Deuterocanonical Books Quoted In New Testament

Protestants often claim that the Catholic Church added books to the Bible. But the fact is it was them who removed books from the Bible. 

Here are some examples where the New Testament writers directly quoted the Deuterocanonical books. 

Mt. 6:19-20 – Jesus’ statement about laying up for yourselves treasure in heaven follows Sirach 29:11 – lay up your treasure.

Matt.. 7:12 – Jesus’ golden rule “do unto others” is the converse of Tobit 4:15 – what you hate, do not do to others.

Matt. 7:16,20 – Jesus’ statement “you will know them by their fruits” follows Sirach 27:6 – the fruit discloses the cultivation.

Matt. 9:36 – the people were “like sheep without a shepherd” is same as Judith 11:19 – sheep without a shepherd.

Matt. 11:25 – Jesus’ description “Lord of heaven and earth” is the same as Tobit 7:18 – Lord of heaven and earth.

Matt. 12:42 – Jesus refers to the wisdom of Solomon which was recorded and made part of the deuterocanonical books.

Matt. 16:18 – Jesus’ reference to the “power of death” and “gates of Hades” references Wisdom 16:13.

Matt. 22:25; Mark 12:20; Luke 20:29 – Gospel writers refer to the canonicity of Tobit 3:8 and 7:11 regarding the seven brothers.

Matt. 24:15 – the “desolating sacrilege” Jesus refers to is also taken from 1 Macc. 1:54 and 2 Macc. 8:17.

Matt. 24:16 – let those “flee to the mountains” is taken from 1 Macc. 2:28.

Matt. 27:43 – if He is God’s Son, let God deliver him from His adversaries follows Wisdom 2:18.

Mark 4:5,16-17 – Jesus’ description of seeds falling on rocky ground and having no root follows Sirach 40:15.

Mark 9:48 – description of hell where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched references Judith 16:17.

Luke 1:42 – Elizabeth’s declaration of Mary’s blessedness above all women follows Uzziah’s declaration in Judith 13:18.

Luke 1:52 – Mary’s magnificat addressing the mighty falling from their thrones and replaced by lowly follows Sirach 10:14.

Luke 2:29 – Simeon’s declaration that he is ready to die after seeing the Child Jesus follows Tobit 11:9.

Luke 13:29 – the Lord’s description of men coming from east and west to rejoice in God follows Baruch 4:37.

Luke 21:24 – Jesus’ usage of “fall by the edge of the sword” follows Sirach 28:18.

Luke 24:4 and Acts 1:10 – Luke’s description of the two men in dazzling apparel reminds us of 2 Macc. 3:26.

John 1:3 – all things were made through Him, the Word, follows Wisdom 9:1.

John 3:13 – who has ascended into heaven but He who descended from heaven references Baruch 3:29.

John 4:48; Acts 5:12; 15:12; 2 Cor. 12:12 – Jesus’, Luke’s and Paul’s usage of “signs and wonders” follows Wisdom 8:8.

John 5:18 – Jesus claiming that God is His Father follows Wisdom 2:16.

John 6:35-59 – Jesus’ Eucharistic discourse is foreshadowed in Sirach 24:21.

John 10:22 – the identification of the feast of the dedication is taken from 1 Macc. 4:59.

John 10:36 – Jesus accepts the inspiration of Maccabees as He analogizes the Hanukkah consecration to His own consecration to the Father in 1 Macc. 4:36.

John 15:6 – branches that don’t bear fruit and are cut down follows Wis. 4:5 where branches are broken off.

Acts 1:15 – Luke’s reference to the 120 may be a reference to 1 Macc. 3:55 – leaders of tens / restoration of the twelve.

Acts 10:34; Rom. 2:11; Gal. 2:6 – Peter’s and Paul’s statement that God shows no partiality references Sirach 35:12.

Acts 17:29 – description of false gods as like gold and silver made by men follows Wisdom 13:10.

Rom 1:18-25 – Paul’s teaching on the knowledge of the Creator and the ignorance and sin of idolatry follows Wis. 13:1-10.

Rom. 1:20 – specifically, God’s existence being evident in nature follows Wis. 13:1.

Rom. 1:23 – the sin of worshipping mortal man, birds, animals and reptiles follows Wis. 11:15; 12:24-27; 13:10; 14:8.

Rom. 1:24-27 – this idolatry results in all kinds of sexual perversion which follows Wis. 14:12,24-27.

Rom. 4:17 – Abraham is a father of many nations follows Sirach 44:19.

Rom. 5:12 – description of death and sin entering into the world is similar to Wisdom 2:24.

Rom. 9:21 – usage of the potter and the clay, making two kinds of vessels follows Wisdom 15:7.

