Protestant Objections #1: Catholics & the Bible; Catholic doctrine; Queen of Heaven; killing for heresy
Thus claims a certain Protestant via the internet:
Catholics don't want to read the bible. They wanna hear made up man made Catholic doctrine and feel happy about their Babylonian goddes [sic] Queen of Heaven. 1500 yrs [sic] ago Catholics would kill us for heresy!
1] Catholics don't want to read the Bible.
Such a statement is ironic considering that Catholics were the first to have the Bible in its complete form, and then invented the Printing Press in order to print it, translated it into diverse languages, and have education so people could read it. It is also ironic that the very people who claim to read the Bible (Protestants) are also the ones who greatly twist it and mistranslate and misinterpret it.
Let us remember that the Bible is a volume of Sacred History, recounting the deeds of God and His People, not a compendium of all Doctrine on all matters of life, as Protestants absurdly seem to think. Thus, how would a Protestant using the Bible alone be able to make a judgment regarding something like stem-cell research? The answer is, they wouldn't, as Scripture speaks on no such subject.
2] They wanna hear made up man made Catholic doctrine and feel happy about their Babylonian goddes [sic] Queen of Heaven.
The reason why Protestants make such statements regarding Catholic Doctrine is because of their erroneous views on the source of that Doctrine. When Luther began butchering the Faith, removing those points of Doctrine he didn't personally agree with, he had to find new doctrines with which to fill the void. These he plucked from the Bible via his own fallible, private [mis]interpretation of Scripture, rejecting 1500 years of correct teaching from various sources, including the venerable Fathers of the Church. Thus, to a Protestant, if a doctrine cannot be easily sought in Scripture, it must therefore be man-made and thus false. This is their criteria for determining true doctrine from false doctrine.
Yet Protestantism's five big Solae, such as Sola Fide (Faith alone) and Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), are to be found no where in Scripture, and are opposed by the express teaching of the same Holy Writ. Therefore, using the Protestants' own criteria, they must be man-made and therefore false. But Protestants will never agree to that, even though this ruling is based on their own criteria. By this very fact, they are shown to be harbouring false, man-made doctrines which are contrary to Christian teaching. Luther himself conceded nothing when arguing his false doctrine, famously declaring that he was more faithful than even St. Augustine! Only pride and lofty arrogance can be the mistresses that fan a man's rebellious passions.
Thus when Luther says that Romans 3:28 proves "faith alone", we ask where such words are printed in this verse, because it is evident that no such phrase can be read. But to compound it, we read in Romans 2:6 that God judges according to our works, and in Romans 2:7 that eternal life is given to those who are patient in good works. Then, as if to answer this very point, James 2:24 expressly states that man is justified by his good works, and not by faith alone. This provides such a thorn to the pretended Reformers, as to make them need the aid of sophistry in order to rework this verse.
In answer to the second part of the sentence, the Protestants have it in mind that everything contrary to their worldview must be pagan. Therefore, since the pagans used sacral water, the Church must be pagan for using the same element, even though God commanded the use of holy water in the Old Testament [Numbers 5:17]. Thus, because an ancient pagan goddess was referred to as queen of heaven, a title given by all pagans to their chief goddess, this must mean that Catholics are worshipping a false goddess when they call Mary "Queen of Heaven". Yet, by this same argument, one could accuse the Protestants of paganism, since in their hymns they call Our Lord "King of Heaven" (such as in the hymn - Praise my soul the King of Heaven). Yet, did not the Romans call Jupiter the king of heaven? Yea, did not also the Greeks name Zeus such? Therefore, we must charge the Protestants with adoring a false god by the very fact they use this title!
"Ah", say they, "but God is the true King of Heaven". Agreed; and Mary is the true Queen of Heaven, and every pagan idol named as such is either a foreshadow of the real Queen, or a corruption of that image. For if Lucifer corrupted God's Image on earth by the making of idols, then surely he would most certainly corrupt the image of the One who would crush him under foot - the Blessed Virgin Mary.
3] 1500 yrs [sic] ago Catholics would kill us for heresy!
I believe this is a typing error, as Protestantism did not exist 1500 years ago, as even Protestants themselves will agree.
Why should this person be so shocked? Would he be as equally surprised to learn that Protestants killed Catholics, and indeed killed each other. They would even kill their own kind, as Thomas Cranmer, Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, showed when he was altogether willing to kill those he favoured in order to appease the King, Henry VIII, and in order to retain his power.
In fact, in England the barbarism with which the pretended Reformers laid prey to Catholics and drawn and quartered them is well documented. If they only meant to reform the Church, then why did they leave, rebel and then murder innocent people? Were they not doing the same as they condemned the Catholic Church for doing? What is different between the Inquisitions and the Reformation? Only that the Reformers were most barbaric in their treatment of not only Catholics but of their own.
Whilst in the Holy Roman Empire Protestants were tolerated so long as they did not disturb the civil order, and were even allowed into the Imperial Army, in Protestant countries Catholics were afforded no such comfort. They were hounded out of house and home, hung, cut open, and their entrails became a sport for blood-thirsty savages. Being branded a Papist was as good as being a criminal.