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Catholicism and Christianity

By C. Nicole Tinsley

As a former Catholic, I think I am well acquainted with the belief system of that faith and
I think I am qualified to say that there are many Catholics who do not place their trust in
Christ and are not saved. I grew up Catholic. I attended Catholic elementary, high school,
and even a Catholic college for one semester. I was baptized, received Reconciliation
and the Holy Eucharist, and confirmed in the Catholic church. I even taught at a Catholic
school for my first two years of teaching. It was during my tenure at this Catholic school
that I began to question my faith.

As I sat in a restaurant with our head priest, all of the teachers enjoying a Friday meal
during Lent, I noticed the priest eating a bowl of corned beef and cabbage, as this
particular Friday also happened to fall on Saint Patrick’s Day. I asked him if we Catholics
were allowed to eat meat on a Friday during Lent, and he explained the exceptions. I
don’t remember that explanation today, but I do remember thinking that it was awfully
hypocritical for him to be eating meat, even if he was an Irish priest. A year or two later, I
finally left the church when I was disheartened by the cover-up the church initiated to
protect child predators. How can an organization concerned with helping people to live
better lives deny that its own members were hurting kids? I was so angry that the church
tolerated it and kept those priests, while denying what was happening and refusing to
address the issue, effectively permitting the abuse to continue.

Some other issues that I could not reconcile are as follows. First, Catholics place their
trust in infant baptism, which is not Biblical because babies have no understanding of the
scriptures and can therefore not yet be believers. The Bible tells us to baptize believers.

Secondly, they rely on intercession from the Virgin Mary and many saints to help them
get into heaven. The Bible says there is no mediator between God and man but Christ
Jesus. Along these lines is the third problem: they confess their sins to men, when the
Bible says to confess your sins to God who is faithful and just to forgive us (1 John 1:9).
How can a priest, a mere man, absolve sins on behalf of God? Isn't that presumptuous?

The fourth problem is the belief in transubstantiation, or the miraculous changing of the
wine and bread to blood and body of Christ, which is not a Biblical idea. Many people
are disallowed from partaking in this celebration because they have sin on their hearts
that they are expected to confess. This assumes that those who partake are sinless, and we
know that all fall short of the glory of God, and that none are righteous. This also
separates the church into those who are worthy and those who are not. NONE of us are
worthy of receiving Christ, but it is His blood that washes us clean. We should all
participate and be a part of this celebration. We don’t need to eat the physical body of
Christ to have him be within us, we only need accept Him as Lord and Savior of our
lives.

The fifth thing I wonder about is all the time Catholics waste praying for the souls that
are supposedly awaiting transfer to heaven from purgatory? Can they be prayed out? Can
gifts to the church release them? Can we ask Mary to help them out? The truth is,
believers go to heaven: “Absent from the body is present with Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5)
Nonbelievers go to hell. This is a simple truth that needs to be expressed to Catholics, and
to all faiths that deny the truth of scripture.

Sixth, the Catholic Church relies on "tradition" as well as Vatican Councils and literature
other than the Bible to set the standards and protocols for the church. They have added
the Apocryphal and Deuterocanonical books and they depend on the Canon to establish
their beliefs. These are books written by men and not inspired by God, as evidenced by
their lackluster literary quality and dubious origins, thus the reason why these books are
not a part of the true Bible. Catholics are proud of their traditions and beliefs, but most
can't even tell you what their beliefs are or how they originated, such as why Lent is even
celebrated at all. Catholics depend on men to tell them what they can and can't do. Many
also rely on men's interpretation of scriptures and not by reading the Bible themselves.

Seventh, it is a false religion with dubious origins and shady connections to murders,
conspiracy, and even the Nazis. If you don’t believe me, just research Adolf Hitler’s
mother Klara, who actually raised him Catholic or the Concordat between the Vatican and
the Nazis, signed in Rome on July 20, 1933.

Yes, I have witnessed the lack of spirit in the Catholic church. People are placing their
faith in false teaching that even borders on apostasy and idolatry. I have seen women
touching the feet of statues of the Virgin Mary in the hopes that they will receive some of
her "power." The Catholic faith takes advantage of people of low income and low
education and tells them what to think. There is not a real unification of Catholic beliefs,
either, as many versions of Catholicism contain elements of superstition, witchcraft, and
pagan rituals brought from developing nations. Semiramis, wife of Nimrod, invented the
cult of the moon goddess, which is strikingly similar to the qualities of the worshiped and
revered Catholic Mary.

I know that there are hypocrites in Christianity as well, but how many hard-core thugs
have you seen with Virgin Mary and crucifixion tattoos on their arms, or the sacred heart
of Jesus on their backs, as they deal drugs, shoot rivals in broad daylight, or beat up their
girlfriends and kids at the swap meet??? The Catholic church today reminds me of the
Pharisees and Sadducces, whom Christ called “whited sepulchers” (tombs) that are
beautiful on the outside and filthy and detestable on the inside. We cannot depend on
rituals, idolatry, or outward symbols to ensure our salvation. It is by faith in Christ alone
that we achieve salvation. By accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we strive
to become like Him and follow His ways and His teachings. We have been washed clean
by the blood of Christ and He has accepted the punishment for all of our sins. We will
continue to fall, but the Holy Spirit will help us along and convict us when we do sin. We
then must confess these sins to God, and God alone, with a repentant heart and He will
forgive us.

Of course there are some Catholics who put their faith in Christ, but I would say that they
are a small minority. I believe that the majority of Catholics merely attend mass on
Sunday and forget about their "religion" the rest of the week. They do not understand
what the Bible says, they are not encouraged to read it, and they do not believe the
essential beliefs that Christianity is comprised of. They need to be reached out to, taught
the truth, and led away from their non-Biblical ways.

Let's not gloss over the facts. Many Catholics are on the path to hell and they don't even
know it. They need to be taught the truth about Jesus and the Bible. This begins when
they find out what beliefs are false. They need to be told what is wrong with their faith.
We need to pray for them too. God sees all of his lost sheep following all these winds of
doctrine that are tossing them to and fro. Remember that the Bible warns us to "See to it
that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the
traditions of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than
according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8)

Other Bible quotes that also apply:

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we
have preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8

"Test all things; hold fast what is good." 1Thessalonians 5:21

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit
their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what
their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn
aside to myths." 2 Timothy 3:15-4:4

“…let God be true but every man a liar…” Romans 3:4