In the article far below, Catholic bishop, Thomas Tobin, cites the following ten items as “really cool” things about being Catholic, but in actuality they’re just about all unbiblical and spiritually toxic:
- Confession – God’s Word says salvation is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Go to Jesus in prayer and trust in Him as your Savior. Going into a dark box and confessing sins to a priest is unscriptural. No man can forgive sins. The Catholic confessional box was often used by predatory priests to initially lure their victims. Priests were required to probe older children and young adults with embarrassing questions about sexuality to ensure they gave a full, “good” confession. Any potential pitfalls with that arrangement? See here.
- The Rosary – The standard rosary is made up of 59 beads. When a Catholic prays the rosary they say 53 “Hail Mary” prayers to Mary and 6 “Our Father” prayers to God along with a few other prayers. God’s Word forbids prayer to any entity other than to Him. It also forbids multiple rote prayers.
- Popes – Nowhere in the New Testament is there any mention of a pope. In contrast, Jesus strictly forbade the kind of ecclesiastical hierarchy that developed in the institutional Roman church (Matthew 20:20-28).
- Saints – The New Testament refers to saints as all those who have accepted Christ as Savior, not a super-holy class of people as Rome invented.
- Relics – Nowhere in the New Testament are believers instructed to venerate physical objects.
- Processions – As priests parade a large bread wafer alleged to be the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus in a sunburst container called a monstrance, the Catholic faithful bow down and worship it. This is unmitigated idolatry.
- Blessings – Priests and bishops are alleged to have been ordained with the ability to endow people and objects with powerful blessings.
- Music – Gaudy liturgical ritual with its accompanying music defined “religion” for most older generation Catholics.
- Guilt – Yup, God’s Word says we are all sinners, but Catholics can never find spiritual peace in Christ because they’re on a religious treadmill and no matter how much they do or how good they try to be, it will never be enough.
- A Sense of Humor – I went through twelve years of Catholic education and I can attest to the fact that MANY priests, nuns, and brothers did NOT have a sense of humor. Often those troubled souls were cold and hurtful.
10 Really Cool Things About Being Catholic