This is a response to an anti-Catholic attack on the Catholic Church. It shows ow unreasonable, uniformed and irrational most anti-Catholics are. Anti-Catholic: You Catholics are so gullible, and you won’t listen to reason. I can’t prevent you from buying the Brooklyn Bridge, but I’m asking you to please stop promoting it to others as a “good deal.” Here’s the deal; all of the costumes, the smoke, and the God-forbidden statues and idols, the stained glass windows, “Bingo Nights”, car raffles, and homosexual clergy,you’re your “catechisms” all directly contradict the Bible and Holy Scripture… and on and on and on.
Here is an example from the Baltimore Catechism Q – “Why did God make me?” A – “God made me to show forth His goodness and to share with me His everlasting happiness in Heaven.” TRUTH: Nowhere in the Bible does God ever state that anyone has ever gone to Heaven (His throne), or that anyone ever will. You’re not yet even mature enough to realize that your ancient Roman religion was originally a government-enforced continuation of the even more ancient Babylonian Mystery Religion – with many things added/deleted at Nicaea (Trinity, Christmas, Easter, immortal soul, and many more).
My Reply: Your answer is a sad caricature of Catholicism filled with misunderstandings and a whole lot of anti-Catholic bias. You claim that the Catholic faith is not biblical and you quote many Catholic distinctives to support your point. However, what you fail to realize is that these things are in fact biblical. I find that people who assert “Catholicism is unbiblical” either don’t know Catholicism well or don’t know the Bible well, or both. Anti-Catholics only know about 20-25 verses that they have memorized. However, they do not know the rest of the Bible or the Bible as a whole, nor how to read it in context. So let us address these objections.
“Costumes:” Constumes? You mean priestly vestments? The vestments that priests wear for the work of God are found all over Scripture. For example, you may start in Ex. 28 and read that chapter about the different religious vestments and clothing that were commanded from God. Click here to read Exodus 28.
“Smoke:” You mean incense? Again, incense is found all over the Bible. Here are just a few passages in which incense may be found and is from God: 2 Chron. 13:11, Ex. 25:1, 2, 6; 35:4, 5, 8, 27-29. Rev. 5:8, and many others. Is Catholicsism still unbiblical?
Statues and graven images: You said statues are forbidden by God, and yet it is not statues that are forbidden but idolatry that is. Idols are statues, or anything for that matter, that are worshipped as God or worshipped in place of God. Not all statues are idols. A Martin Luther King Jr. statue is not an idol, for example, but just the remembrance of a man who performed a lot of good in the world. In the Bible too, Exodus 25:18-20 shows statues being used for God’s purposes.
Ex. 25: “And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat. And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat.”
People say that statues don’t show what God truly looks like. Well either did the statues on the Ark of the Covenant accurately reflect what angels truly look like. They are only symbols, representations. Other graven images may be found in the Bible too, used in service of God (See: Number 21:8-9; 1 Kings 6:23, 27, 29, 30; 13; 9:3).
Bingo Nights: Bingo nights?? Your argument is that Bingo nights are not found in the Bible. If you are going to take things to such a silly extreme, then the we must add that the Bible doesn’t mention cars, computers, chicken nuggets, religious bookstores, baseball hats, laptops, water bottles, lunch-ins after church, altar calls, and many other things. Should we should remove all of these “idols” from society also?
The Catechism: The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not contradict Scripture and is not in competition with Scripture. Rather, the Catechism is an encyclopedia of Catholic beliefs and where our beliefs are found in the Bible and in history, So, there is no problems here except the one you are trying to make.
You specifically mentioned the Baltimore Catechism which says that God made us to live with Him in heaven someday. You were emphatic that the Bible nowhere states that anyone is in heaven. Except… that it does! This is what happens when we do not read the Bible as a whole but only memorize certain verses. For example, read Rev. 6:9. It shows clearly that people are in heaven. Not only are they in heaven, but they are talking to Jesus, are cognizant, and remember what happened to them on earth. They are asking Jesus for justice.
Trinity – The divinity of Christ and the Trinity are the central teachings of Christianity and have been for 2000 years. If you do not accept it, then you are not a Christian. Here is an article we wrote answering a Mormon on the Trinity. Here is our article on the divinity of Jesus.
Christmas and Easter – These holidays are celebration of the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, nothing to do with paganism. Plain and simple.
I will pray for you Mr. anti-Catholic, and I pray that you will research what Catholicism truly believes. God is a God of truth and you are presenting anti-truths. You may want to invest in some better resources and maybe even consider fact-checking them first next time. If I may, I would recommend picking up a book written by a Catholic and reading it so that you can get the truth straight from the horses mouth.
God bless you.