Bad Arguments against the Catholic Church

Welcome to another article on bad anti-Catholic arguments! This particular argument was a real comment we received on one of our social media platforms. It highlights another example of an anti-Catholic (and probably ex-Catholic) critic pouring out their disdain for the Church.

The reason for this article and others like it is to demonstrate how uneducated and misinformed anti-Catholic arguments are by their very nature. In addition, the many mistaken claims will be corrected revealing gaping mistakes and common misconceptions. The following is a man’s comment truncated down to the main points coming from a much longer rant. Our answer will follow.

Anti-Catholic comment: “Catholics are going to Hell. The Bible is absolutely clear that we are saved by faith. No amount of “good works” (including giving to the poor, attending church services, praying to Mary or the saints, rosary beads, candles, confession, the sacraments, and numerous other rituals demanded by the Roman Catholic authorities) will satisfy the wrath of God against sinners. These will not save you poor Catholics. Furthermore, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it teaches that eternal life is attained by faith, baptism, and keeping the commandments.

Here are some of the Bible verses that show faith alone is the only Christian doctrine and disprove what your demonic Catholic Church believes: Rom. 3:28-30; Rom. 4:3-5 (Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness); Rom. 5:1, Rom. 11:6, Gal. 2:16, and others). We are saved by faith alone and not faith and works.

This demonic Catholic religion arrogantly added 7 books to the Bible at the Council of Trent 1500 YEARS LATER which were NEVER considered Scripture and often contradict the Bible. Repent or you will not be saved.”

The Catholic response: Thank for your comment. You stated that, “No amount of good works can save us, and then you listed what you perceive to be good works including: giving to the poor, attending church services, praying to Mary and the saints, rosary beads, candles, confession, baptism, and more.”

Giving to the poor? You do not believe that giving to the poor is necessary? This is ironic since Jesus Himself specifically stated that it was. The Bible clearly teaches that giving to the poor is necessary for salvation as part of faith, and that you will not attain heaven without it.

Look at Matthew 25:31-46 which depicts Judgement Day and specifically shows people who are saved and not saved. What was the criteria? Good works: feeding the poor, clothing the naked, visiting the imprisoned, and so on. Likewise, the people who did not perform these good works ended up in hell. Jesus said to them,

“Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.”

So you see, both Jesus and the Bible contradict your position and show that good works and living out your faith is necessary for salvation. It is also why the Bible states elsewhere that we will be judged by our works, and not faith alone: “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were all judged, each one according to his works (Rev. 20:14).

Here is what we agree on: Jesus is the only way to heaven, and salvation cannot be earned. No amount of good works can earn salvation, yet they are necessary to accompany faith. In short: We are saved by faith in Christ and by being obedient to Him and His commandments. Faith and obedience.

While we believe good works are necessary to live out your faith and show your love for Jesus, the Catholic Church does not believe that one can earn your salvation through works. That is not the purpose of good works. Nobody can earn their salvation. Yet, as Scripture teaches, good works are necessary.

You MUST follow the commandments: Similar to what we just said, you stated multiple times that we do not need to follow the commandments. Yet again, that is the exact opposite of what the Bible actually teaches, proving the Catholic religion to be right again. Listen to what the Bible says:

1 John 2:3-4 – Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Mt. 19:16-17 – Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But *if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”*

You quote Romans out of context several times, but more importantly, the book of Romans never once uses the words “faith alone” but only faith apart from works of the law (Rom. 3:28) which included the Old Testament rituals and ceremonies, like circumcision. Many Jews thought they were saved merely by circumcision or certain rituals, or just be being Jewish. The Bible teaches that these works can’t save us, but yet, works done in Christ’s grace and in faith are necessary. We will be judged by our faith and works.

Romans 2 states: “In accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each one according to his works,* eternal life to those who by *patient perseverance in doing good* seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who *works what is good,* to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

Sacraments: You said that neither baptism nor the other sacraments will save us. Yet, Jesus Himself instituted the sacraments which we must therefore obey. The sacraments themselves do not save, but Jesus saves us through them. You stated Baptism doesn’t save us, and yet again, the bible teaches the exact opposite.

1 Peter 3:17-21 says that “Baptism saves you.” Read that again. Baptism saves you!” Again, it is not that Baptism apart from Christ saves anyone, but Jesus working through Baptism to bring us new life (Rom. 6:1-11). Mk 16:16 also states, “He who believes and is baptized, will be saved.” And there are other verses too.

The Eucharist is another Sacrament that Christ works through, and as it says in Jn. 6:51-56, if we do not receive the Eucharist or receive the body and blood of Christ, we have no salvation. His words. Not ours. Confession, which you mentioned, may be found in Jn. 20:21-23. I made a short video on this. Anointing of the Sick: James 5:16.

Candles and the Rosary: Candles? Where did that come from? No Catholic believes that candles save them or are meritorious in any way.

