Why Catholics Should Read The Bible - James R. Urban

The Holy Bible is man's most unique and wonderful treasure.

Revealed between the covers of this sacred book we may catch a

glimpse of the heart and mind of God. It is written for man's

eternal good, for his salvation, his guidance and his spiritaul

nourishment. It brings to mankind the glad message of the

Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, our Saviour,

Redeemer and our King.

The Scriptures are not merely a revelation of man's wisdom

but, in fact, the revealed wisdom of almight God. Because the

Bible is inspired by God, it is the only unchanging and reliable

source upon which we can rest our hope for eternity. Though we

read it for many other reasons, the most important purpose of

the Bible is to point us to the only way (God's way) of


In the Bible is to be found, not only the key to heaven,

but enough insturction and information to make one spiritually

rich for time and eternity. It reveals the secret of happy

living in this changing world and describes the Biblical

Christian's inheritance, an inheritance that is incorruptible,

eternal and that cannot fade away.

The Bible has a great and grand mission--within its pages

one can grasp the source of light and comfort. In the midst of

darkness and sorrow, we are offered genuine faith, hope and

love. It strengthens the mind with the sublimest of truths and

fills the open heart with pure and honest love; it will cause

solid principles of righteousness to sink into the depths of

one's soul. Nothing can ever change or diminish the written Word

of God. Someone has said that tradition has dug for it a grave,

intolerance has lighted many fires for its demise, many a Judas

has betrayed it, many a Peter has denied it with an oath, many a

Demas has forsaken it, yet the Holy Bible still endures. No book

that is merely human in its origin could take such assault and

continue to exist.

The Scriptures are majestic and enduring. Where could one

find a book more beautifully written, so instructive and so

deeply inspirational? The Bible is truly unique in its grandeur

and its splendor. It is of intrinsic value to all who will study

it. Besides being divinely inspired, infallible truth, the

Bible includes literature, poetry, philosophy, theology,

history, prophecy, war, drama, love, songs, prayers, sermons and

warnings. Even before the printing press, tens of thousands of

copies were meticulously hand written by Christian believers.

From the days of the apostles it was being translated into the

languages the people. It has been reported that the Bible is

read in more languages than any other book that has ever been

written. Portions of it have been translated into most of the

languages and dilects of the world and in each one it retains

its personality and individuality, its ability to meet the need

of men, bringing them into a personal relationship with the God

who inspired it. No other book offers so much to man. It reveals

both what man is and what he may become. lst John 3:1 declares,

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us,

that we shold be called sons of God".

To become a son of God is the hightest and noblest position

a human being can obtain. We are not born "Christians" or

"children of God". To become a son of God and enjoy the "more

abundant" Christian life, one must be born-again (born

spiritually) as opposed to our natural, human birth. Jesus

Christ said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the

kingdom of God" (John 3:3). "As many as received Him, to them

gave He power to become the sons of God" (John 1:12).

God's plan for all of us is that we recognize our spiritual

need (because of our failure to attain the perfect standards of

the Creator) and in ture Godly sorrow for that "sin", repent,

changing our natural attitude toward sin. We are to genuinely

desire to turn away from sin and allow the Holy Spirit of God to

work in us to live a clean, holy and righteous life in obedience

to God's written Word. To become a Bible Believing Christian one

must submit to and receive Jesus Christ as personal Lord and

Saviour through faith in His perfect and completed

substitutionary sacrifice as their only means of eternal


To receive Jesus Christ in this way is as simple as speaking

to Him (Remember that as God, He is omnipresent. He knows what

you are saying from your heart.) Think of the commitment of your

life to Him as similar to the promises in a marriage ceremony. A

man may love a waman, but until those promises are made, he is

not "married" to her. In the same way, a person is not a true

Christian until they have committed their life to Jesus Christ

by reciving Him as personal Lord and Saviour. If you have not

already received Him, now is the time to do so.

The Bible says that "If any man be in Christ, he is a new

creature: old things are passed away: behold all things are

become new" (2nd Corinthians 5:17). When a person is "born of

God", they begin to "hunger and thirst after righteousness"

(Matthew 5:6); they want to read and study the Bible (2nd

Timothy 2:15); their prayer life is no longer just a formality

but a true response of love to our father in heaven; their new

attitude and life-style will reveal to family and friends that

something genuine and wonderful has changed in the motivation of

their life. There will be a new understanding of the Bible, for

spiritual things are spiritually discerned (understood) (2nd

Corinthians 2:14). Old religious concepts are replaced with an

understanding of Biblical truth.

Many have been led to believe that the Roman Catholic

church is the original church, that it is apostolic, that it is

based entirely upon the authority of the Bible, that it is a

true Christian church (if not now, at least it used to be). Yet,

from its beginning Roman Catholicism failed to limit itself to

Biblical doctrines and principles. Instead, it altered the

simple meaning and practice of things such as baptism and the

Lord's supper and added other teachings and practices which

neither Jesus Christ nor the apostles ever taught or practiced.

Thus Roman Catholicism has followed many unscriptural traditions

that men have accumulated during the centuries.

One of those traditions is Rome's teaching on mediators.

