the Roman Catholic Church Polytheistic?
by Greg Durel
is a very harsh label to place on any
professing Christian religion. One who is polytheistic is one who
believes that there are many "gods." For example, "Jehovah’s witnesses"
believe that Jesus is a mighty god and Jehovah is the almighty God. Any
way you slice that it still comes out two gods. Virtually all cults are
polytheistic. So one who is in a religion that is polytheistic is in a
cult. Now, at this point the "good" catholic is screaming that I am
catholic bashing or I am "anti-catholic," but that could not be further
from the truth. If what I am saying is true, then every "good" catholic
who loves the Lord should run for the hills with their Bible in their
hands. If I am mistaken, it should be very easy to prove.
is God because of His attributes, He is everywhere (Omnipresent). He is
all knowing (Omniscience). He is all powerful (Omnipotent). These are
attributes that only "a god" can have. The Bible and history clearly
reveal that there is only ONE with these attributes: hence there is only
one God. When a person or a religion ascribes these attributes to
someone or something other than the God of creation, they become
POLYTHEISTIC. This is true of many people and religions, but none can
come close to the leader of the pack: Roman Catholicism. Romanism has
over seven thousand "gods" that are prayed to, venerated, etc.
You say that’s
absurd! Prove it! Test case # one:
Catholic Church Mary is very clearly deified. The good Catholic prays to
Mary ten times to one every time he says a Rosary. Who is preeminent:
Mary or God the Father? He believes that Mary can hear his prayer and at
the same time hear the prayer of another Catholic a thousand miles away.
If that is true, then Mary is omnipresent! He believes that Mary can
discern the intent/need behind the repetitious prayer he recites. If
that is true, then Mary is omniscient! He further believes that Mary has
power to answer prayer as well as perform supernatural miracles. If this
is true, then Mary is omnipotent! Now then, Mary is OMNIPOTENT,
OMNISCIENCE, and OMNIPRESENT just like the Creator. Mary then, according
to Roman Catholic teaching, is A GOD! Lest you think I am just
spouting off, let’s look at a few quotes from official Catholic sources.
"God has entrusted the keys
and treasures of heaven to Mary." Thomas Aquinas
"Holy Scripture was written
to Mary, about Mary, and on account of Mary." St. Bernard
"Who can worthily thank
thee and adequately praise thee, oh Blessed Virgin, who by thy fiat
has saved a lost world." St. Augustine
"The foundation of all our
confidence is found in the Blessed Virgin Mary. God has committed to
her the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know
that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all
salvation. For this is His will: That we obtain everything through
Mary." Pope Pius IX
"Sinners receive pardon by
the intercession of Mary alone." St. John Chrysostom
"No one ever finds Christ
but with and through Mary. Whoever seeks Christ apart from Mary seeks
Him in vain." St. Bonaventure
"All those who seek Mary’s
protection will be saved for all eternity." Pope Benedict XV
"What will it cost you, oh
Mary, to hear our prayer? What will it cost you to save us? Has not
Jesus placed in your hands all the treasures of His grace and mercy?
You sit crowned Queen at the right hand of your son: your dominion
reaches as far as the heavens and to you are subject the earth and all
creatures dwelling thereon. Your dominion reaches even down into the
abyss of hell, and you alone, oh Mary, save us from the hands of
Satan." Pope Pius Xl
"Mary, not one of thy
devout servants has ever
perished: may I, too, Be saved!" Pope Benedict XV
It seems clear
to any rational person that Mary has indeed been elevated to a position
of divinity by the Roman Catholic Church. Thc Church of Romanism has
over seven thousand "saints". If we applied our attribute test to each
one of them the results would be the same. They would be "gods" by
Rome’s beliefs. Without a doubt Paganism is by and large polytheistic.
So then Roman Catholicism is Pagan because it is polytheistic. Biblical
Christianity on the other hand is monotheistic. The Bible says there is
only one God and one Mediator between God and Man, the man Christ Jesus.
Things that are different are not the same! Catholicism is not the same
as Biblical Christianity; therefore, Catholicism is neither Biblical nor
Christian. Catholicism is the same as Paganism, therefore, Catholicism
is pagan. The Roman Catholic Church is polytheistic and therefore should
be rejected. But for some it will be: "I was born polytheistic and I
will die polytheistic!" What will you do?
Copyright 2006, Ankerberg Theological Research Institute