Answers to Catholic Questions: first part


catholic_vs_protestant_[1]For some time now I have been receiving emails from people who quote me an article found on the website The article in question is entitled "Protestantism, reasons and wrongs”. I would not have believed that the questions contained in the article needed an answer, because they are somewhat trivial and show ignorance on the part of the author, both as regards the knowledge of the Protestant world (which he always confuses with the Pentecostals), both in regards to biblical knowledge and church history. But I find myself forced, Unfortunately, to take this article and answer the questions it contains ironically addressed to Protestants.

The following are the questions that are asked by the Catholic author to Protestants with the relative answers below.


1) It is possible that there was a time when the Church of Jesus Christ died only to be reborn with Valdo or Luther?

And this is who said it? The Bible says:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in him does not perish, but have everlasting life. (Giovanni 3:16)

Anyone who denies the Son, he does not even have the Father; who publicly acknowledges the Son, he also has the Father. (1Giovanni 2:23).

The Christian is one who recognizes Jesus Christ as the savior, he accepts it as a gift of faith and tries to lead a life according to his teachings. There have always been some of these people throughout history, not all followed the Marian cult. So what about the people of the Old Testament who did not yet know the grace of Christ? They all died spiritually? Certainly not. They were also saved by faith in God, certainly not for works, inasmuch as it is impossible to save oneself by works: a single sin committed is enough and in the eyes of God we are finished. The church, in the Bible, it is not identified as a religious building but is the assembly of believers, who gather in the name of Christ (Gr. ekklesia it means assembly).

Jesus said “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them " (Matteo 18:20).

The church is an assembly of Christians gathered in the name of Jesus and the church can also be done at home. Religions, the denominations, confessions, they are human inventions, certainly not from God. God is not interested in the name "Catholic" or "Protestant", He is only interested in those who do his will, and his will is expressed in Sacred Scripture, God's Word. This is why the church of Christ has never died, but it has always existed, Christians have always gathered in the name of Christ even long before the Protestant Reformation, even if many times they have had to do it in secret for fear of being killed, just as it happened to the first persecuted Christians. Jesus, Looking at the future, he had predicted it, he prophesied just what happened to his saints preaching His Word, during the Protestant Reformation:

Beware of men; for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, to serve as a witness before them and the Gentiles. But when they put you in their hands, don't worry about how you will speak or what you will have to say; because at that very moment what you have to say will be given to you. Because it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (Matteo 10:17-20)

Pagans are those who worship others, they have other gods, they turn to others in prayer and build their images and statues. What the Catholic Inquisition did during the reform, that's exactly what Jesus said to his disciples.

When one speaks of the false church in Revelation it is said:

And I saw that that woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of Jesus' martyrs. When I saw her, I marveled at great amazement. (Apocalypse 17:6)

The woman is identified with the false church. Woman is the metaphor for the church, just as the church of Christ is called the bride. The false idolatrous church that will be destroyed by the wrath of God during the judgment, he killed his saints, that is, the believers of Christ, his martyrs and persecuted them by spreading false doctrines. This is a prophecy that is confirmed by what happened during the reformation. Then there is also to consider that John was surprised to see her, because? She was perhaps known? A church that would not have expected it to be fake?

But man looks at appearance, and this is also typical of Catholics who want to be seen by going to church, confessing in public, show others what good Christians they are, and they believe they are receiving grace through a rite, a sacrament. This is only appearance.

In fact, the LORD does not pay attention to what strikes a man's gaze: man looks at appearance, but the Lord looks to the heart. (1Samuele 16:7)

Only God knows our heart, and "he knows who his folks are". We cannot point to others and judge them or affirm that they are not the Church of Christ and will not be saved. We can only compare what the Word of God tells us with other human doctrines, we can only tell whether a behavior is right or not in the light of Scripture, but NEVER judge others for salvation. Judgment belongs only to God:

Don't judge, lest you be judged; because with the judgment with which you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure with which you measure, it will be measured to you. (Matteo 7:1-2)

Unfortunately the Catholic Church, it is famous for its judgments on the faithful!

When the Lord comes back, he will not take Christians with him on the basis of their belonging to one denomination or another, but it will take them from side to side:

And he will send his angels with a great trumpet sound to gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the skies to the other. (Matteo 24:31)


2) If that is not possible, since Christ has promised to always assist His Church, and that the gates of hell will never prevail over It, which was e, which, the true Church of Christ?

The answer to this question is already contained in the answer 1.


