Hey again. And thanks again for all of your thoughtful answers to all of my questions.
Do Catholics disregard scripture in favor of sacred tradition? This is still my stumbling block with your faith. I have absolutely no doubt that Christ is the son of the living God. That he was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, dead and buried, and rose again into heaven. Just like the apostles creed says. Now, according to scripture that means I have Salvation. “Whosoever believes in his heart, and confesses with his mouth” you know the deal. I am not a Catholic, but according to the eternal word of God, which strangely enough I can carry around in a small book in my backpack, I always loved that thought, says repeatedly that I and others like me are saved.
Why do Catholics put such strict non-biblical beliefs into their dogma? Scripture says that Jesus had brothers, not cousins, trust me I know the cousin/kinsmen argument by heart now, and nowhere does it state that the dead should be prayed too. I know in the book of Wisdom or Macabees it says that it is a good thing to pray FOR the daed, but not TO them. If you’re raised Catholic do you just take Rome as a final authority automatically and never question it? Peter, Paul, John, James etc. are never mentioned as praying to Mary, Moses, Abraham, or anyone else,
don’t you think that if this was common and accepted practice that it would be mentioned?
And then there’s the Priesthood. Forbidding marriage is completely unBiblical. No wonder all the scandal within the priesthood over the centuries. These poor men and nuns are forbidden to enter into the first established covenant of God, to sell there earthly goods or give them to the Church to increase it’s own wealth and dominion, etc. I’ve also read of Bishops condoning extra-marital sex for priest’s as long as they never married and confessed the sin to one another, but sense I have no direct source for this info, other than John MacArthur, I won’t argue this point.
So much of these beliefs about the priesthood, Marian dogmas, etc. are just incredibly hard to swallow. I have volumes of books written by Catholics on all of these topics, apologetics cd’s etc. but nothing has convinced me yet. I’m all for the truth, and the fulness there of, but I’m having serious trouble finding it here. Any advice or help would be appreciated.
May the Eternal God of Heaven and Earth bless each of you with His Grace,
May the Peace of Christ Jesus our Lord encompass you,
And may the fellowship of the Holy Spirit never leave you at a loss for anything good. Amen…and Amen.