Questions for Catholics

The Following are a list of Questions for Catholics to consider and evaluate.

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  1. If purgatory was a true Biblical doctrine, why is it found no where in scripture?  Also, if it was true, then why wasn’t it considered doctrine until 1439.​

  2. Since purgatory violates scripture (Hebrews 9:27), how can a Catholic justify it’s teaching?

  3. If Mary is Co-Redemtrix, then why was this not in the Bible?  Actually, the Bible says, “12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12?  If Mary is our Co-Redemtrix, then why was she not included in this passage.  Plus, if the Catholic Church made her a co-redemtrix, why did it take over 1800 years to giver her this title? 

  4. If Mary was immaculately conceived, how did they come up with that since it’s not in the Bible, and why did it take them until 1854 to make this doctrine?

  5. If Mary was assumed in to heaven, and we find there is zero evidence historically or Biblically, why is it that all of the sudden the Catholic church taught it, but not until 1954?  Seems like a long time to wait to introduce this.

  6. No where does scripture support a Rosary or any other prayers to anyone but Jesus.  Why is it that the Catholic church insist on it’s followers to pray the rosary? And if it’s so important to pray the Rosary, why was it not invented until 1090.  This is over 1000 years after most of scripture was already in place.

  7. If the selling of indulgences are no where to be found in scripture, and actually a doctrine that totally violates Christ work on the cross, then how is it OK for the Catholic church to introduce this as doctrine?  Lastly, if it was so important, why was it not introduced until 1190

  8. The Bible says very clearly in numerous places in scripture that we are not to worship idols (Exodus 20:1-15, Exodus 20:1-10, Psalm 115:4-8, Isaiah 46:6-10, etc).  Why did the Catholic church feel it was OK to approve the worship of idols in 787 at the 2nd Council of Nicea?

  9. If Transubstantiation is true, then we have a real problem because it’s a complete violation of Levitical law (Leviticus 17:14).  See this website for further information on why Transubstantiation is not only not Biblical, but a Violation of scripture.  https://carm.org/transubstantiation

  10. When Jesus instituted the supper, he had not yet been crucified. How then was the Eucharist his crucified body and blood?

  11. Why is it the Bible very clearly says that forbidding people to marry is a doctrine of Demons (1 Tim 4:1-5), but the Catholic church things it’s OK to do so?

  12. Also, if Celibacy is Biblical (which we know it’s against scripture; 1 Tim 4:1-5), why did it take until 1079 to make it doctrine. 

  13. Why is it the Bible also very clearly says that anyone who forbids people from eating certain foods is also a doctrine of demons (1 Tim 4:1-5), but the Catholic church made it mandatory in 998 ad.

  14. There is no evidence the disciples were able to make water Holy,  However, why is it priest have some unique ability to make water holy?  Also, if Holy Water was so important, why were they not able to make it Holy until 1009 ad? 

  15. Where are NUNS in the Bible?

  16. If the Roman Catholic church gave the world the Bible (which we know there were 1000’s of the 66 books in circulation long before 300 ad), and called it infallible, then why did Rome reject or question the inspiration of James and Hebrews , then later accept it? Conversely, Rome accepted as scripture books that were later rejected. If the Catholic church really is illuminated by the Holy Spirit so that men can trust her as "God's organization", why was she so wrong about something so simple? Should not the "Holy See" have known?

  17. If the Orthodox church gave the world the Bible, being infallible, then why did the eastern churches reject or question the inspiration of Revelation, then later accept it? Conversely, the east accepted as scripture books that were later rejected. If the Orthodox church really is illuminated by the Holy Spirit so that men can trust her as "God's organization", why was she so wrong about something so simple?

  18. If the Roman Catholic church gave the world the Bible in 397 AD, then why did many different versions of canons continue to circulate long afterwards?

  19. If the Roman Catholic church gave us the Bible, why were the two synods of Hippo (393 AD) and Carthage, (397 AD) African councils, and not initiatives of Rome?

  20. Since the synod Carthage in 393 AD stated, "But let Church beyond sea (Rome) be consulted about confirming this canon", does this not prove that Rome had no direct input or initiative in determining the canon.

  21. Since the two synods of Hippo (393 AD) and Carthage, (397 AD) were under the control of what would later become the "orthodox church", how can the Roman Catholic church claim they determined the Canon? Would not such a claim be more naturally due the Eastern Orthodox church?