3) Because according to you Protestants the true Church of Christ was not and is not the Roman Catholic Church, can you show me the names of true Christians who have been part of the earthly Church of Christ?

Even the answer to this absurd question is contained in the answer 1. We Christians are not obliged to judge other Christians and to state who the saved are or not. This task belongs only to God because it is very dangerous to judge oneself in God's place. We think of spreading only the pure and intact Gospel without being polluted by human doctrines and additions. Jesus Christ will do all the rest.

4) It is possible that Christ founded an abstract Church, universal, but not identifiable with any denomination existing on earth, leaving you at the mercy of discussions, liti, misunderstandings and splits his disciples, without providing them with a clearly identifiable organ, who supervised the doctrinal discipline of the Christian faithful?

sure, he did it! It has also given us the ability to discern right from wrong, according to his Word, our only filter.

examine everything and hold good (1Tessalonicesi 5:21)

Sanctify them in the truth: your word is truth. (Giovanni 17:17)

And our guide is Scripture:

You, instead, persevere in the things you have learned and of which you have acquired certainty, knowing who you learned them from, and that since childhood you have had knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2Timoteo 3:14-15)

Trust in human doctrines, to institutions it is very dangerous because, as in fact happened in Catholicism and continues to happen in many modern pseudo churches headed by a charismatic leader, deviates from the Word:

Who goes ahead and does not remain in the teaching of Christ, has not God. He who abides in the doctrine, He has the Father and the Son. (2Giovanni 9)

And we don't want to get away from the words of Jesus, only in this way do we not risk losing God. Make instead, additions to a will is wrong, it is touching and nullifying the Word of God. The Gospel warns:

But even if we or an angel from heaven announced you a different gospel than the one we announced to you, be anathema. (Galati 1:8)

The apostle Paul, speaking of a will (be it the old one or the new one established by the Grace of Christ) he claims:

Brothers, I speak according to the customs of men: when a will has been validly concluded, although it is only a human act, no one cancels it or adds anything to it. The promises were made to Abraham and his offspring. Does not say: "And to the offspring", as if it were many; but, as if speaking of only one, dice: "And to your offspring", which is Christ. Here's what I mean: a testament that God has previously established, it cannot be undone, so as to make the promise useless, by the law that came four hundred and thirty years later. Because if the inheritance comes from the law, it no longer comes from the promise; It gave, instead, granted this grace to Abraham, through the promise. (Galati 3:15-18)

When God says something, that something is eternal. If in the Bible it states truths, then men cannot come to upset, censor, undo the Word of God, bringing various secrets or new prophecies. Caution!


5) It is possible that the Holy Spirit, be pulled by the "jacket" by this or that other Christian group, used and named as a guarantee of this and that other doctrine, that often contrast with each other?

Which doctrines conflict with each other? Only those who rely on human institutions that claim to follow the Bible, but the reality follow human doctrines, it is in contrast with Christianity. See Catholics following the Vatican as a guide, and Jehovah's Witnesses who follow the Watchtower. Both consider the doctrines proclaimed by their spiritual leaders to be infallible and hardly question them. Yet they are both false in the light of Scripture.


6) How come the Holy Spirit is ONE, yet on closer inspection the doctrinal realities of Protestant Christians, it would seem more a spirit of confusion than unity?

No spirit of confusion. Protestant churches, mistakenly, they are defined as different from each other, but they are not really, as they all refer to Scripture. All Evangelical / Protestant churches agree on the fundamental doctrines of Christ: salvation by faith alone and not by works, recognition only of baptism and holy supper, rejection of ecclesiastical hierarchies, I refuse to pray to anyone other than God, rejection of the Marian cult, refusal of apparitions, free examination of the scriptures (yet we all say the same thing), recognition of the Holy Trinity, the work of the Holy Spirit Comforter, Jesus as the only mediator, the miracles still existing as a work of God through the intercession of the only mediator, and not continuous. The differences that exist within the Protestant churches are marginal and of little importance, certainly not those fundamental doctrines of Christ and what he affirmed. Then you will find Baptists who baptize only adults, the Lutherans and Reformed who also baptize children, the assemblies of brothers that force women to put a veil on their heads during worship, the Waldensians involved moreover in good and social works, etc. So I wouldn't say Protestant churches are churches of confusion, they are all Christian churches where the Word of God is preached. In this we must admit, that there is a lot of ignorance on the Catholic side who thinks who knows what about the various denominations. In fact, the various Protestant denominations may very well come together and worship God all together, something that will never happen with Catholics who pray in front of the statues with incense and recite the Hail Mary while running after the statue in procession. True Christians are not divided but united with each other, even if in an invisible way as only God knows! And by true Christians of Christ we mean followers of Christ, not of Mary the Madonna or of Padre Pio. To the good connoisseur ...

