My dad was Serbian Orthodox (I was baptised into his religion), my mum is Catholic. I am about to convert to Catholicism (including my first confession before being received into the church), and since doing my own research I am now in turmoil, and in need of some clarifications from both Catholics and Christians….
First, please understand that Catholics are Christians. Not all Christians are Catholic, but all Catholics are Christians.
For several years after the crucifixion, the early Christians continued to observe the Jewish Sabbath on Saturdays. They gathered with other Christians on Sundays. It doesn’t matter what day you observe the Sabbath. God will know that your intent is to please Him.
I am Catholic. I don’t go to confession and I don’t believe I’ll go to hell. I confess to God alone. The Bible does indicate that Jesus gave Peter the power to forgive sins. (Matthew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27–30 and Luke 9:18–20) but it’s not clear to me whether that power was also given to the other apostles. I believe that God forgives us if we regret our sins and ask Him to forgive them. So, when a priest tells us we are forgiven, he’s right, but he’s not the one forgiving us. He is merely offering assurance that God has forgiven us.
You can worship God in any church, or in no church at all. God is aware of your desire to do what’s right, and that’s what matters. Ask Him to lead you.
May He bless you with all good things.
Catholics are Christians just as Serbian Orthodox are Christians just as Protestants are Christians.
Christians celebrate on the Lord’s day, this whole Seventh Day Adventist thing is very new, it is simply garbage.
Catholicism is not the devil’s religion else it would not have such devotion to Christ and all that is good in the world.
The New Testament is the second half of the Bible, as opposed to the Old Testament. There are some changes being made in the English translation of Mass to get the words that are spoken closer to the original languages.
John 20:23 shows us that the Apostles were given the authority to forgive sins on the behalf of God.
Your hell question is rather complicated, no human can claim to know if someone has gone to hell, but someone that dies with unrepented mortal sin is in hell. The problem is figuring out if certain sins were mortal because the prerequisites can be rather arbitrary if we are trying to figure it out, we cannot judge people’s heart.
Catholics follow the Jewish Lunar Calendar in regards to obligation of Mass. In a Lunar calendar, the day ends and a new begins in the evening, which is typically around 5. So, Sunday for Jews starts on Saturday evening for us.
You can go to the 5pm Mass on Saturday evenings. Jesus Christ’s Catholic Church has not changed anything in the bible. The Bible is the Catholic Church’s book. The New Testament was written by the Apostles. Catholics were the very first Christians and we belong to Jesus Christ’s Catholic Church that He established in 33AD. Sounds like alot of your research is coming from Protestant religions. Try the website below and it will give the true teachings of Christ and His Church.
Saturday is still the Sabbath, Sunday is the Lord’s day
Biblical references to happenings on Sunday, the first day of the week…
1. Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Sunday, Lk 24:1-12
2. Christ appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday, Lk 24:13
3. Jesus appeared to the disciples behind closed doors, Jn 20:19
4. Jesus appeared to the disciples with Thomas one week later, Jn 20:26 NAB
5. Jesus opened the minds of the Apostles to the Scriptures, Lk 24:45
6. The Apostles received their ‘Great Commission’ to go and teach all nations, Mt 28:1-20.
7. The Apostles were given the Holy Spirit and the power to forgive sins, Jn 20:19-23.
8. Jesus told the Apostles to wait in the city until they were to be clothed with power from on high, Lk 24:49.
9. On the seventh Sunday after the resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles,
10. Immediately after receiving the Holy Spirit, Peter gave a powerful address on the Gospel resulting in 3000 conversions, Acts 2:41.
11. The Apostles met for the Holy Eucharist on the ‘first’ day, Acts 20:7.
12. The Apostles set the ‘first’ day of the week for the Churches to take up the collections,
And yes confession is also biblical.Reconciliation (also known as Confession and Penance): Penance is a Sacrament in which the sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.
Biblical references: Matt 9:2-8; Jn 20:22-23; 2 Cor 5:17-20; James 5:13-16;
Matt 18:18; 1 Jn 5:16
Catholic Christian †
You have raised some very important questions here. These are my responses:
1) Your first concern was about worship on Sunday, which confuses many people. Christ rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. For this reason, it is a fitting day to offer worship to God. However, this day is distinguished from the Sabbath; for Christians, this fulfills the moral obligation to offer praise and worship to God.
2) The New Testament tells the story of the New Covenant, just as the Old Testament tells us about the Old Covenant.
