Catholic Church Origin
March 20, 2014
Catholics claim that their system of beliefs is what the apostles of Christ Jesus taught. Can this be so? It cannot. For much of what the Catholic Church teaches is not only not found in Scripture, but it is in opposition to what the Scriptures teach. Catholics say that their teachings come from the early church fathers as those men taught their doctrines by word of mouth. But can this be so? It cannot. The oral teachings of the early church leaders were in line with what they taught in written form. Anyone who deviated from what was written was confronted with what the Scriptures taught and what the apostles had already written. These deviators were rebuked, and if there was not repentance, they were considered heretics. Whatever was taught orally was to be checked and confirmed by what was written, and vice versa. (Acts 15:27 & 17:11 // 2 Peter 3:15,16) Both the oral and the written teachings had to agree (2 Thes. 2:15 // Titus 2:1) and they had to agree with what Jesus taught. (2 John 1:9) Therefore, we can know for a certainty that what we have in written form is indeed what Jesus and the apostles taught. Anything contrary to these writings we can know is false doctrine.
In God’s Word there is nothing about giving devotion to Mary. To say that because the angel, Gabriel, called her “blessed”, God considered her to be more holy than any other human, is to just make something up out of one’s head. All who come into Christ are set apart as holy, and God’s Word has deemed many people “blessed”. Gabriel, the same angel, and years before, informed Daniel that he was a man “highly esteemed” (Dan. 9:23) who was to be given great “insight and understanding” (v. 22), something Daniel possessed already from God, and more than almost any man recorded. But no one builds images of him, or prays to him, or sings devotion songs to him, or considers him having never sinned. The Catholic Church, concerning Mary, just made their nonsense up. How and why it was sparked can be read at the link below.
Does God’s Word say one thing about Mary being the world’s redeemer along with Christ? Or of her being a mediator between us and God? Does it say anything about the need (or correctness) of giving her special attention? Does it say she was a perpetual virgin, that she never sinned, or that she never died? These teachings are ludicrous for anyone who has read the Scriptures through without a Catholic bias. Does God’s Word teach anything about praying to Mary or to anyone but God? Does it speak about infant baptism, confession of sin to a priest, or the necessity of calling any leader “Father”? Does it teach anything about purgatory, apostolic succession, or allowing leaders, even one man (the pope), to infallibly interpret God’s Word for everyone else? Or does it teach the opposite? Again, the link below is informative concerning how these false doctrines infiltrated what was then to be called “Christianity”.
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P.S. When I suggest articles at other sites, I’m sure it is understood that doing so does not mean that I agree with them on all doctrinal points.