13 APOLOGETICS Bible Verses ALL Catholics should have memorized

1.The Sacrament of Confession: John 20:21-23, “ 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. 23 Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

2. Going by oral Tradition: 2 Thessalonians 2:15 “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.”

3. The Eucharist being the physical body and blood of Christ: John 6:53-57, “53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.”

4. Christian Souls being alive in Heaven right now, praying! So I JUST made a video about why Catholics ask Saints to pray for us and I ALWAYS point out this verse to prove that objectively these “Dead” Christians are actually alive right now surrounding God’s throne. Definitely watch my video on praying to Saints in which I prove that early Christians did this practice, but: Revelation 6:9-11 REALLY helps to prove this concept, “9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given; 10 they cried out with a loud voice, “Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” 11 They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number would be complete both of their fellow servants and of their brothers and sisters, who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been killed.”

5. Proving that the Pope is Biblical. In Matthew 16:19 Jesus says to Peter “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven” This isn’t a cute metaphor, but is referring to the second-in-command position to the King, the steward, which was part of the Old Testament Davidic monarchy. In Isaiah 22:22 it says, “22 I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.”

6. Mary being the “New Eve” and the mother to all Christians. So this “New Eve” concept is completely foreign to the vast majority of protestants, but it was how the Earliest Christians spoke of Mary!!! I’m going to link below my Mary theology playlist in which I explain “the New Eve” I have a whole video on it. But her’s a really simple verse Revelation 12:17 that proves that this is Biblical, “Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.”

7. Another Bible Verse proving that Mary is “the New Eve” and the mother of all Christians, but ALSO that Mary is a perpetual virgin, which is a Catholic dogma is John 19:25-27 25 “And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.” Jesus is giving away his mother to the Apostle John, which means that Joseph had already died and that Jesus HAD NO brothers and sisters. It was a patriarchal society at the time and so the men took care of the women… if Jesus had had ANY Brothers or Sisters Mary default would’ve been given to his next oldest brother or the husband of his sister. It would’ve been UNHEARD OF to give his mother away to a friend if he had ANY siblings, therefore Mary was a perpetual virgin. But this passage has a double meaning. Throughout the Gospel of John, Saint John refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” but it’s a motif that we are to aim to be a disciple whom Jesus loves… so when Jesus says “Behold thy mother” to John, he’s saying that to ALL of us.

8. Relics, so I have an entire video on this, one of my FAVORITES I’ve ever made. Throughout Church History there have been SO MANY miracles when a person who is sick has touched the bones of a dead Saint. As Catholics, we collect body parts of Saints and God works through them powerfully to heal people. But… did you know this concept is Biblical?  2 Kings 13:21 21 As a man was being buried, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha; as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he came to life and stood on his feet. So a resuscitation, resurrection happened.”

9. Also… Acts 19:11-12, “11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them.” AND THIS has continued happening in the Catholic Church, touching a cloth that has touched the relics of a Saint has led to so many healings.”

10. Salvation is NOT A MOMENT, faith is not an intellectual ascent to an idea, but a life-long process intertwined with God’s grace AND righteous actions. ALL of James 2:14-26 speaks out against “Faith alone salvation” but especially verse 24 “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone”

11. I also love showing protestants this verse in Philippians 2:12, “12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” So salvation and faith is a life-long process!!!

12. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is Biblical and something Saint Paul endorses! I’m sure he’s looking down from Heaven and is SO PROUD of Catholics who have rejected birth control and contraception, and are instead taking breaks from sex EVERY month: 1 Corinthians 7:5 is talking about sex and marriage, which is THE ONLY Biblical place where sex should be:Do not deprive one another except perhaps by agreement for a set time, to devote yourselves to prayer, and then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” So during breaks from sex in fertile times when a couple is wanting to postpone a pregnancy they can devote themselves to prayer like Saint Paul commands us.

13. Biblically, the Virgin Mary is Queen of Heaven and Earth and her job as Queen Mother is to pray for us and bring our prayer requests to King Jesus!!! 1 Kings 2:13-25!  In the Old Testament, Davidic Monarchy the Mom of the King was the Queen, NOT the wife of the King. Throughout the New Testament, it talks about how Jesus is King IN THE LINE OF DAVID, so if this is the case… then Mary is the Queen. As we read this passage, you’ll see that part of the role of the Queen Mother is bringing requests to the King. So 1 Kings 2:13-25: 13 Then Adonijah son of Haggith came to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. She asked, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably.” 14 Then he said, “May I have a word with you?” She said, “Go on.” 15 He said, “You know that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel expected me to reign; however, the kingdom has turned about and become my brother’s, for it was his from the Lord. 16 And now I have one request to make of you; do not refuse me.” She said to him, “Go on.” 17 He said, “Please ask King Solomon—he will not refuse you—to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife.” 18 Bathsheba said, “Very well; I will speak to the king on your behalf.”19 So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. The king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat on his right. 20 Then she said, “I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me.” And the king said to her, “Make your request, my mother; for I will not refuse you.” 21 She said, “Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to your brother Adonijah as his wife.” 22 King Solomon answered his mother, “And why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom as well! For he is my elder brother; ask not only for him but also for the priest Abiathar and for Joab son of Zeruiah!” 23 Then King Solomon swore by the Lord, “So may God do to me, and more also, for Adonijah has devised this scheme at the risk of his life! 24 Now therefore as the Lord lives, who has established me and placed me on the throne of my father David, and who has made me a house as he promised, today Adonijah shall be put to death.” 25 So King Solomon sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he struck him down, and he died.”

 

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