|Did the apostles or the first christian's ever did what Catholics are now doing?|
Catholic Defenders would NEVER ADMIT they're doing such things. They would NORMALLY DENY it and ACCUSE US of not being able to UNDERSTAND the TERM of WORSHIP, or VENERATE.
That is NOT SURPRISING at all. If you do not GIVE DUE IMPORTANCE to the TEACHINGs in the SCRIPTURES this warning will not be of use to you.
But I would like to point out that we should not wait till judgement day to find if we were wrong or not. That would be TOO LATE. Eternal Damnation is not some DUST to just SWEEP under the rug.
Do consider the points we raise here. I was a catholic before like many of my fellow brethren in the Iglesia Ni Cristo. It took years before I decided to study their doctrines to dispel any notions that my faith then didn't stand on SOLID GROUND. Little did I know my thinking on the INC change in just the first bible study.
Every questions I never got in my catholic bible study class were all answered one by one in those bible study with an INC church worker and a lot more than I expected. It was an amazing experience.
The INC worker was still a student yet he was able to pull out the answers in the SCRIPTURES. The answers were so plain and simple. An ORDINARY PERSON can easily understand.
And it got me thinking why our Catholic Priest mentor then found it hard to get the answers in the scriptures and mostly relied on his own thoughts.
The Catholic Authorities in my Jesuit school have never answered the lingering questions I lot us had then. We were just made to read passages in the bible and we would talk about it and reflect on it.
That was about it. We had a lot of questions but we just had to SATISFY ourselves with the priest understanding in his own thoughts and words.
The INC bible study was ENLIGHTENING but even then during the course of my research and study. I always placed this doubts in my head unless each and every questions in my mind were answered thru the scriptures.
I searched and studied and I found my answers in the Iglesia Ni Cristo. That is why I am no longer a Catholic. I am a TRUE CHRISTIAN as I carry the NAME of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Catholics ABANDONED the NAME of Christ Church when the APOSTLEs HAD LEFT.
As usual THEY WOULD DENY this but LIKE IDOL WORSHIP they are CAUGHT PRACTICING IT whether they DENY IT OR NOT. Their ACTIONs SPEAKS LOUDER than their WORDs of DENIAL.
It is often times quite AMUSING how they practice this form of DECEPTION. Well, we know that SATAN masquerades as an ANGEL OF LIGHT.
As a TRUE FOLLOWER of Jesus Christ the SCRIPTURE should serve as our sole guide not in peoples personal logic or understanding.
That is why the Catholics are often MISLEAD in PRACTICING IDOLATRY. The APOSTLE NEVER preached anything about what the CATHOLICs are practicing.
There USE of IMAGES AND IDOLS in WORSHIPPING the ALMIGHTY GOD or Jesus Christ was NEVER TAUGHT by the APOSTLES.
Again I say THIS IS NOT SURPRISING for the ONEs who will COME AFTER THE APOSTLEs had LEFT are the ONES WHO will DISTORT THE TRUTH.
And who do you think CAME AFTER THE APOSTLES dear people? APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION 101 there is NO OTHER RELIGION that can CLAIM this.
The Catholic Defenders so FONDLY LOVEs to POINT this out and if your not CAREFUL in accepting this FACT they will definitely turn on you LIKE THE SAVAGE WOLVEs that they are.
So do REMEMBER THAT. The Iglesia Ni Cristo has NO PROBLEMs with this FACT so with all DUE RESPECT we ACCEPT with GREAT HUMBLENESS that the APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION or the ONES WHO CAME AFTER THE APOSTLEs had LEFT are the CATHOLICs. No DOUBT ABOUT THAT.
That is why the Catholic Defenders should NOT BLAME US when the SCRIPTUREs states that the ONES who will COME AFTER the APOSTLE had LEFT are the ONES WHO WILL DISTORT THE TRUTH. Imagine that. Do TAKE NOTE of that.
Lets ESTABLISHED first this point. What is really the POSITION or DOCTRINE of the Catholics with regards to this IMAGES and IDOLs. Are these just a form of honest representations WITH NO INTENTION TO WORSHIP or VENERATE these IMAGES?
I was a Catholic and I KNOW that IMAGEs where not made just for honest representation or for honor of those depicted in those IMAGES. As a Catholic then we were TAUGHT TO WORHIP these IMAGES as though they were the REAL ones.
It is just AMUSING to read the DENIALs of these Catholic Defenders. They may deceived people with their usual ACCUSATIONs
That is why the pictures presented by a post of readmeinc accurately reflects the Catholics ACTUAL practice of WORSHIPPING these IMAGEs. There EXCUSE that it is just the SAME as having pictures of our mother or loved ones with NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER TO WORSHIP them. Remains to be just an EXCUSE and very poor if you ask me. And downright DECEPTIVE.
