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Catholicism, Orthodox, Lutheran, and the Amish value and follow the teachings of their leaders/fathers/founders, etc. over the teachings of Christ. Catholics are even told not to read the Bible by their priests.
Catholics are given a lot of mis-information with regards to their religious beliefs and rites. The teachings of the Catholic Church many do not agree with Christianity or the Holy Bible.
Jesus warns: "Beware of False Prophets."
I've never heard these false accusations before concerning these specific churches although they do apply to a couple other small sects that many consider to be cults.Specifically the Catholic and Orthodox churches are two of the largest in the world containing huge masses of extremely devout Christians,the Lutheran church is one of the largest in the United States and the Amish,although small in size,is an extremely pure and faith-filled church.
Since we are now entering the "last days",immediately prior to Jesus' return,we can expect to be barraged with an increasing torrent of slander against Christians and specific churches.
This quote from Jesus is particularly relevant not only because it touches on this particular issue but also because it contains the final refutation of the "once saved always saved" theory:
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
The catholic church has a lot of false doctrine, I’ll give you some examples, in the Bible no where does it say that in order to serve mankind you can’t get married, “the catholic church teach in order to serve God you can’t get married in order to be like God “(NO ONE IS GOD like God BUT GOD IN HEAVEN) also you should not call no one father, but thy father who is in heaven. “The priests teach to call them father” Thou shall not worship No other God but thy Father who is in heaven. “Does not the Catholic Church teaches to pray to Mary and other saints”
These are just some of the things the Catholic
Church does wrong, and uses the Bible for their own agenda.
I generally don't listen to what others say about different groups of people. To learn about the beliefs of different religions or other types of philosophies, I usually go right to the source. Listen to the people themselves and reason out on my own what it seems to me they believe.
This is an interesting question. As I was thinking about it, I realized that we generally accept those things we hear as truth without questioning them, especially if we have no personal knowledge about the subject.
I have heard from time to time that the Catholics are encouraged not to read the Bible for themselves, but I really don't know if there is any truth to that. It could be one of those things that gets repeated from person to person and no one checks to find out if it is true.
I have started looking to "snoops" before repeating some things now, but not often enough.
Actually those sound like exaggerations or even false accusations from fundamentalists. Catholics do read from the Bible, in fact it is widely accepted that the canonic gospels as we know them today are a product of the early Catholic Church.
Although I am currently a non-practicing atheist, I was raised a Catholic. I can tell for a fact that the priests tried their very best, stopping short of bribery, to get us to read or at least *skim through* the bible.
I remember that during mass, in addition to the sermon by the priest, there were usually public readings from the bible (mostly the new testament), and it was relatively honorific to be chosen to read before the congregation.
Last time I attended mass was during my wedding, twelve years ago. The priest quoted some verses from the Song of Songs (cliché) and read a beautiful passage from the new testament.
If Catholics have started asking their flock not to read the bible, it must have happened very recently.
I do know that Lutherans follow the bible as well. I know relatively little about the Amish and Orthodox religions, however I don't see why should the assertion be true about those two religions, when is demonstrably false about the other two.
Studying church history is fascinating when I learn about the origins of each denomination. I studied Martin Luther for an entire semester once and learned a lot about the early Catholic Church and the beginnings of Protestantism. And when I studied early American history I learned about the beginnings of Puritanism, separatism, and other popular denominations like Presbyterianism. When I did that I learned about the teachings of each group and their focus; often times it isn't the Bible but the teachings of man.
Don't you know ... Priests claim, they run God's Secretariat on Earth ... !
That they Beatify ... Priests into Saints ... even today !
Read about "Indulgences" ... about Martin Luther, leading the Protesting Believers ... These Protesters, are now called the Protestants ... !
by augustine725 years ago
It is quite obvious that Catholics do not follow many things in the Bible. They look at the Church as the one that sets all standards. Why is it so?
by Jon5 years ago
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by boyatdelhi4 years ago
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by DennisBarker6 years ago
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