Thursday, May 24, 2012

How to read the Bible and remain Catholic

The Bible, God's written Word, teaches many many things that don't agree with the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. For example, Rome teaches that Mary is mediatrix of all grace from God, yet the Bible says, "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time" (1 Tim. 2:5-6; cf. Jn. 14:6). Rome teaches Catholics to venerate carved images, yet the Bible says "You are not to make worthless idols, images, or pillars for yourselves, nor set up for yourselves carved images to bow down to them in the land, because I am the LORD your God" ( Lev. 26:1; cf. Exo 20:4-5; Isa. 42:8; Ac. 17:29). Rome teaches that one merits eternal life through faith and works, yet the Bible is clear that it is "by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Eph. 2:8-9; cf. Jn. 3:16-18, 5:24, 6:47; Rom. 3:23-25). These are just few of the countless theological clashes between the Bible and Rome's teachings.

 So, how can a Catholic read the Bible and remain Catholic? Here's a simple advice from a Catholic blogger:
Or better off, don't even dare open your Bible, else you'd lose your mind (according to an old pinoy superstition). Either way, I think this Catholic blogger knows what he's saying, and I'm glad he's aware of the fact that Catholics may take risk of losing their faith to Rome's teachings by simply reading the Bible. So instead of examining the Scriptures daily to see if Rome's teachings were true (as was the practice of the Bereans in Ac. 17:11), you must completely and blindly submit to everything the priest is saying.

"And he said to them, 'Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.' And he said to them, 'You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!'" (Mat. 7:6-9)


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