  22. If the Catholic church, "by her own inherent God given power and authority" gave the world the Bible, why did she not get it right the first time? Why did the Roman Catholic church wait until 1546 AD in the Council of Trent, to officially add the Apocrypha to the Canon?

  23. Both Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox church leaders make the identical claim that they gave the world the Bible. If both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches make the same claim they gave the world the Bible, why do they have different books in each of their Bibles? Whose "church authority" shall we believe? Whose tradition is the one we should follow?

  24. Provide a single example of a doctrine that originates from an oral Apostolic Tradition that the Bible is silent about? Provide proof that this doctrinal tradition is apostolic in origin.

  25. Provide a single example of where inspired apostolic "oral revelation" (tradition) differed from "written" (scripture)?

  26. If you are not permitted to engage in private interpretation of the Bible, how do you know which "apostolic tradition" is correct between the Roman Catholic, the Orthodox and the Watchtower churches, for all three teach the organization alone can interpret scripture correctly, to the exclusion of individual?

  27. Why did God fail to provide an inspired and infallible list of Old Testament books to Israel? Why would God suddenly provide such a list only after Israel was destroyed in 70 AD?

  28. How could the Jews know that books of Kings or Isaiah were Scripture?

  29. If the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches both believes that the scripture: "the church is the pillar and foundation of truth" means the church is protected from error then: a. Why do they teach doctrine so different that they are not even in communion with each other? b. How do you account for the vast number of documented theological errors made by the pope and the church in general?

  30. If the both the Orthodox and Catholic churches follow apostolic oral tradition exactly, how come they teach doctrine so different, that they are not even in communion with each other?

  31. Both Tertullian and Jerome gave a list of oral traditions that were not found in the Bible. (Tertullian, The crown or De Corona, ch 3-4), (Jerome, Dialogue Against the Luciferians, 8) Tertullian said of these practices that "without any written instrument, we maintain on the ground of tradition alone". These include, baptizing by immersion three times, giving the one baptized a "drink of milk and honey" then forbidding the person from taking a bath for a week, kneeling in Sunday mass was forbidden, and the sign of the cross was to be made on the forehead. Jerome, echoing Tertullian, said that these "observances of the Churches, which are due to tradition, have acquired the authority of the written law". Why does the Catholic church not immerse thrice and allow kneeling? Why do both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches not keep any of these traditions, with the exception of thrice immersion by the Orthodox? Why do Roman Catholic churches today have knelling rails in front of every pew? If the "apostolic tradition" was to make the sign of the cross on the forehead, why do both Orthodox and Catholic churches change this to the current practice of the sign on the chest and head? If extra-biblical oral tradition is to be followed, then why don't the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches practice all of these things?

  32. Neither Orthodox or Catholic keep the oral tradition of the 2nd century AD. Catholics keep none of it and Orthodox keep 50% of it! Worse still, both these church fight with protestants that you must use their oral tradition but the Orthodox and Catholic oral traditions DIFFER WITH EACH OTHER!!!

  33. If oral tradition is authoritative, how are outsiders supposed to know which of these two oral traditions is correct?   The solution is that oral tradition is worthless and what we are left with is the BIBLE ALONE.

  34. Why do Roman Catholics always use 2 Timothy 2:2; 3:14 as Bible proof that extra-biblical oral tradition is to be followed through apostolic succession, when tradition says Timothy became the bishop of Ephesians, which through succession, is now part of the Greek Orthodox church headed out of Constantinople? If 2 Timothy 2:2 proves succession, doesn't this prove the Roman Catholic church is not part of that succession?

  35. When you see the word tradition, why do you always assume it to be oral tradition rather than scripture tradition, when the Bible calls scripture tradition in 2 Thess 2:15, and Athanasius call scripture tradition: "the Apostolic tradition teaches in the words of blessed Peter, 'Forasmuch then as Christ suffered for us in the Flesh" Athanasius then quotes: 1 Peter 4:1; Titus 2:13; Heb 2:1 (Athanasius, To Adelphius, Letter 60, 6)?