3) I am not sure if you are referring to the changes of the New Missal that are to come out this liturgical year, or Scripture itself, which the Church has never altered. The New Missal is being done to revise the English translations so that they better reflect the original Latin meanings.
4) Christ gave His Apostles the power to forgive sins in His Name in John 20:22-23 when He said, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Through the ministry of the priesthood, Christ absolves the penitent of his/her sins and restores the person to grace.
5) Catholics are to attend the sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year. If a person is in a state of mortal sin, he/she must receive this sacrament before receiving the Eucharist. It is the teaching of the Church that dying in a state of mortal sin merits eternal punishment (Hell) because of the gravity of mortal sin.
To clarify, mortal sin is a sin of 1) grave matter that is 2) committed with full knowledge that the act is sinful and 3) is deliberately committed. Venial sins, however, are less serious sins and do not have to be confessed within the sacrament of Reconciliation.
If you have any further questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me.
God is a God who never changes. If you believe this it baffles my mind that an unchanging God would change anything He told us to REMEMBER. Read Ex.20 for yourself.
***The Sabbath was changed but NOT by the God who is the same, yesterday, today and forever, but by a man. If a Catholic is honest and knows history he will tell you that a man name of Constantine changed Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, not God.
Yet many Christians here this and either say, for Jews only or legalistic.
As for if the Catholics changed the Bible, they have 7 more books than Christians do. Further their list of 10 commandments is different than in the KJV Bible.
Saturday is the seventh day on which God rested from creating the earth. Hence the Sabbath of the Old Testament. But Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. So that became the day of rest/worship for the New Testament.
In a confession the priest can forgive your sins in behalf of God, but…. God has the last word.
Confession is important, it is an exercise to bring the sins to the Light, when we die we need to bring everything to God, the Light. God lightens our spirit and looks for sin, it is up to us to acknowledge our sins. If we deny our sins, we may get some time to acknowledge our sins.
If you don’t go to confession you don’t necessarly go the hell, it all depends of the weight of the sins and recognizing Christ as the one who leads us to Heaven.
Catholics are Christians. Keep going to mass. We go to mas on Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Saturday Sabbath is the old law
I have never met a non Christian Catholic. You need much more catchesis before you convert, so put off your conversion until you have your questions satisfactorily answered.
Most Christians go to church on Sunday because the Lord rose on a Sunday.
Not going to confession does not automatically end in hellfire. God considers many other things too.
Yes it’s, and it quite annoys me that a few Christians honestly consider this. Catholicism is solely up to a aspect of Christianity because the Protestant Church is. Just just like the denominations inside the Protestant Church, they only have another means of working towards their ideals. There is not anything unsuitable with that. At this second in time, I’m honestly eager about changing to Catholicism for the reason that I suppose that the Church of England is tearing itself aside with the disagreements over distinctive disorders; they look to desire to comply extra to what society expects of them, then of what Scripture says. They look to be going extra for what they desire, and now not what the Christian teachings say. Within the Protestant Church there may be approximately 34,000 denominations. If men and women argue that the Catholic Church is unsuitable and now not Christian then one might argue that a few of these denominations inside the Protestant Church are unsuitable too. It works each methods. At least the Catholic Church are customarily united of their ideals and teachings. Just my ideas, 🙂 Victoria
For Christians, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the first day of the week (Sunday) replaces the Sabbath as the day of ceremonial observance of the Commandment to keep the Lord’s Day holy.
Here is the link: http://www.nccbuscc.org/catechism/text/p…
Both the Orthodox and Catholic Churches are Apostolic and therefore follow the teaching and practice of the Apostles. In the 20th chapter of the Act of the Apostles, the church in Troas gathered on the first day of the week, Sunday.
The first Christians were Jews. They went to temple or synagogue on the Sabbath (Saturday) with fellow Jews.
Then they gathered on the first day of the week, the day on which Jesus rose from the dead (Sunday), with fellow Christians to tell stories of Jesus and share Eucharist. See Acts 20:7.
Later Gentiles joined Christianity. The Apostles, guided by the Holy Spirit, proclaimed that the Gentiles did not have to covert to Judaism to become Christians. Therefore, they only attended on Sundays and did not have to abide by Jewish dietary laws.
This biblical practice inspired by the Holy Spirit has been followed ever since.
“If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death–whom some deny, by which mystery we have obtained faith, and therefore endure, that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only Master.” Letter from Ignatius to the Magnesians, 9:1 (110 CE) http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/te…
Let no one, then, pass judgment on you in matters of food and drink or with regard to a festival or new moon or sabbath. (Collosians 2:16)
With love in Christ.