Is Catholicism the same as Christianity? Part 1.

So many people think that Christianity is all about confessing to a priest, saying hail Marys, praying to dead ‘saints’, doing the rosary and worshiping the Pope etc. I am here to tell those people that that could not be further from the truth, and I will use scripture to back up what I say.

I had a friend a few years back who thought that I had to confess to a priest when I went to church. His views were/are so skewed about what Christianity is, and I can only assume that he has come by those views by watching too much tv and too many movies. If you watch any tv shows that have a ‘religious’ theme, you will more than likely see the person in a black outfit with the ‘Roman collar’ around their necks or the white robes with sashes and the funny hats. There could also be nuns and more than likely there will be statues of “Jesus” and or “Mary”
There will also be crucifixes (Catholics love to see Jesus still hanging on the cross, dead, for some bizarre reason) everywhere and people confessing their sins to a priest in a confessional. I must admit, I get so angry if I see this on tv, because I know that people then believe that’s what Christianity is all about, because they are alluded to as Christian.

I will now address (in no particular order), in point form, some of the false doctrine that most Catholics believe, and then add scripture to show the difference.
I hope this clears some things up a little and that people can understand that Christianity is poles apart from Catholicism.

  • Praying to Mary or any of the dead “saints”: Christians are told NOT to pray to dead saints because they are dead, they cannot hear anyone and they do not have the power to answer prayer, because they are dead and they are not God.

    “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
    For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12
    “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5

  • Confessing to a priest: Christians do not sit in a little box confessing our sins to a priest. We speak to God and ask Him to forgive us and we do this through Jesus (see last verse above), not someone representing Jesus.
    “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” 1 John 2:1
    If we confess our sins {to Jesus}, he {not someone in a funny outfit in a box} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 *Bits in brackets { } is my addition to explain who the verse is talking about.
  • Christians do not pray to statues or revere (idolise) statues of Jesus or Mary, because the Bible tells us not to. It even tells us not to make statues of Jesus because the worship becomes about the actual statue, not the man himself.
    Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 26:1catholic
    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:” Exodus 20:4
  • Christians don’t call anyone “Father”, unless it is our earthly/biological parent. {The word Pope actually means father. More on that in the next point.)
    “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9
    “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.” Matthew 6:9
  • Christians do not worship the Pope: We know that there is only one Father, one mediator and one person whom we are to worship, and that is Jesus Christ. The verses above state that so I won’t put them here.
    (I might add more to this over time, but for now I need to finish this post. Stay tuned for a part 2 soon.)
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