Dr. Rhodes has written an accurate and readable work on Romanism. As a recovering Catha-holic, I see this as a useful resource for Christians to better understand their Catholic friends and to minister the true Gospel of Christ.
Rome's contention that it "gave" us the Bible is fallacious. Examples include:
- "Rome gave us the Bible"
- Old Testament - do they really believe that Jesus did not know what was in the O.T.? ("From the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berekiah" - Luke 11:51) Jesus lived before Jamnia Council, FYI.
- Apocrypha - Also, what about fact that none of the faithful Jewish rabbis or early Christian recognized the Apocrypha as part of the Bible? (Rome does and needs it to justify its bizarre doctrines like purgatory and masses for dead. Plus these books are inferior and even contradict the true Scriptures.)
- New Testament - How could Rome "give" us the Scriptures when it could not even agree which books belonged to it (and changed its mind through decades and centuries)?! Revelation, Hebrews, and 2 Peter come to mind. Plus Rome also accepts Gnostic writings as "sacred tradition" - books which are frauds and contradict God's Word.
- "Rome is the early church." - Much of the historical record on the church has been repressed by Rome/Constantinople. Yet, we do find some fragments about Biblical Christians who rejected Roman autocracy such as the Paulicians, Waldenses, Albigenses, and the movement of Patrick of Ireland (btw, he was not Catholic or even Irish, contrary to the history Rome would have you believe). Additionally, 250 years (from time of apostles to Edict of Nantes) is a long time for corruption and sin to taint the official "church" - just read the Book of Judges where it only took 1-2 generations (less than 80 years) before Israel was turning back to idolatry.
May the Lord be glorified in opening the eyes of people to the true Gospel of Christ through His grace alone through faith alone. (Eph. 2:8-9)
My girlfriend is a Catholic and I have always wanted to learn about why the Catholics have adopted so many extra customs and beliefs to the way people followed God before the Catholic church started.
I have been searching for the answers to Life & God for 3 years now, constantly doing my own research & studies. I don't believe any ones view of God is complete nor is it without flaws. And so I know I will search for the answers until the day i die and still I will not have found the answers.
But in my studies I have found that the best sources of information are those that raise the most challenging questions about ones faith. I always search for the hardest questions to test my faith. If I find I have been believing a lie, a false idea, then I can change my perceptions and learn from them for the benifit of myself and of others as I try to share my findings with Love.
I believe this book raises the hardest questions that a Catholic will probably ever have to face and it gives a Protestant the best leads he will ever get in his search for the Truth.
This book definately raises good questions to all the customs and beliefs the Catholic Church has added to their faith since the day of Jesus and his disciples.
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.