17 Bible Verses That Contradict Catholicism

Bible Verses That Contradict Catholicism (1)

For Catholics, the Magisterium, or teaching authority of the Church, is a mixture of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the teachings of the Church.

Nonetheless, scripture passages that conflict with Catholic teaching or theology exist.

To fully comprehend these seeming contradictions, we will examine the context and meaning of some significant Bible verses contradicting Catholicism in this essay.

By doing this, we aim to illuminate these complex issues and obtain knowledge that will enable us to comprehend the Bible and how it relates to Catholic doctrine and practice.

What Bible Does The Catholic Church Use?

The Catholic Church uses the Bible, which includes 73 books, 46 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament.

This version of the Bible is known as the Catholic Bible, the Catholic Edition, or the Douay-Rheims Version. The Catholic Bible is based on the Latin Vulgate, a translation of the Bible into Latin completed by St.

Jerome in the 4th century AD. The Catholic Church considers the Bible a vital part of its spiritual and liturgical life, and it is used extensively in Catholic worship, prayer, and devotional practices.

Bible Verses That Contradict Catholicism

Throughout history, many interpretations of the Bible’s complex and diverse text have been made.

The interpretation of particular Bible texts, which can occasionally appear to contradict the doctrines of one church or another, is one of the significant causes of contention between various Christian groups.

To comprehend these seeming inconsistencies more fully, we will study specific Bible texts that appear to conflict with particular Catholic doctrines in this essay. We will do this by looking at their context and meaning.

1 Timothy 2:5 (ESV) – There Is Only One God

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

1 Timothy 2_5 (Esv)

2 Thessalonians 2:15 (ESV) – Stand Firm And Hold To The Ways oF God

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

2 Thessalonians 2_15 (Esv)

Acts 4:12 (ESV) – Salvation In Christ

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4_12 (Esv)

Proverbs 30:5-6 (ESV) – Every Word Of God Proves True

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

Proverbs 30_5-6 (Esv)

Exodus 20:4 (ESV) – You Shall Not Make For Yourself A Craven Image

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Exodus 20_4 (Esv)

1 John 4:1 (ESV) – Test The Spirits To See If They Are From God

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 John 4_1 (Esv)

Revelation 19:10 (ESV) – Hold To The Testimony Of Jesus

Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Revelation 19_10 (Esv)

Luke 20:46 (ESV) – Beware Of The Scribes

“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,

Luke 20_46 (Esv)

Matthew 23:9 (ESV) – We Have One Father Who Is In Heaven

And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.

Matthew 23_9 (Esv)

Jeremiah 23:11 (ESV) – Evil Prophets And Priest Are Ungodly Even In The House Of God

“Both prophet and priest are ungodly; even in my house I have found their evil, declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 23_11 (Esv)

Romans 14:1-5 (ESV)

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.

Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. …

Mark 7:6-9 (ESV)

And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!

Matthew 16:18 (ESV)

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 24:24 (ESV)

For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Leviticus 23:3 (ESV)

“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.

2 Peter 2:1-5 (ESV)

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.

Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; …

1 Corinthians 10:13-14 (ESV)

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

Exodus 20:23 (ESV)

You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold.

1 John 2:1 (ESV)

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 Corinthians 1:10-13 (ESV)

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Acts 17:24 (ESV)

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,

John 16:13 (ESV)

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.


The Catholic Church regards the Bible as a crucial source of spiritual instruction and moral guidance, yet they may interpret specific passages of Scripture differently from other Christian traditions.

We learn more about the intricacies and difficulties of biblical interpretation as well as the variety of viewpoints that can be found within the Christian tradition by investigating the Bible texts that seem to contradict particular Catholic teachings.

In the end, these apparent inconsistencies highlight how crucial it is to have continuing discussions and introspection about the relevance of the Bible in order to better understand it and develop our connection with Christ.

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