I'm leaving this article live but please also read: https://www.catholictransformation.com/time-management-youtube-commenting-is-not-the-best-use-of-time/
I currently like using YouTube comments to defend the Catholic faith. It's a great way to practice Catholic Apologetics, but can definitely take a lot of time if you are not careful. I don't know how long I will continue to engage some of these folks, but for now, it's actually kind of fun and therapeutic to do.
The video that I had some back and forth on with one of the commenters is below:
Catholicism is false just read the gospel of Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ wasn’t a Catholic Neither was the Apostles of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God so follow God simply and not false religion such as Catholicism
If you want to chime in on a Catholic focused video and say "Catholicism" is false, you should be willing to do this: 1) What is your religious background? Are you even a Christian? 2) Back up your claim with what "you believe" to be factual information. ..... So for me, I am a Catholic. I was a Protestant Christian for over 40 years of my life. I believe in the same Jesus Christ that I've believed in as long as I can remember. I went from one Christian background to the fullness of the Christian faith in Catholicism. Catholic means "Universal." One definition for "Universal" ( Catholic ) is "affirming or denying something of all members." Let's see if Jesus and the Apostles were "Universal." Jesus prayed in John 17:21 " that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." - Were Jesus and the Apostles ONE? YES Did they preach and teach the same ONE Gospel? YES If you study the new testament, you will see that the Apostle Paul wrote as ONE with Christ and gave Christians ways to live that were consistent as ONE. If you study early Church history just after the New Testament era, you will see that other men of God taught ONE truth of Jesus Christ. You will see that those men fought against heretics who taught other things that were not in ONE with the truth. If you study enough, you will see that the Apostle John who was a disciple of Jesus had a disciple named Polycarp who was taught direct from John and John was ONE with Christ. Then, Polycarp had a disciple named Irenaeus and Irenaeus continued the message on. So was there a "Universal" system of Christianity taught and followed. And since Catholic means "Universal," What basis do you state you claim on? How do you follow God? Do you just make up your own rules? Again, if you are going to chime in on a Catholic focused video and say "False Religion," you need to be ready to defend it. Guess what... If and when you reply, I'm going to challenge you again. If you are not willing to engage in dialogue, you need to be chiming in on videos somewhere else and not here. -Peace Be With You - Yours In Christ
I got this reply:
Catholic Transformation I’m a born again Christian who follows Jesus Christ!! The bible says expect a man be born he shall not see the kingdom of God!!! Are you born again? Secondly Catholicism came after Christianity because the apostles of Jesus Christ never taught Catholicism they were messianic Jews who preached Jesus and not Mary!! Apostle Paul says in Galatians 1:8-9 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
The apostles of Jesus Christ where Messianic Jews and If you ask any messianic Jew today if they believe in Catholicism they will refute you and tell you you’re false!! I encourage you to read the Jewish bible and tell me if it’s not same as the English translation For example The KJV, NKJV, NIV, AMP which I read!!
I’m a Messianic Gentile who believes the same thing as a Messianic Jew!!!!
I then wrote back:
Let's see ... We have some things in common. I too am a born again Christian the Bible way. I have come into newness of life through Jesus Christ. I too follow Jesus Christ. The one that was born of a Virgin, died on the Cross for my sins, rose on the 3rd day, ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father. I believe that as the Catholic Church teaches and the Bible states that we are saved by Grace and there is no other name given to men that can save us, but Catholic teachings go far deeper as the fullness of the Christian faith. However, it is not the Gospel of Mary as you seem to point to which I guess is part of your basis for your comments.
432 of the Catholic Catechism states: "The name "Jesus" signifies that the very name of God is present in the person of his Son, made man for the universal and definitive redemption from sins. It is the divine name that alone brings salvation, and henceforth all can invoke his name, for Jesus united himself to all men through his Incarnation,23 so that "there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
1989 of the Catholic Catechism states: "The first work of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conversion, effecting justification in accordance with Jesus' proclamation at the beginning of the Gospel: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Moved by grace, man turns toward God and away from sin, thus accepting forgiveness and righteousness from on high. "Justification is not only the remission of sins, but also the sanctification and renewal of the interior man."
It's funny how non-Catholics love to show their lack of understanding about Catholicism when it relates to Mary. It gets old explaining it, but here I go again: Veneration is defined as RESPECT. Catholics venerate Mary not worship Mary. We show great respect to the Mother of Jesus. Do you show great respect to anyone? Did Jesus love his Mother? YES Did Jesus respect His Mother? YES Are we supposed to be like Jesus? YES The Catholic Church doesn't preach the Gospel of Mary as you make it sound in your comments. It simply shows your lack of understanding of Catholicism.
Messianic Jews believe Jesus is The Messiah. I too believe Jesus is the Messiah. It's true that Christ and the Apostles were JEWS. However, that doesn't mean they were "Messianic Jews." Do a little history research on the Messianic Jewish Movement. BUT I'm not saying you are in a "False Religion" like you have the nerve to do here on a Catholic video. It's not my place to judge ones belief in Christ or their final destiny. If you want to be Christ like, you need to change your approach.
Do you want to keep going? We can make this never ending or we can agree to disagree and stop now. It's up to you for now.
Peace Be With You
Yours In Christ