Catholic Apologist’s Bible Cheat Sheet

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The text of this Bible “cheat sheet” was used by permission by the owner of the site where I found it: The Catholic Convert. Please visit the original page to download the “cheat sheet” in MS Word, PDF and/or TXT formats.

Below is a growing list of Scripture verses that speak to certain truths taught by the Church. Those verses with an asterisk * are “proof-texts often used by Protestants and others to try to make objections to these teachings. I am working on providing further explanation of these verses and linking them back t o this page by topic, so stay tuned

THE CHURCH

  • Mt 16:18-19 – upon this rock I will build my Church
  • Mt 18:17 – if he refuses to listen even to the Church…
  • Mt 28:18-20 – go baptize and teach all nations
  • Mk 16:15-16 – go to whole world and proclaim gospel
  • Lk 10:16 – whoever hears you, hears me; rejects you, rejects me.
  • Jn 14:16, 26 – Holy Spirit with you always, teach/remind you of everything
  • Jn 16:13 – Spirit of truth will guide you to all truth.
  • 1Tim 3:15 – Church is the pillar and foundation of truth.

The Church is the body of Christ

  • Col 1:18 – He is the head of the body, the church.
  • 1 Cor 12:20-27 – you are Christ’s body, individually parts of it.
  • Eph 5:30 – we are members of His body.
  • Rom 12:4-5 – though many, we are one body in Christ
  • 1 Cor 6:15 – Don’t you know your bodies are members of Christ?

The Church must be one

  • Jn 10:16 – there will be one fold and one shepherd.
  • Eph 4:3-6 – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father
  • Rom 16:17 – avoid those who create dissensions
  • 1Cor 1:10 – I urge that there be no divisions among you
  • Phil 2:2 – be of same mind, united in heart thinking one thing
  • Rom 15:5 – God grant you to think in harmony with one another
  • Jn 17:17-23 – I pray that they may be one, as we are one
  • Jn 17:23 – that they may be brought to perfection as one
  • 1Cor 12:13 – in one spirit we are baptized into one body
  • Rom 12:5 – we, though many, are one body in Christ
  • Eph 4:4 – one body, one Spirit, called to be one hope
  • Col 3:15 – the peace into which you were called in one body
  • Mt 16:18-19 – upon this rock I will build my Church (singular)
  • Mt 18:17 – tell it to THE Church; if he refuses to listen even to THE Church… (must be visible)

Apostolic Church

  • Jn 15:16 – Jesus chose special men to be his Apostles
  • Jn 20:21 – Jesus gave the Apostles his own mission
  • Lk 22:29-3 – Jesus gave them a kingdom
  • Mt 16:18 – Jesus built Church on Peter, the rock
  • Jn 10:16 – one shepherd to shepherd Christ’s sheep
  • Lk 22:32, Jn 21:17 – Peter appointed to be chief shepherd
  • Eph 4:11 – church leaders are hierarchical
  • 1Tim 3:1, 8; 5:17 – identifies roles of bishops, priests, deacons
  • Tit 1:5 – commission for bishops to ordain priests

Authoritative Church

  • Mt 28:18-20 – Jesus delegates all power to Apostles
  • Jn 20:23 – power to forgive sin
  • 1Cor 11:23-24 – power to offer sacrifice (Eucharist)
  • Lk 10:16 – power to speak with Christ’s voice
  • 1Rom 5 – bringing obedience
  • Mt 18:18 – power to legislate
  • Mt 18:17 – power to discipline

Infallible Church

  • Jn 16:13 – guided by Holy Spirit into all truth
  • Jn 14:26 – Holy Spirit to teach & remind them of everything
  • Lk 10:16 – speak with Christ’s own voice
  • 1Tim 3:15 – Church called “pillar and foundation of truth”
  • 1Jn 2:27 – anointing of Holy Spirit remains in you
  • Acts 15:28 – Apostles speak with voice of Holy Spirit
  • Mt 28:20 – I am with you

Perpetual Church

  • Is 9:6-7 – of Christ’s government there will be no end
  • Dan 2:44 – God’s kingdom shall stand forever
  • Dan 7:14 – His kingdom shall not be destroyed
  • Eph 3:21 – to him be glory in the church to all generations for ever and ever.
  • Lk 1:32, 33 – no end to Christ’s kingdom
  • Mt 7:24 – Jesus is like a wise man who built his house on a rock
  • Mt 13:24-30 – let wheat & weeds grow together until harvest
  • Mt 16:18 – gates of hell will never prevail against Christ’s church
  • Jn 14:16 – Holy Spirit will be with you always
  • Mt 28:19-20 – I am with you all days

