Catholicism  II


Concerning Idols, Icons, and Statues:

The Catechism requires all Catholics to “venerate” statues, or images of Christ, Mary and others:

 “Sacred images in our churches and homes are intended to awaken and nourish our faith in the mystery of Christ. Through the icon of Christ and his works of salvation, it is he whom we adore. Through sacred salvation, it is he whom we adore. Through sacred images of the holy Mother of God, of the angels and of the saints, we venerate the persons represented.” Pg. 307, #1192


    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: [5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Exodus 20:4-5


    Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Deut. 5:7


“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves… Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female…” Deuteronomy 4:15-16


-To designate an image as ‘venerable’ and ‘holy’ is blasphemy. The word ‘venerable’ is derived from the Latin word venerare meaning ‘to worship’.


Concerning the host, or wafer:

    The Catechism teaches: “By the same charity that it enkindles in us, the Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins.” Pg. 352, #1395


  Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. [16] He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: [17] And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. Isaiah 44:15-17

Concerning the Ten Commandments:

The Bible (KJV) (Exodus, ch. 20)

  1. Catholicism (RSV*) (Catechism, §2052-2557)

KJV-  1st  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

RSV-  1st  You shall not have other gods besides me.


KJV- 2nd Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.

RSV- 2nd  You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.

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KJV- 3rd  Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

RSV- 3rd  Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.


KJV- 4th  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

RSV- 4th  Honour your father and your mother.


KJV- 5th Honour thy father and thy mother.

RSV- 5th You shall not kill.


KJV-6th Thou shalt not kill.

RSV-6th You shall not commit adultery.


KJV- 7th Thou shalt not commit adultery.

RSV- 7th You shall not steal.


KJV- 8th Thou shalt not steal.

RSV- 8th You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.


KJV- 9th Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

RSV- 9th You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife…


KJV- 10th  Thou shalt not covet.

RSV- 10th  You shall not covet anything that is your neighbour’s.


Salvation and the Forgiveness of Sins:

Can a priest forgive sins? A Church? Sacraments, or Baptism?


Catholic Church says:

“The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation.” Pg. 320, #1257

“The Church does not know of any other means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude…” Pg. 320, #1257

“The faithful are born anew by Baptism…” Pg. 311, #1212

“Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, and are incorporated into the Church…” Pg. 312, #1213

“Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte ‘a new creature,’ an adopted son of God, who has become a ‘partaker of the divine nature,’ member of Christ and co-heir with him, …” Pg. 322, #1265

“By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin.” Pg. 321, #1263 (See pg. 257, #985)

`For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained.” Pg. 215, #816

“It is in the Church that `the fulness of the means of salvation’ has been deposited. It is in her that `by the grace of God we acquire holiness.’” Pg 218, #824

“Even though incorporated into the Church, one who does not however persevere in charity is not saved.” Pg. 222, #837

To be saved, one must also perform works like baptism (See pg. 320, #1257), plus various sacraments (See pg. 292, #1129) and many additional works.

“There is no offense, … that the Church cannot forgive.” Pg. 256, #982

“By Christ’s will, the Church possesses the power to forgive the sins of the baptized…” Pg. 257, #986

“The Church, who through the bishop and his priests forgives sins in the name of Jesus Christ…” Pg. 363-364, #1448

“Indeed bishops and priests, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, have the power to forgive all sins ‘in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ ” Pg. 367, #1461

“The Church must be able to forgive all penitents their offenses, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives.” Pg. 255, #979

“The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation.” Pg. 292, #1129


Mark 2:7, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

Acts 5:31, Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

1 John 1:7, But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Ephes. 1:7, In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Acts 10:43, To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Romans 3:25, Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Hebrews 9:22, And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

John 14:6, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1 John 2:1, My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

1 Tim. 2:5, For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

John 1:29, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1 Peter 1:18-19, Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Acts 4:12, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.



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