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Catholic Truths and Myths, Part 2 Options
cfirebird65
#2921 Posted : Monday, February 04, 2019 2:23:42 AM

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In (Sonya’s book), Fulfilled, Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism), you will discover the Old Testament Tabernacle as the perfectly packaged biblical model for conveniently understanding and explaining Catholic beliefs and practices, some of which baffle non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

The goal of Fulfilled is to help you acquire a thorough knowledge of the Tabernacle’s design, facilities and function as the blueprint for the fullness of the faith we live in Christ and His Church. You will come to appreciate how the Catholic Liturgy is the fulfillment of the pattern followed in the Old Testament Tabernacle.

You will come to appreciate the Catholic faith we profess and live as the fulfillment of the pattern followed in the Old Testament Tabernacle.

The Bible, the glorious book we share with non-Catholic Christians, contains the blueprint of our whole living Faith. This Tabernacle faith-sharing model gives you a starting place in Scripture.

A Home for God – Old Testament Worship: Fulfilled in the Catholic Church

When I was a Protestant, worship in my church on Sunday looked like this: a welcome and announcements; an uplifting hymn sung by the entire congregation; a pastoral prayer; another congregational hymn; the offering; a song, hymn, another piece of sacred music sung by the choir; a sermon; an “invitation” to live out what was preached; and a closing prayer of blessing.

Regardless of its style or content, the worship service always consisted of about fifteen minutes of singing and forty-five minutes of preaching. Every Protestant worship service I ever participated in followed this traditional format, even when the “contemporary services” came on the scene.

Many Protestant services added an earlier service to accommodate those who preferred a “contemporary worship” style. Sometimes these included drama, dance, painting, mime, bells and other techniques to illustrate what was being preached that Sunday. Contemporary services featured a praise band that performed modern worship songs from a stage equipped with concert lighting, a large projection screen for song lyrics slide shows and compelling videos. The services are heart-soaring and can be furiously inspiring, emotional and worshipful.


Psalm 51:7 (NAB) "Behold, I was born in guilt, In sin my mother conceived me." This verse tells us that we are conceived in the iniquity of sin, hence the need to baptize infants.

Mt.19:14-15 "LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME UNTO ME." Jesus did not exclude infants from His salvific graces nor put any age requirement on the Sacrament of Baptism.

Acts 2:38-39 "Repent, and be baptized EVERY ONE OF YOU in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you AND TO YOUR CHILDREN". This verse includes children, even infants. Intellectual assent by infants and children under the age of reason was not required in the NT.

"Baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in living water [that is, in running water, as in a river]. If there is no living water, baptize in other water; and, if you are not able to use cold water, use warm. If you have neither, pour water three times upon the head in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Ch. 7, The Didache on 'Baptism, A.D. 70

"The Church has received from the Apostles the custom of administering Baptism even to infants.....all are tainted with the stain of original sin, which must be washed off by water and the Spirit." Origen (185-254 A.D) on 'Baptism,' Alexandrian, Philosopher, Theologian and Writer



cfirebird65
#2922 Posted : Monday, February 04, 2019 2:33:26 AM

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The Old Testament shows us that God loves law and ritual. In fact, God was adamant about the Israelites maintaining strict obedience regarding worship, specifically so its fulfillment in the Church would be recognizable to us – and so that the entire worship in Heaven would be familiar to us as well.

Catholic rituals and practices can sometimes seem old-fashioned, outdated, of even unbiblical at first glance. But the form of the Catholic Liturgy has been prescribed by God Himself, rooted in the Old Testament Tabernacle, modeled after the worship occurring eternally in Heaven and reflected in our souls.

We know what kind of worship pleases God and draws us fully into His presence because He told us what it should look like in the Old Testament Tabernacle and in the prophecies of the new Temple.

Because Old Testament worship was modeled after heavenly worship, we see that proper New Testament worship should also somehow follow the Tabernacle’s structure and order – not as a dead skeleton, but as a living, breathing, fleshed-out practice that actually communicates the grace within it.

The first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch or Torah, reveal God’s desire and prescription for worship. Here we can discern some wonderful things about how our unchangeable God interacts with His people, even today.

Psalm 51:7 (NAB) "Behold, I was born in guilt, In sin my mother conceived me." This verse tells us that we are conceived in the iniquity of sin, hence the need to baptize infants.

Mt.19:14-15 "LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME UNTO ME." Jesus did not exclude infants from His salvific graces nor put any age requirement on the Sacrament of Baptism.

Acts 2:38-39 "Repent, and be baptized EVERY ONE OF YOU in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you AND TO YOUR CHILDREN". This verse includes children, even infants. Intellectual assent by infants and children under the age of reason was not required in the NT.

"Baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in living water [that is, in running water, as in a river]. If there is no living water, baptize in other water; and, if you are not able to use cold water, use warm. If you have neither, pour water three times upon the head in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Ch. 7, The Didache on 'Baptism, A.D. 70

"The Church has received from the Apostles the custom of administering Baptism even to infants.....all are tainted with the stain of original sin, which must be washed off by water and the Spirit." Origen (185-254 A.D) on 'Baptism,' Alexandrian, Philosopher, Theologian and Writer



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