Catholics and the Bible

Catholics proudly claim responsibility for the New Testament canon without giving any credit to the Holy Spirit. But wasn’t it the Catholic church that kept the Bible from the common people for over one-thousand years? Attempts to translate the why-study-the-bibleBible into the vernacular were met with intimidation, threats, and even death.

Even today the Catholic church generally does not encourage reading the Bible. Why not? What are they trying to hide? A recent poll revealed only 7 percent of Catholics read the Bible daily and a whopping 44 percent of Catholics “rarely or never” read the Bible!

http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/carlin/05386.html

Yet, Jesus said God’s Word should have a greater priority in our lives than our daily meals:

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4.

Catholics would be surprised to find the Jesus of the New Testament is not the Jesus of Catholicism. Neither is the Mary of the New Testament the Mary of Catholicism. Or the “saints.”

Catholic friends, get yourself a Bible and prayerfully read the New Testament beginning with the Gospel of John.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

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6 thoughts on “Catholics and the Bible

  1. Thank you for sharing. How ashamed we should be as a culture that the Bible has been translated into our language through various translations and it tends to simply pick up dust on a shelf. We often forget that the modern translations we read were forged in the blood and sacrifice of those who translated Scripture against the laws of the day.

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    1. Thanks, Tyler. Not as often as I should but every once in a while I pick up my Bible and think about the saints who paid with their lives so I could have God’s Word in my own language.

      You may have already read it but I highly recommend Foxe’s Book of Martyrs for a look at the Catholic church’s persecution of those who translated the Bible into the vernacular.

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      1. I have heard of it and have read parts of it but not the whole book. I will be sure to look into it. I am currently reading a biography on John Calvin that shows the persecution the Catholic church perpetrated on the Reformed movement.

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  2. Pleasure to make your acquaintance. However, I respectfully have to disagree. Not with your premise or the stats you site but with your conclusion. The Catholic Church christianized the entire world. It did this when the vast majority of the world (well over 90%) was completely illiterate. It did this by reading the bible to the masses. It did this through pictures and art, etc. St. Paul tells us to preach the word and hearing the scripture is an important as reading it. I’ll grant you, that in our modern age in our western culture, reading the bible is important and should be done by every Christian. However, the Bible is at the same time a simple and very difficult book. Reading it apart from the teaching of the Church inevitably leads to error.

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    1. To a point. At first, the Catholic masses were in Latin, the common language of the people. But then things changed, and the people were no longer able to read the Bible or to even hear it read because it was in a language they didn’t understand. Soon, Latin became a language for only the RCC leadership, and the common people were left in the dark. That opened the door for the leadership to interpret the Bible however seemed convenient or profitable to them, because the people wouldn’t know the difference.

      “Reading it apart from the teaching of the Church inevitably leads to error.”
      Yeah? No. That’s just silly. The Bible was meant to be read by regular people. The majority of the New Testament is composed of letters to the common people in the churches spread across the region. The idea that you can only truly understand the Bible if you allow the RCC leadership to interpret it for you stems from those days when the priests were the only people to “truly understand” what the Bible said. It’s a way of controlling the masses.

      The Bereans in Acts heard what Paul had to say, but then they took that and went right back to the Scriptures to make sure what he was saying lined up to what God had said. Paul commended them for doing that. How can you know if the church leaders are interpreting the Bible correctly if you don’t check them out?

      Acts 17:11 (Douay-Rhiems)
      “Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all eagerness, daily searching the scriptures, whether these things were so.”

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    2. Hi David, The Catholic church presents itself as the “one true church” claiming its unique authority through an unbroken line of succession back to the Apostle Peter. As the early church allied itself with the Roman Empire and became increasingly institutionalized, simple faith in Christ turned into ritual and legalism. Sacramental “salvation” was meted out (and often sold) by the clerics who enjoyed their princely status and sought to perpetuate it. The bulls and encyclicals of worldly popes were antithetical to the teachings of Christ. Yes, the worldly political power, wealth, art, and architecture of this organization at its peak were amazing but were certainly manifestations of man’s prideful nature. In contrast to this worldly-minded institution was Jesus Christ and His ragtag band in the New Testament who didn’t seek the power and wealth of this world but sought the kingdom of God in the next.

      The Catholic church offers an official list of popes back to Peter as “proof” of its authority but historians tell us this list has been amended several times. Instead of focusing on Jesus and spreading his “Good News” of salvation through Christ the Catholic church focused on wealth, political power, and building mammoth, ostentatious edifices. Anyone who dared question the church was persecuted or murdered. The church definitely worshipped the creature more than the Creator (Romans 1:25). Catholics look with great pride on their supposedly monolithic church and shake their heads in derision at the diversity of the ragtag Evangelicals. But it’s in the midst of the humble that the Holy Spirit has worked (John 3:8) and souls have been saved.

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