PAPACY & APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

Primacy of Peter

  • Mt 16:18 – upon this rock (Peter) I will build my church
  • Mt 16:19 – give you keys of the kingdom; power to bind & loose
  • Lk 22:32 – Peter’s faith will strengthen his brethren
  • Jn 21:17 – given Christ’s flock as chief shepherd
  • Mk 16:7 – angel sent to announce Resurrection to Peter
  • Lk 24:34 – risen Jesus first appeared to Peter
  • Acts 1:13-26 – headed meeting which elected Matthias
  • Acts 2:14 – led Apostles in preaching on Pentecost
  • Acts 2:41 – received first converts
  • Acts 3:6-7 – performed first miracle after Pentecost
  • Acts 5:1-11 – inflicted first punishment: Ananias & Saphira
  • Acts 8:21 – excommunicated first heretic, Simon Magnus
  • Acts 10:44-46 – received revelation to admit Gentiles into Church
  • Acts 15:7 – led first council in Jerusalem
  • Acts 15:19 – pronounces first dogmatic decision
  • Gal 1:18 – after conversion, Paul visits chief Apostle
  • *Gal 2:11-14 – I opposed Cephas to his face for his hypocrisy
  • Peter’s name always heads list of Apostles: Mt 10;14; Mk 3:16-19; Lk 6:14-16; Acts 1:13
  • “Peter and his companions” Lk 9:32; Mk 16:7
  • Spoke for Apostles – Mt 18:21; Mk 8:29; Lk 8:45; 12:41; Jn 6:69
  • Peter’s name occurs 195 times, more than all the rest put together

Apostolic Succession

  • 2 Chr 19:11 – high priest is over you in everything of Lord’s
  • Mal 2:7 – seek instruction from priest, he is God’s messenger
  • Eph 2:20 – Church built upon foundation of apostles & prophets
  • Eph 4:11 – God gave some as apostles, others as prophets…
  • 1 Cor 12:28-29 – God designated in church: apostles, …
  • Acts 1:20 – let another take his office
  • Acts 1:25-26 – Matthias takes Judas’ apostolic ministry
  • 1 Tim 3:1, 8; 5:17 – qualifications for: bishops, priests, & deacons
  • 1Tim 4:14 – gift conferred with the laying on of hands
  • 1Tim 5:22 – do not lay hands too readily on anyone
  • Acts 14:23 – they appointed presbyters in each church
  • 2Tim 2:2 – what you heard from me entrust to faithful teachers
  • Titus 1:5 – appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed

SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION

Bible Alone or Bible Plus Tradition?

  • 1Cor 11:2 – hold fast to traditions I handed on to you
  • 2Thess 2:15 – hold fast to traditions, whether oral or by letter
  • 2Thess 3:6 – shun those acting not according to tradition
  • Jn 21:25 – not everything Jesus said recorded in Scripture
  • Mk 13:31 – heaven & earth shall pass away, but my word won’t
  • Acts 20;35 – Paul records a saying of Jesus not found in gospels
  • 2Tim 1:13 – follow my sound words; guard the truth
  • 2Tim2:2 – what you heard entrust to faithful men
  • 2Pet 1:20 – no prophecy is a matter of private interpretation
  • 2Pet 3:15-16 – Paul’s letters can be difficult to grasp & interpret
  • 1Pet 1:25 – God’s eternal word = word preached to you
  • Rom 10:17 – faith come from what is heard
  • 1Cor 15:1-2 – being saved if you hold fast to the word I preached
  • Mk 16:15 – go to the whole world, proclaim gospel to every creature
  • Mt 23:2-3 – chair of Moses; observe whatever they tell you

Tradition Condemned?

  • *Mt 15:3 – break commandment of God for your tradition
  • *Mk 7:9 – set aside God’s commandment to uphold tradition
  • *Col 2:8 – seductive philosophy according to human tradition
  • 1Cor 11:2 – commends them for following Apostolic tradition
  • 2Thess 2:15 – commands them to keep traditions
  • 2Thess 3:6 – shun those acting not according to tradition

Deuterocanonicals

  • Heb 11:35 – ‘Women received their dead by resurrection.  Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life’ refers only to 2Macc 7
  • Mt 26:16 & 27:43 –  Unless purely coincidence, the words spoken by the Pharisees in Mt are near identical to those in Wis 2:17-21

SALVATION, FAITH AND WORKS

Faith Alone or Faith plus Works?

  • Jam 2:24 – a man is justified by works and not by faith alone
  • Jam 2:26 – faith without works is dead
  • Gal 5:6 – only thing that counts is faith working in love
  • 1 Cor 13:2 – faith without love is nothing
  • Jn 14:15 – if you love me, keep my commandments
  • Mt 19:16-17 – if you wish to enter into life, keep commandments
  • 1Tim 5:8 he who doesn’t provide for family worse than unbeliever.

Have You Been Saved?