The Rosary itself is a meditation on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus where we reflect on Him and try to imitate His virtues. It’s a prayer, and prayer does aid in salvation. Likewise, meditating on Jesus is good. But why do Catholics pray to Mary in the Rosary? A good question, and I have answered it in a YouTube video I made which can be found here.

Thank you for reading. I hope you have found these short answers helpful. Feel free to check out my YouTube Channel for many more questions and many more answers, or perhaps, some of our other blog articles that answer anti-Catholic objections.

Feel free to let us know your thoughts below. God bless.

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Answering a Mormon on the Trinity

On one of my popular Mormon videos, there is a lot of discussion, and that is putting it mildly. There are over 6000 comments of discussion to be precise. One thing I have realized is that Mormons reject the Trinity, which is the central doctrine of Christianity. However, I have never met a Mormon who understands the doctrine of the Trinity, or the divinity of Christ, or gets the beliefs correct.

Mormons believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate beings and three separate gods (lds.org) whereas Christians believe God is one being in three distinct (not separate) persons.

In speaking with a Mormon recently, I mentioned that the Book of Mormon calls Jesus the one eternal God several times. Naturally, I asked this Mormon if Jesus is God and another God.

Below is his answer brief answer before pontificating on why the Trinity is wrong and why Christianity is wrong. He offered questions and challenges that I took upon myself to answer. This article then will help everyone to understand a bit more the nature of the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus.

Mormon: Yes, Jesus is another God and one with God. On the other hand, the Trinity and Nicene creeds make absolutely no sense when applied to the Scriptures. In both the Bible and in the Book of Mormon, this is proven by events that occurred and by things that Christ Himself said. For example,

  1. In the Garden of Gethsemane, was Christ praying to himself?
  2. How can the Father be greater than the Son if they are one frequency wise?
  3. Why doesn’t Christ know when his Second Coming is if they are one and the same? Jesus specifically stated that only the Father knows.
  4. How could Christ receive the Holy Ghost on earth if he already had the Holy Ghost?
  5. If the Father and the Son are one and the same frequency wise how can they have two different wills? Christ continually said that he came to do his Father’s will and not his own. If the Father and the Son share a body, as some say, how could the Father be in heaven while the Son is on earth?
  6. If you know the history of Christianity as you claim to, you should know that the Trinity and Nicene Creeds were invented by a political vote. Congregations were arguing and the emperor told them to come up with something they agree upon. All the congregations wanted credit so they mixed everything up. Then, the emperor adopted this false sense of Christianity. That’s why we are so different to other Christian denominations. While your doctrines are built upon a political vote of man, the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the original lost truth restored.

My Response:  

I simply asked if Jesus was God, and you offered a whole long diatribe of an unrelated answer. However, you affirmed that Jesus is God and another God, and that’s all I needed to know. So, Mormons believe in multiple gods! That’s a huge problem.

For the record and from experience of discussing the Trinity with you in the past, you have many misunderstandings and misconceptions regarding the Trinity. You have presented many strawmen arguments regarding it. Thus, it is no surprise then you attack it.

However, you have some good questions, and I will answer them now.

Answer to # 1:

In Gethsemane, was Christ praying to himself? No Christ was not praying to Himself. He prayed to the Father in heaven. This is possible because while the Father and Son are one in being, they are distinct in person making them able to be in relation together.

Answer to #2-4:

How can the Father be greater than the Son if they are one frequency wise?_The Father is “greater” than the Son because Jesus emptied Himself of His glory and “took the form of a slave” (as it says in Philippians, chapter 2). He became a lowly man like us.

So, while Jesus is God, He became man and took on human flesh (Jn. 1:14). While Christ walked on earth, Jesus was  fully human a man, thinking and acting as a man (in other words living his human nature out) in order to teach us men how to follow God and how to achieve salvation.

Thus, in His human nature, and living as a mere human, the Father was greater than He was. This is also why Jesus would say things like “Only the Father knows the day or hour…etc.” Jesus in His human nature with a finite brain did not know these things. Human minds are only finite and Jesus was limited in His human person.

However, from all eternity, Jesus is and has been God. The Bible specifically states that Jesus is the Word, the wisdom, and the power of God (Jn. 1:1; Cor. 1:24). So, from eternity Jesus has been the power of God and the wisdom of God. The Power and wisdom of God are eternal, infinite, and one with Himself.

Thus, Jesus so is one in nature with the Father and cannot be separated from Him. This is why Jesus always claimed to be one with the Father in a special way even claiming to be God. (Jn. 1:1; Jn. 5:18-19; Jn. 8:58; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:8) People even worshipped Jesus and He accepted it, which would have been blasphemy if He was not God (Jn. 20:28, Jn. 9:38; Mt. 28:9; Lk. 24:52).

