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“Faith of our Fathers” is such an old song but it holds such irrefutable truth of the history of our Early Church Fathers and that they DO KNOW BEST. They were martyred for believing, and some had gruesome deaths just because they followed what Jesus taught and the church Jesus founded. If we go back in time and investigate the faith that the Early Church Fathers had, we would find, that was before Martin Luther, Calvin, King George VIII and the Reformation. If we go back even further to right after Jesus Ascended into heaven, we would see that the fathers of the church were Catholic. They believed in the Eucharist, Confession to a priest, and baptizing the whole family, even the infants.
I saw a protestant church with a sign that said “Faith of Our Fathers for the last 125 years.” Which “fathers” are they referring to? I thought, the Catholic Church has the “Faith of Our Fathers since 33 A.D. and Jesus himself, not just for the last 125 years. That would only bring us back to 1893! What about the previous 1,860 years before that? How are they connected to the Apostles then?
If you are searching for the true church of Jesus, you need to start with the Early Church Fathers and what they believed. This is what I did when I was searching for the truth. Look into the history of your current church or faith and find out when it started and who started it. Find out why your church was started. This is so important! Was it started because someone didn’t agree with the teachings of another church? Can you trace your church’s authority back to St. Peter and Jesus in an unbroken line through the laying on of hands? (Click here for list of popes all the way back to St. Peter.) Is your church universal , the same in it’s doctrine and practices no matter where you go in the world? Do the doctrines remain the same or do they change with society pressure? Look into the history of your church’s doctrines and have they changed? Does your church have a tabernacle with the true Jesus in the Eucharist in it or just a symbolic wafer or no tabernacle at all? Look at the authority of your church. Where does it come from? Jesus and the Apostles? Does it come directly from the Apostles passed down from the year 33 AD? Look below for a quick reference as to where, when and by whom different churches were started.
|Anglican||1534||King Henry VIII||England|
|Episcopalians||1789||Samuel Seabury||American Colonies|
|Methodist Episcopal||1739||John & Charles Wesley||England|
|Mormons||1830||Joseph Smith||New York|
|Jehovah Witness||1874||Charles Taze Russell||Pennsylvania|
|Seventh-day Adventist||1863||William Miller||Battle Creek, MI|
|Lakewood Church (Baptist)||1959||John Osteen (Joel’s father)||Houston, TX|
|Catholic Church||33 AD||Jesus Christ||Jerusalem|
Check out these Early Church Fathers and see what they said.
Regarding Apostolic Tradition:
Origen of Alexandria
“There are many who think they hold the opinions of Christ, and yet some of these think differently from their predecessors, yet, as the teaching of the Church, transmitted in orderly succession from the apostles, and remaining in the churches to the present day, is still preserved, that alone is to be accepted as truth that differs in no respect from ecclesiastical and apostolic Tradition.” [Fundamental Doctrines Preface 2 (c. A.D. 225)] (Remember, there are no denominational churches at this time because it is before the Reformation, so “churches” refers to the Catholic Church.)
St. Epiphanius of Salamis
“It is needful also to make use of Tradition, for not everything can be gotten from sacred Scripture. The holy apostles handed down some things in the Scriptures, other things in Tradition.” [Panacea Against All Heresies 61:6(c. A.D. 375)] (So following Sola Scriptura [Bible Alone] doesn’t give us everything the Apostles handed down.)
Regarding the Catholic Church:
St. Augustine of Hippo
For in the Catholic Church, not so speak of the purest wisdom, the knowledge of which a few spiritual men attain in the is life, so as to know it, in the scantiest measure, indeed, because they are but men, still without any uncertainty (since the rest of the multitude derive their entire security not from acuteness of intellect, but from simplicity of faith)–not to speak of this wisdom, which you do not believe to be in the Catholic Church, there are many other things that most justly keep me in her bosom. The consent of peoples and nations keeps me in the Church; so does her authority, inaugurated by miracles, nourished by hope, enlarged by love, established by age. The succession of priests keeps me, beginning from the very seat of the apostle Peter, to whom the Lord, after his Resurrection, gave it in charge to feed his sheep, down to the present episcopate. And so, lastly, does the name itself of Catholic, which, not without reason, amid so many heresies, the Church has thus retained; so that, though all heretics wish to be called Catholics, yet when a stranger asks where the Catholic Church meets, no heretic will venture to point to his own chapel or house. Such then in number and importance are the precious ties belonging to the Christian name that keep a believer in the Catholic Church, as it is right they should, though from the slowness of our understanding, or the small attainment of our life, the truth may not yet fully disclose itself. But with you, where there are none of these things to a attract or keep me, the promise of truth is the only thing that comes into play. Now if the truth is so clearly proved as to leave no possibility of doubt, it must be set before all the things that keep me in the Catholic Church; but if there is only a promise without any fulfillment, no one shall move me from the faith that binds my mind with ties so many and so strong to the Christian religion.” [Against the letter of Mani called “The Foundation” 4:5 (A.D. 398)]
St. Augustine of Hippo
“If you should find someone who does not yet believe in the gospel, what would you [Mani] answer him when he says, “I do not believe”? Indeed, I would not believe in the gospel myself if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.” [Against the letter of Mani called “The Foundation” 5:6 (A.D. 398)]
These are only a sample of the Early Church Fathers. They tell it like it is and are very truthful because they witnessed it themselves.
The true church that Jesus started is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. It has to be all of them not just one. If your church is not all of them, you need to begin your search for Jesus’ one and only church that is still on earth today. I beg of you to dig deeper into the history of your church and the history of the Catholic Church and answer these questions for yourself . Follow the Early Church Fathers and they will lead you home.
