Catholic Or Born Again Christian. Which Is Correct?

Born again Christians are basically Christians who believe in the bible and live by it, try to anyhow, that's the goal. They believe you must accept Christ as your savior, ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and enter your life via the Holy Spirit. They read the bible and go to church and pray. There are three kinds: Pentecostal, Baptist, and Evangelical.

Catholics are also Christians who believe in and worship Jesus Christ, but they also have traditions passed on since the Apostles. The early Christian Church was the Catholic church because we didn't have the printing press and bibles available to everyone until the 15th century.

This looks like a bible church but is actually a Catholic one.
This looks like a bible church but is actually a Catholic one. | Source

The biggest mistake these two make is they tell false information about the other. But I will say, I believe Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. It is NOT helpful however for Christians to speak ill of the other! So be sure not to make that mistake. I credit the devil satan for causing confusion!

What bible Christians say about Catholics that is not true:

  1. They worship Mary. No they honor her because of the role she played and because they believe Jesus wants them to. There's a huge difference.
  2. They worship saints. No, they use the saints as role models.


What Catholics say about bible Christians that is not true:

  1. That once you accept Christ and get saved, your life is easy and you can sin all you want and don't have to obey good and do "good deeds". That is not true. Quite the contrary! Once one accepts Christ, he sees God go into work in his life and start molding the clay. God is the potter- we are the clay. And if we don't obey God, we can be "spiritually spanked!" Yes, we are guaranteed salvation, because in Ephesians it says we are saved by grace thru faith .....and predestinated according to the riches of his grace..and we cannot be plucked from His hand, praise God! Paul, the author of Ephesians, wrote to the people at Ephesus and called them "saints"!


Benefits of the Catholic Church

When you attend a Mass on Sunday, you will hear two readings from the bible, a gospel reading, a sermon- usually based on scripture, and psalms. You will also get to sing hymns.

The unbloody sacrifice of the Mass. Note the word "un-bloody." They are not putting Christ thru his crucifixion again and again. First of all, God cannot be made to do that. Second, it's symbolic not bloody.

Things that can increase your devotion to God:

  • stations of the cross
  • Divine mercy chaplet
  • beautiful art
  • gregorian chant

In the bible, it tells us, Mary was specially chosen by God to be Jesus' mother. She was there at His passion and death. He did not start his ministry until he was an adult, and obviously she was there as his mother, and anyone who understand the bond between mother and child would realize she was the closest person to Him, and therefore shared in His sufferings at His crucifixion through just watching. She's not our redeemer but she certainly had quite a role.

So, if God decides to honor Mary, and make her place in heaven very elevated as Catholic teaching says, that's His choice. I don't disagree. It seems very logical to me He would even listen to her requests if she asked him favors for certain people. This was likely to have happened on earth and now in heaven. He performed his first public miracle at the wedding feast at Cana and she was there and told the men to do whatever he said. Do you remember?

Our duty is to worship God alone. Let God favor whom He pleases.


Mary is seen by Catholics as a "mother" not a god.
Mary is seen by Catholics as a "mother" not a god. | Source

Which church is the true church?

Many born again Christians will say you can be saved and still attend the Catholic church.

I stand on that.

As far as Catholics.....they do need to have a relationship with Jesus, based on faith, and not by works.

I love to be fed the Word of God (bible) at Christian churches or bible studys. I love to learn about God's word. It is necessary to fight the devil and to understand God and by reading His word, He speaks to you....His word is what He thinks and what He tells us to do.

I go to both. And that's what I'll continue to do, so long as they both help me.

But remember, the way to heaven is Jesus Christ. "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life" "No one comes to the Father but through Me."

Remember God loves you unconditionally for He made you the way you are! Come to Him. Trust in His great mercy. God bless you!


Those who seek the truth will find it!

Tell me this video does NOT increase your faith!

Don't worry, Christians, the above video, only contains one Hail Mary.

It starts with an Our Father, a Hail Mary, the Apostle's Creed, and then the Divine Mercy prayers....It is prayed on a rosary...but says "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, Have mercy on us and on the whole world" 50 times.

It's a way to meditate on Jesus' Passion. God likes us to do that.

However, if repeating a prayer over and over bothers you...then don't. I think some people find it easier to meditate that way though.


It WILL increase your faith!

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  • No! The Catholic Church is the one true church!
  • No, I attend a bible church only.
  • I can see how you like both.
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Blessed Assurance!

Gregorian Chant with English subtitles!

The author would like to add two more statements.

I believe we are in the end times, and I recommend you use all the things of God that will help you cope including the bible, hymns, and other Christian devotions like the stations of the cross, the divine mercy chaplet, and meditation on Jesus' passion. Remember, to meditate on Jesus' Passion is to worship and honor God more, to strengthen us also so we know we could never suffer what He did, and not to be afraid of any suffering we do have.

I find this a prettier chant. It's Kyrie Elieson (Lord Have mercy) Latin

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10 comments

graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

Praying is a form of worship. Therefore when you pray to Mary and/or the so called saints then THAT IS WORSHIP. And to say it isn't would be a lie. Catholic church ( like all churches) are full of false teaching.


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

Well, I think there are two types of prayer. One is adoration and the other is asking a friend a favor. What about when you ask your neighbor to pray? Why can't we ask people in heaven to pray for us? Isn't that the definition of the "communion of saints"?


graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

Thre is NOTHING in the bible that suggests, implies or commands anyone to PRAY TO Mary or Saints. To do so is false worship. It's that simple. You can color it any way you want to by calling it " communion of saints" or what ever else, but it's still false doctrine.