Answer to #5:

If the Father and the Son are one and the same frequency wise how can they have two different wills? Christ kept saying he was here to do his Father’s will and not his own. Good questions. The answer is similar to the last in that Jesus is a divine person who took on a human nature. This is important. This means that while He is eternally divine, When He took on human flesh. He was also fully human. Thus, He had two wills – a divine will and a human will. Therefore, when speaking about accomplishing the Father’s will, He was referring to His human nature and speaking from His human side which He was operating in.

If the Father and the Son share a body as some say how could the Father be in heaven while the Son is on earth? I’m not sure where you heard that. I have never encountered that in Christian thought. In Christianity, God is a spirit (Jn. 4:24) and therefore does not have a body. Jesus alone possesses a body because He took on a human nature for our sake in order to die for us. The Father and the Son do not share a body. They are intimately united but do not share a body.

#6. History and the Trinity: Yes, I do claim to know history well as I have my degree in church history. Therefore, I know full well that what you claim about Nicaea is false. Conversely, you have given a whole host of false and problematic assertions.

First, you said multiple times, “the Nicene Creeds.” There was only one creed, not multiple. That tells me how little you know about this.

Second, the “Christian denominations” would not exist for another 1,300 years, and so for you to assert that they were invented when arguing over the Trinity shows a complete lack of historical knowledge. Even at an elementary level. There were not arguing congregations. That’s not even close to the truth.

Third, the doctrine of the Trinity was not invented by a popular vote. That is a myth. How could something that already exists be invented?

Christians have always believed in the Trinity and in the divinity of Christ (which was being attacked at Nicaea). The Catholic Church just upheld what had always been believed by Christians since the time of Christ. Christians believed in the Trinity and the equality of the Father and the Son long before Nicaea in 325A.D.

Thus, your assertion that congregations were “arguing” about this is grossly incorrect. It was one man who argued this. He was a heretic and priest, named Arius. Arius was who was the first person to claim that Jesus was created and was not eternal. In addition, Arius only a few followers in the beginning. You could count them on one hand.

So, it was not this big war of different congregations raging against each other before Nicaea. The purpose of the Council of Nicaea was to deal with Arius’ heresy and address his attacks and reaffirm what the Catholic Church had always believed.

This can be demonstrated by quoting from just two people (of many) who believed this and were writing 100 years before Nicaea. Again, how can something be invented that already existed?

These quotes prove that the Trinity was not something “invented” at Nicaea but something Christians had believed before that. You will notice they (and every early Christian) confirm what I have already stated.

Gregory the Miracle Worker (265 A.D.): Perfect Trinity in glory, and eternity and sovereignty, neither divided or estranged.  Wherefore there is nothing either created or subservient in the Trinity, nor anything caused to be brought about as if formerly it did not exist, and afterwards introduced … Wherefore neither was the Son lacking to the Father, nor the Spirit to the Son, but without variation and without charge, its the same Trinity forever.

Tetullian (213 A.D.): “We have already said that God fashioned the whole universe by His word, His wisdom, and His power. We hold that this which was begotten by God and which was begotten in that utterance, because of the unity of substance, is called God and Son of God. For God is Spirit. Even when a ray is shot forth from the sun, it is not separated from its substance, … but it is extended as light comes forth from light.  …  So also, that which proceeds from God is God and the Son of God. Both are one. Likewise, Jesus is Spirit from Spirit, and God from God, and … at the same time the mystery of the oikononia is safeguarded, for the unity is distributed in a Trinity.”

So, as you see, the Catholic Church did not invent anything new at all but merely upheld what had always been believed since the beginning of Christianity. This is easily provable based on the early Christian writings out there. This means that the Mormon understanding of the Godhead is the one that is new, invented, and incorrect.

**Thanks for reading. If you are interested in my YouTube videos on Mormonism or in learning more about Mormons, see resources below.

Resources

10 Things Mormons Won’t Tell You – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR4kEsiGDwA&lc=UgxWVXopDoMRMpLyIBZ4AaABAg

Are Mormons Christian? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzzyGuSBBws

For a deeper understanding of the Divinity of Christ from the Bible – http://www.catholicbryan.org/blog/the-divinity-of-jesus-from-the-bible/

Inside Mormonism, by Isaiah Bennett – https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Mormonism-Isaiah-Bennett/dp/1888992069

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The Catholic Church and Transgender (What the Church said)

The Catholic Church came under a lot of fire this past week because it released a document on the topic of transgender written to Catholic schools. (To watch the video on this topic instead, just click here).

The Vatican did not teach anything new but presented what people have believed forever, that a boy is a boy, and a girl is a girl; male is male, and female is female. Sex and gender cannot be changed and is not fluid.

Even though the tone of the letter was very loving, gentle, and respectful, and said that people who identify as transgender should be treated kindly and lovingly, fundamentalist activists came out of the woodwork to attack the Catholic Church right on cue. Some priests even suggested that this document would promote bigotry against the lgbt community. Sorry Fr. James Martin, it’s just not true! The document even opened the possibility for friendly dialogue.

