Why Should a Christian Consider Catholicism? ….    Or Should they?

By Patrick Miron

 Let’s at least attempt to join the two questions into one.

How many true God’s are their? Notice please I did not ask how many true “gods” are their; but “God’s”. Meaning a Supreme Deity.

“God” defined by the Catholic Dictionary:

GOD. The one absolutely and infinitely perfect spirit who is the Creator of all. In the definition of the First Vatican Council, fifteen internal attributes of God are affirmed, besides his role as Creator of http://www.equip.org/article/the-attributes-of-god-what-are-the-attributes-of-god/ the universe: “The holy, Catholic, apostolic Roman Church believes and professes that there is one true, living God, the Creator and Lord of heaven and earth. He is almighty, eternal, beyond measure, incomprehensible, and infinite in intellect, will and in every perfection. Since He is one unique spiritual substance, entirely simple and unchangeable, He must be declared really and essentially distinct from the world, perfectly happy in Himself and by his very nature, and inexpressibly exalted over all things that exist or can be conceived other than Himself” (Denzinger 3001).

Reflecting on the nature of God, theology has variously identified what may be called his metaphysical essence, i.e., what is God. It is commonly said to be his self-subsistence. God is Being Itself. In God essence and existence coincide. He is the Being who cannot not exist. God alone must be. All other beings exist only because of the will of God  END QUOTE: Father John A Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary

The Attributes of God: What Are the Attributes of God?

http://www.equip.org/article/the-attributes-of-god-what-are-the-attributes-of-god/