Past Event (I have been saved)

  • Rom 8:24 – for in hope we were saved
  • Eph 2:5, 8 – by grace you have been saved through faith
  • 2Tim 1:9 – He saved us, called us according to his grace
  • Tit 3:5 – He saved us through bath of rebirth, renewal by Holy Spirit

Present Process (I am being saved)

  • Phil 2:12 – work out your salvation with fear and trembling
  • 1Pet 1:9 – as you attain the goal of your faith, salvation

Future Event (I will be saved)

  • Mt 10:22 – he who endures to the end will be saved
  • Mt 24:1 – he who perseveres to the end will be saved
  • Mk 8:35 – whoever loses his life for my sake will save it
  • Acts 15:11 – we shall be saved through the grace of Jesus
  • Rom 5:9-10 – since we are justified, we shall be saved
  • Rom 13:11 – salvation is nearer now than first believed
  • Cor 3:15 – he shall be saved, but only as through fire
  • 1Cor 5:5 – deliver man to Satan so his spirit may be saved
  • Heb 9:28 – Jesus will appear second time, to bring salvation

Good Works

  • Mt 7:21 – not Lord, Lord but he who does the will of father
  • Mt 19:16-17 – to have life, keep my commandments
  • Jn 14:21 – he who keeps my commandments loves me
  • Rom 2:2-8 – eternal life by perseverance in good works
  • Gal 5:4-6 – nothing counts but faith working through love
  • Eph 2:8-10 – we are created in Christ Jesus for good works
  • Phil 2:12-13 – work out salvation with fear and trembling
  • Jam 2:14-24 – a man is justified by works & not faith alone

Judged According to Deeds

  • Rom 2:2-8 – eternal life by perseverance in good works
  • 2Cor 5:10 – recompense accord to what did in body
  • 2Cor 11:15 – their end will correspond to their deeds
  • 1Pet 1:17 – God judges impartially according to one’s works
  • Rev 20:12-13 – dead judged according to their deeds
  • Col 3:24-25 – will receive due payment for whatever you do

Assurance of Salvation?

  • Mt 7:21 – not everyone saying “Lord, Lord” will inherit
  • Mt 24:13 – those who persevere to the end will be saved
  • Rom 11:22 – remain in his kindness or you will be cut off
  • Phil 2:12 – work out your salvation in fear and trembling
  • 1Cor 9:27 – drive body for fear of being disqualified
  • 1Cor 10:11-12 – those thinking they are secure may fall
  • Gal 5:4 – separated from Christ, you’ve fallen from grace
  • 2Tim 2:11-13 – must hold out to the end to reign with Christ
  • Hb 6:4-6 – describes sharers in Holy Spirit who then fall away
  • Heb 10:26-27 – if sin after receiving truth, judgment remains

Regenerative Baptism

  • Jn 3:5, 22 – born of water & Spirit: Apostles begin baptizing
  • Tit 3:5 – saved us through bath of rebirth & renewal by Holy Spirit
  • Acts 2:37-38 – repent, be baptized, receive gift of Holy Spirit
  • Acts 22:16 – get selves baptized and sins washed away
  • 1Cor 6:11 – you were washed, sanctified, justified
  • Rom 6:4 – baptized into death; live in newness of life
  • 1Pet 3:21 – baptism…now saves you
  • Heb 10:22 – heart sprinkled, bodies washed in pure water
  • Ezk 36:24-28 – God promises to unite Himself to His people through a regenerative washing in pure water by the power of the Holy Spirit (added by Shameless Popery)

(also see The Sacraments)

Health and Wealth Gospel

  • Mk 10:28 – no “take cross and follow me” = not worthy of me
  • Rom 8:16-17 – heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him
  • Rom 8:18 – present suffering nothing compared w/future glory
  • Phil 1:28-29 – granted to believe, also to suffer for him
  • Col 1:24 – filling up what is lacking in Christ sufferings
  • Heb 12:5-7 – whom God loves, he disciplines as sons
  • Heb 12:11 discipline seems painful, but brings righteousness
  • 1Pet 1:6 – for a while you must suffer various trials
  • 1Pet 2:19-21 – suffering = grace; Jesus suffered as our example

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Mary

  • Lk 1:28, 30 – angel: “full of grace, found favor with God
  • Lk 1:42 – Elizabeth: “most blessed among women”
  • Lk 1:48 – Mary: “all generations will call me blessed”

Mother of God

  • Lk 1:43 – Elizabeth calls her “mother of my Lord” = God
  • Mt 1:23 – virgin bear a son, Emmanuel = “God is with us”
  • Lk 1:35 – child born will be called holy, the Son of God
  • Gal 4:4 – God sent his Son, born of a woman

The Assumption

  • Gn 5:24 (Hb 11:5) – Enoch taken to heaven without dying
  • 2Kg 2:11 – Elijah assumed into heaven in fiery chariot
  • Mt 27:52 – many saints who had fallen asleep were raised
  • 1Thess 4:17 – caught up to meet the Lord in the air
  • 1Cor 15:52 – we shall be instantly changed at the last trumpet
  • Rom 6:23 – for the wages of sin is death
  • Rev 11:19-21 – ark in heaven = woman clothed in sun
  • Ps 132:8 – Arise, O Lord & go to thy resting place, thou & the ark of thy might.

