[quote=davidmartinez]Hello, im catholic and recently and my friend has been refering to me to alot of anti catholic websites, i try not to be rude so i just visit them, and ive ran into this jesus-is-savior.com/Books,%20Tracts%20&%20Preaching/Tracts/last_rights.htm its a silly comic type thing but it really got me thinking, frighted and questioning my faith, i mean it kinda makes sense to me and its been stuck in my head since ive read it , can someone from a catholic standpoint “analyze” this cartoon ? please help me make my faith stronger, much thanks.
Oh David, don’t worry about Jack Chick tracts. I say ignore them. But, if he bothers you, don’t feel afraid to come to us, we’ll always be happy to straighten things out. Just, be careful about putting your faith into jeopardy too easily.
There is nothing of substance until the 9th row of comics. That’s where God quotes Ephesians 2:8-9. There is nothing here Catholics deny-- Scripture is inspired.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so no one may boast.
What does this say? It is by *grace *that you have been saved, not works. We, of course, believe in salvation by grace alone. When it says, ‘it is not from works,’ that’s very much elementary because only God’s grace can save us. They try to tie ‘though faith’ to the ‘not from works,’ but that’s silly because ‘through faith’ modifies grace, it isn’t the essential part of the sentence, as grace is. ‘Though faith,’ modifies how we receive God’s grace, but that’s all. Check James 2 to figure out what role works play:
17 So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works.
24 See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route? 26 For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Ironically, two cartoon boxes earlier it quotes Matt 25, the Last Judgment scene. Read it carefully. Jesus clearly denies salvation to those who failed to do good works.
41 17 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ 44 18 Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ 45 He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ 46 And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
Now, the 10th box. Praying to Mary. Praying is not equal to worship, no matter what he tells you. It would be wrong to worship Mary, but it is not wrong to pray to her. Worshipping Mary would be idolatry, praying to her is just asking her for her help.
The other thing they need to wrap their minds around is reverencing objects that are close to God. In the OT every component of the Temple was consecrated or anointed to God’s usage. Likewise, we do so with our altars, chalices, ciborium. So, with the statues, we treat them with respect, the respect accorded to them because they represent the saints, or God. Oh, and, note that God had the Jews make ‘graven images,’ cheribum, on the Ark of the Covenant.