Wednesday, May 10, 2006

A Brief Biblical Defense of the Seven Sacraments

Baptism: "Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'" -John 3:5 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." -Matthew 28:19

Confession: "And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'" -John 20:22-23

Eucharist: "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. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him." -John 6:53-56 "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself." -1 Corinthians 11:27-29

Confirmation: "Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit." -Acts 8:14-17

Matrimony: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it...'" -Genesis 1:27-28 "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh." -Genesis 2:24 "So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder." -Matthew 19:6

Holy Orders: "And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.'" -Luke 22:19 "Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you." -1 Timothy 4:13-14

Annointing of the Sick: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." -James 5:14-15

If anyone knows of any other passages relating to one of the sacraments, feel free to comment and tell me, as I'd be most glad to know about any you may have.


Blogger Gregaria said...

This is so awesome! I never actually knew the all of the biblical passages from which our sacraments came. Thanks!

11:56 AM  
Blogger the Green Flash said...

I have heard Protestant friends claim that John 3 isn't really talking about baptism but faith only, focusing intensely on 3:16-18, and that the reference in 3:5 to "water" is only to natural childbirth (although they can't explain what that has to do with salvation either). It seems they never get to verse 22, "After this Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; there he remained with them and baptized." (RSV, Catholic Edition, emphasis mine)

And for those who claim that Baptism has nothing to do with actual salvation but is only a divine "ordinance" that we ought to obey (but don't really have to), there is 1 Pet 3:20-21, " the days of Noah...a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you,..." (emphasis added)

7:43 PM  
Blogger Sanchez said...

Interesting, Flash. I really like the verse from 1 Peter. Yes, I have Protestant relatives who didn't baptize their son, but only "dedicated" him (whatever that's supposed to mean). I'm not sure why they didn't just baptize him, never asked. Maybe they're some of those Protestants that don't believe in infant baptism.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Yeah, my Protestant relatives are against infant baptism because it isn't explicitly mentioned in the bible, although Acts mentions whole households getting baptised.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Giacomo said...

Nice compilation, Sanchez. Ever visit the Scripture Catholic website?

11:12 PM  
Blogger Sanchez said...

I haven't visited that site before, but thank you for pointing it out. It looks like the sort of thing I could spend a long time poring over. :)

Are you back yet, or still in Cal.?

3:48 PM  
Blogger the Green Flash said...

Yes, Joe, quite correct. Scripture is silent on many things, not because the early Church didn't believe in them, but rather because they were so basic to the faith that everyone who read the letters and gospel accounts within the first couple of generations took them as given (obvious) & it was unnecessary to repeat such fundamental teachings.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Quiet, Flash,

You weren't supposed to destroy their version of reality.

8:39 AM  

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