The Immaculate Conception

  • Lk 1:28 – hail full of grace[highly favored] Lord is with you
  • Lk 1:30 – you have found favor with God
  • Lk 1:37 – for with God nothing shall be impossible
  • Gn 3:15 – complete enmity between woman & Satan, sin
  • Ex 25:11-21 – ark made of purest gold for God’s word
  • *Rom 3:23 – all have sinned & are deprived of God’s glory
  • *Lk 1:47 – my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

Perpetual Virginity

  • Lk 1:34 – how can this be, since I do not know man
  • Lk 2:41-51 – age 12, Jesus evidently only son of Mary
  • Mk 6:3 – “the son of Mary” not “a son of Mary”
  • *Mt 13:55-56 – brothers James, Joseph, Simon & Jude
  • Mt 27:56 – Mary the mother of James & Joseph also
  • Jn 19:25 – Mary the wife of Clopas
  • Jn 19:26 – entrusted Mary to John, not a younger sibling
  • Jn 7:3-4 – brothers advise like elders: “go to Judea, manifest self”
  • unthinkable for younger siblings (see next verse)
  • Mk 3:21 – set out to seize him, “he is out of his mind”
  • *Mt 1:25 – Joseph knew her not until she bore first-born
  • Mt 28:20 – I am with you always, UNTIL the end of the age
  • 1Tim 4:13 – until I arrive, attend to reading, teaching…
  • 1Cor 15:25 – he must reign until has enemies underfoot
  • Lk 1:80 – John in desert until day of his manifestation
  • Ex 13:2; Num 3:12 – consecrate first -born that opens womb
  • Ex 34:20 – first-born among your sons you shall redeem

THE PRIESTHOOD

Call No Man Father

  • Acts 7:2 – St. Stephen calls Jewish leaders “fathers”
  • Acts 21:40, 22:1 – St. Paul calls Jerusalem Jews “fathers”
  • Rom 4:16-17 – Abraham called the father of us all”
  • 1Cor 4:14-15 – I became your father in Christ through gospel
  • 1Tim 1:2 – my true child in our common faith
  • Heb 12:7-9 – we have earthly fathers to discipline us
  • Lk 14:26 – if anyone comes to me without hating his father…
  • 1Thess 2:11 – we treated you as a father treats his children
  • Philem 10 – whose father I became in my imprisonment
  • 1Jn 2:13, 14 – I write to you, fathers, because you know him

Celibacy

  • *1Tim 4:1-3 – forbidding marriage is a doctrine of demons
  • *1Tim 3:2 – bishop must be married only once
  • Eph 5:21-33 – marriage is good: holy symbol of Christ & church
  • Mt 19:12 – celibacy praised by Jesus, who was chaste
  • Jer 16:1-4 – Jeremiah told not to take wife & have children
  • 1Cor 7:8 – St. Paul was celibate
  • 1Cor 7:32-35 – celibacy recommended for full-time ministers
  • 2Tim 2:3-4 – no soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits
  • 1Tim 5:9-12 – pledge of celibacy taken by older widows

(also see Apostolic Succession and the sacrament of Holy Orders)

PURGATORY, HELL, & SIN

Purgatory

  • Mt 5:48 – be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect
  • Heb 12:14 – strive for that holiness without which cannot see God
  • Jam 3:2 – we all fall short in many respects
  • Rev 21:27 – nothing unclean shall enter heaven
  • Jam 1:14-15 – when sin reaches maturity gives birth to death
  • 2Sam 12:13-14 – David, though forgiven, still punished for his sin
  • Mt 5:26 – you will not be released until paid last penny
  • Mt 12:32 – sin against Holy Spirit unforgiven in this age or next
  • Mt 12:36 – account for every idle word of judgment day
  • 2Macc 12:44-46 – atoned for dead to free them from sin
  • 1Cor 3:15 – suffer loss, but saved as through fire
  • 1Pet 3:18-20; 4:6 – Jesus preached to spirits in prison
  • 2Tim 1:16-18 – Paul prays for dead friend Onesiphorus
  • 1Cor 15:29-30 – Paul mentions people baptizing for the dead

Hell

  • Is 33:11, 14 – who of us can live with the everlasting flames
  • Mt 25:41 – depart, you accursed, into the eternal fire
  • Mt 25:46 – these will go off to eternal punishment
  • Lk 3:16-17 – the chaff will burn in unquenchable fire
  • 2Thess 1:6-9 – these will pay the penalty of eternal ruin

Original Sin

  • Gn 2:16-17 – the day you eat of that tree, you shall die
  • Gn 3:11-19 – God’s punishment for eating of the tree
  • Rom 5:12-19 – many became sinners through one man’s sin
  • 1Cor 15:21-23 – by a man came death; in Adam all die
  • Eph 2:1-3 – we all once lived in the passions of our flesh

THE SACRAMENTS

Infant Baptism

  • Jn 3:5; Mk 16:16 – baptism required for entering heaven
  • 1Cor 15:21-22 – in Adam all die, in Christ all made alive
  • Mk 10:14 – let children come; to such belongs the kingdom
  • Lk 18:15 – people were bringing even infants to him…
  • Col 2:11-12 – baptism has replaced circumcision
  • Jos 24:15 – as for me and my house, we will serve Lord
  • Mt 8:5ff. – daughter healed because of centurion’s faith
  • Mt 15:21ff. – daughter healed because of Canaanite woman’s faith
  • Lk 7:1ff. – just say the word, and let my servant be healed
  • Acts 16:31 – believe in Lord Jesus you & house will be saved
  • Acts 16:15 – she was baptized, with all her household
  • Acts 16:33 – he and all his family were baptized at once
  • 1Cor 1:16 – I baptized the household of Stephanas

Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

  • Jn 6:35-71 – Eucharist promised
  • Mt 26:26ff (Mk 14:22ff., Lk 22:17ff.) – Eucharist instituted
  • 1Cor 10:16 – Eucharist = participation in Christ’s body & blood
  • 1 Cor 11:23-29 – receiving unworthily his body & blood
  • Ex 12:8, 46 – Paschal lamb had to be eaten
  • Jn 1:29 – Jesus called “Lamb of God”
  • 1 Cor 5:7 – Jesus called “paschal lamb who has been sacrificed
  • Jn 4:31-34; Mt 16:5-12 – Jesus talking symbolically about food
  • 1Cor 2:14-3:4 – explains what “the flesh” means in Jn 6:63
  • Ps 14:4; Is 9:18-20; Is 49:26; Mic 3:3; 2Sm 23:15-17; Rv 17:6, 16 –
  • to symbolically eat & drink one’s body & blood = assault
  • Confirmation
  • Acts 19:5-6 – Paul imposed hands on baptized, received Holy Spirit
  • Acts 8:14-17 – laid hands upon them, they received Holy Spirit
  • 2Cor 1:21-22 – put seal on us and given Holy Spirit in our hearts
  • Eph 1:13 – you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit
  • Heb 6:2 – instruction about baptism & laying on of hands

Confession

  • Mt 9:2-8 Son of Man has authority to forgive sins
  • Jn 20:23 – whose sins you forgive/retain are forgiven/retained
  • Jn 20:22 – breathed on them, “receive Holy Spirit” [recall Gn 2:7]
  • 2Cor 5:17-20 – given us the ministry of reconciliation
  • Jam 5:13-15 – confess your sins to one another
  • Mt 18:18 – whatever you bind & loose on earth, so it is in heaven

Anointing the Sick

  • Mk 6:12-13 – anointed with oil many sick, cured them
  • Jam 5:14-15 – presbyters pray over sick, anoint, sins forgiven

Holy Orders

  • Acts 20:28 – Holy Sprit appointed you overseers, to tend Church
  • Lk 22:19 – do this in memory of me
  • Jn 20:22 – As Father sent me, I send you…receive Holy Spirit
  • Acts 6:6 – the apostles prayed and laid hands on them
  • Acts 13:3 – they laid hands on them & sent them off
  • Acts 14:22 – they appointed presbyters in each church
  • 1Tim 4:14 – gift received through laying on of hands of presbyterate
  • 2Tim 1:6 – gift of God you have through imposition of hands
  • Tit 1:5 – appoint presbyters in every town as I directed you

(also see The Priesthood)

Matrimony

  • Mt 19:5-6 – leave father & mother, join wife, 2 become 1 flesh
  • Mk 10:7-12 – what God joined together, no man separate
  • Eph 5:22-32 – union of man & wife image of Christ & Church
  • Heb 13;4 – let marriage be honored among all

SOCIAL TEACHINGS

Divorce and Remarriage

  • Mal 2:14-16 – for I hate divorce, says the Lord
  • Mt 5:32-33 – to divorce or marry divorced wife is adultery
  • Mt 19:4-6, 9 – to divorce wife and remarry = adultery
  • Lk 16:18 – to divorce & remarry or marry divorced = adultery
  • Rom 7:2-3 – wife consorts = adulteress if living, but not if dead
  • 1Cor 7:10-11 – if wife separated, stay single or reconcile

Contraception

  • Gn 38:9-10 God killed Onan for spilling seed [see next]
  • Dt 25:5-10 – penalty for defying Levirate law: not death
  • Gn 1:27-28 (Gn 9:1, 35:11) – be fruitful and multiply
  • Ps 127:3-5 – children gift from God, blessed is a full quiver
  • 1Chr 25:5 – God gave 14 sons & 3 daughters to exalt him
  • 1Chr 26:4-5 – God indeed blessed Obededom with 8 sons
  • Hos 9:10-17 – Israel is punished with childlessness
  • Ex 23:25-26 – blessings promised: no miscarrying, barrenness
  • Lv 21:17-20 – crushed testicles is called a defect & blemish
  • Dt 23:1 – no one castrated shall enter the assembly
  • Dt 25:11-12 – punishment for potential damage to genitals
  • Rom 1:25-27 – natural function of women = childbearing
  • 1Tim 2:11-15 – women saved through the bearing of children
  • Acts 5:1-11 – Ananias/Saphira slain – withholding part of gift
  • Gal 6:7 – God is not mocked-accepting pleasure, denying fruit
  • Mt 21:19, Mk 11:14 – Jesus cursed fruitless fig tree
  • Gal 5:20, Rv 9:21, 21:8 – Greek pharmakeia = abortifacient potions
  • 1Cor 6:19-20 – body temple of the Holy Spirit, glorify God with body

