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 in heaven, 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 Diot'rephes, 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 Barsab'bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthi'as 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)
“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
"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).
“Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter
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
“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.”
“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 author is.
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
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 unchangeable.