I was baptized as Catholic, i “did” the eucharist and confirmation but recently i have a hard time deciding which is right, protestantism or catholicsm. And i have some questions and other issues that are in my way of becoming a true catholic. Some of them(questions and issues) are here and i hope you could answer them
1)Praying to Mary and saints. Worshiping Mary and saints. Isn’t that worshiping false idols? Mary was just a human right? She did give birth to Jesus but she was still just a human. Isn’t worshiping Mary and saints idoltary? In Acts 10:25-26 Peter refused to be worshiped. Exodus 20:4-5 says not to worship anything in the form of heaven above or earth below and not to bow to them. But many Catholics bow to Mary. Romans 1:25 :because they exchanged the truth about God for ua lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, vwho is blessed forever! Amen. This verse could not be clearer. Also Mary and the saints can’t be mediators because in 1 Timothy 2:5 it is clearly stated that Jesus is the only mediator between us and God.
2)Do Matthew 16:18 contradict history. I mean Matthew 16:18 states: 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Gates of hell shall not prevail against it. But the Roman Catholic Church just to be corrupted. Bribes were sometimes used to become a pope, the job of a priest or a bishop was mostly seeked because of its status not necceseary because of what it was meant. Selling indulgences was in my opinion false doing. You can’t sell remmision of sins. And the Church burning at the stake of heretics, witches,… Many innocent witches were burned as far as i know. And still you can’t just burn a person. People who were practicing witchcraft, fortuntelling or anything like this were this because they wanted to. The Church could of told them it was wrong, but from there on it was they’re decision. So how to explain this.
3)Papal infallibity. I know what it is. I know there is some biblical evidence for it but all of it can be rejected by protestants. It is kinda logical that the pope cannot fall to error while talking about faith i think & morals from the “seat” as the leader of all Christians but he so rarely talks “ex cathedra” or something like that. Why is that? People still argue which pope statements might be inflallible or not. Why isn’t there a statement in the bible that would just say Peter is inflallible and his succesors will be also. There would be no rejection by the dogma of pope infallibity by protestants. Also assuming that papal infallibity is true, why would we think that the authority of infallible teaching would fall also on Peter suscessors if Jesus “promised” infallibity only to Peter. I know it says that apostles named bishops,… but it never says that they have the same God given authority that Peter had. Also the dogma of papal infallibity did according to wikipedia probably start at the beginning of 2nd millenium altough some other people there say that it started sooner. So it wasn’t a tradition since the apostoles. So how can we completely trust it if all catholic biblical evidence can be rejected by protestants. We need bigger insurance that that dogma is true.
- Im not sure about the protestant salvation only thinking. But what is the catholic teaching on salvation. Can you be saved only by faith or by deeds too? Can atheist be saved? Did this “non-only salvation” catholic thinking originate from the beginning of Christianity? What proof do catholics have on this thinking?
5)Purgatory. As far as i know there is no biblical evidence for it. So how can we say that purgatory is real? How can we be sure? Was it tought since the apostles?
6)Orthodox vs Catholic. Both say that they have apostolic succesion. And these people were one Church back in the days. And then they split. So are they both true Churches. Why wouldn’t Orthodox Church(the Orthodox denomination that split) have apostolic succesion? Was it the RCC that was the first church established by apostles and then the Orthodox split from them and then the Protestants?
7)Rome supermacy. Why Rome and what does Rome supermacy mean to Catholics? Is there any solid evidence that Peter was in Rome?
8)Priests. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
So why do Catholics call priests fathers? And pope father? Also why are there priests? There is no mentioning of them in the bible?
That’s that for now i think:). I said that i will write most of my issuses about Catholicsm here because i don’t know if i remember them all, so maybe i will write more future.
Im really starting to think that Roman Catholicism makes more sense than Protestantism but i don’t know yet. I really hope you could explain these thing to me. Thank you for your answers in advance.
Also one extra question: Does a Catholic have to agree on everything that Vatican or the pope says or only the inflallible teachings? Is the Cathecism 100% right. Is it thought to be an inflallible Church teaching by Catholics. If the pope says that, hypoteticaly, apples are of the devil but he doesn’t say that infallibly, does a Catholic have to agree with him?