Baptism Just A Symbol And Public Profession Of Faith?

One of the teachings of Protestantism is the belief that baptism is just a symbol and a public profession of faith that a person already accepted Christ as his Lord and personal savior in private. Protestant theology stresses that baptism is not important for salvation and it cannot forgive sins or remove the stain of original sin. This understanding of baptism is virtually unheard of in the centuries preceding the onset of Protestant reformation. None of the early Church fathers share the views of some of the reformers and of modern versions of Protestantism. Having this kind of view about baptism leads them to restrict baptism of infants for the reason that infants and children before the age of reason are not yet capable of publicly professing the faith and accepting Christ as Lord and Personal savior. The Protestant position on baptism is accepted by its members without considering the fact that there is not a single passage in the Bible which says that baptism is just a symbol of public profession of faith. Continue reading

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Why Is The Pope Called “Holy” Father?

We often hear on the news that the pope is sometimes address as “Holy Father”, those who are not Catholics this title is some sort of blasphemy because it attributes holiness to the pope.The Protestant opinion regarding the title “Holy Father” is far off from what the Catholic Church actually teaches. For Catholics who know little about the faith, calling the pope “Holy Father” means that the pope is holy or saintly. Though it is expected for the pope to be live an exemplary life to serve as model for Christians, yet, in the history of the Church there were popes who failed to live up to the gospel. If that is the case then why do we call the pope “Holy Father”? Is this a biblical way to address the pope? Continue reading

If Jesus Is God, How Can He Die On The Cross?

As we celebrate the Lenten season we are already accustomed to the fact that Jesus Christ died to redeem us. This historical fact is being remembered all over the world especially by Catholics who fostered a deep and intimate relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is of particular importance to the Catholic faith because this is the very foundation of everything that we believe and practice as Catholics. If one of these elements (Passion, death and resurrection) is missing the Catholic faith would not be in a position to claim that it is the body of Christ (Col.1:18). However, despite the overwhelming evidence for the historical occurrence of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, there remains a question regarding the nature of his death. If Jesus is God, and God is immutable, how then can God die on the cross? Continue reading

The Second Vatican Council And Converting Protestants To The Catholic Faith

One of my professors in theology taught us that after the Second Vatican Council, particularly the document on Ecumenism, there is no longer a need of converting Protestants to the Catholic faith. She claims that Christian unity under the Second Vatican Council is about respecting the beliefs of other Christian communities and working together in addressing the problems of the society such as poverty, crimes, and hunger. She even went as far as teaching that the true Church of Jesus Christ is not the Catholic Church, but the Catholic Church, Orthodox and Protestant Church in unity forms the true historical Church of Christ. When asked how can these three different bodies be the true Church of Jesus Christ, she responded by saying that these communities (Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox) are different expression of the Christian faith experiences of the people. In light of these heterodox teaching we have to revisit what the Second Vatican Council actually teaches about Ecumenism. Does it conform to what my professor in theology taught or does it reject this type of liberal ideology? Continue reading

Does Noah Have A Religion?

There are a group of people who do not believe in the importance of religion in our salvation. They view religion as something that is opposed to God’s plan of salvation or competes with the redemptive act of Christ. They have reduced religion to rituals and traditions that for them are senseless and unbiblical. Their aversion towards religion can be explained by their lack of understanding what religion truly is. Their understanding of religion is not based on the etymology of the word “religion” but to what their pastors are telling them what religion is. As a result they end up believing an erroneous version of religion. Their main strategy in watering down the importance of religion is to quote passages from the Bible wherein the person was saved despite of not having a religion at all. A biblical narrative in the Old Testament is frequently quoted by Protestants to prove that we do not need religion to be saved. They argued that Noah was justified despite of not having a religion at all. How do we respond to this type of argument wherein the opposing side presented a case wherein a person was saved despite of having no religion at all? Continue reading