Plus the Catholics, believing we are united, they are unaware that there are hundreds of Catholic denominations in the world (Latin, orthodox, Byzantines, Armenia, baked, Syriacs, etc. etc. read the English Wikipedia much more objective than the Italian one click here), as different from each other as the Protestant churches from each other, and all recognized by the Holy See. How come all these denominations in the church that Christ would found? Not to mention the Catholic charismatics, a mixture of Pentecostals and Catholics! Or maybe we should use the papist or Catholic appellation to make the difference? The answer is simple: the human being is fallible and it is easy for him to be wrong, for this we need Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit. And it is only God who will guide us on the right path according to his plan. There are no foolproof garments in the world.


7) How come Protestants who pride themselves on understanding the Bible for themselves, with the help of the Holy Spirit, then they use commentaries, and willingly take Bible courses?

Protestant Bibles usually have no footnotes and no commentaries, but these exist if anyone wants them, but always based on God's Word. It happens that there are people who find it hard to read the Bible by themselves and then it is explained and preached to them but always according to biblical doctrines, and on those there is no escape because the Bible speaks clearly and even a little boy of 10 years can understand it. There is nothing to hide, nothing to be interpreted in Christ's message of salvation. The Bible was given to us by God and is not difficult to interpret. Just read it to understand. Who reads the Bible and considers it the only authority, he will reject human doctrines that do not conform to the Word. A person who also starts with commentaries to study the Bible, sooner or later she will come to read it by herself and interpret it. He will have the ability to discern good from evil. Everything that happens is under God's will, which will bring the elect closer to the Truth according to its predetermined plan since Creation. We can preach the Bible but only God knows "who his people are". We do not know who the elect are, it is certain that they are Christians.

Now we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, which are named according to his design. Because those he foreknew, he also predestined them to conform to the image of his Son, that he may be the firstborn among many brothers; and those whom he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-3)

But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God from the beginning elected you to salvation through sanctification in the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2Tessalonicesi 2:13)

And here there is no discussion, it is God who chooses the saved:

All those the Father gives me will come to me; and he who comes to me, I will not cast him out; (Giovanni 6:37)

No one can come to me unless the Father draws him, who sent me; and I will resurrect him on the last day. (Giovanni 6:44)

For he saith to Moses: "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion". (Romans 9:15)

So then he gives mercy to whomever he wills and hardens whomever he wills. (Romans 9:18)

Proof of election and consequent salvation, it is not belonging to one church or another, but conversion by the Holy Spirit, the new birth (Giovanni 3:5-8), and only those who have experienced it know this, no one can read people's hearts. Only God Almighty, omniscient and omnipresent it does.

Salvation therefore does not depend on belonging to a church (this concept is not Christian but it is a human invention), but it comes from the will of God who does Grace by giving faith to whoever he wants, without merit but only for his will. In fact we know this why:

For by grace you have been saved, by fede; and that not of yourselves:; it is the gift of God. It is not by works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)


8) Because every time a Protestant doesn't know how to answer some of my questions, runs to inquire from the pastor? It would no longer be consistent to ask only the Holy Spirit?

And who said this? A Christian who knows God, because he knows His Word (God can only be known by knowing His Word, only then can one be inspired by the Spirit, certainly not by inventing doctrines), it will reject human interpretations, and will go directly to the divine source to answer the various questions that are put to him. So says the Scripture. And I don't think there are any unanswered questions from us Protestants.


9) How do you explain, starting from the Protestant concept that the Bible does not interpret, the attribution of different explanations to the same verses?

As said in the answer 6, there are no different interpretations of fundamental biblical doctrines. Some differences may arise on marginal concepts of little importance, which do not affect the salvation of the Christian who has accepted Christ by faith. There can usually be misunderstandings among Christians, but what unites us is Jesus Christ, only Christ, salvation through Christ and by faith. This is the central message of the Gospel present throughout the New Testament, he doesn't understand why Catholics don't want to see him.


10) Desperate to prove true Christianity, and considering the biblical concept ―from the fruits the trees will be recognized ... ‖ we are really sure that the fruits of the Pentecostals and / or Protestants, are better than those of Roman Catholics?