The Bible clearly states in 2nd Timothy 2:5 that "There is ONE

MEDIATOR between God and men, the man Christ Jesus". Jesus said,

"I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cameth unto the

Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). By the authority of God's Word,

no human being (not Mary, the mother of our Lord, nor any saint,

pastor or priest) can be a mediator between God and man. Jesus

Christ alone is our mediator. He is our great high priest, He

needs no assistance. He alone is God's gift to mankind as

Saviour and Redeemer.

Rome has declared thousands of the dead to be "saints".

Yet, according to the Holy Scriptures, all true Biblical

Christians are called to be "saints" (Romans 1:7). The

distinguishing mark of a saint is not as in the Roman system,

based upon what one has done for God, but what God has done by

saving that soul from sin and eternal death.

The Bible teaches that God alone has the power to forgive

our sins. John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful

and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us form all

unrighteousness". (We confess our sins to God, not to a priest

in the confessional.) John 2:1 says, "If any man sin, we have an

advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (not a

human, mediating priest). It is a self-evident fact that only

the one offended is able to forgive the offense. When God is

offended, God alone can grant forgiveness (Mark 2:7).

In spite of all the emphasis Catholics give to Purgatory (a

place of torment where the wrath of God falls upon individuals

until they have suffered sufficient torment to be purified and

atone for their own sins), no such place is ever mentioned or

described in the Bible. The Bible does teach, however that Jesus

has "delivered us from the wrath to come" (1st Thessalonians

1:10). He is the propitiation for our sins" (Hebrews 2:2).

"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord" (Revelation 14:13).

John 3:36 declares, "He that believeth on the Son hath

everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not

see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." God's wrath is

declared to be only upon unbelievers. The believers are

delivered from God's wrath.

Roman Catholicism teaches that "our Saviour, at the Last

Supper...instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and

Blood so that He might perpetuate the Sacrifice of the Cross

throughout the centuries 'til His coming". The mass is not just

another form of the Lord's supper or holy communion. Rome

teaches that it is the unbloody "sacrifice of the body and blood

of Jesus, really present on the alter under the appearance of

bread and wine, and offered to God for the living and the dead".

Yet, Hebrews 9:22 states that "without the shedding of blood is

no remission" (forgiveness). The mass is an aboslute dichotomy,

diametricrally opposed to the teaching of the Bible. There are

about 400,000 masses every day. If the mass were true, Jesus

would be suffering at every mass instead of "once for all" as

Hebrews 7:25-28 says, "He is able to save them to the uttermost

that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make

intercession for them...who needeth not daily, as those high

priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then

for the peoples: for this he did once, when he offered up

himself". (See Hebrews 9:10-15, 26, 28; 10:10 and 11-14.) One

perfect offering ended any need for future offerings. To teach a

need for continued sacrifices is to diminish the efficacy of the

work of Christ and implies that sinful man is capable of adding

something, perhaps improving upon the work of Christ. That is an

unthinkable blasphemy to a Biblical Christian.

One of the most precious joys of every Biblical Christian

is that their salvation is secure in Jesus Christ. The Bilbe

teaches that believers are justified by grace through faith (not

by human merits or religious rites such as baptism,

confirmation, 1st communion, mass, good works etc.) and are

assured of eternal (spiritual) life. The true Christian has no

fear of hell, purgatory, the future possible loss of salvation;

does not depend upon last rites administered by a priest nor

upon family and friends who will pray for the dead, but ONLY

upon the Lord Jesus Christ who promised, "I will never leave

thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5). "And this the the

record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is

in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not

the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unot

you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that YE MAY KNOW

THAT YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. (1st John 5:11-13). "Ye know that ye

were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold"

(also as human merits, sacraments, religious traditions), "but

with the precious blood of Christ (1st Peter 1:18).

With all the various beliefs, sacraments and other

practices of Roman Catholicism, Rome is not able to give peace,

joy and certainty of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life

that the Biblical Christian can now have through simple faith in

the Gospel of the grace of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39;

John 5:24; John 14:3).

We urge all Roman Catholics to faithfully read and study

their Bibles. In so doing, they willfind God's only way of

salvation. The Bible itself declares that the way is so plain

that "fools shall not err therein" (Isaiah 35:8). We are more

than convinced that the need of the day is to "search the

Scriptures" (Which never change) to see if what religious

leaders teach is the truth or not. (See Acts 17:11, Galatians

1:8-9 and 2nd John 10-11).

Do not assume that positive emotional religious feelings,

mystical experiences, the "commitment" of your life to Christ or

the acceptance of certain beliefs and practices is sufficient to

guarantee that you are a true "born-again" Christian. READ AND

STUDY THE BIBLE. Make a promise to yourself and to God that you

will trust all the teachings of the BIBLE as your only source of

spiritual authority. Question everything you believe and

experience in the light of God's Holy Word. The Bible is the

infallible Word of God and all that we need to know about

salvation, the certaionty of salvation, God's will for man --all

spiritual matters-- may be learned by anyone willing to study

its' message. The Lord is "not willing that any should perish,

but that all should come to repentance" (2nd Peter 3:9).

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after

righteousness; for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). "For as

many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God"

(Romans 8:14). Do not chance being deceived because of failure

to study God's infallible Word. Instead, as Jesus said, "SEARCH


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