Lets quote some of the Catholics OWN teachings. They even WORHIP SAINTs which of course WAS NEVER TAUGHT by the APOSTLEs. And that form of WORSHIP is NOT ONLY CONFINED to their PERSONs but EXTENDS ALSO TO THEIR RELICs and IMAGEs.
Catholic catechism requires that members should have for themselves idols or images to worship:
“13. Is the WORSHIP of the SAINTs confined to their persons?—No; it EXTENDS also TO THEIR RELICs and IMAGEs… 15. Ought we to worship holy images?-- We should have, particularly in our churches, images of our lord, as also of the blessed Virgin and the saints, and we should pay them due honor and VENERATION.” (Catechism of Christian doctrine, no. 3, p. 87)There you have it, our WITNESS here is the Catholics own TEACHINGs. That THEY WORSHIP SAINTs and it is NOT CONFINED ONLY to THE SAINTS PERSONs but EXTENDS also TO THEIR RELICs and IMAGEs.
So we should not really be SURPRISE if the Catholic Defenders would REFUTE their VERY OWN TEACHINGs. Because they NEED TO DENY it so as not to be ACCUSED of not following the teachings in the scriptures.
They have a great many EMBARRASSING HISTORY of DENIAL. Like the ATROCITIES of their INQUISITION. It took a good many decades for a POPE of theirs to COME OUT and ASK FORGIVENESS for that DARK MARK in their history. Its obvious they would rather DENY than ADMIT.
Their INABILITY to CONTAIN the SCANDALs of their PEDOPHILE PRIESTs who has wreck HAVOC on their very ORGANIZATION. Instead of FOLLOWING the Apostles to EXPEL WICKED Brethrens. They instead PROTECTED their WICKED PRIESTs.
They were FOUND TRANSFERRING these PEDOPHILEs to other parishes and so the SEXUAL PERVERSIONs of those priest FLOURISHED to a HAIL OF LAWSUITs of which the Catholic Authorities had to DECLARE BANKRUPTCY. Imagine that.
Its really no wonder that these Catholic Defenders are INTO DENIALs and FALSE ACCUSATIONs. They have a LONG HISTORY of that. Likewise its NO WONDER also that THEY WOULD RATHER PAY for the WICKEDNESS of their FELLOW PRIESTs rather than EXPELLING the WICKED AMONG THEM.
Such a DEVILISHLY IMMORAL ACT don't you think. Unless our Catholic Defenders would rather point it as an ACT OF CHRISTIANITY.
And these guys would like us to believe that THEY'RE NOT WORSHIPPING IDOLs. Although their VERY ACTIONs and INTENTIONs is quite clear. AnD clearly TAUGHT TO THEM.
So lets what a their Jesuit Priest teaches them (my thanks to readme for this quote):
Eduard Syndicus, a Jesuit Priest says:
“Moreover, following other schoolmen, Thomas also showed in a wonderful section of his summa Theologica, his understanding of the irrational element in the cult image and its veneration: When ONE TURNS to an IMAGE, he says in so far as it is a thing—either a painting or a statue—IT DESERVES the SAME REVERENCE as Christ himself. ‘Since Christ is worshipped with humble veneration, IT FOLLOWs THAT HIS IMAGE, too, MUST BE WORSHIPPED with (relatively) humble veneration’ ” (Summa Theol. III, pu. 25, art. 3)(Early Christian Art, p.151)The Catholic Defenders may DENY this and muddle us with their usual accusations but our WITNESS states clearly and CONTRADICTs whatever EXCUSES they would like to bring. Their priest points out clearly Catholics are are MADE TO WORSHIP THE IMAGE MISLEAD IN PRACTICING IDOLATRY:
‘Since Christ is worshipped with humble veneration, IT FOLLOWs THAT HIS IMAGE, too, MUST BE WORSHIPPED with (relatively) humble veneration’ ”Catholics without a doubt are made to WORSHIP these IMAGEs or IDOLs. Thats a FACT. We do not accuse Catholics of something they are not doing. We simply state the FACT based on WHAT their CATHOLIC AUTHORITIES are ATTESTING.
Take a good look at what PAGANs are DOING with their IDOLs and IMAGEs of worship. I am REFERRING to their ACTIONs and their WAYs in WORSHIPPING their images. Is there any difference with what Catholics are doing with THEIR IMAGES AND IDOLs? quite Obvious don't you think.
I invite open minded people whether your a catholic or not to the bible studies of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. Know the TRUTH WRITTEN in the SCRIPTURES. Find out now before Judgement Day comes.