Where do you stand as it relates to God? As a catholic, can you say that you can read your Bible and walk away with the same spiritual satisfaction as David did? You can, you know. Read these precious verses from Psalm 119. Note David’s heart,

~Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

~Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

~Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

David loved God’s Word like someone who had found a precious treasure! Is God’s Word a treasure to you? Do you treasure God’s Word in the same manner as David? When you open your Bible, do you turn each page believing that what you are about to read is worth more than a treasure? If not, why not?

David praised God seven times a day because God’s judgments are righteous. Everything that God does is holy and righteous. He provided a holy and righteous Son to take on our death penalty, my friend. Jesus Christ is our Saviour – He alone provides complete and total salvation. It is no wonder that David wrote the 165th verse! The person who loves God’s Word to this extreme will have great peace and there will be nothing that will cause them to stumble because they have the Word to guide them.

~Psalm 119:102-105 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. (102) How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (103) Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. (104) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (105)

So dear catholic, can you say you live by these verses? Do you let God’s Word teach you or man’s words? If you are the same kind of catholic I was, I dare you say you don’t. If you are the same king of catholic I was, you don’t even open your Bible but you depend on your priest to interpret the Scriptures for you.   It is not man that will teach you without error but you can totally depend on God to teach you without error! The catholic church has its members convinced that only the priest can accurately interpret the Word of God. But David was not a priest yet he penned these verses. David was not a priest yet he had God’s heart according to Acts 13:22. David was not a priest yet God taught him (~Psalm 119:102), God’s Words were like honey to him (~Psalm 119:103), God’s Words gave David understanding (~Psalm 119:104), and God’s Words gave David clear direction (~Psalm 119:105)!

If you are the typical catholic, as I was, these words are like a foreign language to you. They are foreign because you choose to listen to a priest instead of opening the Bible and reading for yourself. What harm can come to you if you read your Bible? If the catholic church is the same today as it was when I was a member, you are told not to read the Bible yourself because you will misinterpret it. God says differently in Psalms, doesn’t He?

How very sad indeed! Christ desires for us to have this kind of relationship right here – right now – this very moment – on this earth! Won’t you open your Bible and read? The Holy Spirit of God will enlighten you if you do!

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2 Comments

  1. Rebecca Simmons

    Dear Kate, Please do not put down other Christian faiths. God blesses you in your faith and God blesses me daily in my Catholic faith. I read the bible daily and teach CCD (Sunday School) encouraging my students to read the bible daily. The Catholic Church encourages daily scripture reading. As Christians, we should all focus our energy to bringing the Word to the significant number of people who have not heard the Good News that live in today’s society. God Bless You. Rebecca.

  2. Dear Rebecca,

    Thank you for visiting! In response to your comment, the Catholic church preaches a different Gospel than what the Word of God teaches. It is not by my works, penances, indulgences, rosaries prayed, purgatory, etc. that will gain me Heaven. It is the precious blood of Jesus Christ and ONLY His atonement that will be accepted by the Father. If I could gain entrance by anything that I do, then I have taken away from the complete work of the cross. The Catholic church teaches that we must work for our salvation – my Christian faith teaches that I must work AFTER my salvation. My salvation cannot be bought and cannot be worked for: ~Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Jesus said that His death was once for all and that His death was complete and eternal:

    ~Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

    and

    ~Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

    ONE offering, on the cross, was perfected at that time and is sufficient for those who are sanctified by accepting His gift of salvation. He is our only high priest – not only our high priest but He provided Himself as the only sacrifice.

    The BEST of ANYTHING we can ever do is like putrid, dirty and filthy rags in God’s eyes. ~Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

    But Christ’s righteousness is what covers us when we get saved. God clothes us in His righteousness through His Son, Jesus Christ. Without Christ’s righteousness, our own good works are as filthy rags. Can you not see that? The Catholic church teaches that the sacraments, good works, being a member of the Catholic church, then lastly purgatory will gain one’s entrance to Heaven. But that is not what the Bible teaches.

    ~Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

    Rebecca, you may read your Bible but you are not comprehending. The Gospel of John is all about the pharisaical teachings and their works. Jesus taught that a conscious decision had to be made, forsaking the Pharisee’s “righteousness” and accepting His gift (John 3:16). IF we gain eternal life by accepting God’s Gift, then why do we need to “keep” all those catholic doctrines and dogmas? IS Christ’s blood sufficient or is it not?

    It is by Christ’s grace that we are saved – by faith we believe that only God’s gift provides eternal life.

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