Great book to learn from. Ron Rhodes does a wonderful job comparing facts from the Bible and the CCC. Very helpful when conversing with catholics, but as stated above, the main "argument" here that has divided the church is the Bible's authority. This book acts as a supplement to the truth found in the Bible. Jesus was the rock, not Peter. No argument here, since you cannot argue with God's Word. Peace.
" All Christianity came from Catholicism!!" This is the myth indoctrinated into Catholics. Once you take away the lie that it is the "True Church" founded on St Peter, all the other bricks start to crumble. The Catholic Church arose some 200 -300 years after the the events described in the Gospels and Acts. The clue is in the word "Roman". Rome had been persecuting Christians for 300 years, but the rise in Christianity kept multiplying. Like any Politician, Constantine recognized something had to be done and hence helped incorporate the Pagan religion of his people, and wrapped it in a layer of the new faith. The goddess Diana, was simply re-named Mary etc etc. Within a few years Christians who did not adhere to the Official faith were rounded up and put to death "In the name of Christ. This is the true but sad origin of this apostasy. Read the scriptures. Paul prophecies about this very scenario... Dressed in Crimson and Purple, the Roman Papal colours....The False church that will ban Marriage...Celibate priests and nuns. It is the very antithesis of the true Church, of which the early church pastors would have been appalled. Do not expect to be able to easily convince Catholics of this matter.
As a "Recovering Catholic" I must say this book is essential if you wish to share True Christianity with Catholic Friends or Family. It is not tru that all Christians came from Catholics; all Christians came from properly reading and understanding the scriptures. For years the Catholic church did all the interpresting of the scriptures for the common people. I believe that Catholics truly love God and want to please him, for me giving up the Catholic faith was a sprititual, family and tradition issue. Too muchof the Catholic doctrine is based on man made ideas and tradition. Salvation comes through a true heartfell faith in Jesus Christ plus nothing.
This is an accurate account of Catholic doctrine that uses Catholic publications, RC Counsels, and books by authoritative RC theologians. Of course a Catholic person would be bothered by this book. It takes RC teachings and tests it by Scripture with the proper methods of Biblical interpretation.
Since interpretation is the key ingredient in understanding Holy Scriptures, then why doesn't Ron Rhodes look to those who learned from the apostles - like Clement of Rome or Ignatius of Antioch - those who lived with the Apostles. Those two, who lived and learned from the Apostles wrote that the bread and wine were indeed Jesus Body and Blood - in a spiritual sense - NOT a symbolic sense. God is Spirit (John 2) and Jesus IS God, and after his death and Resurrection, He had a glorified body. The Eucharist is "God food", Spiritual but very REAL. More Real than our human life, as our souls are what will live forever. When Jesus saw them leaving Him over this doctrine, He did not say, "Hey, wait a minute - I was only talking symbolically! Come on back!" (John 6:66). No, he asked Peter, "are you going to leave too?" and Peter said, "No, You have the words to eternal life".Read about the Passover meal in Exodus to get a better understanding on the Eucharist.