Understanding Roman Catholicism
If the Catechism is to be believed, then each time the Mass is performed, Christ's work on the cross is made present and the work of our redemption is carried out:
|"In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same
Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the
cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner." Pg. 344, #1367
"When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, she commemorates Christ's Passover, and it is made present. As often as the sacrifice of the Cross by which Christ our Pasch has been sacrificed is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out." Pg. 343, #1364
But the Bible reveals that the work of redemption was a one time act which was completed when Jesus died on the cross:
|"...but now once in the end of the world
hath he (Jesus) appeared to put away sin by
the sacrifice of himself." Hebrews 9:26
"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Hebrews 10:10
When Jesus shed His blood, that one time act purchased eternal redemption for all who would put their faith and trust in Christ alone:
|"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he (Jesus) entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." Hebrews 9:12|
The Bible specifically states that this sacrifice need not be done daily:
|"Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people' s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself." Hebrews 7:27|
Yet the Catechism is adamant that:
|"Every time this mystery is celebrated, 'the work of our redemption is carried on' ..." Pg. 354, #1405|
But God's Word is equally adamant that Christ's death was a one time event:
|"So Christ was once offered to bear the
sins of many..." Hebrews 9:28
"But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;" Hebrews 10:12
Jesus did all the work necessary to procure man's salvation when He died on the cross. No further work has ever been needed.
Who gets the credit?
For the Catechism to claim that the Catholic church plays a part in the redemptive work of Christ is to steal from the Lord Jesus credit He alone deserves for the work He accomplished at Calvary.
According to God's Word, Christ did it all, once and for all. His death was a divine act, the most wonderful sacrifice ever made. It occurred once, never to be repeated again. Still the Catechism insists:
|"The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice." Pg. 344 # 1367|
As lovingly as possible it must be said that this statement is purely sacrilegious. To suggest that a priest performing a religious ritual is a part of the torturous death Jesus endured is nothing short of blasphemy.
To associate the rituals of the Catholic church with Christ's work on the cross is ludicrous. The Catholic church played no part in the work that made redemption possible and it deserves no credit.
Once again, Catholicism tries to force Christ to share His glory with the Catholic church, while the Bible shows that Jesus alone deserves the glory.
Where will you place your trust? In the Word of God... or the traditions and teaching of the Catholic church?
|"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:" 1 Peter 3:18|
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