Side by side comparison of Catholic and Non-Catholic?

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Q: Side by side comparison of Catholic and Non-Catholic?

A: Catholics received their faith directly from Jesus Christ and the apostles … not from a book.

Only the Catholic Church has Jesus as its’ head and the Holy Spirit as its’ constant advocate and arbiter of all divine truth. The others can’t even agree on whether or not baptism is necessary for salvation.

Catholics compiled and certified the Old Testament, and Catholics wrote the New Testament of the holy book that all the others now claim as their own. Unfortunately, the others still can’t agree among themselves on what it says, or really means.

Catholics have 2000 years of the finest and most complete sytematic theology the world has ever known to guide them in their faith, the bulk of it certified as infallible by the Holy Spirit.

The others have their “preacher of the week”.

Catholics have an authentic chief pastor, occupying a holy office that was personally established by Jesus Christ, while he still walked the earth.

The others have committees.

Catholics have the work, worship, sacraments, devotions, and all the other awesome resources of the only Church that Jesus ever founded, for the purpose of our salvation.

The others have the novel beliefs and practices of their own particular denomination, which was typically started within the last 200 to 500 years, by some disgruntled fellow, for one trumped up reason or another, and with no authority from God, at all.

Most importantly, Catholics enjoy the real and substantial presence of Jesus Christ in the authentic Holy Eucharist. The others get grape juice and a cracker.

The difference? God will be the judge.

8 Comments

  1. Most of the Holy Book was written long before the birth of Jesus who quoted from it in most of his sermons and explicitly based his teachings on it.

    Ever heard of the Ten Commandments that Moses received from God?

    • It was the Catholc Church that decided which version of the Old Testament scriptures was authentic, and the Catholic Church that wrote all of the New Testament.

      The Old Law … every jot and tittle of it … is no longer applicable … since Jesus fulfilled all that was written about him in the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets, and he respecfully set all of it aside, in favor of the New Covenant and the Church. Thank God!

  2. Maybe you should check the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” published by Pope John Paul II and compiled by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger that you may have heard of because he is the present Pope.

    It is also available online. Do you know how to get to the Vatican home page?

  3. The writers were not Catholic, but Jewish most of them., except the author of Job. The authors of the New Testament were Jewish, of course. They taught in the synagogues all over, but I guess you could call them “converts”.

    It seems to me there was another non-Jewish author, but right now I can’t remember who that was.

    As to the acceptance of the Old Testament in modern Catholic doctrine, see paragraph 121 and 123 of the official Catechism. I am a Swiss living in Spain, and here the Catholics have an even bigger problem with the Bible than you have there. Reading the Bible was prohibited in the past and dfiscouraged right up to the 20th century. I have never met a Catholic who had read any part of the OT and they are quite embarrassed talking about it and looking for evasive formulas. That is the reason for my interest in this story, and so I read lots of Ratzinger about the problem.

    • I don’t know about how things work in Switzerland, or what the actual condition of the Catholic faith is there. I do know that the Catholic Church has never failed to proclaim the Gospel. That every Mass, everywhere, has always included readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles, and that the Bible remains a thoroughly Catholic holy book, set down by the sacred writers, precisely as it was given to them by the Holy Spirit. The New Testament was written by those who were, by nature of their baptism, Catholic. Of that there is absolutely no doubt. And there is certainly no need for “evasive formulas” regarding any part of it. This Catholic loves reading the Old Testament (and the new). Always has. Always will. I suggest you keep up with your reading. It’s clear you haven’t yet properly worked everything out.

  4. I am writing from Spain. Switzerland is too small and does not matter, though some of the more prominent Protestant leaders came from there.

    Catholics were not allowed to read, translate, or own a Bible when they became commonly available due to the printing press invented by Gutenberg and others. One of Spain’s great saints was Teresa. She is even considered as one of the great teachers of the Church, and she wrote a great autobiography. Well, she was not allowed to read a Bible.

    Translators risked the death penalty all over Europe. Ever heard of the Inquisition? Translations were smuggled into England at the price of gold. As a result, right up to the famous and controversial Concilium of the 60’s Bibles were off limits here in Spain when the Catholic religion was State religion and powerful all over. So now, as a result, ignorant people think the Bible is still prohibited; less ignorant ones think the Bible is saome sort of Catechism used by preachers, but impossible to read.

    The reason I am telling you this is that your propagandistic approach does not show much interest in some very basic problems.

    • The official Douay-Rheims version of the Catholic Bible preceded the King James version, while the original Latin Vulgate was translated into the common langauge of the people in the early 4th century. Unfortunately, until the 20th century, most of the common people of the world … english speaking and otherwise … remained essentially illiterate. As for the “translations” that you mention … all were essentially heretical … worthless … and contrary to the authentic Catholic faith. There was never any official Church prohibition against the reading of the authentic scriptures. St. Teresa is indeed a great saint. Unfortunately, in those days, women were typically not permitted to attend school or learn to read and write anythng … let alone the Bible. Your personal biases against the Catholic Church once again overwhelm you.


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