Bible Verses that are Difficult to Explain Outside of the Catholic Faith
Below is a very short list of Bible verses that cannot properly be explained outside of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Most non-catholics simply ignore these Bible verses because they cannot explain them within the teachings of their faith tradition. When non-catholics try and explain these verses inside of their faith tradition their explanations often make no sense when subjected to common sense, history, the original Biblical languages, and the Bible itself. These verses are easily explainable and understandable within the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Bible Verses that cannot be explained outside of the Catholic Faith:
"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound inheaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’" (Matt. 16:18-19). What happened to these Keys of Heaven's Kingdom?
“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know that I love
you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-17)
“If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” (Matt 18:17) Which Church do you tell it to when so many of them have contradicting and conflicting teachings.
“Obey your superiors and be subject to them, for they keep watch as having to render an account of your souls” (Heb 13:17)
“I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge my authority.” (3 John 1:9)
“For even if I boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord has given for your upbuilding, and not for your destruction, I shall not be put to shame.” (2Cor 10:8)
“...that you should set right anything that is defective and should appoint presbyters (priests) in every city as I myself directed you to do,” (Titus 1:5)
“If I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth”. (1 Tim 3:15) Again, which Church contains the fullness of Truth? If they all contained the Truth then they would all have the same Truths because Truth cannot change. Even Pontius Pilot could not see Truth even though Truth (Jesus) was standing right in front of him (See John 18:38).
“In those days Peter stood up among the brethren (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty), and said, "Brethren, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David, concerning Judas who was guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us, and was allotted his share in this ministry. And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias and they prayed and said, "Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was enrolled with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:16-25) Judas was replaced.
“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,” (Col 1:24)
“But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25) This verse does not sit well with the protestant theology of the Bible Alone.
“So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?” (Acts 8:30-31)
“First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20-21).
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.” (Mark 12:14)
"So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter." (2 Thess 2:15) What happened to these traditions? They are not included within the writings of the Bible.
"I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you" (1 Cor. 11:2).
“For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead, that though judged in the flesh like men, they might live in the spirit like God. (1Pet.4:6) This verse makes no sense unless you believe in Purgatory.
"For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly did not obey ." (1 Peter 3:18-20). Again, this verse only makes sense in light of Purgatory.
“...let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20)
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, “Truly truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed’" (John 6:47-55). Most non-catholics do not believe in the Real Presence.
"Each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire" (1 Cor. 3:13-15). Saved by Faith Alone?
“Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 )
If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly. (1 John 5:16-17)
“For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” (Heb 5:1)
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:17-21)
“But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” (Mt 5:32)
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely . . ." (Heb. 12:1)
“Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear." But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,” (Heb 12:21-23)
“And I have other sheep , that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there will be one flock, one sheppard.” (John 10:16) Do we see one flock today? No, there are thousands of churches teaching conflicting and confusing doctrines. Which one of these Churches is the Church which Jesus founded? (Matt 16:18) The Catholic Church!
“I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.” (Romans 16:17- 18)
“ I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel, not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed….” (Gal 1:6-8)
“For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.” (Philemon 1:7)
Some other important questions to ponder if you're not Catholic:
How do we know that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote the Gospels? The Gospels do not tell us who the writers were.
Where does the Bible say who wrote the Book of Acts?
How do we know which books of the Bible go into the Bible when the Bible contains no such list?
How do we know that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three in one when the Bible does not define the Trinity or even contain the word Trinity?
Where does the Bible tell us the name of the "beloved disciple?
Where does the Bible say that there should be multiple churches teaching different doctrines?
Where does the Bible say that the Church comes out of the Bible and is invisible?
Where does the Bible claim to be the sole authority on matters of faith and morals?
Is Truth left up to our fallible interpretation? - If it is then there is no truth because it would be relative.
If the Bible is infallible and without error then what infallible source complied it? Where is this source today? If this source was fallible then the Bible could contain errors. Infallibility cannot come from fallibility!
Which Church is this Truth found in? (See 1 Tim 3:15)
Lastly, if you are not a Catholic please take an honest look at the Catholic Church, setting aside any
biases you might have, and you'll see the beautiful Church which Christ founded where truth is