We’ve tackled a lot of Roman Catholicism already, and at some point in the future, I’m going to repost the entire series so that any new reader to the blog can read the whole thing from start to finish.
The big problem is, there’s so much wrong with Roman Catholicism that I keep looking at it and finding something else! So, it may not be until next YEAR before I finish with it!
Another problem is, Roman Catholicism is often like a little kid caught with his hand iin the cookie jar. “Are you stealing a cookie?” “No.” “Is your hand in the cookie jar?” “Uh… no…”
In other words, they come right out and do something, they talk amongst themselves as doing something, but when a Christian says they do that very thing, they protest, “no we don’t!” Then rush off to Mass the next day, and do that very thing.
David Cloud reports that in examinations of thousands of Roman Catholic shrines and churches, there are literally thousands dedicated and named for Mary – but he could find only one for Jesus Christ.
The truth is, God is perceived among Roman Catholics to be unreachable, too holy to be worshiped.
That’s a really strange idea, in that the Bible is full of Jews and even Gentiles engaged in active worship of God. Indeed, God WANTS us to worship Him. It is one of the tasks we are designed for. We find a great deal of fulfillment in doing exactly that!
14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Exodus 34:14 (KJV)
“we worship God! Why are you bashing Roman Catholics?”
The “bashing” comment comes far too often. Why is it your religion can write realms on Baptists and protestants and it’s okay… but if a Baptist analyzes your doctrines when compared to the bible, you freak out and call it “bashing”?
Ever read Trent? The entire document – an official roman Catholic document – condemns Baptists to Hell just for believing what the Bible teaches. Wouldn’t that be Baptist bashing?
There’s a chapel in Rome that shows Mary casting Martin Luther out of heaven. That’s Protestant bashing, isn’t it?
So, if Roman Catholicism doesn’t worship God, who does it worship?
No, He’s going to be the judge of mankind, and therefore harsh, according to Roman Catholicism. Please, don’t tell me what your religion teaches and doesn’t teach… that doctrine has been recorded more than once.
God is too holy to worship, Christ the harsh Judge… but Mary is caring, like a mother. And she can intercede for man with a Holy Father God that’s too holy and angry to listen to men.
Can I find that in Roman documents? I’m sure I can.
Alfonsus de Liguori (1696-1787) was a principal proponent of the Marianist Movement, which glorifies Mary. He wrote a book titled The Glories of Mary which is famous, influential and widely read. In this book, de Liguori says that Mary was given rulership over one half of the kingdom of God—Mary rules over the kingdom of mercy and Jesus rules over the kingdom of justice. De Liguori said that people should pray to Mary as a mediator and look to her as an object of trust for answered prayer. The book even says that there is no salvation outside of Mary. — (Esword Module, Catholic concerns: Where does the road to Rome lead? Mary Ann Collins)
I can also find it in Catholic practice. The rosary beads…. how many beads are for Mary, and how many for God? That’s a 10 to 1 ratio per mystery.
Ever said these words?
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.”
Yeah, um… that’s worship. Where does it say in the Bible to pray to anyone but to God?
And isn’t that praying to Mary to save you?
The Bible says only Jesus Christ can save.
Why are you praying to a human woman, and not to Jesus Christ, who is very God of Very God? Fully God and Fully Man, something that theologians call the Hypostatic Union. Jesus Christ is the one who atones for us. Only HIS death on the cross can atone.
Despite the Roman Catholic art that portrays Mary on the Cross, or Mary sitting on the throne that belongs to Jesus Christ, the entire Roman Catholic religion is about replacing Jesus Christ with Mary. Mary is given worship that the bible forbids to be given to anyone except God.
By saying Mary is the Mother of God, doesn’t that elevate her to a goddess?
By saying Mary is Queen of Heaven, doesn’t that make her a Goddess? and RULING IN HEAVEN?
How does God feel about worshiping the queen of Heaven?
16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee. 17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. 19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? 20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched. Jeremiah 7:16-20 (KJV)