Go to a Catholic Church, and ask them if they have a copy of the Ten Commandments you can take home with you. Sometimes they’ll have little cards they hand out with the list printed on them. Here’s an example of something you may receive, and look carefully at them:
(The fine print at the bottom says it is taken from the NAB, which stands for the New American Bible, and is also known as the NASB, New American Standard Bible. This is the new-age version Catholics use.)
Can you find the following verse on this Catholic card?
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: -Exodus 20:4
The verse above is actually the 2nd commandment. The Catholic Church removes this commandment, takes 3-9 and shifts them all up one position, then duplicates commandment 10 into the empty slot #9. The reason you don’t see the 2nd commandment being displayed is because the Catholic Church is jam-packed full of graven images.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. -1 John 5:21
And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. -Psalm 106:36
Catholics have relics to which they pray to and pray over, they bow before statues of Mary and other symbols in their churches, and it is all idolatry. It’s difficult to find a Catholic that’s willing to be honest enough to admit these practices, but admission is not required to see the truth of the matter.
Hundreds of millions of Catholics around the world are bowing to statues and praying unto them. There is no excuse for this; it is worship of idols.
This idol worship almost always focuses around a false goddess they call “Mary” who they say communicates with Jesus Christ on their behalf. The truth is that Mary has never heard a prayer from anyone, and these people are kneeling to a false idol.
Eight-year-old Carol Voitila developed an intense devotion to Mary after the death of his mother. When he became Pope John Paul II in 1978, he formally rededicated himself and his Roman office to Mary. (Not to Jesus Christ or the Bible!) He traveled often around the world to various ‘Marian’ shrines to worship her, followed by millions of others.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. -Exodus 20:3
Carol Voitila often used the phrase “Totus tuus ego sum maria.” Which means, “I am totally yours, Mary.” When he died, he had a large ‘M’ put on the casket, which stands for ‘Mary’.
“I do not know when the moment [of my death] will come, but like everything else, I place it too in the hands of the Mother of my Master: Totus Tuus. In the same maternal Hands I leave everything and everyone with whom my life and vocation have linked me. In these Hands I leave, above all, the Church, as well as my Nation and all humanity.” -Pope John Paul II, Last Will and Testament, originally dated March 6, 1979; See also Origins, National Catholic News Service, 2004, Vol 34, Issue 25-47
Voitila left his soul in the hands of Mary, and he went to the lake of fire for it when he died. Catholics are taught to model themselves after this pope:”Today I wish to add only this: that each of us must bear in mind the prospect of death… I too continually take this into consideration, entrusting that decisive moment to the Mother of Christ and of the Church – to the Mother of my hope.” -Pope John Paul II, Last Will and Testament, originally dated March 6, 1979; See also Vincent N. Paul, Persistence Works, Xulon Press, 2005, p. 193, ISBN: 9781597815680
The pope put everything into a false pagan god that can’t save him. It would sicken Mary if she knew about it, but she doesn’t. She never heard a prayer from anyone.
“The history of Christian piety teaches that Mary is the way which leads to Christ…” -Pope John Paul II, Devotion to Mary is Based on Jesus’ Will, L’Osservatore Romano Weekly Edition, May 14, 1997, p. 11; See also Bill McCarthy & James Tibbets, Mary in the Chruch Today: Official Catholic Teaching on the Mother of God Since Vatican II, St Andrews Productions, 2000, p. 374, ISBN: 9781891903229
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -John 14:6
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; -1 Timothy 2:5
If there is one mediator, and Jesus Christ is that only mediator, why does the Catholic Church teach something else? Because, as we’ll see later, the Catholic Church doesn’t base their religion from the Bible alone; they add and take away at their discretion.
The pope writes his book, “John Paul II’s Book of Mary,” and in it he says: “For all Catholics who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus and his Mother,” (See John Paul II’s Book of Mary, 1996, front page under the cover, ISBN: 0-87973-578-3)
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28
Mary did not speak these words. Jesus Christ gave us an open invitation to come directly to Him without having to go through priests or false goddesses by worshiping their statues.
John Paul II lists his names for Mary in his book:
Queen of All Saints
Mother of the Church
Pillar of Faith
Mediatrix of All Graces
Seat of Wisdom
Mother of Mercy
Gate of Heaven
Mirror of Perfection
(See John Paul II’s Book of Mary, 1996, p. 7, ISBN: 0-87973-578-3)
When John Paul II calls Mary the “Mediatrix of All Graces,” it means two major heresies that we need to understand:
“Mary” is the mediator between God and man, instead of Christ Jesus, which violates Scripture we have already mentioned.
ALL graces means that you cannot get the grace of salvation unless you go through their pagan goddess “Mary.”
The pope, and the Catholic Church, is putting “Mary” in the place of Christ. The pope called her “Gate of Heaven,” which means you have to come through Mary to get to heaven. Of course Catholics will not admit this worship of Mary openly, but admission is not necessary to prove guilt.
