I my self am a totally onfire christian and I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I try my best, with my broken fallen and carnal nature, to love all those are apart of the body of Christ. I seek to understand several Cathololic Doctrines that I personally do not share. I do not seek to argue or bring about a hatefull spirit in myself or others. I merely seek to understand where, biblically, the following doctrines come from. If there is no direct biblical justification then I would like to know any other justifications that may be used for them.
~The belief in Limbo, or purgetory.
~The belief in “trickling” baptism as opposed to the the way that jesus was baptisted in full emersion
~The high place that Mary has in catholic doctrine. Why is she prayed to? Why do many catholics beleive that she was sinless throughout her entire life?
~The high place that saints have in catholic belief. Why are they are called upon to ask for forgivness? Where does the process of calling someone a saint come from? as i understand it it is very long and involved.
~Why did the catholic church only alow the bible to be in latin for such a long time? I understand this may not be the beleif of the contemperary catholic church, but if anyone knows why this was done in the first place?
~Why is the bible not the only source of catholic doctrine?
~Why exactly what roles to the various councils through out the years have in influencing catholic doctrine?
~Why is it that the catholic church and the lutheran church are so at each others throats, and yet theologically the Lutheren church is the closest to Catholicism of any protostant denominations.
~Why does the pope hold such a high regard? why do people fall to his feet and kiss his hand as if he is higher than everyone on the planet? it says in Gods word that nobody is rightous, not even one. Why is a sinner treated as if he were perfect? Catholics may not believe that he his, it just seems that many treat his as if he is.
I seek biblical justfication for these questions, not papel decries, decisions of councils, or any other such justifications. Councils and Popes, although how ever wise they may be, if they establish a belief based not on Gods word but on there own wisdom, it is like a house built on sand (thats biblical by the way). Like I said, i do not seek a fight, I seek answers as to why these beliefs and practices have been established. Thank you all and I wish you all a blessed day.
With The love that christ calls us all to have,