Obviously yes. Only Protestants recognize Jesus Christ as the only Savior, only Protestants did not censor God's commandments, only Protestants are close to the Truth of the Bible. These are the fruits and what is important to Jesus is precisely that his Gospel be preached throughout the world and in its entirety without falsification.. What matters to Jesus is salvation for eternal life. And faith has nothing to do with works, why the Hindus, the atheists, the Buddhists, they can do many more works than we Christians, they can be more pacifist and hospitable at times, but if we go and see who will be saved, I'm certainly not them. Works are not proof of salvation! The human being is a sinner, he cannot save himself with his own strength, his works, his choices, and that is why God sent the Son Jesus Christ to die for us sinners. Thanks to Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit who gives us faith and opens our eyes (to some instead of others), we are saved.

Finally Jesus warned us:

and even among yourselves men will arise who will teach perverse things in order to drag the disciples along. (proceedings 20:30)

Something that began to happen already after the first centuries from the death of Christ, when the councils began to introduce idolatrous doctrines of perdition no longer conforming to the Word, like the papacy, the Marian cult and images. Yet even the fathers of the Church were opposed to the new doctrines adopted by the nascent Church (read

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  1. Salvatore Incardona dice

    I can respond to your comments on the Word of God?

  2. Salvatore Incardona dice

    I can comment on your incorrect answers and errors?

  3. Salvatore Incardona dice

    If you read what I write better you would avoid writing inaccuracies, like the one for example, I would repeatedly confuse Pentecostals with Protestants.

    I know very well how to distinguish classical Protestantism from modern Protestantism, Lutherans, Waldensians, Anglicans etc., by Pentecostals.

    The latter would feel they are the only true Christians, but they are united with the old Protestants by many common doctrines, starting from the same type of Bible they use, lacking gods 7 deuterocanonical books, to end with the interpretation of the communion of saints (Intercession) etc..

    Anyone who opposes the true church of Christ is Protestant, or heretic, if we have to use the right terms.

    If we want to be diplomatic, Well….then we call you separated brothers, but “separate” in Latin it means “heretic”.

    Every heretical group of all time, he had fragments of truth in his doctrine, therefore Pentecostals also have fragments of truth in their doctrine,

    a broken clock at least twice a day shows the right time.

    What you refuse to understand is that it is only possible that the Holy Spirit, suggest and inspire each Protestant group, or Pentecostal, different doctrines.

    Eg: because even among the Pentecostals there are those who do not believe in the SS. Trinity, like modalist Pentecostals to be precise, and/or followers of Branham the prophet.

    Then they will say that these are not Pentecostals, but those directly involved say that they are the true Christians, because they speak in tongues, they believe in Jesus the only savior etc..

    How can these different doctrines be explained if the Holy Spirit is only ONE?

    Many Protestants, or Pentecostals, they are to be admired for their faith, much more heated than that of many Catholics of etiquette, but yet they are very much mistaken as to the meaning of the Word of God.

    God's mercy works wonders among them too, but this does not mean that God confirms their doctrines.

    Otherwise we would have to believe that the anti-Trinitarian Pentecostals are right, to say that the SS. Trinity does not exist, but only God the Father, which manifests itself in the modality of the Son and the Holy Spirit according to need!

    1. ChristianFaith dice

      *see lowest*
      Welcome Catholic brother! I am quite ecumenical, I can't stand the fundamentalism typical of many evangelical churches and denominations, just as I cannot stand the belief of being in the truth of many Catholics. Said this, I just want to tell you that I am as open-minded as possible towards other Christian confessions (less for non-Christian ones). I had to answer these questions because it was written to me privately by someone who brought these questions back to the Protestants. I hadn't even visited your site before then because I let everyone have their say without going to polemics on Catholic or Pentecostal or Jehovah's Witness sites. Have a nice stay here if you like: you are welcome 🙂

      1. Salvatore Incardona dice

        Dear sister ChristianFaith,

        in all sincerity I must say that any person, who truly wants to find the truth, You MUST ask yourself certain questions.

        I am aware that many parishes, and priests, of the Catholic Church,
        they are very secularized, full of flaws, and not very suitable for preaching there
        God's word.

        I know many Pentecostal brothers, who have become ex-Catholics,
        without even knowing the Bible or Catholic doctrine, just because
        they have found (and that's right) the comfort of our evangelical brothers, that
        they were able to help them in times of need.

        In times of difficulty we all become more gullible, and/or more
        exposed to external agents that can influence and sometimes change in
        better or worse our life.