“Mary shares our human condition but in complete openness to the grace of God. Not having known sin, she is able to have compassion on every kind of weakness. She understands sinful man and loves him with a mother’s love.” -John Paul II’s Book of Mary, 1996, p. 18, ISBN: 0-87973-578-3
John Paul II is putting his pagan goddess up on a pedestal which is reserved for the Lord Jesus Christ. If Mary never knew sin, why did Mary call God her Savior?
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. -Luke 1:46-47
The “Mary” the Catholic Church refers to is only taking the same name as Mary, the woman who gave birth to Christ, but the goddess they actual worship is someone far different. “Queen of Heaven” is an interesting choice of name the pope has given Mary because that’s exactly the description pagans and witches give to their goddess.
“INANNA: A Sumerian goddess who presided over fertility, love, and war. Known as ‘Queen of Heaven’… Offerings were traditionally made to her at sinrise. After the sun sank beneath the horizon and darkness veiled the night sky, she transformed into the patroness of the timple prostitutes. She is identified with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar.” -Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Complete Guide to the Magickal World, Citadel Press, 1997, p. 180, ISBN: 9780806519302; Ishtar is where we get the pagan celebration of “Easter.”
Of course, most Catholics would be outraged at me for pointing out this connection, but I did not make the connection; the Catholic Church made it. Getting upset with the messenger will not eliminate the truth of the message. Those involved in Wicca understand the symbolism in the Catholic Church very well.
“Many mythological traditions identify the moon as a feminine counterpart to the masculine sun. For this reason, a number of Goddesses are associated with the moon, including Artemis or Diana, Selena, and of course, Luna. Even the ‘Goddess’ of Christianity, the Virgin Mary, as some associations with the moon under her feet… So, for Witches, the moon is special because it is a powerful symbol of the Goddess, and therefore of women.” -Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Complete Guide to the Magickal World, Citadel Press, 1997, p. 180, ISBN: 9780806519302
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. -1 Corinthians 10:14
The following is from a 33-year veteran witch that helps make up Welsh Traditionalist Coven in Missouri, a 501c3 Church of Paganism: “The major difference between The Goddess and the Blessed Virgin Mary is that The Goddess is a Creatrix in Her Own Right and a source of Divine Power. In Catholicism, Mary is Blessed, unique among women, sinless, The Mother of God – and it is believed that She ascended bodily into Heaven. However, for Catholics, She is supposed to be merely a channel of Power from God, and not a source of Divine Power, Herself. Of course, this is only the official view of the Catholic Church. Many worshipers understand, and have always understood instinctively, if not consciously, that the Blessed Virgin is a modern version of The Goddess; and many Catholic cathedrals are actually built upon the sites of ancient temples to The Great Goddess.For example, St. Peters Cathedral in the Vatican is built right on top of the old temple of The Goddess, Magna Mater, and some parts of the original temple are presumably still left under the foundations.” -Raven Emrys Aurlineus, “The Catholic Goddess,” May 4, 2008, retrieved Nov 20, 2013, [http://ravenemrys.hubpages.com/hub/The-Catholic-Goddess#]
This pagan goddess worshiped by Catholics is believed to lead them to truth: “Precisely with her faith as Spouse and Mother she wishes to act upon all those who entrust themselves to her as her children. And it is well known that the more her children persevere and progress in this attitude, the nearer Mary leads them to the ‘unsearchable riches of Christ.'” -Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater #46; Also quoted in John Paul II’s Book of Mary, 1996, front page under the cover, ISBN: 0-87973-578-3
This Catholic false doctrine teaches that Christ himself is not in a postion (or unable) to understand and love like the goddess Mary does. It also teaches the heresy that you must develop a relationship with this goddess to gain access to the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: -Ephesians 3:7-9
Here’s how it works according to the Catholic Church: You try to get to Christ, but Christ is a tough guy and hard to appease. You gotta’ pray to His mother, and he supposedly can’t resist his mother, so she nags him about you, and then you get grace. According to the Bible, that is completely ludicrous. Christ rebuked Satan for trying to find a weakness in Christ with which to tempt Him:
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. -Matthew 4:7
Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, -Deuteronomy 6:16
The Catholic Church gives specific commands to all “religious” people: “With special veneration, they are to honor the Virgin Mother of God, the example and protector of all consecrated life, also through the marian rosary.” -Canon 663, quoted by John P. Beal, New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, Paulist Press, 2000, p. 829, ISBN: 9780809105021
The Catholic Church asserts the following to all its laity: “To foster the sanctification of the people of God, the Church commends to thespecial and filial reverence of the Christian faithful the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, whom Christ established as the mother of all people, and promotes the true and authentic veneration of the other saints whose example instructs the Christian faithful and whose intercession sustains them.” -Canon 1186, quoted by John P. Beal, New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, Paulist Press, 2000, p. 1413, ISBN: 9780809105021; Notice it says “EVER” virgin, meaning that she is forever a virgin, which is one of the three forms of the witch’s goddess called “The Maiden.”
Please consider reading all sections of Corruptions of Christianity
If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.