But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69 NKJV)
Of all the questions you will ask yourself in life, probably the most important is, “Am I good enough to go to Heaven?” The way to find this out is to ask yourself if you have obeyed the Ten Commandments (listed below). Most would answer the question, “Well, I’ve broken one or two, but nothing too serious, like murder, etc.”
So, let’s go through them and see how you do [...]
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ANSWERS IN GENESIS:
Ask most atheists why they don’t believe in the God of the Bible, and their answer will ultimately come back to the character of God. Sure, they might mention the lack of “evidence,” hypocrisy in the church, etc.—but when it comes right down to it, they have a problem with God.
The world is a mess. AIDS, genocide, child slavery, starvation, earthquakes, and tsunamis—where did these evils come from, and how could a loving God allow people to endure so many horrible tragedies? Even many Christians find themselves asking the same piercing question: If God is so good and loving, how can He allow suffering and death?
READ MORE: http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers/features/biggest-problem
Sinfulness is the general characteristic of all mankind; we are all guilty before God. We are sinners by nature and by our own acts of transgression. Read more:
1. Are we saved by faith or by works? - John MacArthur's commentary on James 2
2. How can you believe in salvation by faith alone when the only occurrence of ‘faith alone’ in the Bible (James 2:24) says that salvation is not by faith alone?http://www.gotquestions.org/faith-alone.html
3. Faith, Works, and Why James and Paul Agree
What is the cause of the present crisis in the Catholic Church? Catholicism: Crisis of Faith goes to the heart of the matter, investigating the teachings of Roman Catholicism and comparing them to Scripture. Follow the spiritual journey of devout priests and nuns who courageously faced a crisis of faith and emerged with a life changing experience of Jesus Christ. Please consider buying a copy of this DVD here.
Catholicism : Crisis of Faith [Spanish]
The Roman Catholic Church portrays itself as the one legitimate heir to New Testament Christianity, and the Pope as the successor to Peter, the first bishop of Rome. While those details are debatable, there is no question that Roman church history reaches back to ancient times. The apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Romans about AD 55, and addressed a church body that existed prior to his first visit there (but he made no mention of Peter, though he greeted others by name). Despite repeated persecutions by the government, a vibrant Christian community existed in Rome after apostolic times. Those early Roman Christians were just like their brethren in other parts of the world—simple followers of Jesus Christ. READ MORE>>
Remaining in the Catholic Church by Dr Joe Mizzi
Question: If a person is in the Catholic Church and has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and yet refuses to leave the Catholic Church with its false teachings, is it because God has not yet opened his eyes or is it because he is being stubborn?
Answer: There is no simple answer to your question. Someone who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour should leave the Roman Church because it teaches a false gospel. A genuine Christian should join a Bible-believing church to worship God with his brethren and for mutual edification.
Yet some who claim to have received Christ as Lord and Saviour remain active members of the Roman Catholic Church. There may be several reasons. The first one that comes to mind is this: Not everyone who claims to have received Christ actually did so. They remain in the Roman Catholic Church because it is still very much their home despite the many unbiblical doctrines and practices.
Yet others may be truly saved and yet remain for a time in the Catholic Church. Some do so for lack of knowledge. Later on they see the inconsistencies and contradictions between the teaching of the Bible and the Catholic Church and are forced by their conscience to leave. For instance, how can a Christian who believes that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin, remain in a church that teaches there is a purgatory where a person is cleansed from sin by his personal suffering?
Others are simply stubborn, as you say. They are stubborn because of some ulterior motive. Perhaps they don't want to be persecuted or because they fear social and family pressures. This is really worrying, for Christ warned us that "whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38). They have every reason to doubt whether they are truly saved or not.
Another person asked...
Question: Billy Graham does not tell Catholics who have accepted Jesus as personal Saviour to leave the Catholic Church. I am a Catholic who accepted Jesus as personal Saviour. I do not believe that baptism results in salvation. I still consider it’s OK to baptize infants. I do not pray to the Virgin Mary or the Saints. I do not believe in purgatory. I do not believe that the pope is infallible. I do not believe that the Mass is a sacrifice. I do not believe in transubstantiation. I consider The Holy Eucharist to be a memorial of the sacrifice of Christ. I do not go to confession. I confess the sins directly to Jesus. There are Catholic priests who preach about accepting Jesus as personal Saviour.
Answer: I find it difficult to understand your stand. How can you remain a member of a church if you do not agree or submit to its doctrines and discipline? Billy Graham is not infallible (and he does not claim to be!) and therefore you should check out whether his advice on this matter is right or wrong. Please consider the following three points:
1. You are accursed by the Roman Catholic Church because you deny some of its main doctrines. The following are some of the curses lumped on your head ("anathema sit" means "let him be accursed"):
2. The Roman Catholic [Church] demands your mental submission to the teaching of the magisterium, whether you believe it or not.