Some people today, usually the younger generation, believe that you can choose your sex or gender based on how you feel and identify. You may be born a male or female, they say, but a person might not identify with that in their mind. Thus, if they are born male, they could in theory actually be a female. Of course, this isn’t true, and it leads to a whole host of problems and confusion.

For example, there was a man who thought he was really a woman in a man’s body, so he had a sex change to reflect that. However, after becoming a “woman,” he still was not happy and changed back to become a man. Later on, he became a woman yet again, making it the 3rd sex change.

Another man is famously known for went in for 167 sex change surgeries. That is not transgender, that is confusion. Nobody said anything to this poor man? Nobody related that the problem is not his identification, it’s a mind issue? Were the doctors just filling their pockets with his money? Did they even care about him as a person and helping the real problem?

We have people today changing in a wide variety of ways and even inventing pronouns to describe the different genders being invented. Today, we can identifying as almost anything. We have men who think they are six-year-olds because their minds are lying to them and telling them that they are six. One man had a sex surgery to become a girl, to look like a little girl, and to reflect how he felt. This is a grown man, and it is extremely sad.

The truth is that a person cannot change their sex or their age. It’s biologically impossible. If I claim to be 10-years-old, that does not make me 10, even if I believe it. If I believe I am a lizard, I should probably get some help. Yet, today you have people identifying as cats, dogs, and reptiles, aliens and all sorts of scary things. One man went for surgery to become a reptile, receiving scales to reflect the “reality” his mind was telling him.

The fact that some of our society lies to these people under the guise of “tolerance” and “being nice” does not help anyone, and in fact, we are hurting them and stunting them by encouraging these illusions.

The Catholic Church actually cares for people who believe themselves to be transgender (or whatever other disassociation, psychological, or other issues people are facing) and desires to help them. But it seems that other activists, the political activists and gay activists don’t care for these people at all, telling us that everything is OK, including but not limited to, thinking you are another sex, another animal, or another age. This is damaging. It’s confusing, and it’s not helping anyone. It certainly is not helping the problem or getting to its route.

Another thing that caused the fundamentalist activists to lash out against the Catholic Church is that the document mentioned the importance of family and that family was one man and one woman. In addition, children need both a mother and a father. That is what family is in God’s eyes. The Bible states that God made human beings “male and female.” God made sex. He made gender. That’s how it is, and it is what science has told us forever.

The document also spoke of the complementarity of the spouses, gifts and qualities that men and women each bring – some that only men can bring and some that only women are able to give. A child needs both a mother and father for the most healthy relationship and growth. Two wonderful men could never take the place of a woman or a mommy. Two women (even if one is more masculine) could never replace a father or a daddy. Children need both masculine and feminine genius. That is the way God created it to be.

There have been children of homosexual parents who have spoken out against homosexual marriage because they have been the product of two moms or two dads or different scenarios. They have grown up lamenting the lack of a father or mother in their life. Out from Under, for example, is the story of Dawn Stefanowicz who was the product of a homosexual parent, and she tells her story.

So the Catholic Church was not slamming transgender people as all the news stories have stated, and even some fake Catholic organizations. The Church was not making fun of people who believe themselves to be trans in any way. It just reaffirmed everything that humanity has always believed and known since the beginning of time. God is the author of life and the author of sex and marriage. He made marriage between one man and one woman, and a child needs both a mother and a father to be a completely whole and healthy individual. God did not make gender fluid, and yet at the same time, the document clearly states we must love and respect our brothers and sisters who struggle with this and not bully or the way God intended.

Our next article will go into greater detail on this topic, and our final article will discuss “inter sex” people or hermaphrodites and how that differs from the transgender movement.

Thank you for reading and God bless you.

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Why Abortion is Always Wrong! (Part 3)

Pro choice arguments and pro life answers!

In this series, we are offering pro life answers to pro choice arguments in order to demonstrate that there is no good reason for abortion. These responses are meant to be loving and respectful but to show why abortion is always wrong.

Pro choice argument #3:

A woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her own body.

This is a terribly illogical argument, but people continue to repeat it over and over again. If you hear it enough, it begins to sounds true. However, nobody has the right to do whatever they want with their own body, male or female.

For example, a person could kill themselves by committing suicide, but it is morally and ethically wrong to end your own life. Likewise, you could choose to use your body to punch someone in the face for no reason. Going further with your body, you may even choose to kill them because you do not like them.

However, you do not have the right to kill someone because you do not like them. Theoretically you could do it, (you have free will), but it is wrong, and you will go to jail.

The drug Thalidomide was once upon a time administered to women to help them with nausea during pregnancy until they found out that it gave birth defects and produced new born children without arms or legs.

For obvious reasons, it was pulled from the shelf. The point being made here is that just because someone is a woman does not give her the right to use this medication and maim a child for life. That is completely illogical reasoning. Sex has nothing to do with it when it comes to hurting or killing someone else.

Could the lady in the picture below crush the skull of the baby if she chooses? Does she suddenly develop this right because she is a woman? Of course not. But that is what abortion does, as described in our first article.