  36. The Church Fathers believed what Paul said in Eph 3:3-5, that the scripture could be understood by merely reading it. They indicated that the scriptures themselves were clear, so clear, they even criticized the heretics for getting it wrong. If those outside the church and common pew dwellers are unable to understand the Bible themselves as the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches teach, then why did the apostolic fathers expect the heretics to understand the Bible with their own human skills? (Tertullian, The Flesh of Christ, ch 20), (Athanasius, On the Incarnation of the Word, 56), (Hilary of Poitiers, On the Trinity, Book 1, 35), (Hilary of Poitiers, On the Trinity, Book 7, 16)

  37. If each individual possessing a copy of the scriptures is an essential pre-condition to sola Scriptura, then how do illiterate Catholic and Orthodox pew-dwellers know the Catholic and Orthodox Catechisms? If illiterate Catholics and Orthodox can have the Catechisms read to them, then why not the scripture?

  38. If universal distribution of the Bible in every home is an essential pre-condition of sola Scriptura, then how could Catholic and Orthodox pew-dwellers know the message of the Pope before the time of modern instant live communication?

  39. If the ability to read is an essential pre-condition to sola Scriptura, then how do illiterate Catholic and Orthodox pew-dwellers know the Catholic and Orthodox Catechisms? Would not the same logic apply to illiterates in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches? If Catholic and Orthodox laity can "know the truth" by hearing the catechism read to them, then why not illiterate Christians when they hear the Bible read?

  40. If the ability to read is an essential pre-condition to sola Scriptura, then how do the illiterate Catholic and Orthodox commoner know for certain that the priest is faithfully teaching the dogma, canons and edicts of councils if they could not read the documents?

  41. How do the Catholic and Orthodox commoners who can read, know for certain that the priest is faithfully teaching the dogma, canons and edicts of councils if they did not possess copies of such documents?

  42. If the earliest, universal oral tradition clearly states that Paul wrote the book of Hebrews, why does the Roman Catholic church question this tradition to this day? (The Orthodox, are at least consistent in accepting this tradition, not that they are correct.)

  43. Name one sure way or method, that a new believer in Christ, can know that the Orthodox church is the one true church. (The challenge: make sure this method cannot apply also to the Roman Catholic church.)

  44. Name one sure way or method, that a new believer in Christ, can know that the Roman Catholic church is the one true church. (The challenge: make sure this method cannot apply also to the Orthodox church.)

  45. If the personal illumination of the Holy Spirit upon each believer to understand the Bible is not a valid method of determining truth because of the many denominations that use this approach, then does it not follow that apostolic succession and oral church traditions are likewise invalid because the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches are two denominations that use this method yet are divided on doctrine? Does this not prove both methods are wrong and a third method, one which we and the apostolic church practiced must be the correct method?

  46. If sola Scriptura cannot be the correct method of determining truth because of the religious division among churches that claim to use sola Scriptura, then does this not also disqualify the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches method of using tradition, since they are divided against themselves?

Roman Catholicism is the Woman Who Rides the Beast!  Roman Catholicism is the Woman described in Revelation 17 and 18.  Rome is the Whore of Babylon.  Roman Catholicism is a pagan system.  Celibacy of priesthood is wrong.  Celibacy is a doctrine of demons.  The Catholic church is a false pagan system.  The Catholic Church is the City of Seven Hills.  Rome is the home of Satan.  Rome is the Anti-Christ.  The system of the anti-christ is Rome.  Roman Catholicism is evil.  Roman Catholicism is pagan.  Roman Catholicism is a false church.  Catholicism is evil.  Roman Catholic is bad news.  Leave the Roman Catholic Church.  Leaving the Roman Catholic Church.  Get out of the Roman Catholic Church.  Catholicism is evil.  

Roman Catholicism is the Woman Who Rides the Beast!  Roman Catholicism is the Woman described in Revelation 17 and 18.  Rome is the Whore of Babylon.  Roman Catholicism is a pagan system.  Celibacy of priesthood is wrong.  Celibacy is a doctrine of demons.  The Catholic church is a false pagan system.  The Catholic Church is the City of Seven Hills.  Rome is the home of Satan.  Rome is the Anti-Christ.  The system of the anti-christ is Rome.  Roman Catholicism is evil.  Roman Catholicism is pagan.  Roman Catholicism is a false church.  Catholicism is evil.  Roman Catholic is bad news.  Leave the Roman Catholic Church.  Leaving the Roman Catholic Church.  Get out of the Roman Catholic Church.  Catholicism is evil.