Arguments Against the Catholic Church (Answering Anti-Catholic myths on Salvation!)

There are so many arguments against the Catholic Church that are false or skewed. Some are so far off that it is hard to take them seriously. This picture is of those that is hard to take seriously. It is but one of a million that present a completely false and ignorant view of the Catholic Church. This picture not only makes multiple errors regarding Catholicism, but the Catholic Church herself does not even teach half of the things listed on it. In other words, they are claiming Catholics have beliefs that they do not in fact believe. Let us look at a few of them.

Really BAD arguments against the Catholic Church

As stated above, most of these assertions are just made up – invented. For example, the Catholic Church does not teach that we are saved by Peter or that Peter gets us to heaven. I mean, where did someone even concoct this from?

Likewise, the Catholic Church does not teach that we are saved by Catechisms, candles, holy water, and most of the other things listed on there. Rather, this picture is the creation of ignorance, an anti-Catholic who did not even understand the Catholic faith before creating something about it. Pro-tip: it helps to do real research first about a religion before attacking it.

I would like to ask the person who made this picture above where the Catholic Church teaches that candles, tithing, or holy water, for example, saves a person in place of Jesus, or at all.

Hint: It doesn’t.

Analogously, the Church has never taught that Mary saves us or died for us, or anything of the sort. In fact, the Catholic Church teaches the opposite and states that only Jesus saves us and that He alone justifies us by His body and blood on the cross. The Church has taught this for over 2000 years now.

For any doubters out there, here is some official Catholic teaching on it:

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ who offered himself on the cross as a living victim, holy and pleasing to God, and whose blood has become the instrument of atonement for the sins of all men.” … “Since God alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son made man, “will save his people from their sins”. in Jesus, God recapitulates all of his history of salvation on behalf of men.”(430, 1992)

And many more could be cited!

Catholics and Salvation!

Catholics believe that Jesus died once and for all on the cross to save us from our sins. Only His body and blood forgives us our sins, and without it, we cannot be saved. Period.  That is what Catholics believe! However, salvation is not a one time event. It is a life long journey of Christ saving us. For example:

Many Protestants say (like in the picture above) that Baptism doesn’t save you. However, this is incorrect. The Bible itself says “Baptism saves you” (1 Peter 3:21) speaking of a water baptism. Scripture cannot be any more clear! When Protestants read a verse like that, they immediately get uncomfortable and retract saying, “No, only Christ saves you.”

Well, of course only Christ saves you. But the Bible clearly states that “Baptism saves you.” Do not ignore the verse because it makes you feel uncomfortable or you do not understand it. Catholics are not uncomfortable at all because they understand that Christ saves us, but He chooses to use different means to do so, like Baptism. It’s not the water that saves, but Jesus Christ who saves us through Baptism, which is why Scripture (in Romans 6 and other verses) talks about being born again in Christ through Baptism. It is Christ who saves us this way and anti-Catholics try to tie His hands claiming He cannot. (Note: Lutherans and other Protestant groups agree with Catholics on this; they believe that Christ saves through Baptism which regenerates us).

Bible Cherry Picking

Cherry picking means you take one line from the entire Bible and make that your argument. The picture above quotes one verse that says we are saved by “believing in Jesus,” which is true. However, it is not just an intellectual belief only that saves you but a living, breathing, working faith. In other words, there are many other things that Jesus commanded us to do, that if we do not do them, we will not be saved. Like Baptism, for example (Mk. 16:16 – “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.”)

Also, Scripture is clear that we must have more than an intellectual faith. We need to do things do be saved. Unlike what the picture above says, we need to repent (Acts 3:18); we must confess our sins (Rom. 10:9); we must live out our faith in good works (Mt. 25:31-46 and many others), and we must follow the commandments (Mt.19:17-21) and do God’s will (Mt. 7:21).

Likewise confession is part of God’s plan and Jesus Himself gave men the power to forgive sins (Jn. 20:21-23) and last rites is Biblical too (James 5:16).