3. As a Christian, you are called to walk according to the truth. If, by the grace of God, you know the truth of the Gospel and you are now trusting in Christ, your Lord and Saviour, it is only natural that you should turn away from every falsehood and embrace the doctrines of Christ. How can you remain in fellowship with a church that upholds so many doctrines that you know to be false? Why don't you seek and join a local Christian community where the Gospel is faithfully preached and obeyed?
Please ask yourself: Can I remain a member of a church that curses me? Can I consider myself a faithful Catholic since I disregard and disobey the magisterium's claim of supreme teaching authority? Can I conscientiously follow Him who is the Truth while living a lie?
Copyright Dr Joe Mizzi. Permission to copy and distribute this article without textual changes.
"Test All Things: An invitation to examine you Catholic faith in the light of Scripture" by Joe Mizzi
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From Grace To You:
Was Jesus Always "Nice"? by John MacArthur
I never could believe in the Jesus Christ of some people, for the Christ in whom they believe is simply full of affectionateness and gentleness, whereas I believe there never was a more splendid specimen of manhood, even its sternness, than the Savior; and the very lips which declared that He would not break a bruised reed uttered the most terrible anathemas upon the Pharisees. –Charles Spurgeon
Modern writers, agnostic academics, and liberal theologians always stress the kindness and gentleness of Christ. Their Jesus—not the One found in Scripture, but the one concocted from their own imaginations and preferences—is effectively an ideological and theological pacifist. He preached only love and self-sacrifice, never judged or discriminated, and wasn’t dogmatic about the truth. In effect, the Jesus they’ve manufactured pleads “Can’t we all just get along?” with people of all faiths.
That perspective betrays a deep and dangerous ignorance of the truth about Christ, the exclusivity of the gospel He preached, and how He confronted religious error. Even the kindest, gentlest shepherd sometimes needs to throw rocks at the wolves who come in sheep’s clothing.
READ MORE: http://www.gty.org/Blog/B130912
"Mother" Teresa was pro-life. She spoke about abortion at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. several years ago in 1994. This is what she had to say:
But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even his life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love - that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
Dr. Joseph Stowell remarks on this event in his book "The Trouble With Jesus". He writes that after "Mother" Teresa's speech, the crowd rose to its feet in applause with the exception of the Clintons and Gores who sat in silence throughout the thunderous ovation.
While I greatly respect "Mother" Teresa's stance on the sanctity of life for unborn babies, she was not a Christian. (See: Does being a pro-life Catholic make you a Christian? - One Way Jesus.) "Mother" Teresa was a Roman Catholic universalist (see below}.
God is whoever (or whatever).
"Mother" Teresa, and those who work with her, never try to convert to Christ the dying people for whom they care. Instead, "Mother" Teresa declares: "If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we are converting. We become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are. ... What God is in your mind you must accept." (from Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work , by Desmond Doig, p. 156, as quoted by Dave Hunt, Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist , p. 149).
God is missing.
The following is excerpted from the Time Magazine article "Mother Teresa's Crisis of Faith":
A new, innocuously titled book, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light (Doubleday), consisting primarily of correspondence between Teresa and her confessors and superiors over a period of 66 years, provides the spiritual counterpoint to a life known mostly through its works. The letters, many of them preserved against her wishes (she had requested that they be destroyed but was overruled by her church),reveal that for the last nearly half-century of her life she felt no presence of God whatsoever — or, as the book's compiler and editor, the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, writes, "neither in her heart or in the eucharist."
Call in an exorcist!
The following was copied from CNN.com - Archbishop: Mother Teresa underwent exorcism September 7, 2001:
KOLKATA, India (CNN) -- Senior church officials in Kolkata, previously called Calcutta, India, acknowledge Mother Teresa had an exorcism performed on her in the later years of life.
The exorcism took place in a hospital where she had gone for cardiac problems, said Archbishop of Calcutta Henry D'Souza. The archbishop himself had been hospitalized at the same facility and shared the same doctor as Mother Teresa.
He said he noticed that while Mother Teresa was calm during the day, at night she appeared "extremely agitated." D'Souza said Mother Teresa would pull off wires and other monitoring equipment stuck to her body.
He said that is when he believed Mother Teresa "might be under the attack of the evil one." He offered to arrange for an exorcism for the elderly nun. She agreed.
"So I said let's do the prayer of exorcism over her. So I called one of the priests who was a holy man in Calcutta," D'Souza said. "I told him, 'Please say the prayer of exorcism over Mother Teresa.' And he got a shock and said, 'Shall I pray and should I drive out the devil if it's there?'"
"I said, 'Yes, you do.' But he says, 'What will the devil do to me?' I said to him, 'You command the devil to go if he's there. In the name of the church, as archbishop, I command you to go and do it.'"
After the exorcism was over, the archbishop said Mother Teresa "slept like a baby."
BEATIFICATION HOMILY: MOTHER TERESA - Pope John Paul II (EWTN) (Catholic website: for information purposes only)
French study claims Mother Teresa wasn’t so saintly (Washington Times)
Relics of the "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta" displayed at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., reports the Catholic Standard (Catholic website: for information purposes only)
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