“I see. I think I’ve heard that the Catholic church has many traditions.”
“Oh, definitely,” you reply. “We have the seven sacraments, sacred ceremonies, holidays for the saints; all sorts of things.”
“What about the Mass? Don’t you have the Lord’s Supper?”
“Yes, that’s one of the sacraments, the Eucharist. We eat
bread which becomes the body of Christ when the priest blesses
it, and the priest also drinks wine which becomes Christ’s blood.”
“So would you say that the priest re-sacrifices Christ?” he asks.
“I suppose so,” you say. “Why?”
“It’s just that there’s a place in the book of Hebrews in the Bible, where it talks about the old Jewish sacrificial system. It says that ‘every priest stands daily at his service, offering the same sacrifices over and over, which can never take away sins.’ But it goes on to say that ‘When Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God…For by a single offering he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.1’ So do we need to keep sacrificing Christ? Wasn’t Jesus’ death on the cross enough?”
“I believe what the church tells me,” you answer frankly.
“What about the Bible? You know, the Catholic church’s traditions and teachings keep changing over the years, but the Bible has not changed.”
What do you say?
a. “Honestly, I’m not so sure the Bible is always true.” Go to page 9.
b. “What else do you believe the Bible says?” Go to page 22.
1 – Heb. 10: 11-12.14