Four (4) Critical Questions And Answers About The Catholic Faith That You Don't Know.



It has been observed nowadays, that most people don't get it right about the Catholic faith. This is one of the reason why most people do condem the Catholics! Saying that the Catholics are not true Christians, some do say that the Catholic are all idols worshipers. All this are just as a result of lack of understanding about the Catholic doctrine.

Below down here are are some of the Top Questions, which are usually asked from the outsiders about the Catholic doctrine.

1. Why is it that the Catholic priest don't get married? When it's written in the Bible, Go to the world and multiple.

Answer

The roots of celibacy requirements go back to Jesus Christ: According to the Bible, he was an unmarried virgin. In the Bible, Jesus is often likened to a bridegroom whose bride is the Church.

Many of the early martyrs and church fathers emulated his life of chastity.

The first head of the Catholic Church (effectively the first pope), Peter, was married, as were many of the other apostles during Jesus' time. But in the New Testament, marriage was seen as a holy option for those who would otherwise have trouble controlling their sexual urges.
2. Why does the Catholics burn in Saint in the church alter.

Answer

Incense is an aromatic substance which is the resin from certain trees. When burned over charcoal, the incense produces a sweet smelling aroma. Too make the smoke thicker and to enhance the fragrance, sometimes other perfumes are blended with the incense.

The use of incense in the ancient world was common, especially in religious rites where it was used to keep demons away. Herodotus (c. 500 BC), the Greek historian, recorded that it was popular among the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Egyptians. In Judaism, incense was included in the thanksgiving offerings of oil, grain, fruits, and wine (cf. Numbers 7:13-17). The Lord instructed Moses to build a golden altar for the burning of incense (cf. Exodus 30:1-10), which was placed in front of the veil to the entrance of the meeting tent where the ark of the convenant was kept.

We do not know exactly when the use of incense was introduced into our Mass or other liturgical rites. At the time of the early Church, the Jews continued to use incense in their own Temple rituals, so it would be safe to conclude that the Christians would have adapted its usage for their own rituals.
3. Why does the Catholics worship Mary the mother of Jesus? instead of Jesus himself.

Answer

t first glance, Catholics appear to be worshipers of the Virgin Mary when they kneel down before her statues and ask for her intercession. To the outsider, Catholics are disobeying the first of the 10 Commandments, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”Is it true? Do Catholics worship Mary?


According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “This very special devotion [to the Virgin Mary] differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit” (CCC 971).

Catholics believe that adoration and worship are due to God alone. When Catholics pray to a specific saint, such as the Virgin Mary, they do so asking the saint to intercede for them on their behalf before the throne of God in heaven. The prayer is not meant to be a type of “sacrifice” directed to the saint, but a simple request made between two creatures.

As St. Louis de Montfort wrote, “With the whole Church I acknowledge that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned by the hands of God is, compared to his infinite majesty, less than an atom, or rather is simply nothing, since he alone can say, ‘I am he who is.'” The primary difference is that one creature (us) remains on earth, while the other creature (Mary) is alive, body and soul in the presence of God in heaven.

What makes this communication possible is a mysterious “communion of saints” that allows us to talk with those who no longer walk upon this earth. It is a great mystery of the Catholic faith, one that requires faith to believe in it.

Also, what’s fascinating is that even though God can do all things without the help of mortal beings, he chose the Virgin Mary to be an instrument of his divine grace. He chose her to be the “Mother of God,” bearing the Son of God in her womb.

While upon the cross, Jesus gave his own mother to us all when he said, “Behold your mother” (John 19:27). Catholics love the Virgin Mary not as a “goddess” in a strange pantheon of gods, but as a spiritual “mother” who can lead us to her son, Jesus Christ.

St. Louis de Montfort illustrates the prefect analogy that can help us all understand Catholics’ veneration of the Virgin Mary.

It is as if a poor peasant, wishing to win the friendship and favor of the king, were to go the queen and give her an apple — his only possession — for her to offer it to the king. The queen, accepting the peasant’s humble gift, puts it on a beautiful golden dish and presents it to the king on behalf of the peasant. The apple in itself would not be a gift worthy of a king, but presented by the queen in person on a dish of gold, it becomes fit for any king.
Mary presents our good works to Jesus. She does not keep anything we offer for herself, as if she were our last end, but unfailingly gives everything to Jesus. So by the very fact we give anything to her, we are giving it to Jesus.

Many saints have attested to the fact that the closer a person gets to Mary, the closer they are drawn to Jesus Christ. Our love of Mary, by default, increases our love of God.

4. Why is it that, the Catholics parishioners do go and confess their sins to the priest? Why not confessing to God directly.
Answer

Well, the quick answer is because that’s the way God wants us to do it. In James 5:16, God, through Sacred Scripture, commands us to “confess our sins to one another.” Notice, Scripture does not say confess your sins straight to God and only to God — it says confess your sins to one another.

In Matthew, chapter 9, verse 6, Jesus tells us that He was given authority on earth to forgive sins. And then Scripture proceeds to tell us, in verse 8, that this authority was given to “men”…plural.
In John 20, verses 21-23, what is the first thing Jesus says to the gathered disciples on the night of His resurrection? “Jesus said to them, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.'” How did the Father send Jesus? Well, we just saw in Matthew 9 that the Father sent Jesus with the authority on earth to forgive sins. Now, Jesus sends out His disciples as the Father has sent Him…so, what authority must Jesus be sending His disciples out with? The authority on earth to forgive sins. And, just in case they didn’t get it, verses 22-23 say this, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'”

Why would Jesus give the Apostles the power to forgive or to retain sins if He wasn’t expecting folks to confess their sins to them? And how could they forgive or retain sins if no one was confessing their sins to them?

The Bible tells us to confess our sins to one another. It also tells us that God gave men the authority on Earth to forgive sins. Jesus sends out His disciples with the authority on earth to forgive sins. When Catholics confess our sins to a priest, we are simply following the plan laid down by Jesus Christ. He forgives sins through the priest…it is God’s power, but He exercises that power through the ministry of the priest.


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