The bottom line is this:

Nobody has the right to kill an innocent life. Not a man. Not a woman. No one. Murder is not a right! This is why abortion is always wrong!

With that being said, sometimes women are faced with difficult choices, a lack of options, or are just afraid. They may not know where to turn, fear what people will say, or may not have a safe refuge. Furthermore, they may know nothing about raising a child (which makes one wonder why they are engaging in sex, of which, a child is the natural outcome).

Some are even forced to have an abortion against their will. I just read the story of a woman in college who was forced to have an abortion. Forced! Of course, this wrecked her. So let us also remember the women too. We do not know their circumstances or struggles, but we can work for the good of the woman too.

Here is the point. We need to stress that while abortion is always wrong, women are in need of help too, and we should help them in any way we can.

On this note, Planned Parenthood does not help women after birth. You do not see them offering diapers, food, shelter, places to live, or anything else like this that women in need might actually need.

Contrast this with countless pro-life agencies that do adoption, give women free diapers, free carriages, free food, money, shelter, a house to live in, and many other things to support their needs. So, for people to say pro-lifers only care about the baby is untrue.

There are even organizations that help women who have had an abortion (or numerous) to come to peace and healing, all with love and all without judgement… as the way it should be.

Thank God for these organizations who are there for the women. Let us help women and protect the innocent children. Let’s do both!

Resources Below!

Hurting after an abortion? Looking for completely non-judgmental women who understand? Check out Rachel’s Vineyard where many woman have found healing, hope, and newness of life. In addition, here are just some of the many, many organizations that help women in need!

This is #3 of 15. If you missed the first arguments, click here. Or, if you wish to watch the YouTube video (part 1) giving the first 5 arguments, click here.

Please support our non-profit: www.patreon.com/catholictruth

#1. “Persuasive Pro-Life.” https://goo.gl/PESWgw by Trent Horn (The BEST book and author on pro-life issues)

#2. DVD: “The Silent Scream” – By an ex-abortion doctor shows the killing of a baby in abortion through an ultrasound – https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Scream-DVD-Eight-Languages/dp/B000E10ELU/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=the+silent+scream&qid=1559671707&s=gateway&sr=8-6

#3. “Unplanned! The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line” https://goo.gl/wsjTx5

#4. DVD: “Making the Case for Life,” by Trent Horn – https://goo.gl/4mWCxo

#5. “Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood” – https://goo.gl/uaWhby

#6. Killer Angel: A Short Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder, Margaret Sanger – https://goo.gl/jgcTor

#7. “Three Approaches to Abortion,” by Peter Kreeft – https://www.aquinasandmore.com/cathol…

#8. “Explaining Tough Moral Questions” – https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Apol… _Help us make more solidly Catholic videos!

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Why Abortion is Wrong (Part 2)

In this series, we are giving the reasons why abortion is always wrong. In each of these articles, we are giving pro life answers to the top pro abortion arguments showing that there is no good reason to support abortion, or to have an abortion. There will be resources at the end for anyone who may have had an abortion and or is looking for forgiveness, healing, or peace.

This is #2 of 15. If you missed the first argument, click here, or if you wish to watch the YouTube video (part 1) giving the first 5 arguments, click here.


Pro choice argument #2: “My body, my choice.”

One of the gaping problems with this argument is that it is not a woman’s body. It is their child’s body that they are forcing their opinion on and taking their life from. They are telling the child that it has to die and has no right to live. Or, perhaps a man is forcing a woman to force that decision of their child.

Looked at another way, a woman has her own body. and the child has its own body. They are not the same but separate and distinct. If it was only the woman’s body, then the mother would have four feet, four hands, four arms, two heads, and so on. But she doesn’t.

To make the point here, my wife is pregnant, and we have had several ultrasounds in which we are able to see our baby’s own individual hands and feet and body. We even have ultrasound videos showing our little girl kicking away. Our child has it’s own individual body, and it’s a different body than the mothers.

This is an ultrasound of our little girl. We saw not only the head, arms, legs, spine, and ribs very clearly, but we also saw the brain, the heart beating and more. This is not only another person separate from my wife’s body, but it has it’s own body which we have no right to kill.

So, in other words, our child is it’s own individual person, and it’s not our property to kill.

Another point. It’s not really our body anyway. Our bodies have been given to us on loan from God, and He said in Scripture that we will be responsible to Him for how we treat our bodies and what we do with them.

Here’s what the Bible actually says; “The immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you which you have from God and that you are not your own? You were bought with a price: so glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6: 18-20).

So our bodies are not our own. We have been given to them by God, and God is the author of life. And we are told to glorify God in our body, or make right choices. Consequently, we have no right to play God and end another person’s life, born or unborn.

In fact, God says that if we destroy his temple (our body through sin), then He will destroy us. It is one of the hardest words in Scripture, but that is the reality.

