According to the Iglesia ni Cristo founded by Felix Manalo year 1914, The Doctrine of the Catholic Church is a doctrine of the devil in accordance to their own belief that is written in 1 timothy 4.1-3 he Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.
First of all the Catholic Church never abandon their Faith to Jesus Actually the Catholic Strenghten its faith through fasting and abstinence and Celibacy is one of the teachings in the bible.
Matthew 19:12 New International Version (NIV) For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” What is a eunuchs? These are Highly educated servants of Kings who remain single till death in the service to their majesty king or Queen. In these case eunuchs are Priest of the Lord who remain single for the Love of the Lord
What is a eunuchs? These are Highly educated servants of Kings who remain single till death in the service to their majesty king or Queen. In these case eunuchs are Priest of the Lord who remain single for the Love of the Lord. It is very clear in the bible that ‘ Celibacy” is a pronouncement of Love to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ… Priest s are willing to give his their lives for the kingdom of God. This priest are married to the Catholic Church which is the Body of Christ.
Matthew 10:37 New International Version (NIV) “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Like St. Paul who choose single blessedness for the love of God.1 Corinthians 7:7-8 New International Version (NIV) I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE:
The Forty Days imitates the 40 days fasting and prayer of Moses on Mount Sinai through which he talked face to face with God and received the Ten Commandments: Ex 24:18 [KJV] “And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.”
Ex 34:28 [KJV] “And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”
The Prophet Elijah spent Forty Days and Nights on Mt. Horeb in prayer and fasting: 1 Kgs 19:8 [KJV] “And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.”
The Old Testament furnishes several instances of celebrated personages who betook themselves to this chastisement of the flesh. David kept fast on account of the child born of the wife of Urias ( 2 Samuel 12:16 ); Esther humbled her body with fasts ( Esther 14:2 ); Judith fasted all the days of her life ( Judges 8:6 ); Daniel ate neither bread nor flesh till the days of three weeks were accomplished ( Daniel 10:3 ), and Judas Machabeus and all the people craved mercy in tears and fasting ( 2 Maccabees 13:12 ). Moreover, Esdras commanded a fast by the river Ahava ( Ezra 8:21 ). The King of Ninive proclaimed a fast in Ninive whereby neither man nor beasts should taste anything, whether of food or drink ( Jonah 3:7 ). Moses ( Exodus 34:28 ) and Elias ( 1 Kings 19:8 ) spent forty days in abstinence and fasting. Finally, the Pharisee in the Temple declared that he fasted “twice in a week” ( Luke 18:12 ). Apropos of this passage Duchesne says that Monday and Thursday were days of fasting among the pious Jews (“Christian Worship”, London, 1903, 228).
Jesus fasted 40 days and nights and by doing so the Lord defeated Satan and all temptations:Mt 4:2 [KJV] “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.”
Mk 1:13 [KJV] “And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.”
LK 4:2 [KJV] “Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.”
In the first portion of his Gospel St. Matthew relates how Christ passed forty days in the desert, during which time neither food nor drink passed his lips. No doubt this penance of the God-man was not only expiatory, but also exemplary. True, Christ did not explicitly define the days nor the weeks wherein his followers would be obliged to fast and abstain. At the same time his example, coupled with his reply to the disciples of the Baptist, is an evidence that the future would find his followers subjected to regulations whereby they would fast “after the bridegroom had been taken away”. The only piece of clearly defined legislation concerning abstinence embodied in the New Testament was framed by the Council of Jerusalem, prescribing “abstinence from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled” ( Acts 15:29 ).
Nevertheless the Acts of the Apostles give evidence of a tendency on the part of the Church, as an organized body, to prepare the way for important events by abstinence and fasting ( Acts 13:3 ; 14:22 ). In fine, St. Paul sets forth the necessity of abstinence when he says that “everyone striving for the mastery must abstain from all things” ( 1 Corinthians 9:25 ); and “let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of Christ in labours, watchings, and fastings” ( 2 Corinthians 6:5 ), which he had often practiced (2 Corinthians 11:27).