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The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christ is sacrificed afresh in the Mass, and that each time the Mass is said, this renewing of His sacrifice adds a bit of merit that can count toward ones salvation. If the Catechism is to be believed, then each time the Mass is performed, Christs work on the cross is present and the work of redemption is carried out. However, the Bible reveals that the work of redemption was a one-time act which was completed when Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary. Dear Catholic reader, your understanding of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross is pivotal for your eternal destiny. Will you rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross or the continual work of the priests at the altars of the Roman Catholic Church?

The Catechism Says:
The Bible Says:

Para 1364 "As often as the sacrifice of the Cross by which 'Christ our Pasch has been sacrificed' is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out."

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost..

 

Para 1366 The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit: [Christ], our Lord and God, was once and for all to offer himself to God the Father by his death on the altar of the cross, to accomplish there an everlasting redemption. But because his priesthood was not to end with his death, at the Last Supper "on the night when he was betrayed," [he wanted] to leave to his beloved spouse the Church a visible sacrifice (as the nature of man demands) by which the bloody sacrifice which he was to accomplish once for all on the cross would be re-presented, its memory perpetuated until the end of the world, and its salutary power be applied to the forgiveness of the sins we daily commit.[187]

 

Hebrews 10-18 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

 

Para 1367 The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: "The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different." "In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner."[188]

Para 1405 Every time this mystery is celebrated, "the work of our redemption is carried on" and we "break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus Christ."[246]

Para 1414 As sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God.

 

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

According to the Roman Catholic Church, one has to accept the continual reincarnation and unbloody sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the remission of ones sins. The Catholic Catechism further states in para 1381 "That in this sacrament are the true Body of Christ and his true Blood is something that 'cannot be apprehended by the senses,' says St. Thomas, 'but only by faith, which relies on divine authority..." The idea that Christs sacrifice on the cross over 2000 years ago was not sufficient for the remission of all our sins is a direct contradiction with the Holy Scriptures. Not only is it clear from the Bible that God has required the shedding of blood for the remission of sins but that Jesus shed His precious blood once for all on Calvary.Dear reader, are you beginning to see the paradox? You are being told that you must believe in the traditional teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and its sacrificial system by faith alone and the Bible is asking you to believe in the all sufficient, once for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ for all of your sins, by faith alone. Either Gods Word alone holds the truth or it is in the Catechism. My friend, both of these views cannot be true.



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