Oh the smell of a new car! There’s nothing like it! What is it about a new car? I love to look at it – I love to drive it. But one thing is for sure, I do not like the repairs and costs associated with it! My husband likes to tinker with our vehicles. He always makes sure that he purchases the manual for each of our vehicles so he can work on them. Whenever something goes wrong, out comes the manual and he looks up the “symptoms” and diagnoses the problem. Once he knows what the problem is, he can get to work to fix it.

We own a Nissan Titan and, as you can guess, he owns the manual for that as well 🙂 However, he would not take the Nissan manual out to fix our Ford Focus, nor would he take the Ford manual out to fix the Titan. The Ford manufacturer has complete guidelines and instructions for their vehicles (as do all other manufacturers) and if anyone knows how to repair our Focus, they would. They would not relinquish the responsibility of documenting their repair instructions to another manufacturer – that would be absurd! So the car buyer knows that he can trust Ford’s documentation because it is written by those who manufactured the car. No one else knows a Ford better than those who build it, right? With that thought in mind, you wouldn’t turn to a Ford manual to work on your Toyota would you? Of course not.

It is the same with “religion.” To those who are searching for God and wanting to know how to get to heaven, they must turn to the only source that has the truth. (John 17:17) They may turn to a specific “church” or organization for the answers, but why not go to the Source who documented the truth? (John 14:26) If anyone knows about heaven and how to get there, it is God and He recorded the way in the Bible. Some think they know the way because they go to a specific church or they were “christian” all their lives. However, the Bible says,

(Pro 14:12) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Is it possible that the way you think is the right way could be the wrong way? Don’t you want to know? (Matthew 7:13-14) Don’t you want to make sure???

Do you let people deceive you in your finances? Do you fall for gimmicks on television? Are you a sucker for every good deal that crosses your path? If you’re like me, you like to research and investigate before you spend your hard-earned money. I don’t throw away my money frivolously. I make sure that I am getting my money’s worth. Nothing is too good for my family so I watch out for the best deals and make my dollar stretch. I can’t put a price on their health and well being.

But what is the price of their soul? What is the price on where they will spend eternity? That, my friend, is priceless! It is my duty (Deut. 11:18-20) to show my children the way to heaven. God did not leave us without direction. The Bible offers the instructions on how to repair our souls, just as my husband’s Nissan manual offers him the instructions on repairing his truck!

(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Act 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

No matter how many men tell my husband he can put a Dodge part into his Nissan, he knows that it just won’t work. Why? Because he has read the manual and he has learned from the master mechanics at Nissan how to repair his vehicle. He doesn’t travel from manufacturer to manufacturer trying to find another way or a work around solution. He knows that the truth about fixing his vehicle is found in its manual.

Salvation is no different! No matter how many religious people tell us that their way is the only way, we must compare what they say with what God says in His word. Will you take the words of men or will you take the words of God? Does your religion tell you that the church “fathers” and church traditions are also God’s words? What if the two contradict each other?

Who is the authority on the subject but the author? The Author, God, has penned His instructions – His directions – His map, if you will – and we find those words in our Bible.

(Heb 5:9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (Heb 12:2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus is the Rock and foundation of our faith.

(Deu 32:4) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (1 Cor 10:4) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

When we follow a church’s teachings blindly, we will fall as they fall (Luk 6:39). Don’t be guilty of placing your eternal destination in the hands of another. It is your responsibility to seek out the truth and decide for yourself. Your church will not be standing next to you on Judgment Day. You will be alone when it comes to giving an account before God why you chose to accept instructions which were not contained in His word. God has left you His manual in the Bible!

Catholics believe that only the original Scriptures are good and that today’s Bible has been corrupted by man. That means that the catholic does not believe that God is who He says He is. Is anything too hard for God?

(Gen 18:14) Is any thing too hard for the LORD? (Jer 32:17) Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: (Jer 32:27) Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

If there is nothing too hard for God, why can’t He preserve His Word through the years despite of man’s wickedness? God knew that man’s heart was desperately wicked (Jer 17:9) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?. This did not catch Him by surprise. Therefore, God kept the Oracles alive and Jesus spoke of these Scriptures in the synagogues. He quoted them time and time again. Why would God change? Why could He not keep the Word preserved in the years after Jesus left? After all, the Holy Spirit was now residing with the born-again believer.

God says that His Word will abide forever. He cannot lie and, therefore, His Word will abide forever!

(Psa 119:89) LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

(Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Psa 105:8 ) He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

(Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Isa 40:8 ) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

(1Pe 1:23) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

(1 Pe 1:25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

If you believe that the Bible has been corrupted by man, then you cannot possibly be saved. You are a gonner for sure.

(Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(Heb 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Diligently seek the Lord, my friend! Without Him you are lost and on your way to hell. The catholic has also argued with me that the Bible came from the catholic church. IF this is true, then why did the catholic church allow God’s precious Word to be corrupted then if it was left in their care? Does that make any sense? You are easily fooled my friend!

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The 1994 Catholic Catechism says:

“The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him.” Pg. 30, #100

Can only the pope and the magisterium of the catholic church interpret the Bible? What does the Word say?

It is considered noble to search the Scriptures: (Act 17:11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. How many times have you searched the Bible for things about what you are taught by your church?

(Mk 12:24) And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

Why would Jesus admonish the Sadducees because they didn’t know the Scriptures if it was impossible for them to? And why did your “first pope” Peter say, (2 Peter 1:20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Why does Paul instruct us to study the Bible if we can’t interpret it? (2 Tim 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Why does Jesus tell the Jews to search the Bible in (Joh 5:39) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Why would He do that, if you couldn’t interpret them?

The catholic church does not want you searching the Scriptures because they don’t want you to know the truth about how to truly be saved. They want to hold you in bondage so that you keep turning to her for your answers.

Who really does the interpreting for us? The Holy Spirit – not a church or a preacher. Jesus said He would leave us the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) who would teach us all things because the Holy Spirit teaches TRUTH! (John 14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. and (John 16:13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The Apostle Paul says that it was the Holy Spirit who taught him. (1 Cor. 2:13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. and (1 Cor. 2:12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Why would we encouraged to memorize the Scriptures if we couldn’t understand them? (Ps 119:11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. and (Prov 7:2-3) Keep my commandments, and live… write them upon the table of thine heart.

We do not need anyone to teach us because we have the Perfect Teacher, the Holy Spirit. 1 John 2:26-27 says These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, andye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie , and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (emphasis mine).

Why would a church discourage you from being in the Word? Why would you be taught in a catechism that only the pope and the church leaders can interpret when the Bible (even your own catholic bible) states otherwise? You are easily fooled because you have allowed the largest organization in the world to fool you. God’s Word does not deceive but leads a soul to the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In its pages are truth because God wrote these words and God cannot lie.

Psa 119:97-99 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. (emphasis mine)

This does not sound like a God that wants you to have someone else chew His Word and digest it. Our God wants YOU to do it. Don’t be lazy, man! Dig in the Word of God! Stop criticizing me and saying that I am interpreting the Word of God “in my own way” and dig into it for yourself and let God speak to you? Are you afraid that you might find out that your church has been wrong all these years? I challenge you to use that brain that God gave you and study the Word for yourself!

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The 1994 Catholic Catechism states:

“Sacred images in our churches and homes are intended to awaken and nourish our faith in the mystery of Christ. Through the icon of Christ and his works of salvation, it is he whom we adore. Through sacred salvation, it is he whom we adore. Through sacred images of the holy Mother of God, of the angels and of the saints, we venerate the persons represented.” Pg. 307, #1192

Dear catholic, it does not matter what “reason” you have for having a statue in your home. It does not matter that you venerate the person and not the statue itself. What does matter is that God says we should not have the statue – PERIOD.

If I want to honor your mother, all you have to do is to think of her. She is ever present in your thoughts and in your heart, right? Do you need a picture of her to remind you of her?

The 1994 Catholic Catechism does not even pretend that this doctrine came from God:

Following the divinely inspired teaching of our holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church (for we know that this tradition comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in her) we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God, and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, in houses and on streets.” Pg. 300, #1161

This doctrine came from the “holy Fathers” and “tradition of the Catholic Church.” So, my catholic friend, are you to believe that these holy Fathers were “divinely inspired” to violate God’s Word? Would God contradict Himself?

The Catholic church contends that idols will “awaken and nourish” your faith in “the mystery of Christ.” I don’t need a picture of my mother or a bust of her to remind me of her. I think of her every single day. Why do you, my catholic friend, need a statue to remind you of Christ? Should He not be foremost in your heart and mind anyway? If you need a picture or a statue to bring you to a state of worship in your heart, then your heart is in the wrong place. When one is born-again and saved from eternal damnation, Christ is foremost in that person’s heart and all his thoughts are consumed with His love and what He has done. We do not need to be reminded when we look at a statue or picture. We have Him imprinted on our very heart!

God’s Word forbids their use. Who will you obey?

(Lev 26:1) Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men.