A few weeks ago I was dogsitting at my cousins' and had the opportunity to again look over some of the many Catholic things they have in their house, one of which was a booklet for kids explaining the Mass. I could hardly get through it, it made me so distraught. Had to put it down every so often, and was brought to tears. What sickening blasphemy! What degredation to the gospel! Blasphemy after blasphemy, the poor kids! My poor Father! How it must break His heart to have such teachings go around... and to be so wide-spread!
The most offensive thing I found in there was how they called the priest "Father." You see, I call God "Father" most of the time. I like to speak to the Father part by far the most because the Son was to bring us to Him, and the Holy Spirit has a less prominent role that I wish to respect as it is. And the way I call Him "Father" was the same way the book called the priest: "And then Father kisses the altar...." When I journal, (because I very rarely refer to Him in public in this exact way,) I write things like, "Today Father gave me something I've been praying for". Now, to have that background, and to know that we're only to call God "Father," it hurt me very much, and for Father's sake, to have the priest treated such. And to add all those other blasphemies their "Father" did!
The second most shocking thing I found in this booklet was the way it taught that your sins are paid for by the Eucharist and the wine in Communion. After all, if it's Jesus' broken body and His spilled blood that cleanse us from sin, and since they believe the Eucharist and the wine are His physical body and blood, (transubstantiation,) then the wafer and the wine are what save us from our sin, right? (
) And to teach poor little kids that!!!
And oh, did they make a big whoop-to-do about this "miracle"! It was like they were counting down from ten to the moment you put it in your mouth! And, of course you know that if you chew the wafer you're doomed to hell because of the disrespect for Christ's body. No, it wasn't in the booklet, I believe, but I heard it from former Catholics, that they were taught this.
I had two of my friends come over to the house while I was there, and they were also greatly disgusted and shocked when they read the booklet. It was hard for one of them to keep reading as well! Their big problem with it was how the priest, ("Father",) kisses the altar, because it represents Jesus. That ritual was new to us, and they were greatly offended by it. Yeah, let's pretend this table is our Lord and kiss it.
Oh, and don't forget how "Father" opens his arms to the congregation to welcome them, because they are his children, as the booklet claimed. It is true, Paul teaches that if you aid in someone's salvation you are their spiritual father and they are your spiritual child, but certainly not in the way the RCC says the priest is "Father" to his "children", the congregation.
"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."
I mean, come on, folks! These are very important issues. You can't just brush them aside and say, "Well, you know, people have the right to worship the way they want," and, "Some people like it that way." Baloney! They're doctrines of demons! (1 Tim. 4:1) It tries to look like Christianity, but it's not. It opposses the true means of our salvation and so leads people to their eternal doom whilst they beleive they're saved. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven..." (Matt. 7:21).
I'm becoming bolder with my thoughts on the RCC being a cult equal to Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons, but worse than them because of it's deception and popularity. And I ain't afraid of stepping on anyone's toes, (at least here!
,) about it! Let Truth be known and God be glorified!!!