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My response to my neighbor who is a devout Catholic

There are many religions in this world. Some claim to be the only way, others claim that there are many ways to salvation.


However, there is only one way, and that way is through Christ Jesus. Only through Jesus can we be saved. We can not be saved by some institution or by buying our way into Heaven.
Neither can anyone pray for our salvation once we are dead. When we die, as we all will, we go either to Heaven if we are true followers of Christ or we go to hell. There is no in-between, no purgatory.


In the word of God we are told that Jesus is the only way. In John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

In the next three verses we are told not to put our trust in worldly things. This includes statues, beads, bibles other than the true Word of God. We are not to put our trust into anything that is not Jesus. We are not to lay up treasures on this earth. Only Heavenly things last forever.

Things that are man made will be destroyed.

Matthew 6:19-21

19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


Colossians 3:2

2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

2 Kings 17:38-39

38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.

39 But the Lord your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.

Here in the next verse we are told again not to have any idols. Mary and the other saints are idols if they are put above Jesus and/or prayed to. Only Jesus is to be prayed to. He died for our sins. Mary and the saints did not. When the catholic church tells people to pray to Mary and to the other saints, then they are telling you to pray to dead people and by doing so they are made into idols.

Leviticus 26:1

26 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.


Why are we told early on in the Bible, about idol worship? It is a warning to all mankind. Here in Exodus it is very clear about idol worship. Be very careful never to make images, idols or to put anything or anyone at the same level as Jesus or above Jesus. All we need to do is to Pray to Jesus, ask for forgiveness, repent and turn away from Sin, to believe in Jesus whole heartedly, to surrender to Him whole heartedly. If we trust in His conception, birth, life death and resurrection, then we are saved. Not through works or other people—dead or alive.

Exodus 20:3-5

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 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.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me

Here in this very well known scripture we read: John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Now in Timothy we are very clearly told that Jesus is the only way to God. It is not Mary or any dead saint. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to pray to Mary, or to put her at the same level or above Jesus.

1 Timothy 2:5-6

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

In Acts we are told again that salvation is only gotten through Jesus, and not by any other means or person.

Acts 4:10-12

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.



I believe every person ought to read and study the bible. The bible is for all mankind and written for us to understand if we desire to. Salvation is a gift from God and attained through Jesus. He gave Himself up for us, He took our sins so that we can live and be saved. No other has ever done this. Jesus is the only way to salvation. By going through others or praying to others then are you not saying that what Jesus did is not good enough? That His death upon the cross was futile and irrelevant? Mary can not save you and a statue of her can not hear you. Statues of Mary are no different than the golden calves that people made in the book of Exodus. It is like Baal worship.



Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3“You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourthgenerations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for theLord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all thatis in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”



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Norine Williams 3 months ago

I thank GOD for HIS anointing (Isaiah Chapter 61) and the gift of prophecy ("understanding") of HIS WORD! I continue to pray DAILY "...that the eyes of [ALL] "understanding" be enlightened..." (Ephesians 1:18) "For through him we [ALL] have access by ONE Spirit unto the Father" (Ephesians 2:18) "Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being "rooted and grounded" in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKETH IN US, Unto him be glory in the Church by Jesus Christ throughout all ages, world without end. Amen!"

Hallelujah!

Thank you JESUS!

Give HIM "all" the GLORY - ALWAYS!

Blessings


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thomasczech 3 months ago from Canada Author

Thank you for your comment/ teaching. I do believe the Word of God as it is written . No taking away and no adding to it. The Word of God is life giving. So Awesome. God Bless you and please feel free to share this hub


Norine Williams 3 months ago

Amen! Amen! Amen!

I hope the Holy Spirit has "revealed" unto you the "Catholic Faith" has also LIED when teaching "spinoffs" (churches) there is a "Trinity!"

Are we not "supposed to be" Christ-like? Did not II Corinthians 3:18 say WE "change from glory to glory?" If WE change from "glory to glory" (or did Scripture LIE?), why don't MOST believe GOD "Changes from Glory to Glory" as we should since we are replicas of HIM? Having the same "Spiritual" Characteristics makes us "Christ-like!" Is Father, Son or Holy Spirit a name? NO! These are GOD'S "GLORIES!" Is father, son, spouse, brother, uncle, etc your name? NO! These are your "glories" or "titles!" The Catholic Faith and their "teachings" to "spinoffs" (churches) are going to KILL MOST!

I give Scripture to "back me up" as well! Did not I Timothy 3:16 say "GOD was manifested in the flesh...received up into glory" (or did IT LIE)? Who else was "...in the flesh...(&) received up into glory" BUT "JESUS?" Did not I Corinthians 12:12 say "For as the body is ONE, and hath many members [Glories], and all the members of that ONE body, being many [Glories], are ONE body: SO ALSO IS CHRIST!" What part of this Scripture don't you understand? GOD (aka JESUS) is ONE BODY with MANY "GLORIES!" Does not Ephesians 4:4-6 say "There is ONE BODY, and ONE SPIRIT, even as ye are called in ONE HOPE of your calling; ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD and FATHER of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." What part of this Scripture don't you understand? There is but ONE GOD whose HIS NAME IS "JESUS!" ONE, ONE, ONE!

Philippians 2:10 says "That at the NAME of JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth." Scriptures does not say at the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit "...every knee should bow..." Why then do Trinitarians believe there is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit or "three persons" which defies Scripture! We have to get away from "Trinitarian" thinking which was created by the Catholic Faith (RELIGION) to lose souls!

I Peter 3:21 says "...baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God)..." but the Catholic Faith has MOST believing they should be baptized according to Matthew 28:19? If this were true, why didn't the disciples do as commanded (Matthew 28:19)? I can't find ONE Scripture where the disciples baptized ANYONE according to Matthew 28:19! Can you? Therefore, MOST have NOT shown "a good conscience toward God" as far as baptism is concerned according to I Peter 3:21! Satan is TRULY happy!

Acts 2:38 "...Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!"

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