…Catholicism teaches that god is subject to Mary?
St. Louis Mary de Montfort said that god is subjected to Mary, mother of our lord Jesus Christ , and that he receives her request as commands:
“When the saints tell us that all thing in heaven and on earth, including god himself, are subjected to the bless Virgin, they mean that the authority god gave her is so great that she appears to have the same power as the trinity, and that her prayers and request have such an effect upon god that he receives them as commands.”(True devotion to Mary . p. 9)
BUT THE BIBLE doesn’t say so. It was Mary who subjected herself to god, and not the other way around. No one can be greater than God, for He is above all:
“But the angel said to her,’Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with god. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.’…
“’I am the lord’s servant’, Mary Answered.’may it be to me as you have said’. Then the angel left her.”(Lk. 1:30-31,38., New International Version)
“One God and Father of all—who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”Eph.4:6, New King James Version)
…the Pope and priest are said to be vicars of Christ?
Catholic teaching states that as vicars Christ the pope and the priests take the place of our Lord Jesus Christ:
“The official title of the pope is:’ His Holiness the pope, bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, Successor of peter the prince of the apostles, Supreme pontiff of the universal church, Patriarch of the west, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and metropolitan of the roman church province, and sovereign of the temporal dominion of the holy roman Church’.”(Skydsgaard,K.E.,et.al. The Church as the Body of Christ, vol.1.p.7)
“Vicar of Christ: the pope as visible head of the church , acting in place of Christ …”(Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Catechism for Filipino Catholics, p. 676)
“the priest is another Christ . …”(Hire, Richard P. Our Chistian Faith. P. 154)
BUT ACCORDING TO the bible, no one can take the place of our lord Jesus Christ, for he has a permanent priesthood. He is the same yesterday, Today, Forever:
“But because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to god though him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”(Heb. 7:24-25, New International Version)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”(Heb. 13:8,Ibid)
…Catholic Church leaders take money from gambling proceeds?
When faced with keen attacks following media reports that the catholic hierarchy in the Philippines had been accepting millions of gambling money from the country’s prime gaming agency ,manila archbishop Jaime cardinal sin retorted by saying that the would not hesitate to take money even from Satan for the sake of charity:
“Cardinal Sin said, quoting st. John Bosco:’ If Satan would appear to me and give me money, I will accept the money and spend it all for the poor ‘.”(“Sin Defends Use of Pagcor Money,” Manila Bulletin, October 26, 2000)
BUT THIS IS the exact opposite of the conviction of our lord Jesus Christ. When the devil tempted Jesus by offering him all the riches in the world, he did not accept them so that he may have something to give for the poor. Instead, Jesus strongly resisted the devil’s temptation and held on to what the Scriptures teaches:
“Then the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their greatness.’ All this I will give you’, the devil said,’ if you kneel down and worship me’.
“The Jesus answered,’ Go away, Satan! The scripture says,” Worship the lord your God and serve only him!””(Mt. 4:8-10, Today’s English Version)
…Catholics offer Mass and perform rituals for the dead?
Catholic are taught that they can help in relieving the sufferings of the departed who souls are in the so-called purgatory by offering mass and performing rituals for them:
“2. The faithful on earth, through the communion saints, can relieve the sufferings of the souls in purgatory by prayer, fasting, and other good works, by indulgences , and by having masses offered for them.”(Louis La Ravoire Marrow, D.D. My Catholic Faith. P. 243)
HOWEVER, EVEN CATHOLIC priest admit that the bible does not mention of a realm such as purgatory. Offering prayers and other sacrifices for the dead is against the teachings of the bible, for the dead have no share in anything that the living do:
“ Now here in the scriptures does the word ‘purgatory’ occur…”(Josseph Kenny, C.S.S.R. Purgatory: A Doctrine of comfort and Hope. p .2)
“For the living know that they will die;but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward , for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred , and their envy have now perished; nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun.”(Eccl. 9:5-6,NKJV)
…Catholic worship images which they keep in their homes and churches?
Catholic catechism requires that members should have for themselves idols or image to worship:
“15. Ought to worship holy image? “ We should have , particularly in our church , images of our lord , as also of the blessed Virgin and the saints , and we should pay them due honor and veneration .” (Cat echism of Christian doctrine . p.87)
BUT THE BIBLE teaches otherwise. God prohibits his people from having other gods besides him or from worshiping idols or images. those who defy this commandment will be punished:
“you shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above , or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I , the LORD your God , am a jealous God , visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me.” (Exo. 20:3-5, New King James Version)
“… those who worship idols , and all liars-the place for them is the lake burning with fire and sulfur , which is the second death.”(Rev.21:8, Today’s English Version)
…Catholic practices are of pagan origin?
Catholic priest john F. Sullivan argues that the catholic church has adopted pagan practices and implemented them as part of “Christian “ doctrine because such practices are the “ best from paganism”:
“it is interesting to note how often our church has availed herself of practices which were in common use among pagans …thus it is true, in a certain sense, that some catholic rites and ceremonies are a reproduction of those of pagans creeds; but they are the taking of what was best from paganism, the keeping of symbolic practices which express the religious instin ct that is common F. Sullivan, D.D. the externals of the catholic church. P.226)
BUT THE TRUE Christian neither subscribes to pagan ways nor go beyond the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. The apostles instructed:
“Here then is my word to you, and I urge it on you in the Lord’s namewoor your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, ‘Do not go beyond what is written’. Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.”(I Cor: 4:6, New International Version)