances is to be aware if Col 2:16-19. When I was younger, I chose the Roman Rite (I even considered attempting converting to Judaism) as it’s structure appealed to me. I have been diagnosed with HFA, and so it makes sense I’d be drawn to structure. But my interactions with a number of my brothers and sisters at the RCC, have left me aware that for many, the RCC’s rules, and canon etc are too much temptation to legalism, too much a temptation to believe ourselves the judges and thus lose the wonder and Grace found in faith, and allowing the Fruit of the Spirit to be spoiled by pride. So now, I remind myself that I am a Christian, who happens to most of the time follow the Roman Rite as an expression of my Christianity. I know I’m not lost when I attend non-RCC services. Jesus loves me and wants me to follow him. He helps me every day to open myself further to, and listen to, and abide by, his Word.
Thanks for your time and consideration. I hope that your family will see Christ in you and feel closer to you in the future.
You certainly don’t have a clear understanding of Catholic teaching
Catholics are Christian . A Christian is a believer in God.
We believe we are saved because of Jesus.
We are saved and we do good works because we follow Jesus
You need to get updated and LEARN THE TRUE teachings of the Catholic church!
This is very true, I agree with you Janice!
I am Catholic all my life (68 yrs) I believe that you talk to God (Jesus) anyplace anytime, the lord knows who has faith and beliefs and who doesn’t, I believe going to church is a way people think is a way to prove their faith, people think they have to repent by going to church (or in Christian faith bible sessions) for them to be saved, for example vaccines (lately) the good Lord above gave us the ability and fortitude to make vaccines to diminish this virus and why people believe otherwise is beyond me, don’t get me wrong my life lesson is live and let live, accept people for who they are, change is not possible but through God.
Read James 2:24, which is rarely quoted by those with anti-Catholic Church hostility. It says one is not saved by faith alone, where that faith is empty. How is it empty? When it has no love. Catholics (and Janice above) have it right. One is saved unquestionably by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and faith in Jesus and in the overwhelming, once and for all redemptive power of that, but that faith must be a real (not dead) faith. And what is a real faith? One shown by works of love, even though those works do not themselves ever “earn” us salvation, as they cannot possibly do so. The Catholic belief on this is often distorted. Works/our love show that we have a real faith, and it is by that real faith that we are saved. Our lives and works of loves show our faith as real, and it’s that real faith (one that cooperates with Godl’s love- as God is love) which saves us, but certainly not the works themselves.
I’m afraid I have to disagree with thinking anyone can genuinely answer who and who is not going to make it to Heaven. Divine Judgment will decide that and speculation or even belief that we know cannot only be very unhelpful, but it can also lead to a very toxic superiority complex. Sacred Scripture does not aim to provide us with this knowledge but rather with Divine Revelation at large, but most especially Himself.
Secondly, if there is any presentation of the Catholic faith which claim it to be authentically separable from a differing “Christianity” one or both of these things is either unknown, misrepresented, and/or misunderstood. That is not to say that “all those that call themselves Catholic act like it, talk like it, and have an exhaustive knowledge of it” just as can be said of any faith. On the contrary, we are all serving Heaven through receiving and reciprocating the love of Jesus and thus not only would this dichotomy be incorrect, but also contrary to ecumenical charity which is really what the body of Christ needs right now. We must first, choose to love each other upholding each other dignity as Christian brethren. Next, we must be able to present each other’s faiths accurately and this requires good and accurate knowledge of each other’s faith, as this is just. God and virtue will guide us from there. No one has a monopoly on truth and even though each of us claims to have more of it than others, we cannot prioritize our claim of the truth over loving each other, or we have both lost sight of Truth Himself.