  1. SELF-EXISTENT: God has no cause; He does not depend on anything for his continued existence.
  2. I AM WHO I AM (Ex. 3:14; see John 8:58) {singular}
  3. Life in Himself (John 5:26)
  4. First and Last, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End; as the Beginning, God has no cause (Isa. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12; Rev. 1:8, 17; 2:8; 3:14; 21:6; 22:13)
  5. No God before or after Yahweh (Isa. 43:10)
  6. TRANSCENDENT: God is entirely distinct from the universe, as the carpenter is distinct from the bench; excluding pantheism (God in all) and animism (everything is a god).
  7. Separate from the world (Isa. 66:1-2; Acts 17:24)
  8. Contrasted with the world (Psa. 102:25-27; I John 2:15-17)
  9. Implied by doctrine of creation (Gen. 1:1; Isa. 42:5)
  10. IMMANENT: Though transcendent, God is present with and in the world; excluding deism (God is out there but not here).
  11. God is near, so He can be known (Deut. 4:7; Jer. 23:23; Acts 17:27)
  12. Bound up with God’s omnipresence (Psa. 139:7-10; Jer. 23:24; Acts 17:28)
  13. IMMUTABLE: God is perfect in that He never changes nor can He change with respect to His being, attributes, purpose, or promises; excluding process theology, Mormon doctrine of eternal progression.
  14. Unchangeable (Psa. 102:26-27; Isa. 51:6; Mal. 3:6; Rom. 1:23; Heb. 1:11-12; James 1:17; Heb. 13:8)
  15. God’s relations with changing men spoken of as God changing (Ex. 32:9-14; Psa. 18:25-27)
  16. ETERNAL: God is perfect in that He transcends all time and temporal limitations, and is thus infinite with respect to time.
  17. Duration through endless ages (Ps. 90:2; 93:2; 102:12; Eph. 3:21)
  18. Unlimited by time (Psa. 90:4; 2 Pet. 3:8)
  19. Creator of the ages ( i.e., of time itself; Heb. 1:2; 11:3)
  20. Implied by doctrines of transcendence, self-existence, and immutability
  21. OMNIPRESENT: God is perfect in that He transcends all space and spatial limitations, and is thus infinite with respect to space, with His whole Being filling every part of the universe and being present everywhere (not diffused through the universe, but present at each point in His fullness).
  22. The universe cannot contain God (1 Kings 8:27; Isa. 66:1; Acts 7:48-49)
  23. Present everywhere (Psa. 139:7-10; Acts 17:28; of Christ, Matt. 18:20; 28:20)
  24. Fills all things (Jer. 23:23-24; of Christ, Eph. 1:23; 4:10; Col. 3:11)
  25. Implied by doctrine of transcendence
  26. OMNIPOTENT: God is perfect in that He can do all things consistent with the perfection of His being. God cannot do the self-contradictory (e.g., make a rock He cannot lift), nor can He do that which is contrary to His perfect nature (e.g., He cannot change, He cannot lie, etc.).
  27. Nothing too difficult (Gen. 18:14; Jer. 32:17, 27; Zech. 8:6; Matt. 3:9)
  28. All things possible (Job 42:2; Psa. 115:3; Matt. 19:26; Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37; 18:27; Eph. 1:11)
  29. God cannot lie, be tempted, deny Himself, etc. (2 Tim. 2:13; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18; James 1:13)
  30. OMNISCIENT: God is perfect in that He knows all things, including events before they happen.
  31. Perfect in knowledge, Job 37:16
  32. Knows the heart (1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Chr. 28:9, 17; Psa. 139:1-4; Jer. 17:10a)
  33. Knows all events to come (Isa. 41:22-23; 42:9; 44:7)
  34. INCORPOREAL: God has no body or parts, and is immaterial, being a simple and infinite being of spirit; excluding the Mormon doctrine of God as an exalted man.
  35. God is spirit (John 4:24)
  36. God is not a man (Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29)
  37. Implied by doctrines of self-existence, transcendence, omnipresence, and creation.
  38. ONE: God is a perfectly unique and simple being, existing as one infinite Being called God. There is therefore only one God, who is called Yahweh in the Old Testament, and who reveals Himself in the persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the New Testament; thus excluding polytheism, tritheism (belief in three gods), and subordinationism (in which Christ is a lesser god subordinate to the Almighty God).
  39. Only one God (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5-7, 21-22; Zech. 14:9; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; Gal. 3:20; Eph. 4:5-6; 1 Tim. 2:5; James 2:19)
  40. All other “gods” are only “so-called,” (1 Cor. 8:4-6; 2 Thess. 2:4)
  41. Moses was “as God,” not God or divine (Ex. 4:16; 7:1)
  42. Satan, idols, and the belly are all false gods (Psa. 96:4-5; 1 Cor. 10:20; 2 Cor. 4:4; Phil. 3:19)
  43. Wicked judges called “gods” in irony, not to describe nature (Psa. 82:1, 6; John 10:34-36)
  44. Yahweh is Elohim (Gen. 2:4; Deut. 4:35, 39; Psa. 100:3 [thus excluding the view of Mormonism that Jehovah and Elohim are distinct beings])
  45. Implied by the doctrines of self-existence, transcendence, and omnipotence
  46. CREATOR: God is the One through whom all things have come into existence; by His unbounded power and knowledge He created finite existence ex nihilo and formed the universe as it now is.
  47. Created all things (Gen. 1:1; Psa. 33:6; 102:25; John 1:3; Rom. 11:36; Heb. 1:2; 11:3)
  48. Made all things by Himself (Isa. 44:24)
  49. Implied by doctrine of self-existence
  50. PERSONAL: God, as the author of personhood in the created universe, cannot be less than personal Himself; thus He experiences relationships with other persons, or self-conscious beings. Note that God may be more than personal, indeed, His infinite nature suggests that He must be.
  51. Scripture everywhere assumes the personhood of God in the use of personal pronouns, in recording Him speaking and acting willfully, etc. (e.g., Gen. 1:3, 26; Heb. 1:1-2; etc.)
  52. God gives Himself a name (Yahweh), and says “I am” (Exod. 3:14)
  53. Implied by doctrine of creation
  54. INCOMPREHENSIBLE: God is incomprehensible, not in the sense that the concept of God is unintelligible, but in the sense that God cannot be fully and directly known by finite creatures, because of His uniqueness and His infinitude.
  55. None like God (Ex. 8:10; 9:14; 15:11; 2 Sam. 7:22; 1 Chr. 17:20; Psa. 86:8; 1 Kgs. 8:23; Isa. 40:18, 25; 44:7; 56:5, 9; Jer. 10:6-7; Micah 7:18)
  56. Analogical language necessary to describe God (Ezek. 1:26-28; Rev. 1:13-16)
  57. God cannot be comprehended as He really is (1 Cor. 8:2-3)
  58. God can only be known as the Son reveals Him (John 1:18; Matt. 11:25-27)
  59. MORALLY PERFECT: {GOOD} The following are the moral attributes of God; they are listed here together because God’s moral nature is perfectly unified, with no tension between His wrath and His love, for example.
  60. GOOD: God is morally excellent, and does only good (Gen. 1:31; Deut. 8:16; Psa. 107:8; 118:1; Nahum 1:7; Mark 10:18; Rom. 8:28)
  61. HOLY: God is morally transcendent, utterly separated from all evil, and perfectly pure (Ex. 3:5; Lev. 19:2; Psa. 5:4-6; 99:5; Isa. 6:3; 8:13; Hab. 1:12-13; 1 Pet. 1:14-19)
  62. RIGHTEOUS: God is perfectly moral in all that He does, doing everything right ( Isa. 45:21; Zeph. 3:5; Rom. 3:26)
  63. TRUE: God is perfectly truthful, and cannot lie (John 17:17; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18)
  64. LOVING: God’s moral character is pure love, sacrificial giving for the true benefit of another (Deut. 7:7-8; Jer. 31:3; John 3:16; Heb. 12:6)
  65. WRATHFUL: God’s moral perfection requires Him to show displeasure against anything which seeks to act contrary to its moral purpose, to judge that which rebels against His authority as Creator and Lord (Psa. 103:8-9; Rom. 2:5; 11:22; Heb. 10:31) END QUOTES

