EXPLAINING THE CATHOLIC FAITH
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A)  TRADITION

2Thess. 2:15 "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were
taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter."

B)  SEVEN SACRAMENTS:

1. BAPTISM

John 3:5 "Jesus answered: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water
and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

2.
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Acts 8:14-17, v. 17, "Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit."
3.
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We have the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper in Matthew 26:26-29; Mark
14:22-25 & Luke 22:19-20. Luke 22:19 "And he took bread, and when he had given thanks
he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in
remembrance of me."

5. HOLY ORDERS

John 17:19 "And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in
truth." The apostles were "consecrated" as priests. The institution of the priesthood took
place at the Last Supper. When He said; "Do this in remembrance of me." It takes a
priesthood to offer up a sacrifice.

4.
CONFESSION - RECONCILIATION - PENANCE

John 20:21-23; V. 23, "Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you
retain are retained."

6.
MATRIMONY

Hebrews 13:4 "Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be
undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous."

7. ANOINTING OF THE SICK or EXTREME UNCTION

James 5:14 "Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church and let
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."

C) MARY                                                                          The Blessed Mother T-Shirt

1. BROTHERS OF JESUS

John 20:17 Jesus saith to her: Do not touch me: for I am not yet ascended to my Father.
But go to my brethren (80 adephos ad-el-fos'

from 1 (as a connective particle) and delphus (the womb); a brother (literally or figuratively)
near or remote (much like 1):--brother.
Strong's Bible Dictionary

and say to them: I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and to your God.
(DR)

In v. 17 Jesus tells Mary Magdalene to tell Jesus' brothers about His resurrection. then in v.
18 Mary goes to tell His 'disciples'.

It would have been a real mistake for Mary to tell the disciples first if Jesus really meant His
blood brothers, especially considering the extreme importance of the event. In these two
verses Jesus clearly equates 'brothers' or 'bretheren' with people close to Him, not siblings.

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2. MARY - FULL OF GRACE                                            

Rev 12:1 "And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun,"

Mary "Clothed with the sun" Shows: Fullness of Divine Grace, Glorified state, Royalty,
covered by her son Jesus "Light of the World", v. 4ff, exemption from all diabolical
influences. Luke 1:28 - 35. "And coming to her, he said, "Hail, Full of Grace! The Lord is
with you."

3) HONORING MARY - Luke 1:48 "all generations shall call me blessed."

D) SEVEN BOOKS DIFFERENCE IN THE BIBLE

Since the Catholic Church existed from the time of Christ. And the Protestant Reformation
took place in the 16 th Century, it is impossible that the Catholic Church added anything to
the bible!

The list of the books of the Bible were first officially put together at the Council of Hippo in
the year 393 A.D. They were then reaffirmed in the Council of Carthage in 397 and again
by Pope Innocent I in 405. In 1546 the Council of Trent solemnly defined and declared
these books to be correct., (This Rock)June'98, p.25, "Although only [the Council of] Trent
used the words "canon" and canonical", its list was identical with every list that the Church
had provided since the late 300's.

This is the same Church that Christ promised to build on St. Peter in Matthew 16:18 - it is
the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church existed for many years before the Bible was ever
put together. It was the Catholic Church who made the Bible, she selected books of the
New Testament, and she preserved it. She handed it down through the years.

THAT IS HISTORICAL FACT!

"For the OT,..., Protestants follow the Jewish Canon; they have only the OT books that are
in the Hebrew Bible. Catholics have, in addition, seven "deuterocanonical" books of the OT,
which are also in the Greek Bible (the Septuagint)."

.(ME) When the early Church was gathering Scriptures for the "canon" or "list of books" for
the Bible, they commonly used books that are now not in the Scriptures used by the Jews.
One reason for this is that the Jews wanted Christianity to disappear, we were unwanted
sons & daughters. So, at the Council of Jamnia in 95 AD the Jews "ratified" their "canon" of
Scripture. They purposely left out some books that were in use at the time by the early
Church, they accomplished this by choosing the Hebrew version over the Greek version
(Septuagint). Along comes Martin Luther approximately 1500 years later and he does the
same thing that they did choosing the Hebrew version over the Greek version used by
Christ and the early Church! ... CONCLUSION: Protestants removed 7 books of the bible!

E) SHOULD CHRISTIANS HONOR THE BLESSED MOTHER? - Luke 1:48

Jesus as God made the 10 Commandments.

Jesus was God and a Jew. Being a good Jew and being God would dictate that He would
keep the Commandments.

The fourth Commandment is "Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother".

Jesus would have kept this commandment. We know how much He honored His Father, He
would also show honor to His Mother.

If we follow the Bible's teaching to "Imitate Jesus", then we would have to honor His Mother
Mary! 1Cor. 11:1 "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ."

F) RAPTURE - The main verse that can be used to discredit the Rapture would be:

John 17:15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the
evil one.
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