At this point, someone might object again saying, “OK, maybe a baby is its own person with its own body, but it is still in the woman, and the woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her own body. We cannot tell a woman what to do with her body.”

That is the topic of our next article!

Thanks for reading! Please see the resources below for hope and healing or for more information on the pro-life message.

Great Resources!


Hurting after an abortion? Looking for completely non-judgmental women who understand? Check out Rachel’s Vineyard where many woman have found healing, hope, and newness of life. In addition, here are just some of the many, many organizations that help women in need!

Please support our non-profit: www.patreon.com/catholictruth (Any amount will help).

#1. “Persuasive Pro-Life.” https://goo.gl/PESWgw by Trent Horn (The BEST book and author on pro-life issues)

#2. DVD: “The Silent Scream” – By an ex-abortion doctor shows the killing of a baby in abortion through an ultrasound – https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Scream-DVD-Eight-Languages/dp/B000E10ELU/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=the+silent+scream&qid=1559671707&s=gateway&sr=8-6

#3. “Unplanned! The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line” https://goo.gl/wsjTx5

#4. DVD: “Making the Case for Life,” by Trent Horn – https://goo.gl/4mWCxo

#5. “Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood” – https://goo.gl/uaWhby

#6. Killer Angel: A Short Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder, Margaret Sanger – https://goo.gl/jgcTor

#7. “Three Approaches to Abortion,” by Peter Kreeft – https://www.aquinasandmore.com/cathol…

#8. “Explaining Tough Moral Questions” – https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Apol… _Help us make more solidly Catholic videos!



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Why Abortion is Wrong (Part 1)

  In this series, we are giving pro life answers to the top 15 pro abortion arguments

New York opened up abortion to be virtually on demand. (We made a YouTube video covering that). Alabama smacked down abortion hard in almost every case.

Abortion! The sad debate.

Is there any good reason to support abortion or to have an abortion? The answer is no. None. In this series, we will be covering the top pro choice/pro abortion arguments and showing why abortion is wrong in every circumstance. If you have other objections, they will be answered in the following articles. (Or if you would rather watch the whole video, click here.)

BEFORE WE BEGIN . . . we wish to note that these articles will be in a spirit of charity and humility. It is not merely about, “We are right and you are wrong; we are good, and you are evil.” No. We want demonstrate the truth of the matter in a kind and loving way with respect for persons who may be struggling with an abortion decision, or perhaps, who has have already had an abortion. You will find the first pro choice argument below…

PRO-ABORTION ARGUMENT #1: A fetus is just a clump of cells and some tissue; it’s not an actual human or a person.

There are a few mistakes here. First, a fetus is actually a human person. People throw the word fetus around constantly:

“A fetus doesn’t have a heart beat…”

“A fetus isn’t a person…”

“A fetus is just a clump of cells…”

And so on. The truth is that scientifically, a fetus is a baby from 8 weeks until birth. Everything before 8 weeks is known as an embryo. So when people say that a fetus isn’t alive or that a fetus does not have a heart beat or brain waves, that is all scientifically incorrect. It is a human person, and even a baby mere moments before birth is still called a fetus.

The word fetus comes from Latin and means “little one.” So this little one has its own body and body parts. Close to 12 weeks (still in the first trimester), this child even has its internal organs. Wow! So it is a fully-formed child at 12 weeks. Therefore, a fetus is a human being.

Let’s back up a bit. From the moment of conception, this “little one” has its own unique DNA – a full and complete DNA – meaning that it has its own genetic makeup and is therefore its own individual and unique life. It is also growing meaning it is alive. So, it is a new person at the moment of conception, and it possesses everything it will need to grow to be just like you and me. It’s us… just little!

The reason why abortion is wrong is because it kills this innocent life and to take an innocent human life is wrong. That is the bottom line of why abortion is always wrong.

Next, a “clump” is a small part of a whole. For example, if you grasp a clump of sand from the beach or rip op a clump of grass from a lawn, that is not the whole beach or the whole yard; it’s just a clump of it. Conversely, the child in the womb is not a clump, it’s a whole. It has a full DNA and everything it needs (not just some of it) to live and grow as a whole organism.

It is like a watch. Nobody says that a watch is just a clump of gears. That would be incorrect. Perhaps if a few of the gears were just laying on the ground in a small pile, but a whole watch contains all the gears it needs to makeup the whole and to function.

It is the same with a little fetus and even an embryo at the moment of conception. The child has it’s own complete DNA and therefore has everything it needs to be a complete, unique, living individual being that works within the whole of itself. So it’s not just a clump. It’s SO much more.

Right now, my wife is pregnant. Yay!! We occasionally see ultrasounds, and guess what? We do not see a lump of cells. We see our little baby in there. We see the head, the little arms, the little feet, and even the child kicking and moving.

My wife was like, “Oh my gosh. Is it normal for her to be moving that much?” “Oh yes!” the doctor replied, “it’s perfectly normal!” So, our little baby is a human person, it’s own individual person, not a clump of cells. Again, this is why it is morally wrong to exterminate that life.