Likewise confession is part of God’s plan. Jesus Himself gave men the power to forgive sins (Jn. 20:21-23) and last rites also Biblical (James 5:16).

In other words, the initial picture says we must believe in Jesus, which is true, but it is taken out of context and forced to mean something that it does not. This is common among anti-Catholics who quickly sling Bible verses at Catholics but almost always take them out of context.

This is why we need to step it up in the Catholic Church and learn our faith again. It’s time! Generations of uncatechized Catholics have been killing the Church and giving it a bad name. Christ called us to be the “light of the world!” Therefore, we need to know know our Bible and our faith! After all, the Bible is a Catholic book. We are the ones who made it and gave it to the world!

So, check out the awesome resources below which will absolutely help you to learn, love, and share your faith. I guarantee that if you read a few of those books, your faith fill not only grow, but Catholicism will become more exciting and fulfilling! I have a library of books (Catholic and anti-Catholic) that I have read, and I’m passing it on to you…

As always, thanks for reading! Share this post with others, Protestant or Catholics, that need to know more about the truth of the Catholic faith. And, as always, if you have any questions about anything listed in the picture above, just ask. ++

Helpful Resources!

**My recommendations based on this article

  1. **“Bible Basics for Catholics” by John Bergsma, Scott Hahn. https://amzn.to/2ws5HNB
  2. “The Catholic Verses: 95 Biblical Verses that Confound Protestants “ by Dave Armstrong. https://amzn.to/2oCeZ5Q
  3. **“A Biblical Defense of Catholicism” by Dave Armstrong. https://amzn.to/2Q6XI1x
  4. “Search and Rescue: How to bring your family and friends back – or back into – the Catholic church” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2NLUi2z
  5. “By what authority? An evangelical discovers Catholic Tradition” by Mark Shea. https://amzn.to/2wF1Spe
  6. **Catholicism and Fundamentalism: Attacks on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians.” (One of the BEST books on defending the Catholic faith against Protestants and anti-Catholic arguments). https://goo.gl/fNxXuB
  7. **Rome Sweet Home (Militant anti-Catholic becomes Catholic https://goo.gl/h1Fqs1
  8. **Where We Got The Bible, by Henry Graham – https://goo.gl/wphT47
  9. **Surprised by Truth! (Many Protestants become Catholics and give their reasons for doing so along with their misunderstandings of Catholicism. https://goo.gl/1gvgAM
  10. Surprised by Truth 2! – https://goo.gl/vBwyNN
  11. **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
  12. “Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic” by David Currie (Protestant becomes Catholic). https://amzn.to/2LzmSly
  13. Crossing the Tiber – https://goo.gl/xcDtL7 (Anti-Catholic becomes Catholic)
  14. “Handbook of Catholic Apologetics” by Peter Krett, Ronald K. Tacelli. https://amzn.to/2NVzkkR
  15. “Did Jesus have a last name? And 199 other questions from Catholic teenagers” by Matthew Pinto. https://amzn.to/2wpsIBn
  16. “If Protestantism is true: the reformation meets Rose” by Devin Rose . https://amzn.to/2Q46vkz
  17. “Reasons to Believe: how to understand, explain, and defend the Catholic faith” by Scott Hahn. https://amzn.to/2wCM863
  18. “On a mission: Lessons from St. Francis de Sales” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2wEitZn
  19. “Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths & Misconceptions About the Papacy” by Patrick Madrid. https://amzn.to/2BWbPn1

About Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier is a professional Catholic speaker, retreat leader, author, YouTuber, and a Catholic apologist who has been teaching and preaching for almost two decades. He has also been aired on TV and radio in different states, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Sirius XM Satellite, and EWTN. He is the founder of "Catholic Truth," a non-profit dedicated to the New Evangelization and helping Catholics to know, love, and live their faith with purpose and passion each day!
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