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I’ve been asked, “Why are you Catholic?” but then they think they know the answer by saying, “Oh, you’re Catholic because you were born into it.” Well, the answer is yes and no. Yes, I was lucky enough to be born into it but that’s not the reason I’m Catholic.
I’m Catholic because it’s true! If you are looking for the truth in faith, this is it! Why?
No other church on earth can claim these truths.
“But it doesn’t matter what church you belong to, right? Aren’t they all the same?” No, they aren’t. Did Jesus start an invisible church? The authority is only for the apostles and their successors. There is one, holy, Catholic (universal) and apostolic church. Jesus started a visible church that is found all over the world. We are all called to be in agreement in our faith. This does not give authority for anyone else to start their own church or interpret scripture. See Eph. 4:3-6
Where in the Bible does it say that we can have personal interpretation of scripture? It doesn’t. Jesus gave the Catholic Church teaching authority on faith and morality and to interpret scripture, therefore we have an obligation to follow church teaching.
Think of it this way, how do you interpret these six words? “I never said you stole money?” Depending on which word you put the accent on, it takes on different meaning.
If these six little words can be interpreted into six different meanings, then think of all the words in the Bible that can take on different meanings. We need the authority of the Catholic Church to help us to interpret the Bible correctly. Even pastors outside of the Catholic Church can only give their fallible opinion of the meaning of scripture.
It all boils down to this, the Catholic Church and all of her teachings are the truth. You might say, “But truth is subjective, you have your truth and I have mine.”
No. Truth is fact, truth is truth and truth never changes. It’s not your truth or my truth. It’s Jesus’ truth! It’s historical. It’s documented very well. It’s witnessed by hundreds and thousands. People who crucified Jesus saw him alive in the flesh after His resurrection. I’m sure that had to be shocking! To see someone you killed walking around for 40 days with the nail marks and lance hole in His side. And if you say, He never was dead. Then think of this, the executioners were crucified themselves if they let even one person live. They had to be sure every one of them was very, very, dead so you didn’t become one of them. That’s why the soldier thrust the lance into Jesus’ side. To be sure He was dead. Jesus would not have survived the torture and crucifixion he was subjected to anyway. He likely died from traumatic and hypovolemic shock and suffered horrible pain from the torture being centered on His cranial nerves, wrist nerves, leg nerves and deep wounds all over His body from the scourging and crown of thorns (this was a cap, not a wreath). Who could have survived this? Check this webpage out for more information on the medical evaluation of Jesus’ crucifixion and torture. Please read the Conclusion, it’s so important.
After you read this article, it’s hard not to see just how much Jesus endured because He loves us. He loves each one of us. He saw each of us at the foot of the cross and loved us that much that He would rather bear that suffering pain than lose even one of us to sin. No one else loves us that much!
I’ll give you many reasons why I’m Catholic. It’s the truth and the only Church Jesus founded but the most important reason I’m Catholic is because Jesus suffered so much just so that I would not be lost to sin. He did that just for you too. He would have done all of that for only one of us. He values each of us that much! He did it for His Church, the Catholic Church, so that we would have the source of salvation and we could be with Him in Heaven. But we have to choose Him and follow His Church.
There is nothing on earth like the Catholic Church and it’s a miracle in itself, in Him, with Him, and through Him. That’s why I’m Catholic!
Take this quiz and find out how much you know about what Catholics believe. Answers are below.
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How did you do? This is a taste of what Catholics believe. Did you find anything in the quiz that surprised you? You don’t have to but if you would like, please let me know what your scores were. You can click on the Contact Page or you can leave a reply below in the box. I hope this quiz helps you to know the truth of what Catholics believe and I hope it spurs you to learn more about the beautiful faith called the Catholic Church. Thank you for taking the quiz.
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These are some of the similarities and differences between the Lutheran and Catholic faiths. Much of the good in the Lutheran faith comes from the Catholic faith; however, there is much that is not the same. The Catholic Church has the fullness of the faith and all are called to communion with the Catholic Church.
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I would recommend a little yellow book for anyone who wants answers to many questions about the Church. It’s an easy read. You can read a question or two per day. It only costs $3.00 American dollars. This website also has many other resources for those searching for answers.
Another little book that is great is Confession of a Roman Catholic. It is similar to the yellow book but from a person who went through a conversion and why he found the Catholic Church to be true.
I love this book also, The Protestant’s Dilemma. It addresses many issues that people struggle with and helps them figure out the truth. It’s a longer read than the little books but is divided up so that it is easier to understand in segments. It is presented in each chapter with a question from a protestant view and belief, then the Catholic view and the truth of scripture interpretation is offered. It is a great way to reason your way to the true Church of Jesus.
Dynamic Catholic website has a great offer for anyone to receive free resources if you promise to pass it on. This is a wonderful website and has some great books for your faith journey with Jesus.
I have found these little books very helpful in my faith path. I hope they are also as helpful for you.
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Have you ever wondered why Catholics pray to saints? Or genuflect? Or call it Mass instead of worship service? All questions are good questions. Whatever your question, you can get dozens of answers on the radio show, Called to Communion. It is meant for people who have questions but didn’t know where or who to ask. It is also on EWTN on Thursdays and Saturdays. Check for the time in your area.
Click on the link below and then click on the “Called to Communion” link for several podcasts to listen to. Also, if you would like to subscribe to their feed, click on “Subscribe” right under the name of the show.
There’s another answer forum that is very interesting. Catholic Answers is a great resource for those nagging questions. You can watch a video, listen to audio or look it up by topic. This show is also coming to television soon.
I sincerely hope that these help you in your search for the One True Church.
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