1 Cor. 2:16 – Paul’s question, “who has known the mind of the Lord?” references Wisdom 9:13.

1 Cor. 6:12-13; 10:23-26 – warning that, while all things are good, beware of gluttony, follows Sirach 36:18 and 37:28-30.

1 Cor. 8:5-6 – Paul acknowledging many “gods” but one Lord follows Wis. 13:3.

1 Cor. 10:1 – Paul’s description of our fathers being under the cloud passing through the sea refers to Wisdom 19:7.

1 Cor. 10:20 – what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God refers to Baruch 4:7.

1 Cor. 15:29 – if no expectation of resurrection, it would be foolish to be baptized on their behalf follows 2 Macc. 12:43-45.

Eph. 1:17 – Paul’s prayer for a “spirit of wisdom” follows the prayer for the spirit of wisdom in Wisdom 7:7.

Eph. 6:14 – Paul describing the breastplate of righteousness is the same as Wis. 5:18. See also Isaiah 59:17 and 1 Thess. 5:8.

Eph. 6:13-17 – in fact, the whole discussion of armor, helmet, breastplate, sword, shield follows Wis. 5:17-20.

1 Tim. 6:15 – Paul’s description of God as Sovereign and King of kings is from 2 Macc. 12:15; 13:4.

2 Tim. 4:8 – Paul’s description of a crown of righteousness is similar to Wisdom 5:16.

Heb. 4:12 – Paul’s description of God’s word as a sword is similar to Wisdom 18:15.

Heb. 11:5 – Enoch being taken up is also referenced in Wis 4:10 and Sir 44:16. See also 2 Kings 2:1-13 & Sir 48:9 regarding Elijah.

Heb 11:35 – Paul teaches about the martyrdom of the mother and her sons described in 2 Macc. 7:1-42.

Heb. 12:12 – the description “drooping hands” and “weak knees” comes from Sirach 25:23.

James 1:19 – let every man be quick to hear and slow to respond follows Sirach 5:11.

James 2:23 – it was reckoned to him as righteousness follows 1 Macc. 2:52 – it was reckoned to him as righteousness.

James 3:13 – James’ instruction to perform works in meekness follows Sirach 3:17.

James 5:3 – describing silver which rusts and laying up treasure follows Sirach 29:10-11.

James 5:6 – condemning and killing the “righteous man” follows Wisdom 2:10-20.

1 Peter 1:6-7 – Peter teaches about testing faith by purgatorial fire as described in Wisdom 3:5-6 and Sirach 2:5.

1 Peter 1:17 – God judging each one according to his deeds refers to Sirach 16:12 – God judges man according to his deeds.

2 Peter 2:7 – God’s rescue of a righteous man (Lot) is also described in Wisdom 10:6.

Rev. 1:4 – the seven spirits who are before his throne is taken from Tobit 12:15 – Raphael is one of the seven holy angels who present the prayers of the saints before the Holy One.

Rev. 1:18; Matt. 16:18 – power of life over death and gates of Hades follows Wis. 16:13.

Rev. 2:12 – reference to the two-edged sword is similar to the description of God’s Word in Wisdom 18:16.

Rev. 5:7 – God is described as seated on His throne, and this is the same description used in Sirach 1:8.

Rev. 8:3-4 – prayers of the saints presented to God by the hand of an angel follows Tobit 12:12,15.

Rev. 8:7 – raining of hail and fire to the earth follows Wisdom 16:22 and Sirach 39:29.

Rev. 9:3 – raining of locusts on the earth follows Wisdom 16:9.

Rev. 11:19 – the vision of the ark of the covenant (Mary) in a cloud of glory was prophesied in 2 Macc. 2:7.

Rev. 17:14 – description of God as King of kings follows 2 Macc. 13:4.

Rev. 19:1 – the cry “Hallelujah” at the coming of the new Jerusalem follows Tobit 13:18.

Rev. 19:11 – the description of the Lord on a white horse in the heavens follows 2 Macc. 3:25; 11:8.

Rev. 19:16 – description of our Lord as King of kings is taken from 2 Macc. 13:4.

Rev. 21:19 – the description of the new Jerusalem with precious stones is prophesied in Tobit 13:17.

Exodus 23:7 – do not slay the innocent and righteous – Dan. 13:53 – do not put to death an innocent and righteous person.

1 Sam. 28:7-20 – the intercessory mediation of deceased Samuel for Saul follows Sirach 46:20.

2 Kings 2:1-13 – Elijah being taken up into heaven follows Sirach 48:9.

2 Tim. 3:16 – the inspired Scripture that Paul was referring to included the deuterocanonical texts that the Protestants removed. The books Baruch, Tobit, Maccabees, Judith, Sirach, Wisdom and parts of Daniel and Esther were all included in the Septuagint that Jesus and the apostles used.