Notable in the above is #10…. “GOD IS ONE “

From that objective reality, we can, and we should be able to comprehend that “One God”, can have only one set of faith beliefs. Nothing else is logical or even exist as a possibility.

So because there is but one true God; who objectively and logically can and does have just one set of Faith beliefs, and because today’s Catholic Church both historically & biblically, is that One True Chuech;

[1] http://www.beginningcatholic.com/catholic-church-origin.html

[2] http://www.catholic.com/blog/jon-sorensen/the-evidence-is-on-our-side

[3] http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/common-misconceptions/back-to-the-beginning-a-brief-introduction-to-the-ancient-catholic-church.html

[4] http://shoebat.com/2014/09/05/new-archaeological-discovery-proves-catholic-church/

Having now established a secular historical record of the Early Catholic Church, let’s look briefly at the biblical record by first checking the dates of authorship of the New Testament:

The n order By Most Likely Date
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The Four Gospels:

https://carm.org/when-were-gospels-written-and-by-whom

Matthew: The earliest quotation of Matthew is found in Ignatius who died around A.D. 115 A.D. Therefore, Matthew was in circulation well before Ignatius came on the scene.  The various dates most widely held as possible writing dates of the Gospel are between A.D. 40 – 140.  But Ignatius died around A.D. 115, and he quoted Matthew.  Therefore Matthew had to be written before he died.  Nevertheless, it is generally believed that Matthew was written before A.D. 70 and as early as A.D. 50.

