The Catholic Church is one of the most renowned Christian Church worldwide, and has the most population when it comes to membership. It is an Orthodox Church, known for it's orderliness and uniqueness from other Orthodox churches.
However, though an Orthodox Church, there are certain practices and doctrines of Catholics, that go against the Bible.
1 The use of statues
It is a very common thing to see a statue of Jesus on the cross, or of virgin Mary in the vicinity of a Catholic church. Although not all the branches do this, however in the very renowned dioceses, you are sure to find it. Usually members bow or at least make a sign of the cross to these images, before proceeding into or out of the church. What makes this wrong is the fact that it contradicts what the Bible says in Exodus 20:4&5
Exodus 20:4-5 KJV
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:  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
So why these images then? Even if they are not bowed to, what purpose do they serve? It was clearly stated not to make an image of anything, whether that thing is heavenly or not. The fact that it is supposedly a statue of Jesus or his earthly mother Mary, doesn't change or justify this commandment. What was a sin then, is still a sin now, no matter how one may try to justify it. These images are against the commandment of God.
2 Praying to saints and Virgin Mary
This is another big error in Catholic doctrines. Praying to the saints and Angels. There is no one that has the authority and mandate to receive and answer prayers except Jesus Christ. But you will hardly ever hear Catholics pray and say "in Jesus name". It's always St. Peter pray for us, or Holy Mary, pray for us. The Bible says in Philippians 2:9-10:
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Praying in the name of Jesus is what is mandated by the Bible, every other type of prayer, is wrong.
John 14:13-14 KJV
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
3 Calling Virgin Mary "mother of God"
This is the most appalling of all the practices. I've heard many Catholics say time and time again during prayers "Holy Mary, mother of God".
How did Mary, a woman whom God created become mother of that same God. It would have been a bit mild if the statement was "mother of Jesus". But calling Mary mother of God is purely wrong. Someone who concieved by the power of the Holy Spirit, and Mary was simply a vessel for Jesus to gain human flesh. She was just a vessel to fulfil the purpose of God, there is no reason whatsoever to worship Virgin Mary.
Why should you leave God and go to worship another human being simply because she was highly favored? I am certain that Virgin Mary is crying wherever she is for Catholics to stop worshipping her. She was just a woman, not God's mother.
4 Burning of incenses and candles
This is another thing being done during services that do not seem right. Burning incenses has always been a thing for the occult. Revelations have shown that these things attract demons. So doing it in the church of God, is totally ironic. Personally I don't think it is until incenses are burned that the spirit of God will draw near. If anything, it will make God withdraw from such a place. And besides, there is no Biblical claim to support this practice.
5 Baptising of infants
Catholic church baptise and give Communion to infants. While this may appear a good idea, I believe it takes away the true essence of baptism. Baptising infants is an abuse of baptism. It is totally unnecessary.
Baptism is a sign to tell the world that a person who was once living in sin, has now repented and given his life to Christ. Infants do not even know the difference between right and wrong, much less repentance. So what is the need for their baptism? Children should be dedicated, not baptized, this is the biblical way. It was never written where John the Baptist or any other apostle baptized an infant. It was always individuals who were convicted by their preaching, and gave their lives to Christ, that were baptized. Baptism qualifies one to receive the power of the Holy Spirit.
6 Using images and rosaries in prayer
The Bible says that those who worship God should worship him in spirit and in truth. Jesus also said that if we have faith as small as a muster seed, we can tell a mountain to move, and it will move at our command. This is the power a true born again Christian has. There was never, and will never be a need for a rosary or picture for our prayers to be answered. Therefore the Catholic practice of using rosaries, making the sign of the cross, and using pictures, is totally wrong. In my opinion, I think it is because of lack of faith. Jesus Christ said we should ask anything in his name, and he will do it. So asking with a rosary is just a show of lack of faith. Some Catholics believe it keeps them away from evil spirits. Well I doubt that, because the name and the blood of Jesus is more than enough to drive away any forces of darkness. So again it is just a lack of faith, or unbelief in the power of the name of Jesus.
7 Confessing to a Father for forgiveness
Never ever in the Bible will you see a scenario where a man confessed to another man, unless he offended him. There are always special days in Catholic Churches that are set aside for confession. A father cannot forgive sins, he can only pray for God's grace upon you. Many Christians get the Biblical doctrine of confession wrong. If you confess your sins to God in prayer, without repenting of those sins, they will not be forgiven. How much more if you confess to a man? What can a man do, when God is the one with the final say?
No matter the penalty a Reverend father may give, except one is washed by the blood of Jesus, he is not forgiven. Even on the case of the old testament, when the children of Isreal sinned, they always fasted and cried unto God to forgive them, not to Moses or Joshua or the king. Now we have the blood of Jesus, and all one needs to do is to humbly ask, and repent, and forsake his/her sins.
The truth is that many of the people that go to a Father for confession, do not have any remorse for their sins. Deep down they know they will still commit such a sin again, so they just go for confession to feel less guilty. Some just do it since it is a requirement. This practice is wrong. See 2 Chronicles 7:14;
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
These are the things Catholics do that I find questionable. Now I don't mean to condemn, but I believe everyone should know, and follow the truth. And whatever does not correspond with the Bible, is not the truth.
If there is any of these things you can justify as a Catholic, please comment below. If you also have any other wrong Catholic doctrines you observed, please tell us in the comment section. Thank you.
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