A Biblical Reference to Commonly Discussed Aspects of the Catholic Faith more


Concerning salvation by faith alone

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity

Matthew 7:21-23 Ė Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

James 2: 20: But will you know, o man, that faith without works is dead?

Romans 2:6: †For God will render to every man according to his deeds.

Revelation 20:13: And the sea gave up the dead in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Matthew 19:16-1 If you wish to enter into life, keep my commandments.


John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.


1 Corinthians 13:2 Faith without love is nothing.


Galatians 5:6 The only thing that counts is faith working in love.


James 2:24 A man is justified by works and not by faith alone.


James 2:26 Faith without works is dead.


Philippians 2:12† Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.


Matthew 10:22 He who endures to the end will be saved.


Matthew 24:13 He who perseveres to the end will be saved.



Concerning teachings not explicit in the first few centuries.

John 14:26 But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.

John 16:12-13 I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now.  But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall show you.

Concerning traditions

2 Thessalonians 2:14† Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.

Concerning the foundation of the Catholic church

Mathew 16:16† Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.† And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.† And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. Then he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.


Concerning interpretation of scripture

2 Peter 1:20† Understanding this first, that no prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation.


Concerning the Blessed Virgin

Luke 1:28-30 Angel said to Mary she was: "Full of grace, and that she found favor with God".


Luke 1:41-45 Elizabeth said to Mary that she was, "the most blessed among women".


Luke 1:46-49 In Mary's Song, she prophecies, "All generations will call me blessed".



Concerning the Eucharist.

 1 Corinthians 11:27† Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lordís body.

Concerning the difference between mortal sin and venial sin

 1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.

Concerning repetitious prayers.


1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.


Revelation 4:8 Repeat day and night, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord".

Concerning pain and hardship in this life.


Matthew 10:38 Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me.


Colossians 1:24 It makes me happy to be suffering for you now, and in my own body to make up

all the hardships that still have to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.


Hebrews 12:5-7 Whom God loves, He disciplines as sons.


Hebrews 12:11 Discipline seems painful, but brings righteousness.


1 Peter 1:6 For a while you must suffer various trails.