I suggest you study God's word if you're searching for truth, because you will never find it in man made churches or from those standing behind a pulpit.


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

Okay, well then I guess there are just some things that are ok in the catholic church. Apparently there are a lot of wrong things.

It's very hard because my mother is 81 and fanatical and pressures me to go to mass...or pray a hail mary...I don't want to upset her....

I try to tell her it's by grace we are saved thru faith not by works

Also I like looking at pictures like they have in catholic church and not just a cross


graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

There is NOTHING o k about the catholic church. As a matter of fact there is nothing ok about any man made churches. They are ALL wrong. I strongly suggest that if you want a true relationship with are Father in heaven and our Lord Jesus Christ , then seek His Kingdom and not some silly church. Open your heart to the gospel Jesus had tought on the Kingdom of God which you will find in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Your 81 yer old mother is not responsible for your relationship with God, you are.

God bless


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

Yes, there are ok things about the catholic church. For one, they read the bible at Mass.

If there's nothing ok about man made churches, then how else would people hear about God or fellowship?

Thanks


graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

You go out and spread the gospel of the Kingdom like Jesus and the Aposltes did. Go out into the world and spread the gospel. Anywhere, any time and any place.


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA Author

I believe in doing that. Very necessary....Thank you!


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tsadjatko 19 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

The Catholic church has many doctrines that are not supported by scripture, though they will twist scripture and take scripture out of the context of the entire Bible and redefine words to try and support their beliefs.

A simple Google search will reveal many sources that credibly explain how Roman Catholicism has gotten it wrong, for example:

http://cnview.com/on_line_resources/the_truth_abou... so I'll leave that debate for the real, motivated and not lazy, truth seeker to sort out.

That's not to say that there are no Christians in the pews in Catholic churches, because they mix enough truth with their false subtleties to actually lead people to Christ, but like Luther, if they would study to show themselves approved they'd realize there are deceptions.

From the link I cited:

"Despite this, in recent years the Roman Catholic Church has done a complete about-face, actually boasting of the many changes it has instituted to meet the changing needs of Catholics and non-Catholics alike in this modern age. However, these changed outward attitudes on the part of Roman Catholics toward non-Catholics, and their increasing usage of evangelical terminology, has unfortunately resulted in many evangelicals mistakenly believing that the basic false doctrines and heresies of Romanism have changed, something that simply is not true."

The biggest problem I have with Catholicism is the fact that although the Bible clearly contradicts the decrees of Trent, Session VI.vii,

"If any say that the sinner is justified through faith alone (Sole Fide), in the sense that nothing else is necessary that cooperates to obtain the grace of justification, and that it is not necessary for the sinner to prepare himself, by means of his own will, let him be anathema."

this Catholic doctrine clearly states that all protestants (the denominations that believe in Sole Fide as explained in the Bible) are condemned to hell (as anathema was defined when the doctrine was written). The final and infallible authority on what anathema means is the Bible. By turning to its pages we can see what God says when he pronounces anathema. We find the use of the word in several verses. Here are four that are relevant.

WHAT ANATHEMA MEANS

1 Cor. 12:3, "Therefore I make known to you, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed" (anathema); and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit."

1 Cor. 16:22, "If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha."

Rom. 9:3, "For I could wish that I myself were accursed (anathema), separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh."

Gal. 1:8-9, "But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema). 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed (anathema)."

The first two verses listed above render the word "anathema" as accursed. It would seem in the first verse that it is referring to generic condemnation and cursing. The second is not as clear contextually as to the meaning but it definitely is a very negative statement. But the last two verses are most informative. In Rom. 9:3 Paul says that to be accursed, anathema, is to be separated from Christ. If anyone is separated from Christ then that person is damned. Paul says in Gal. 1:8-9 that if anyone preaches a false gospel he is to be accursed, anathema. Undoubtedly a false gospel cannot save and instead brings damnation. This seems to be another way of demonstrating that to be accursed (anathema) is to be damned.

But despite that this has always been the meaning of anathema since the edict was written, apologists for Catholicism claim now to have changed the meaning of anathema. Truth is this Catholic doctrine condemns everyone who believes what the Bible actually says, that we are justified by faith alone, Sole Fide, to eternity in hell separated from Christ, a condemnation that cannot be found anywhere in the Bible.

But you see this is never discussed by the Priest or told to the congregation. Are you Catholic? Tell me, when was the last time your priest explained the decrees of Trent, Session VI.vii to your congregation? Do you even know what are in the decrees of Trent? I doubt it.


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schoolgirlforreal 19 months ago from USA Author

You're right. The Catholic Church is basically saying you can't just be saved by grace even though the Bible says "By grace are you saved through faith, not by works- lest any man should boast"

I don't really consider myself Catholic anymore. I was brought up that way.

The priests today don't explain those things, No.

There are some Catholic Churches which still celebrate the LATIN tridentine mass....and they talk/inform a lot more about hell and important things......but they again don't agree that you can be saved by grace (faith) alone

No I don't know what are in the decrees of Trent. I never studied it, I do know more than many Catholics do about the Catholic faith, but

You make good points

I think basically I follow the bible

But I like being in catholic churches because they are beautiful to look at.

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