Much of American Christianity says that to obtain eternal life, we must only believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. This belief is based on John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16
But what does Jesus say?
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood [Catholic Sacrament of Holy Communion] has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. ~ John 6:54
So which is it? Do we have to believe in Christ, or do we have to eat his flesh and drink his blood? The answer is both. This is not an either/or proposition. It is a both/and mandate.
Salvation is not by faith alone. The term “faith alone” appears only once in the entire Bible, and it is preceded by the words “not by.”
You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. ~ James 2:24
Much of American Christianity says that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we must only believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. But does Jesus agree?
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water [Catholic Sacrament of Baptism] and the Spirit [Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation] .” ~ Jesus Christ, John 3:5
Much of American Christianity says that God left his Church with no authority to forgive sins. But what does Jesus say?
And with that he [Jesus] breathed on them [his disciples] and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven [Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession. The men Christ breathed upon laid hands upon their successors, who in turn laid hands upon their successors, and on and on, transmitting this Spirit through the 2,000 years of the Christian Age in an unbroken and fiercely guarded line that leads directly to the priests in today’s Catholic Churches.] if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” ~ John 20:22-23
Much of American Christianity says that once we believe Jesus is our Lord and Savior, all of our sins (past, present, and future) are forgiven and we are saved forever. But what does Paul say?
Consider therefore the kindness… of God… provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. ~ Romans 11:22
What does Jesus say?
If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. ~ Jesus Christ, John 15:6
Shall we trust our eternal fate to movements that have sprung up in recent times, or shall we trust our eternal fate to Catholicism, which traces its roots back 2,000 years to Jesus Christ himself, and has fiercely guarded and passed through the ages the precious instructions for the salvation of the human soul?
The Bible is always proven true.