Church is a divinely founded by Jesus Christ, who established His Church
by becoming man and dying for us, so that the gates of heaven could be
opened to us. During Our Lord's life on earth, he clearly established
specific guidelines in Scripture that we MUST follow in order to obtain eternal
happiness. Our Lord also gave us His promise in Scripture that He will
always be with His Church, that it will never fail, and that we are to believe all that it
teaches "or be condemned".
The History of Catholic Teaching
This site summaries
some of the core teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church that many
are either unaware of or misunderstand. We provide
Scriptural support and Church documentation for each teaching. The teachings are broken up into Chapters to provide a
more natural flow of understanding.
In a nutshell,
Scripture is the foundation of Catholicism left to us by Our Lord, and
Church Law is based on that Scripture. Just like we cannot pick and choose which
laws in society we wish to follow, the same concept applies to Scripture
and Church Law - they all MUST be adhered to. As we can see from
the Church definition of "heresy", Catholics who do not
believe ALL Church teachings cannot call
themselves Catholic. If you cannot call yourself Catholic, then you
cannot be saved!
"Even the heretics appear
to have Christ, for none of them denies the name of Christ; yet, anyone
who does not confess all that pertains to Christ does in fact deny
Christ." — St. Ambrose, +389, cited in The Faith of the Early Fathers,
Vol. 2, p. 163.