        There are those who turn to magicians and fortune tellers, there are those who believe they will find
        answers in drugs, who into alcohol, who in Jesus Christ…which is the truth
        Way of Salvation!

        The problem, however, is understanding which Jesus to follow.

        I'll explain, if a person who wants to accept Jesus Christ as
        personal savior of one's life, finds himself arguing with i
        Jehovah's Witnesses, often proves him right, just because he doesn't have one
        adequate biblical preparation.

        The same applies if the same person (ignorant) is having a discussion
        with Seventh-day Adventists, or with the Pentecostals
        anti-trinitarian, or with the Brahamnites.

        If we stop to listen to the sermon of some biblical passage, the thing
        it could also edify, and arouse appreciation, but if we go down into the
        detail, we find that each of these Protestants, it has a doctrine

        Which of them is right?

        Is it possible that everyone boasts God's guidance, speak in tongues, yet they preach different doctrines?

        The Holy Spirit is ONE, so ONE MUST BE THE TRUTH’ !!!

        What is the correct method that a Christian seeking truth can adopt, to find out where It is?

        It is found in the Bible? Of course yes!

        But as we know the Bible itself, if misinterpreted it generates discord
        between the various groups, which attribute different meanings to them

        For which, eg, for Seventh-day Adventists, the hell
        does not exist, worship of God should only be celebrated on Saturdays, and who doesn't
        tramples on the fourth commandment, and so it will definitely go
        all’inferno…meaning it will disappear (as they say)

        etc.. etc.

        Anti-Trinitarian Pentecostals find “confirmation” in the Bible that the
        Trinity does not exist, but it is only the Father, which manifests itself in the modality
        of the Son, or of the Holy Spirit, depending on your needs etc..

        I followed the prophet Branham, they find “confirmation” in the Bible, that
        Branham was the Elijah who was to come, prophesied in the Bible…etc..

        The correct method is to use your intelligence and rationality, in investigating the history of Christianity.

        E’ It is normal for evidence to be sought, to understand who is right, not
        evidence is in the life and teachings of the very first Christians.

        What the first Christians did and believed?

        There are documents that prove the behavior and faith of the first Christians?

        And, exist, just look for them, and some of these are the writings of S.
        Irenaeus, or Justin Martyr, Polycarp etc., direct disciples
        (POlycarp) of the apostle John.

        here, reading these writings, and note, for those who want to admit it, that,
        eg, teaching on the Eucharist, it is precisely identical to
        the one today that the Catholic Church teaches, that is, the substance
        of the bread and wine are transformed into Jesus.

        Caution, the substance, not the external appearances. Reading the writings
        of the fathers of the Church there is confirmation that in reality only the Church
        Catholic has maintained the orthodoxy of faith in Christ Jesus.

        Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation?

        I'm not saying that, the Spirit of God blows where he wants, and the
        mercy of God, works miracles and graces even outside the Church
        catholic, but this does not mean confirming the other doctrines, but only
        Mercy that looks at the good faith of believers.

      2. ChristianFaith dice

        E’ vero, I agree with you on many things, the history of the church and Christianity are very important to understand everything. And this is what every good REFORMED Protestant does. Reformed Protestant theologians, (and we are not talking here about Pentecostals, evangelical churches today, but of historical Protestantism, they are well-educated theologians who make the Bible the center of their study, together with all other relevant matters) they are excellent theologians.
        As regards the various divisions, as far as we are concerned, there are none among Protestants (I'm not talking about evangelicals, and it is not up to us, pentecostali, etc. the latter have totally different doctrines precisely because they do not apply hermeneutics to study) It doesn't concern us. There are many seven. What matters is that we all agree that salvation comes from God who has chosen his own and manifests itself through the gift of faith. There is nothing else to add, the others are marginal and insignificant differences, as there are also in the Catholic church but they go unnoticed.
        I also think the same thing as you: It gave, beyond us authentic Christians who stick only to the Scriptures, it will also save some Catholics, who in good faith have followed idolatrous doctrines and Marian worship, poor things, they did not know the Gospel!

  4. sandro dice

    Great post!!! Very, very good!

  5. ChristianFaith dice

    Thanks Sandro! I'm sorry, I have yet to respond to your email, non l'ho dimenticato, It's just that I was busy with work this weekend and only started writing again today. I'll write to you soon 🙂

  6. sandro dice

    Forget about it, I'm in no hurry; write to me when you are free, I figured you were busy!
    A thousand thanks.


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