Summary: A tract for Catholics
Hello, are you a Catholic? I mean are you a real Catholic? If you are, then we share in a blessed experience and believe in some wonderful truths! Let us review some of those truths.
First of all, as Catholics we believe the Bible is the Word of God. Jesus testifies to its authority. "For verily I say unto you, till Heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven." Matt 5:17,18
St. Paul also explained the place and authority of the Scripture in our lives. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works." II Tim 3:16,17
St. Peter also amens Paul’s teaching because he states.
"And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also other scriptures, unto their own destruction. II Peter 3:15,16.
Thus, Jesus and His two major apostles show us the very essence of pure Catholicism. The very word catholic means universal. Jesus, Peter, and Paul teach us that the scriptures are our catholic (universal) authority. Its teachings are binding upon all that claim to be part of the pure universal Church. (1 Cor. 1:10.) St. Paul further states, rather strongly, that scriptures he wrote are commandments of the Lord. (I Cor 14:37) He warns that those who do not obey these commandments are to be shunned until he repents. (II Thess 3:14)
Therefore pure Catholicism teaches that the Bible is the final authority for the Christian. It is the record of the commandments of the Trinity and the Apostles.
As Catholics, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the spokesman of the Trinity. Hear Him. "Then said Jesus unto them, when you have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall ye know that I am He, and that I do nothing of myself: but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things." (John 8:28) Because of Him we know God’s will for our life and the way to Heaven. "Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not Mine but His that sent me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. And this is the will of Him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no man cometh unto the Father by me. And ye will not come unto Me, that ye might have life."(John 6:40,47)