Are Catholics Christian?

Q. Are Catholics Christians?
A. Yes. The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ.

“Upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18

Q. Why is it called the Catholic Church?

A. “Catholic” comes from the Greek word kataholos meaning universal. The Christian Church has been called “The Catholic Church” at least since 110 AD. We know this from a letter written by St. Ignatius of Antioch:

“Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop. Let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is celebrated by the bishop or by one whom he ordains. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church” (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 Ignatius of Antioch;
110 A.D. ).

Q. Are Catholic Christians born again?

A. Certainly. In the Catholic faith tradition we believe that we are born again through the waters of baptism.
Jn 3:5 “Unless one is born again of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
I Peter 3:21 “…baptism now saves you..”.

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  1. Actually, no Catholic is truly “born again’. The act of infant baptism is due to a misunderstanding of Scripture.

    Rom. 3:23 and 5:12 both say that ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Since Jesus said in John 3:3, 7 that one must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God, the understanding of those passages by the Catholic Church is that you must be baptized or you won’t see Heaven because baptism erases all original sin. The CC once had what was called “limbus infantum”, or “infant limbo”, a place where those babies who died without being baptized went. It was between Heaven and Hell, but not exactly Purgatory. It was a place within Purgatory where babies couldn’t be touched by the fires of Hell, yet not completely enjoy the things of Heaven.

    The only problem with the idea of this infant limbo was that it was completely UN-Scriptural! NOWHERE in the Bible did God/Jesus ever speak of such a place! So why are Catholics baptized as babies? The Bible makes clear that baptism can only take place after one puts his/her faith in Christ.

    When the Ethiopian eunuch asked Philip what would keep him from being baptized (Acts 8:36), Philip turned his question around and told him instead what would QUALIFY him for baptism (Acts 8:37). Notice, Philip didn’t say that he was too old for baptism (since the eunuch wasn’t a baby anymore), or that because he wasn’t Catholic he couldn’t get baptized. Philip told the eunuch that BELIEF (faith) is what would qualify him for baptism! Since a baby can no more believe in Jesus than a rock can speak, a baby doesn’t qualify for baptism.

    But what if the baby died without being baptized? What happened to him/her then? Isn’t Original Sin still on the baby?

    No. And here’s why you don’t have to worry about your baby not being baptized. Remember, when Adam and Eve were in the Garden and they were told what tree not to eat from, God didn’t say it was the Tree of Good and Evil. He said it was the Tree of the KNOWLEDGE of Good and Evil. Since a baby doesn’t KNOW good or evil, technically, it’s exempt from damnation, since it’s the KNOWLEDGE of such things that lead us to sin.

    Jesus didn’t die to erase Adam’s sin, since Adam was already dead. He died so we would be forgiven of the sins WE commit BECAUSE of Adam’s transgression against God.

    Baptism does NOT save us, even though 1 Pet. 3:21 makes it sound like it does. Baptism is an OUTWARD SYMBOL of an INWARD CHOICE to make Christ your Savior. That’s all it is. If all you needed was to have water poured on you to be saved, then even the Muslims could be “saved”, despite their misbelief in Jesus being God or the Son of, since pouring on of water doesn’t require belief in Jesus. I can pour water on my, or someone else’s forehead — or immerse them — all day long. If they don’t believe, then all it’s going to do is get them WET.

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