Pope John Paul II declared it authoritative, it to be "a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion."
The following "BIBLICAL CONTRASTS" is taken from a publication by www.BereanBeacon.org
Biblical Truth paragraphs are left-justified
The light of God's Word
The Bible only is the Standard for Truth
"...the scripture cannot be broken." John 10:35
"Sanctify them through Thy truth: The word is truth." John 17:17
"That ye might learn in us not to think...above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another." 1 Corinthians 4:6
"Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Proverbs 30:6
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." II Timothy 3:16-17
"Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered..." Mark 7:13
Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994)
Truth is based on Scripture, Tradition, and the Pope
together and communicate one with the other."
Catechism of the Catholic Church Para 80
"And [Holy] Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God
which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord
and the Holy Spirit." Para 81
"As a result the [Roman Catholic] Church...does not derive her certainty
about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone.
Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and
honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence." Para 82
"The Supreme Pontiff, in virtue of his office, possesses infallible teaching
authority when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful...
he proclaims with a definitive act that a doctrine of faith or
morals is to be held as such." Para 891
Salvation is by Grace Alone through Faith
"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:24
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." Romans 5:17
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us..." Titus 3:5-6
"I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Galatians 2:21
is given through the sacraments of the Church
becoming his adopted sons. It introduces us into the
intimacy of the Trinitarian life."
"The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the
New Covenant are necessary for salvation.
'Sacramental grace' is the grace of the Holy Spirit,
given by Christ and proper to each sacrament."
"One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God
and with the Church, must confess to a priest
all the unconfessed grave sins he remembers after
having carefully examined his conscience."
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31
"For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake." Philippians 1:29
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
"In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass,
the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner
on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered
in an unbloody manner." Para 1367
"The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the [Roman Catholic] Church.
The Church which is the Body of Christ participates
in the offering of her Head.
With him, she herself is offered whole and entire." Para 1368
God is the Only All Holy One, and the Only Source of Holiness
"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." Isaiah 6:3
"Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name" For Thou only art Holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee..." Revelation 15:4
"There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside Thee: neither is there any rock like our God." 1 Samuel 2:2
"I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8
"By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to the
'Mother of Mercy,' the All Holy One." Para 2677
"From the [Roman Catholic] Church he learns the example of
holiness and recognizes its model and source in the
all-holy Virgin Mary..." Para 2030
"The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God
'the All-Holy' (Panagia), and celebrate her as
'free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy spirit
and formed as a new creature' " Para 493
In Salvation the Lord Jesus Christ Alone Mediates
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5
"Neither is here salvation in any other: for here is none other name [Jesus Christ' under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12
but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the
gifts of eternal salvation... Therefore the Blessed Virgin
is invoked in the [Roman Catholic] Church under the titles of
Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix." Para 969
God Hates Idolatry
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them." Exodus 20:4-5
"And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even Ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner to similitude on the day that the LORD spake... Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure..." Deuteronomy 4:13, 15-16
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." 1 John 5:21
"The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first
commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, the honor
rendered to an image passes to its prototype, and whoever
venerates an image venerates the person
portrayed in it." Para 2132
"Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate Word, the
seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (787)
justified... the veneration of icons - of Christ,
but also of the Mother of God, the angels, and all the saints.
By becoming incarnate, the Son of God
introduced a new 'economy' of images." Para 2131
This Pagan Practice is Forbidden in the Bible
"I am the LORD thy God... Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:2-3
"There shall not be found among you any one... that useth divination, or an observer of times, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. [one who calls up the dead]."
"And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits [divination: contacting the dead], and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 20:6-7
Practice is Recommended by Rome
"Communion with the dead. In full consciousness of this communion
of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the [Roman Catholic] Church
in its pilgrim members, from the earliest days of the Christian religion,
has honored with great respect the memory of the dead...
Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them,
but also of making their intercession for us effective." Para 958
"The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom, especially those
whom the [Roman Catholic] Church recognizes as saints, share in the
living tradition of prayer... Their intercession is their most exalted service...
We can and should ask them to intercede for us
and for the whole world." Para 2683
More Biblical contrasts: www.bereanbeacon.org
Compiled by Richard Bennett, converted Catholic Priest, now Evangelist.
P.O. Box 192 Del Valle, TX 78617
The Bible Compared
to the Catholic Catechism 1994
Chart: Bible vs. Catechism
What Every Catholic Should Know - http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=E1CB721E3CA65D76
Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, by Charles Chiniquy
I have to be honest: it is really making me physically ill to type these abominable "differences" so divergent from the Bible, adopted by the Roman Catholic Church!
Small wonder that they put obstacles when any even think to read the Bible for themselves, such as, an "interpreter" such as a priest or bishop be needed to aid in its understanding!
Jesus told us to "search the Scriptures," each and everyone of us! Jesus preached to the masses, his chosen disciples to be for the most part simple, unlearned folk!
Typing this has been a most distressing experience! I want to get on my knees and beg God forgive that we be so blind to that which he so pointedly showed us in His Love Letter to us!