Some very important things that Jesus Christ never said or taught

From: The Church or the Bible by Fr. Arnold Damen, S.J. (1815-1890)

Christ did not say,
“Sit down and write Bibles and scatter them over the earth, and let every man read his Bible and judge for himself.”

If Christ had said that, there would never have been a Christianity on the earth at all, but a Babylon and confusion instead, and never one Church, the union of one body.

Hence, Christ never said to His Apostles,
“Go and write Bibles and distribute them, and let everyone judge for himself.”

That injunction was reserved for the Sixteenth Century, and we have seen the result of it. Ever since the Sixteenth Century there have been springing up religion upon religion, and churches upon churches, all fighting and quarreling with one another. And all because of the private interpretation of the Bible.

Christ sent His Apostles with authority to teach all nations, and never gave them any command of writing the Bible. And the Apostles went forth and preached everywhere, and planted the Church of God throughout the earth, but never thought of writing.

The first word written was by Saint Matthew, and he wrote for the benefit of a few individuals. He wrote the Gospel about seven years after Christ left this earth, so that the Church of God, established by Christ, existed seven years before a line was written of the New Testament. Saint Mark wrote about ten years after Christ left this earth; Saint Luke about twenty-five years, and Saint John about sixty-three years after Christ had established the Church of God. Saint John wrote the last portion of the Bible — the Book of Revelation — about sixty-five years after Christ had left this earth and the Church of God had been established.

The Catholic religion had existed sixty-five years before the Bible was completed, before it was written.

Now, I ask you, my dearly beloved separated brethren, were these Christian people, who lived during the period between the establishment of the Church of Jesus and the finishing of the Bible, were they really Christians, good Christians, enlightened Christians? Did they know the religion of Jesus?

Where is the man that will dare to say that those who lived from the time that Christ went up to Heaven to the time that the Bible was completed were not Christians?

It is admitted on all sides, by all denominations, that they were the very best of Christians, the first fruit of the Blood of Jesus Christ. But how did they know what they had to do to save their souls? Was it from the Bible that they learned it? No, because the Bible was not written.

Would our Divine Savior have left His Church for sixty-five years without a teacher, if the Bible is the teacher of man? Most assuredly not.

Were the Apostles Christians, I ask you, my dear Protestant friends? You say, “Yes, sir; they were the very founders of Christianity.”

Now, my dear friends, none of the Apostles
ever read the Bible;
not one of them except perhaps, Saint John. For all of them had died martyrs for the Faith of Jesus Christ and never saw the cover of a Bible. Every one of them died martyrs and heroes for the Church of Jesus before the Bible was completed.

How, then, did those Christians that lived in the first sixty-five years after Christ ascended — how did they know what they had to do to save their souls?

They knew it precisely in the same way that you know it, my dear Catholic friends. You know it from the teachings of the Church of God, and so did the primitive Christians know it.

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2 Comments

  1. Hello!

    You wrote:
    “ (..) “Sit down and write Bibles and scatter them over the earth, and let every man read his Bible and judge for himself.”

    If Christ had said that, there would never have been a Christianity on the earth at all, but a Babylon and confusion instead, and never one Church, the union of one body.

    I would like to comment.

    [To differentiate,] Did you know that the historical Jewish Mashiakh called Y’hoshua, from Nazareth, was a Torah-observant Jew and so was his followers called the Netzarim?

    It is important to note this: According to the prophecy in Y’shayahu [Isaiah] 9:6 in Hebrew according to the Hebrew numbering (which differs from the Christian), the Messiah would teach his followers to observe the directives of the Torah – the books of Moses. The word ‘mishpat’ is used, which implies non-selective observance of the directives of the Torah to a person’s utmost.

    Mishpat – that is the judgements of a Jewish beit din, not by the Catholic church. The above implies that neither Rabbi Y’hoshua, nor his followers, started the Catholic church.

    The Creator does not change – Malakhi 3:6. [More about what Rabbi Y’hoshua -the Jewish Mashiakh – taught on this link: Link

    Anders Branderud

    • Dear Anders,

      Your basic assumption is fatally flawed, since Jesus the Messiah did in fact teach everyone to observe the Torah, in its fullness. Then, Jesus went on to offer himself up as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world, destroy Satan’s evil dominion, and become the new and sinless head of all mankind, personally fulfilling the whole of the Old Law and Testament (not just the Torah) and respectfully setting all of that aside in favor of the New and better covenant (one actually capable of saving souls) which he had personally given us, and paid for with his own blood.

      The Jewish rabbis and sages, and even the prophets of old, were never able to understand the whole of God’s plan for their redemption, since key details of that plan were necessarily kept under wraps until they were finally revealed and flawlessly executed by Jesus Christ.

      Anyone who attempts to discern God’s redemptive plan, absent all essential New Testament revelation and Catholic dogma, is bound to fail.

      On the first Christian Pentecost, the Holy Spirit not only confirmed all that Jesus did and taught, but he also presided over the official “birth” of the Catholic Church, which he will infallibly guide until the end of time.

      You might recall that the Feast of Pentecost (Shauvot) had been celebrated by the Jews, ever since Moses received the 10 Commandments (the Law) from God, on Mt. Sinai. So it was quite fitting for God to institute the universal Christian Church, which officially replaced all of the old law, on that day.

      A quick reading of the Acts of the Apostles will show that many of the supernatural signs and wonders that were reported at Mt. Sinai some 1500 years earlier, were also present in Jerusalem on that day.

      About one biblical generation later, the Temple itself would pass into history, along with the obsolete system of worship it supported.

      None of this was an accident.

      Unfortunately, even with the benefit of all the thoroughly documented New Testament events and divine revelation, coupled with 2000 years worth of the finest Catholic systematic theology, scholarship, and related philosophy, some people are still unable or unwilling to understand this.

      Doug


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