Mark: Mark was not an eyewitness to the events of Jesus’ life.  He was a disciple of Peter and undoubtedly it was Peter who informed Mark of the life of Christ and guided him in writing the Gospel known by his name.  “Papias claimed that Mark, the Evangelist, who had never heard Christ, was the interpreter of Peter, and that he carefully gave an account of everything he remembered from the preaching of Peter.”7 Generally, Mark is said to be the earliest gospel with an authorship of between A.D. 55 to A.D. 70

Luke: As far as dating the gospel goes, Luke was written before the book of Acts and Acts does not mention “Nero’s persecution of the Christians in A.D. 64 or the deaths of James (A.D. 62), Paul (A.D. 64), and Peter (A.D. 65).” Therefore, we can conclude that Luke was written before A.D. 62.   “Luke’s Gospel comes (Acts 1:1) before the Acts.  The date of Acts is still in dispute, but the early date (about A.D. 63) is gaining support constantly.

John: The writer of the gospel of John was obviously an eyewitness of the events of Christ’s life since he speaks from a perspective of having been there during many of the events of Jesus’ ministry and displays a good knowledge of Israeli geography and customs.

The John Rylands papyrus fragment 52 of John’s gospel dated in the year 135 contains portions of John 18, verses 31-33, 37-38.  This fragment was found in Egypt, and a considerable amount of time is needed for the circulation of the gospel before it reached Egypt.  It is the last of the gospels and appears to have been written in the 80’s to 90’s. End Quotes from above site

The following chart provides the dates when the New Testament books were written. In the cases in which historians disagree on the date, we have identified the prominent historians who support the earliest and lastest possible dates.

http://www.freebeginning.com/new_testament_dates/

Related topics:
Our sources
When were the New Testament writtings accepted as scripture?
Did Eusibius rewrite the New Testament?

N.T. Book Author Earliest Latest Most Likely
Galatians Apostle Paul A.D. 48 A.D. 50 A.D. 48
1 Thessalonians Apostle Paul A.D. 50 A.D. 52 A.D. 51
2 Thessalonians Apostle Paul A.D. 50 A.D. 52 A.D. 51
Mark Mark A.D. 45
John Wenham / John A. T. Robinson
A.D. 60
A. Harnack
A.D. 48-55
1 Corinthians Apostle Paul A.D. 55 A.D. 55 A.D. 55
2 Corinthians Apostle Paul A.D. 56 A.D. 56 A.D. 56
Romans Apostle Paul A.D. 57 A.D. 57 A.D. 57
James James
(half-brother of Jesus)
A.D. 38 A.D. 62 A.D. 50-60
Luke Luke A.D. 57-62 A.D. 57-62 A.D. 57-62
Ephesians Apostle Paul A.D. 60-62 A.D. 60-62 A.D. 60-62
Philippians Apostle Paul A.D. 60-62 A.D. 60-62 A.D. 60-62
Colossians Apostle Paul A.D. 60-62 A.D. 60-62 A.D. 60-62
Philemon Apostle Paul A.D. 60-62 A.D. 60-62 A.D. 60-62
Acts Luke A.D. 62-63 A.D. 62-63 A.D. 62-63
Titus Apostle Paul A.D. 62 A.D. 63 A.D. 63
1 Timothy Apostle Paul A.D. 62 A.D. 64 A.D. 63
2 Timothy Apostle Paul A.D. 64 A.D. 64 A.D. 64
1 Peter Apostle Peter A.D. 63 A.D. 68 A.D. 64-67
2 Peter Apostle Peter A.D. 64 A.D. 68 A.D. 65-68
Hebrews Unknown A.D. 40 A.D. 69 A.D. 50-68
Matthew Apostle Matthew A.D. 40
John Wenham / John A. T. Robinson
A.D. 110
Paul Minear
A.D. 65-70
Jude Jude
(half-brother of Jesus)
A.D. 60 A.D. 85 A.D. 65-80
John Apostle John A.D. 60’s
F. Lamar Cribbs
A.D. 90’s A.D. 90’s
1 John Apostle John Unknown A.D. 98 A.D. 90’s
2 John Apostle John Unknown A.D. 98 A.D 90’s
3 John Apostle John Unknown A.D. 98 A.D. 90’s
Revelation Apostle John A.D. 68 A.D. 97 A.D. 95-97

Please take careful note of the fact that the entire New Testament is believed to have been authored by the end of the 1st Century, all though I have seen a view that it may have extended into the VERY early second century.