Homosexuality

  • Gn 1:27 – complementarity of sexes reflects God’s inner unity
  • Gn 2:21-24 – transmission of life through total self-donation – one flesh
  • Gn 19 – original sin deteriorates to Sodom’s sin, destroyed
  • Lv18:22 – called abomination, cut off from people (v.29)
  • Lv 20:13 – both shall be put to death for abominable deed
  • Rom 1:27 – called unnatural, shameful, and a perversity
  • 1Cor 6:9 – active homosexuals won’t inherit kingdom of God
  • 1Tim 1:9-10 – those who engage in such acts called sinners

Drinking Wine

  • Gn 27:25 – Isaac brought Jacob wine, and he drank
  • Dt 14:23-26 – spend money on sheep, wine, & strong drink
  • Prov 20:1 – wine is a mocker, unwise to be led astray by it
  • Eccl 9:7 – drink your wine with merry heart – God approves
  • Is 25:6 – God will provide feast of rich foods & choice wines
  • Is 5:11 – woe to those who rise early & run after strong drink
  • Is 5:22 – woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
  • Luke 7:33-34 – son of man eats & drinks: behold glutton & drunk
  • Jn 2:2-10 – miracle at Cana: water turned into good wine
  • Eph 5:18 – do not get drunk with wine, that is debauchery
  • 1Tim 5:23 – drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach

SAINTS, RELICS, AND STATUES

Communion of Saints

  • Eph 1:22-23 – he is head of the Church, which is His body
  • Eph 5:21-32 – Christ is the head of the Church, Savior of the body
  • Col 1:18, 24 – He is head of the body, the Church
  • 1Cor 12:12-27 – if I suffer, all suffer; if I am honored, all rejoice
  • Rom 12:5 – we are one body in Christ, individual parts of one another
  • Eph 4:4 – one body, one Spirit, called to one hope
  • Col 3:15 – you were called in one body
  • Rom 8:35-39 – death cannot separate us from Christ
  • Rom 12:10 – love one another with mutual affection
  • 1Thess 5:11 – encourage, build up one another
  • Gal 6:2 – bear one another’s burdens
  • Gal 6:10 – let us do good to all, especially those in family of faith

Intercessory Prayer of Saints

  • Rom 15:30 – join me by your prayers to God on my behalf
  • Col 4:3, 1Thess 5:25 – pray for us
  • 2Thess 1:11 – we always pray for you
  • 2Thess 3:1 – finally, brothers, pray for us
  • Eph 6:18-19 – making supplication for all the saints & for me
  • Tob 12:12 – angel presents Tobit & Sarah’s prayer to God
  • Ps 148 – David calls upon angels
  • Zech 1:12 – angel intercedes for Jerusalem
  • Mk 12:25, Mt 22:30 – men in heaven are as the angels
  • Rev 5:8 – those in heaven offer prayers of the holy ones to God
  • *Saints dead, prayer is necromancy (Dt 18:10-11)
  • Mk 12:26-27 – he is God of the living, not of the dead
  • Mk 9:4 – Jesus seen conversing with Elijah & Moses
  • Lk 9:31 – Elijah & Moses aware of earthly events
  • Rev 6:9-11 – martyrs under altar want earthly vindication
  • Heb 12:1 – we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses
  • Lk 16:19-30 – departed rich man intercedes for brothers
  • Rev 20:4 – saw the souls of those who had been beheaded
  • Wis 3:1-6 – the souls of the just are in the hand of God
  • 2Macc 15:7-16 – the departed Onias & Jeremiah pray for the Jews
  • Jas 5:16 Prayers of righteous man
  • 1 Cor. 13:12 – I shall understand fully
  • 1 John 4: 20-21 whoever loves God must love his brother
  • 1 Cor 12:21 – parts of Christ’s Body cannot say to other parts, “I do not need you”.
  • *1Tim 2:5 – “One mediator between God and man”
  • 1Tim 2:1-7 – offer prayers, petitions for all men
  • 1Pet 2:5 – be a holy priesthood to offer sacrifices through Christ
  • Mk 10:18 – only God is good
  • Mt 25:23 – well done my good and faithful servant
  • Jn 10:11-16 – I am good shepherd; one flock I shepherd
  • Jn 21:15-16 – feed my lambs, tend my sheep
  • Eph 4:11 – He gave some as apostles…others as pastors
  • Heb 3:1, 7:24, 9:12-13 – Jesus eternal high priest; one sacrifice
  • Rev 1:6, 5:10 – He made us a kingdom of priests for God

Veneration of Saints

  • Jos 5:14 – Joshua fell prostrate in worship before angel
  • Dan 8:17 – Daniel fell prostrate in terror before Gabriel
  • Tob 12:16 – Tobiah & Tobit fall to ground before Raphael
  • Mt 18:10 – angels in heaven always behold face of God (we venerate angels because of their great dignity, which comes form their union with God. Saints also are united with God)
  • 1Jn 3:2 – we shall be like him, we shall see him as he is
  • 1Thess 1:5-8 – you become an example to all the believers
  • Heb 13:7 – remember leaders, consider/imitate their faith & life