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Catholicism A Mixture Of Paganism? 

​False Accusation: 

Catholics follow man-made pagan traditions

TRUTH

The Catholic Church strictly prohibits any rituals or practices of pagan origin. What Catholics are following are Traditions that were handed down to us by the Apostles and early Christians. Holding on to these Traditions was firmly commanded by St. Paul;

Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:15

Are Catholics Prohibited From Reading The Bible? 

​False Accusation: Catholics were prohibited from reading the Bible.

TRUTH:

No part in the history of Catholicism where the Church prohibit Catholics from reading the bible. 

In the early days, Pope Damasus ordered St. Jerome to translate the Hewbrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament in Latin in order for the people to read and understand the Scriptures. 

In 9th century Venerable Bede translated the Bible into Old English, he was the first one to produce an English translation of the Bible.

In our day the Church in her document Dei Verbum encourages the faithful to read the Bible and give due reverence to it as the word of God.

Holy Rosary A Vain Repetition?

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary, it is an opportune time to correct one of the most common misconceptions about the Catholic faith, and that is praying the Rosary is an example of vain repetition stated in Matthew 6:7 which says;

When you pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathens do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (Mt. 6: 7 King James Version)

Catholics are being criticized by Fundamentalist Christians for praying the Holy Rosary because of their faulty understanding of the passage quoted above. For them this passage strictly prohibits any person from repeating words or statements in prayer. To follow their logic they would have to admit that they too are guilty of violating Matthew 6:7 because they might have unknowlingly violated this passage when they repeated a praise and worship song or have repeatedly give thanks to the food before consuming it. 
The Greek word for “vain repetition” is battalageste which means to stammer, babble, prate or to repeat the same things over and over mindlessly. This is the manner how the pagans during the time of Jesus Christ prayed to their gods, using empty words to appease them. What Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6:7 is not actually a prohibition in repeating a prayer, but in praying the way how the pagans prayed to their gods. 

There are instances in the Bible where a repetitive prayer is pleasing to God. Take the angels, for example;

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, day and night they never cease to sing, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come! Revelations 4:8

If the Fundamentalist understanding of Matthew 6:7 is right then, they should inform the angels in heaven that what they are doing is “vain repetition”! Consider the fact that in Psalm 136 Jews and Christians prayed the Psalms for thousands of years. Psalm 136 repeats the phrase “for his steadfast love endurse forever” 26 times!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever,                                        Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever,                                                    Give thanks to the Lord of lords, His love endures forever,                                                    To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever,                                        Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. .

Psalm 136:1-26

This prayer in the book of Psalm is almost identical to the structure and manner on how the Holy Rosary is being prayed by Catholics. King David the primary author of the book of Psalms didn’t find Psalm 136 as vain repitition as well as God to whom this passage was addressed to. 

Finally, Jesus Christ himself prayed repeatedly amd evem used the same exact words in his prayer.

And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into tempatation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. and again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And again, he came and found them sleeping. . .and he came a third time, and said to them, are you still sleeping? Mark 14:32-39

The Book of Psalms contained repititive prayer (Psalm 136), the angels in heaven for eternity repeatedly praise God using the exact same song over and over again (Revelations 4:8), and Jesus Christ himself repeated a prayer saying the exact same words (Mark 14:32-39). If it is good for them to repeat a prayer using exact same words, then there is nothing wrong in praying the Rosary to meditate in the life, passion and death of Jesus Christ.





The Catholic Roman Synod Decree On The Canon Of Sacred Scriptures

Whether they accept it or not Protestants relied on the authority of the Catholic Church to know which scriptures are part of the Canon of Sacred Scriptures, and which are not. If it weren’t for the Catholic Church we would not have our Bibles today.  
In 382 A.D Pope Damasus gathered the bishops in Rome in order to form the Canon of Sacred Scriptures which includes the Old and New Testament.

The following is the decree of the Roman Synod concerning the Canon of Scripture.

                                            

                       Acts of the Roman Synod, 382 A.D

Likewise it has been saud: Now indeed we must treat of the divine Scriptures, what the universal Catholic CHurch accepts and what she ought to shun.

The order of the Old Testament begins here:

Genesis one book, Exodus one book, Leviticus one book, Numbers one book, Deuteronomy one book, Josue Nave one book, Judges one book, Ruth one book, Kings four books, Paralipomenon two books, Psalms one book, Solomon three boks, Proverbs one book, Ecclesiastes one book, Canticle of Cantilcles one book, likewise Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus one book.

The order of the Prophets:

Isaias one book, Jeremias one book, Ginoth, that is with his Lamentations, Ezekiel one book, Daniel one book, Osee one book, Michaes one book, Joel one book, Sophonias one book, Aggeus one book, Zacharias one book, Malachias one book.