One would think that this objective, even scientific evidence would quell the reports from various protestant elements that deny the existence of the Catholic Church until sometime in the 3td century. I assume that they hold to Constantine being somehow the founder of today’s Catholic Church. The “Edict of Milan” in 313 AD by Constantine granted religious freedom effected ALL faiths, pagan and Catholic.

“Edict of Milan, a proclamation that permanently established religious toleration for Christianity within the Roman Empire. It was the outcome of a political agreement concluded in Milan between the Roman emperors Constantine I and Licinius in February 313. The proclamation, made for the East by Licinius in June 313, granted all persons freedom to worship whatever deity they pleased, assured Christians of legal rights (including the right to organize churches), and directed the prompt return to Christians of confiscated property. Previous edicts of toleration had been as short-lived as the regimes that sanctioned them, but this time the edict effectively established religious toleration.”  …Because at this point in history the only “Christians” were in fact, “Catholics,” as no other { except for small bands of heretical sects which came and disappeared} forms of Christianity were yet in existence.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Edict-of-Milan   …..

By virtue of the fact that the Edict granted tolerance to practice all existing faiths, it is historically provable that the Catholic Church was already in existence, and that it was sufficiently wide spread as to merit inclusion.  Indeed the terms “Christian & Catholics” were synonymous. Further the historical dates of Authorship of the New Testament preclude any nonsensical  agenda driven idea’s as being worthy of any serious merit, of a non-existent Roman Catholic Church until Constantine.

The Bible too affirms the existence of “a church” {singularly tied together by One common set of faith beliefs.} Objectively whenever the bible uses the term “CHURCH” it is referencing directly and exclusively today’s Catholic Church; no other “church” and no other form of Christianity would even exist until 1054 AD, and the advent of the “Great Eastern Schism” who choose to leave the Then Roman Catholic Church. http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/issues/issue-28/1054-east-west-schism.html

In instituting the RCC, Jesus was clear. Precise and unerring:

Matthew 16: 13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” [14] And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” [15] He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” [16] Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” [17] And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.[18] And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,  {singular} and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. [19] I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Secondly, we must note that it is also a logical and moral impossibility to separate the term “church”. From the Faith beliefs of that body. This reality is evident in two ways today:

  1. Today’s Catholic Church, after 2,000 years still is joined by One set of common Faith-beliefs.
  2. While the Protestant churches, after about 500 years {plural] are separated by an ever-growing multiplicity of differing sets of “faith-beliefs,” and thus, truly different churches.

Acts.2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Acts.19: 23 About that time there arose no little stir concerning the Way

Acts.24:14 But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the law or written in the prophets

Acts 24:14 {Douay Bible}[14] But this I confess to thee, that according to the way, which they call a heresy, so do I serve the Father and my God, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets

The simple truth is that nowhere in the bible, in its Old or its New Testament can one even a single shred of evidence where God desired. or even in any manner tolerated competing “faith-beliefs.” …. Such acts always’ brought reprisals.

In summary:

While evidence exist in secular history as well as the bible itself for today’s Catholic Church being the One True Faith and Church desired, and instituted by C-hrist Himself; there is no evidence that God desired, condoned or commanded the Protestant reformation. And that dear friends is why non-Catholic Christians ought to prayerfully and carefully consider Catholicism.

Only in the Catholic Church is the fullness of Christ One Faith available

Only in Catholicism {and the Eastern Orthodox churches} can one actually come “face to face” with Christ in the Eucharist

Only In the CC and Orthodox churches can one discover Known forgiveness of Sins, GOD”S Way. John 20:19-23  {the Seven Sacraments}

Only in the CC can one uncover and come to actually rightly understand the bible, as it is a Catholic book.

This is worth praying about, Catholicism rightly and fully practiced is the shortest route to heaven. AMEN!

God Bless you,

Patrick

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