One more pertinent point. Most women do not even discover they are pregnant until somewhere between 4 and 7 weeks – the time a baby already has a heart beat. Something struck me hard recently! I read that in a first-trimester abortion (when the majority of abortions happen) a doctor dilates the woman’s cervix and then sticks the straw up there (not the technical name) and it sucks out the baby part by part. The straw gets bigger and can expand as the baby goes through it so that it even fit the whole head.

Afterward, the doctor gathers the parts together and separates the hands, legs, and other body parts to make sure they got the whole child and that no parts were left inside the woman. I do not usually describe abortions, but I do in this case to demonstrate that people have sadly been lied to. (I will hide a picture far down below the end of this blog in case anyone wants to see a picture of what a baby, not a clump of cells, looks like after an abortion).

Many innocent young girls have been lied to, and it’s sad! They are told that a child in the womb is a clump of tissue “just being removed.” Of course, this is a lie.

Even during the 4-7 weeks when a woman first realizes that she is pregnant, the baby already has a heart beat, it’s own eyes, ears, tongue, blood and more. It has muscles which are developing, and arms and legs that are beginning to grow.

Toward the end of the first trimester, 12 weeks of gestation, the baby is fully formed with all internal organs. It is literally a whole person that is being aborted, or killed, and even abortion doctors know this which is why they don’t show you the ultrasound in places like Planned Parenthood.

This is why we fight for the life of the little one in the womb. We sincerely seek to be a voice for the voiceless and to help the women in any way she needs. We do not want her to feel that abortion is her only option. Pro-woman, pro-child. Pro life!

One may object, and say, OK, even if it is a life, it’s a woman’s body so it’s her choice. This is the objection we will answer in the next article.

Comments and Resources

Feel free to comment below or to check out the resources. They will give you great information, or will answer any questions you may have.

Hurting after an abortion? Looking for completely non-judgmental women who understand? Check out Rachel’s Vineyard where many woman have found healing, hope, and joy. And here are just some of the countless many pro-life organizations that help women in need!

Please support our non-profit: www.patreon.com/catholictruth (Any amount will help).

#1. “Persuasive Pro-Life.” https://goo.gl/PESWgw by Trent Horn (The BEST book and author on pro-life issues)

#2. “Unplanned! The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line” https://goo.gl/wsjTx5

#3. DVD: “The Silent Scream” – By an ex-abortion doctor shows the killing of a baby in abortion through an ultrasound – https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Scream-DVD-Eight-Languages/dp/B000E10ELU/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=the+silent+scream&qid=1559671707&s=gateway&sr=8-6

#4. DVD: “Making the Case for Life,” by Trent Horn – https://goo.gl/4mWCxo

#5. “Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood” – https://goo.gl/uaWhby

#6. Killer Angel: A Short Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder, Margaret Sanger – https://goo.gl/jgcTor

#7. “Three Approaches to Abortion,” by Peter Kreeft – https://www.aquinasandmore.com/cathol…

#8. “Explaining Tough Moral Questions” – https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Apol… _Help us make more solidly Catholic videos!

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Do Catholics Worship Statues (Why do they KISS Statues and BOW before them?)


Non-Catholics: Why do you Catholics worship statues?

Catholics: We don’t.

Non-Catholics: Sure you do, and the Vatican tells you to.

Catholics: Really! Statues are only symbols. We don’t actually worship them.

Non-Catholics: It’s idolatry you know. And the Bible condemns that! Repent now or go to hell!

Catholics: ::Facepalm:: Like talking to a wall.


My YouTube channel has a constant influx of people who claim that Catholics worship statues. This is even in spite of my making a video on that very topic proving that we dont! After all, statues are only wood, marble, and plaster. They are dead! They cannot hear us. They cannot see us. They cannot do anything because they are dead.

Catholics understand this. We know that they are just symbols, representations of our brothers and sisters of faith who have gone before us, and these statues remind us of their holy lives.  It’s like having pictures of your family in your wallet. But whatever. Catholics still worship statues!

These non-Catholics consistently point out that Catholics kneel before statues, bow before them, and kiss them proving that they worship statues and make idols out of them. They will then take you to Exodus 20 where they wrongly believe God said don’t make any statues. I say wrongly because statues and graven images were used also for God’s holy purposes in the old Testament. They just couldn’t be worshipped. We agree!

Yes, but Catholics DO worship them because they kiss them and bow before them. “Woah there Mr. non-Catholic. Don’t be so hasty in your judgements.” Just because something looks like one thing doesn’t mean it actually is.

Just because a person kisses something does not mean they are worshipping it. Otherwise, I must be worship my wife every day – or her picture when we are apart.  Kissing can = worship in rare cases, but in our everyday life and culture, most kissing is not worship and has a plethora of meanings.