Relics

  • 2Kgs 13:20-21 – contact with Elisha’s bones restored life
  • Acts 5:15-116 – cures performed through Peter’s shadow
  • Acts 19:11-12 – cures through face cloths that touched Paul

Statues

  • *Ex 20:4-5 – do not make and worship any graven images
  • Ex 25:18-19 – make two cherubim of beaten gold
  • Num 21:8-9 – Moses made bronze serpent & put on pole
  • 1Kgs 6:23-29 – temple had engraved cherubim, trees, flowers
  • 1Kgs 7:25-45 – temple had bronze oxen, lions, pomegranates

(also see The Blessed Virgin Mary)

Scandals in the Church

  • Jer 32:32-35 – OT leaders & priests offered child sacrifices
  • 2 Kgs 23:7 – OT cult prostitutes in the temple of the Lord
  • Jn 4:22 – in spite of their infidelity, salvation is from Jews
  • Mk 14:43-46 – Judas betrayed Jesus
  • Mk 14:66-72 Peter denied him
  • Jn 20:24-25 Thomas refused to believe his resurrection
  • Mk 14:50 – they all left him and fled in garden of Gethsemane
  • Rom 3:3-4 – will their infidelity nullify fidelity of God? No!
  • 2 Tim 2 :13 – if we are unfaithful, God remains faithful
  • Mt 13:24-30 – Parable of the weeds among the wheat
  • Mt 13:47-48 – parable of net that collects good and bad

Fasting

  • *1Tim 4:3 – condemns anti-flesh heretics
  • Mk 7:19 – Christ declared all food clean
  • 1Tim 4:4-5 – everything created by God is good
  • Dan 10:3 – Daniel refused to eat choice foods for 3 weeks
  • Mt 9:15 – Christ’s followers will fast once he is gone
  • Mt 6:16-18 – Jesus gave regulations concerning how to fast

Divinity of Jesus

  • Jn 1:1 – the Word was God
  • Jn 1:14-15 – glory of Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth
  • Jn 8:19 – if you knew me, you would know my Father
  • Jn 8:58-59 – I assure you, before Abraham was, I AM
  • Jn 10:30-33 – the Father and I are one (see Ex 3:14, 20:7; Lev 19:12, 24:14-16)
  • Jn 10:38 – the Father is in me and I am in the Father
  • Jn 12:45 – whosoever sees me sees the one who sent me
  • Jn 14:8-12 – whoever had seen has seen the Father
  • Jn 20:28 – Jesus accepts Thomas’s “my Lord and my God”
  • Col 2:9 – in him dwells whole fullness of deity bodily
  • Acts 20:28 – church of God he acquired with his blood
  • Eph 1:7 – in him we have redemption by his blood
  • 1Jn 1:7 – blood of his Son Jesus cleanses from all sin
  • Tit 2:13 – glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Time of Second Coming Unknown

  • Mt 24:44 – be prepared, Jesus coming at unexpected hour
  • Mt 25:13 – stay awake, you know neither the day nor hour
  • Mk 13:35-37 – watch, unknown when lord of house coming
  • Lk 12:46 – master will come like a thief in night
  • 1Thess 5:2-3 – day of Lord will come like a thief in night
  • 2Pet 3:9-10 – day of lord will come like a thief
  • Rev 3:3 – if not watchful, will come like a thief
  • Mt 24:36 – no one but Father alone knows day and hour
  • Holy Spirit a Person, Not a Force
  • Jn 14:26 – “he will teach you all things”
  • Acts 8:29 – “and the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up…”
  • Acts 13:2 – “Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me…'”
  • Rom 8:27 – “Spirit intercedes for the saints…”
  • 1Cor 2:11 – no one understands the thoughts of God, but Spirit
  • 1Cor 12:11 – Spirit apportions to each as he wills
  • Eph 4:30 – “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God”

Repetitious Prayer

  • *Mt 6:7 – do not babble like pagans with their many words
  • 1Kgs 18:25-29 – example of vain repetition: call Baal for hours
  • Mt 26:44 – Jesus prayed a third time, saying the same thing again
  • Lk 18:13 – collector kept beating breast & praying: be merciful
  • Rev 4:8 – repeat day & night, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord”
  • 1Thess 5:17 – pray without ceasing
  • Ps 136 (26X ‘his steadfast love endures forever’)
  • Mt 6:9-13 Our Father
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9 thoughts on “Catholic Apologist’s Bible Cheat Sheet”

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    1. The second paragraph explains the asterisk. Basically, those particular verses are often used by Protestants as proof texts in their attempts to counter the Church’s teachings such as Purgatory, the Communion of Saints, etc.

  2. How do you reconcile someone who is divorced, but has received a positive petition of nullity? Would not it be a violation of the faith to allow such a practice since it runs contrary to the verses that you listed, has no support outside of the Church traditions, and is not supported in scripture?

    1. Michael,

      Thank you for your questions.