The order of history:

Job one book, Tobias one book, Esdras two books,, Machabees two books

Order of the writings of the New Testament:

Gospel according to Matthew one book, Mark one book,

The Espistles of Paul

 To the Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians, Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews

Catholic Espistles

Apocalypse of John, Acts of the Apostles

Canonical epistles

Epistle of Peter, James, John, Jude

The facts of history regarding the origin of the Canon of Sacred Scriptures cannot be twisted, tainted or revised. The Sacred Scriptures did not fall down from heaven whole and intact nor was it compiled by the aposltes themselves. 

The Catholic Church is solely responsible for compiling the canon of Scriptures in 383 A.D in the Synod of Rome.  During this time no Protestant denomination ever existed yet, thus they cannot claim of having any hand in the formation of the canon of Sacred Scriptures.


Ignorance Is The Leading Cause Why Some People Hate Religion

We often hear from people with Evangelical and Born Again Background the slogan “I hate religion, but loves Jesus Christ”. They usually utter this statement over and over again to emphasize their belief that faith in Jesus Christ and religion are in total opposite with each other. With an evangelical or born again mind set it is either choosing between Jesus Christ and Religion, you can’t have both, that as if Religion and faith in Jesus Christ are like oil and water.

The culprit behind the dichotomy between Christ and religion are protestant pastors that have somehow twisted the definition of religion. Born Again pastors associate religion with rituals, man made traditions, superstitious beliefs and unbiblical practices. It is by this definition that lead people to believe that religion is something sinister or worst came from the devil himself.

In order to clear the air we have to define religion in its strictest sense. Contrary to what ministers of other denominations are saying about religion, religion is defined as:

According to Cicero’s well-known etymology of the term, the Latin word religio is derived from re-ligare, meaning “To be attentive”, “to ponder and observe’, “to keep together”, as opposed to negligare (to neglect, undermine). Thus, religion means the conscientious fulfillment of duty, awe of higher power. The later apologist Lacantius (ca. 260-340 C.E) believed that the word derived from re-ligare, meaning “to bind, hold together” a close and lasting relationship to the divine. Rene Latourelle et. al, Dictionary of Fundamental Theology, p. 819, 1994.

According to the two-fold definition given by Cicero and Lacantius religion is a conscientious fulfillment of duty by having a close and lasting relationship towards a higher being, which we call God. The definition provided by Born Again and Evangelical pastors on religion is not based on factual and correct etymology of the term but on their own bias against rituals and traditions. 

Since religion is properly and strictly defined as a conscientious fulfillment of duty by having a lasting relationship with God, then how can people hate it or separate it from our faith in Jesus Christ? In John 14:6 Jesus Christ said;

I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me

Since religion entails us to have a close and lasting relationship with God, and it is only through Christ that we can know the Father. Therefore, our faith in Jesus Christ and religion must be in complete harmony with each other. This fact is not only an outcome of didactive reasoning but also a biblical fact as witnessed by St. Paul. In his letter to Timothy St. Paul said;

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16 RSVC

Take note of what St. Paul has said “mystery of our religion”, this indicates that St. Paul himself is a part of and/or a member of a particular religion. In the succeeding sentence he provided evidence about the mystery of the religion where he belongs. If religion is such a bad thing as what Born again pastors wants us to think then St. Paul should have warned Christians not to be a part of a particular religion. Clearly, protestant pastors are wrong about religion, they simply do not understand what religion really is.

Next time if someone tells you that they “hate religion, but loves Jesus Christ” ask them to define what religion is, and ask them where in the Bible did Jesus Christ or any of his apostles condmned religion.

  

   

Religion Not Important? St. Paul Disagrees!

One of the penultimate teachings of various Protestant sects is the belief that we do not need a religion nor be associayed to any religion in order to be saved. For them accepting as a personal saviour is enough, no need to have a religion or follow a system of belief. This belief of theirs is somehow ironic for they believe that;
1. A person must convert to them or be a member of their church in order to be saved.

2. That they are the only ones who are going to be saved and anyone outside their fold will go to hell.

The reason for this odd doctrine of Protestants is actually aimed to avoid discussions relating to the history of the Christian faith, for they know that they cannot trace their history to the time of the Apostles and of Jesus Christ.

Their belief that no religion is necessary contradicts that statement of St. Paul who himself admitted that he belongs to a particular religion. In 1 Timothy 3:16 St. Paul said,

“This is the mystery of OUR RELIGION. . .” 1 Timothy 3:16

Take note of what he said “OUR RELIGION” this is a clear admission that he belongs to and associates himself with a particular religion. If that is so, who are we going to believe the Protestants or St. Paul himself? If this great apostles belongs to a religion it simply means we too should have a religion, a religion that Jesus Christ himself personally and historically founded.