So how can someone without knowing the heart or intent of an individual quickly assume that it MUST be worship. Because so many people have been lied to about Catholics and do not know better, nor have they taken any time to care or find out.

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Why do Catholics kneel before statues and kiss them?

I had a friend once in college, and his father died. When we found out, a bunch of guys ran like mad around the campus looking for this poor boy in order to tell him the tragic news. Apparently, he already found out. When we finally located him, he was in a chapel praying and crying. He was sitting on the floor holding a picture of his deceased father, and he was hugging the picture and kissing it all while crying his eyes out.

I immediately scolded him to stop worshiping that picture and to stop kissing it. After condemning him in a self-righteous tone, I informed him that he should worship the true God and not the false idol he was kissing.

No, of course I did nothing of the sort. I knew that his father was dead and that he could no longer hug or kiss his father anymore. Thus, he was hugging and kissing the picture, the next best thing and a tangible sign of his father. This picture was now a memory of his father.

It is the same for Catholics. It’s literally that simple. In the Catholic Church whether you are living now, in the past or in the future, if you are part of the body of Christ, you are family. Statues are simply reminders of those brothers and sisters in faith who have gone before us. Every time we see a statue, it recalls to our minds their lives of holiness and how they followed Christ with their whole hearts.

If someone kisses a statue of Jesus for example, we know that it is not the real Jesus – obviously – it is simply an external and symbolic gesture of our love for Him in the same way my friend kissed a picture of his father whom he loved. It’s a reminder. Statues of saints call to our minds the holy lives they lived, and it inspires us to follow Jesus even more.

Analogously, just because a person kneels or bows before something does not mean they are worshipping it. Like kissing, it all depends on the intention behind it. The Bible exhorts us to kiss one another with a holy kiss (2 Corinthians 13:12). At the same time, Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. So, the intention is of utmost importance.

After all, Protestants kneel on the floor in front of their Bibles. Some non-Catholics kiss the Bible. “How dare they!!!!” No….. Catholics do not emotionally fly off the handle because they understand that when Prots kiss the Bible, they are not worshipping the book, but the Person the books teaches us about. Their kiss is a symbol of their love for God who they read about. Likewise, Catholics don’t get all hot and foamy at the mouth yelling about Protestants who kneel before the Bible and accuse them of worshipping it.

When Catholics kneel before a statue or a picture, it is a posture of prayer to God. Even if we ask a saint to pray for us, the end goal and desire of all of our prayers is God. Since He is the end of our prayers, our kneeling is to Him. I have never seen anyone bow before a statue before. Perhaps it’s the bowing of a head??? Not sure. Either way, we are certainly not kneeling to a dead statue and trying to worship it as if it was God. That is silly nonsense. It may look that way to the uneducated passerby, but it’s not.

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Bowing in the Bible:

In the Bible, bowing can be used for worship or for honor and veneration. It all depends on the intention.  In Revelation 22:8-9, it says John worships an angel and bows before it. He is rightly scolded for such an act. Whereas, in Joshua 5:14, Joshua bows down in honor before an angel without worshipping it and without getting reprimanded in any way. It was a sign of respect and humility. No problem. All depends on the intention of the heart.

Similarly, in 2 Kings 4:37, a woman bows down before prophet Elisha. “She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground; then she took up her son and went out.” No worship involved. In 1 Kings 1:31, “Bathsheba bowed her face to the ground to David and did obeisance to the king, and said, “May my lord King David live forever!” David likewise bowed his face down to the ground before Bathsheba in 1 Kings 2:19.

Even Jesus promises in Revelation 3:9 “Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and learn that I have loved you.”

These people are not worshipping the Israelites with such an act, but it is a posture of humility and respect and honor and all depends on the intention. There are many more instances of reverencing, honoring and venerating people in the Bible, holy people that God has raised up. This obviously isn’t to be confused with the worship that is due to God alone. It is the same when Catholics honor the saints and holy people who have gone before us. We are honoring them, but worship is reserved for God alone and no human. Only God is the God of the universe forever and without end.

I hope this has helped Catholics and non-Catholics alike to understand more our beliefs and practices. If you have any follow up questions, please add them to the comments section below. Also, check out my video on statues and the other great resources I have listed below.

God bless you and come back soon! 😊

RESOURCES!

  1. The Catholicism Answer Book: 300 of the most Frequently asked Questions: https://goo.gl/YKpVVd
  2. The Case for Catholicism – Answers to classic and contemporary objections. (This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and thorough defense of the Catholic Church against Protestant objections in print). – https://goo.gl/RwtpWy
  3. Where is the in the Bible? By Patrick Madrid (Where Catholic beliefs are found in the Bible) https://amzn.to/2EslGzS
  4. Why is that in Tradition? (What are teachings from tradition and why?) – https://amzn.to/2wowkmF
  5. “Catholicism for Dummies” by  Rev. John Trigilio, Jr.; Rev. Kenneth Brighenti. https://amzn.to/2PMtvnV


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