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Old 11-18-2008, 12:20 AM
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Take them to the Dhouay Rheims Bible

Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.
Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me:


They will come back with the "We don't adore them or worship them, we ask them to pray for us. You ask your friends to pray for you, they are there before God, we ask them."

This response is expected. You honestly won't get anywhere arguing about idol worship with a Catholic. They need Christ, so you need to get there.

If you can get them to concede that Peter, or Paul, or Mary act as a mediator between their prayers and God, you are going well

Turn to 1 Tim 2:5 in the DRB

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God: and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus:

Then turn to Acts 4:10 DRB

Act 4:10 Be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him, this man standeth here before you, whole.
Act 4:11 This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.


The Catholics reject terms like "saved" etc, because they see them as protestant terms. But if they can see them in their own Bible, and that they need Jesus Christ, and not Mary, they might listen.

Turn them to Christ's rejection of Marian worship

Luk 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee and the paps that gave thee suck.
Luk 11:28 But he said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.


Turn them to Christ's brethren, to dispel Mary's perpetual virginity

Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joseph, and Jude, and Simon? are not also his sisters here with us? And they were scandalized in regard of him.


Turn them to the account given in Luke,

Mat 1:25 And he knew her not till she brought forth her first born son: and he called his name Jesus.

Then go back to 1 Tim 2:5 and Acts 4:10

Press them to accept the word of God over traditions of men

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy and vain deceit: according to the tradition of men according to the elements of the world and not according to Christ.


I'm KJB only - but it might help to reach a Catholic using the scriptures that his church has authorised. The DRB is very close to the KJB.. identical in many verses. Once they get saved, it will be easier to show them truth.
 

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