I am a Catholic. Why should I consider becoming a Christian?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Stringio Erica Kuma

Catholics are Christians because they believe and confess Christ. They believe in his resurrection, the apostle's creed tells it all. Romans 10:9 "That if thou shall confess with thy mouth The Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved". Their main issue is they are still under the law practicing the law when grace is available.... Romans 6:14 "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

December 24 2013 Report

A6ac9128dd6f69162fac89c38e63e50f Gary Wainwright


Their main issue has nothing to do with being under or practicing the law, but rather the following:

1. Catholics view the Bible as having equal authority with the Roman Catholic Church and tradition, whereas Christians view the Bible as the supreme authority for faith and practice.

2. To Catholics, saints are a special group of holy people who are venerated. These people may act as intercessors between God and Man, and may also be called upon in prayer. The Bible teaches that all Christians are saints and Jesus is the only mediator between God and Man.

3. Purgatory is a place Catholics believe they will go if they die with unpaid penalties and there they will pay for their penalties by suffering. The Bible does not support this view (Hebrews 9:27 NLT “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”).

4. Confession. Catholics believe that priests have the power and authority to forgive sins, therefore sins must be confessed to their priest. The Bible says Jesus has the power to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6). Also, no human priest is a mediator between God and man. The Bible also teaches we can ask God ourselves for forgiveness, and He promises to forgive us and cleanse us (1 John 1:9).

There are many other issues such as their beliefs of the assumption of Mary, the infallibility of the Pope, penance, priests not being able to marry, etc all of which are not supported by the Bible.

December 25 2013 Report

Stringio Charlotte Howell

Jesus said that whoever confesses him as Lord and Savior is saved, for Catholics and protestants are Christians. The Holy Spirit will work out the rest.

August 19 2022 Report

A6ac9128dd6f69162fac89c38e63e50f Gary Wainwright

We cannot say with 100% certainty that all “Catholics and protestants are Christians” because only God knows who has been born again and saved. By outward appearances, many people profess to be Christians and display good works, but they have never been born again.

If a Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, non-denominational Christian etc. has believed in Christ for salvation through faith without works, then they are saved (Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8-9).

Since the Roman Catholic Church teaches that one must have good works and observe the rituals of Roman Catholicism in order to be saved, then the question arises are those Catholics who adhere to the official Roman Catholics beliefs and practices saved? The answer would be “no” because adding works to earn salvation means Christ’s sacrificial death was insufficient to save alone.

August 20 2022 Report

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