      A Declaration of Nullity does not run contrary to God’s plan as evidenced in Sacred Scripture or Sacred Tradition. This is part of the authority that Jesus gave to the Church, starting with Peter (office of the papacy in today’s terminology) and the Apostles (bishops today) in concert with Peter.

      So, when a person or couple seek an annulment, the Church conducts and investigation under her authority in order to determine whether the validity of the marriage. The Church would look into whether proper form or matter existed for this Sacrament of Holy Matrimony:

      — Was someone coerced into marriage?
      — Did they fully comprehend the commitment?
      — Were they open to children?
      — Was proper form followed?
      — Etc.

      These are just some examples of items the Church looks into. If the Church determines that the marriage was invalid then they declare that the marriage never existed. The marriage is null and void.

      Thus, if the couple were never married they are free to formalize their marriage, as was my case, or even civilly divorce and enter into a new and valid marriage.

      All of this occurs under the Church’s authority to “bind and loose.”

      1. But the Church can’t “bind and loose” a marriage! The Church does NOT have the authority to loose a valid marriage, and abuses DO occur in marriage tribunals, as I will tell a real example in just a minute. Binding and loosing have more to do with Confession. “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven, whose sins you retain are retained,” that sort of thing. Further, you need to warn people that if a marriage tribunal fails to follow the Church’s guidelines properly, they can make a mess of marriage and family life, and hurting spouses need a fair chance to appeal to a higher church court to challenge a declaration of nullity before anybody is allowed to “marry” someone new. Here’s a serious case scenario of a couple I know: The man’s first marriage was given an “annulment” (misnomer of a word because the Church can’t MAKE the marriage null, but can only discern – if handling the case properly -whether it had been null in the beginning) – anyway – his first marriage was declared null; he had never even met his child from that marriage because they separated when the wife was still pregnant; the tribunal took the man’s word for his side of the story but never bothered to find where the wife went to ask her side of the story; the tribunal never investigated to see if “re-marriage” to a second woman would be good or bad for the child; the child was only elementary school age when the man married a second woman; the child came at the age of 14 to look for his father and found him married to another woman. The second woman was told by different priests that a child can adjust to all this, but she learned the hard way that this is untrue because the child of the first marriage suffered horribly and never recovered even when he got into his 30’s. The second wife also learned the hard way that marriage tribunals don’t make infallible decisions, they can mess up horribly – and yes, the husband, whether of the first woman or of the second, admitted that nobody heard the first wife’s side of the story. Then the second wife also learned that her diocese had the highest rate of marriage breakups and tribunal messups in the country, possibly the world, based on what a priest who worked within that system admitted. The second wife finally began to question how she and the man she married could be so misled within the Church, even though she remains a committed Catholic, but the whole family suffered because of this scandal, and they are not the only family who are injured by an erring marriage tribunal who grossly mishandled a case. So that’s why I say, it’s dangerous if you tell people that the Church can just bind and loose marriages, just like that. Please clarify your words so that you don’t cause anybody else to suffer what that family is now suffering, especially children, and so that you don’t misconstrue what the Bible really means about binding and loosing. “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” The Church does NOT have the authority to “loose” a valid marriage! Please clarify this! Thank you!

      2. ****Let me be clear though – the Church cannot — nothing on earth but death —- can dissolve a valid marriage. That is why the Church will and can never redefine what marriage is. The Church didn’t make those rules – God did.****

        Bonnie,

        Your points are true and sentiments are valid, except to 2 items. The first is that you misunderstood (my fault for failing to detail) my comment about marriage, nullity and the Church’s authority to bind and loose. This is why I’m an amatuer and not a professional.

        When referencing this authority I wanted to highlight that the Church is authorized to investigate and rule on the state/validity of a marriage. The Church absolutely CANNOT loosen or invalidate a valid marriage but it can fallibly determine that a marriage is null (meaning the marriage was never valid in the first place) similar to how a priest can infallibly give a valid absolution. In other words, the Tribunal (and a priest) can only has their human intellect and ability, ultimately the validity of a marriage and a confession lies with God at the root. However, as faithful Catholics we can justly (and should) take the these declarations and move forward – presuming that we’ve done our part and provided all information truthfully. Thus the some of the key stakeholders in confession and/or a tribunal would not be culpable of someone else’s failure (e.g., priest is not at fault for absolving someone if they truly believe the confession is valid and those receiving a declaration of nullity would not be at fault for remarrying if it is later found (on earth or heaven) that a Tribunal declared without proper investigation, etc.)

        In the example you provided, the other party surely has to right to contest the findings of the original Tribunal and request an appeal (I’m not a Canon lawyer but I’m certain there has to be a way).

        Beyond that, the lasting psychological impact on others involved in marriage, including children, are something that must always be dealt with regarding a nullity or no. That is where faith in the Christ and His Church are key for God is perfect and just all will be made right in the end. And the Church is everlasting and authoritative but is run by sinners and imperfect beings who often make errors.

        These decisions may not always be or seem just but we must place our trust in God and love one another.

        I pray this helps to clarify what I was trying to get at.

        Thank you for your comment and God bless.

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