Questions for Roman Catholics
by Matt Slick
Following is a list of questions that I sometimes ask Roman Catholics in various discussions. The responses vary from defensive tradition to ignoring them and hoping to go away. Some of the questions are easier for Roman Catholics to respond to, and others are not. I hope that these might be helpful in your dialogs with the Roman Catholics as you try to present to them the true and saving gospel of Jesus Christ
- When Jesus instituted the supper, he had not yet been crucified. How then was the Eucharist His crucified body and blood?
- If, as the Roman Catholic Church teaches, that the Eucharist Wine is the literal blood of Christ, then how is that not violating the Old Testament law against drinking the blood of any flesh (Lev. 17:14)?
- Does the phrase "let each man before he convinced his own mind" mean that a person is able to look at the Scriptures and be fully convinced according to what he sees it says? If not, why not?
- If the phrase "let each man before he convinced his own mind" means that he is able to interpret Scripture on his own, what does he do if he believes what he sees in Scripture contradicts the Roman Catholic Church's teaching?
- If the phrase "let each man before he convinced his own mind" means that he is able to interpret Scripture on his own, then doesn't that contradict the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church which denies you the right to interpret God's word regarding faith, morals, and doctrine in a manner inconsistent with what it proclaims?
- How many verses has the Roman Catholic Church officially, infallibly interpreted?
- Can you, as a Catholic, pray directly to Jesus, not going through Mary, and ask Jesus to forgive you of all of your sins?
- If you did, would you be forgiven of all your sins?
- If you were, then do you need all the rituals and sacraments of the RCC?
- If you’re not forgiven by Jesus, then why is Jesus not enough to save you?
- Do you really believe that Mary is able to hear and understand the prayers of millions of people all over the world, simultaneously, in different languages, spoken, and thought?
- Why pray to Mary when Jesus said to come to him (Matt. 11:28), ask him anything (John 14:14), and he has all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18)? Isn't Jesus capable enough without Mary?
- What exactly is oral tradition?
- Where does this oral tradition come from in present day?
- How is the oral tradition passed down? By word of mouth only?
- Is all the oral tradition inspired and inerrant?
- Are these oral traditions immune from corruption through the many centuries and hundreds of generations of oral communication?
- If these oral traditions are written down and how are they oral traditions?
- Who then are these people who have this oral tradition?
- When is the oral tradition given to them?
- Is it given to them in the halls of the Vatican? Is there a special room where they meet, and everybody in it talks about things of ancient times?
- Do the members of the magisterium recognize what is ancient oral tradition and what is not? If so, how?
- If not, how does the Church know which oral traditions are true and which are false?
- What standard does the magisterium use to judge what is authentic oral tradition?
- Is a Protestant wrong for praying to Jesus alone and asking Jesus to forgive them all of his sins?
- What is the saving gospel?
- Are you keeping the commandments of God?
- Are you doing what is necessary to be saved? In Roman Catholicism that which is necessary for salvation includes the church (CCC 846), baptism (CCC 1257), penance (CCC 980), sacraments (CCC 1129), service and witness to the faith (CCC 1816), keeping the ten commandments (CCC 2036 and 2070), and detachment from riches (CCC 2556).
- If you are keeping the commandments of God, do you also go to confession?
- Since it is possible for you to lose your salvation in Roman Catholicism, are you doing enough good works to keep yourself saved?
- Is it okay to exceed what is written in Scripture and teach things that are not taught in Scripture as though they are doctrinally true?
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