Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
The Catholic Church - The Truth
03-09-2010, 10:53 AM (This post was last modified: 03-09-2010 10:55 AM by TheCatholic.)
Post: #1
The Catholic Church - The Truth
Jesus said his Church would be "the light of the world." He then noted that "a city set on a hill cannot be hid" (Matt. 5:14). This means his Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it from other churches. Jesus promised, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return. Among the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus. Every other Christian church is an offshoot of the Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox churches broke away from unity with the pope in 1054. The Protestant churches were established during the Reformation, which began in 1517. (Most of today’s Protestant churches are actually offshoots of the original Protestant offshoots.)

Even the oldest government is new compared to the papacy, and the churches that send out door-to-door missionaries are young compared to the Catholic Church. Many of these churches began as recently as the nineteenth or twentieth centuries. Some even began during your own lifetime. None of them can claim to be the Church Jesus established. The Catholic Church has existed for nearly 2,000 years, despite constant opposition from the world. This is testimony to the Church’s divine origin. Any merely human organization would have collapsed long ago. The Catholic Church is today the most vigorous church in the world (and the largest, with over a billion members: one sixth of the human race), and that is testimony not to the cleverness of the Church’s leaders, but to the protection of the Holy Spirit.

.
FOUR MARKS OF THE TRUE CHURCH

If we wish to locate the Church founded by Jesus, we need to locate the one that has the four chief marks or qualities of his Church. The Church we seek must be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

The Church Is One (Rom. 12:5, 1 Cor. 10:17, 12:13)
Jesus established only one Church, not a collection of differing churches (Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, and so on). The Bible says the Church is the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:23–32). His Church also teaches just one set of doctrines, which must be the same as those taught by the apostles (Jude 3). This is the unity of belief to which Scripture calls us (Phil. 1:27, 2:2). Although some Catholics dissent from officially-taught doctrines, the Church’s official teachers—the pope and the bishops united with him—have never changed any doctrine. Over the centuries, as doctrines are examined more fully, the Church comes to understand them more deeply (John 16:12–13), but it never understands them to mean the opposite of what they once meant.

The Church Is Holy (Eph. 5:25–27, Rev. 19:7–8)
By his grace Jesus makes the Church holy, just as he is holy. This doesn’t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus said there would be both good and bad members in the Church (John 6:70), and not all the members would go to heaven (Matt. 7:21–23). But the Church itself is holy because it is the source of holiness and is the guardian of the special means of grace Jesus established, the sacraments (cf. Eph. 5:26).
.
The Church Is Catholic (Matt. 28:19–20, Rev. 5:9–10)
Jesus’ Church is called catholic ("universal" in Greek) because it is his gift to all people. He told his apostles to go throughout the world and make disciples of "all nations" (Matt. 28:19–20). For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has carried out this mission, preaching the good news that Christ died for all men and that he wants all of us to be members of his universal family (Gal. 3:28). Nowadays the Catholic Church is found in every country of the world and is still sending out missionaries to "make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19).The Church Jesus established was known by its most common title, "the Catholic Church," at least as early as the year 107, when Ignatius of Antioch used that title to describe the one Church Jesus founded. The title apparently was old in Ignatius’s time, which means it probably went all the way back to the time of the apostles.

The Church Is Apostolic (Eph. 2:19–20)
The Church Jesus founded is apostolic because he appointed the apostles to be the first leaders of the Church, and their successors were to be its future leaders. The apostles were the first bishops, and, since the first century, there has been an unbroken line of Catholic bishops faithfully handing on what the apostles taught the first Christians in Scripture and oral Tradition (2 Tim. 2:2). These beliefs include the bodily Resurrection of Jesus, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the sacrificial nature of the Mass, the forgiveness of sins through a priest, baptismal regeneration, the existence of purgatory, Mary’s special role, and much more —even the doctrine of apostolic succession itself. Early Christian writings prove the first Christians were thoroughly Catholic in belief and practice and looked to the successors of the apostles as their leaders. What these first Christians believed is still believed by the Catholic Church. No other Church can make that claim.

.
.
Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth

Man’s ingenuity cannot account for this. The Church has remained one, holy, catholic, and apostolic—not through man’s effort, but because God preserves the Church he established (Matt. 16:18, 28:20). He guided the Israelites on their escape from Egypt by giving them a pillar of fire to light their way across the dark wilderness (Exod. 13:21). Today he guides us through his Catholic Church. The Bible, sacred Tradition, and the writings of the earliest Christians testify that the Church teaches with Jesus’ authority. In this age of countless competing religions, each clamoring for attention, one voice rises above the din: the Catholic Church, which the Bible calls "the pillar and foundation of truth" (1 Tim. 3:15). Jesus assured the apostles and their successors, the popes and the bishops, "He who listens to you listens to me, and he who rejects you rejects me" (Luke 10:16). Jesus promised to guide his Church into all truth (John 16:12–13). We can have confidence that his Church teaches only the truth.


adapted excerpts from this source:
http://www.catholic.com/library/pillar.asp
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 10:58 AM (This post was last modified: 03-09-2010 11:00 AM by kevlar.)
Post: #2
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
Isn't it nice to be able to blame someone else when things go wrong
Quote
The Church Is Holy (Eph. 5:25–27, Rev. 19:7–8)
By his grace Jesus makes the Church holy, just as he is holy. This doesn’t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus said there would be both good and bad members in the Church (John 6:70), and not all the members would go to heaven (Matt. 7:21–23). But the Church itself is holy because it is the source of holiness and is the guardian of the special means of grace Jesus established, the sacraments (cf. Eph. 5:26).

I swear father it wasn't me............lol

Just like the getout clause FWC...............solves all the problems of man made Gods.

????????????????
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 01:01 PM
Post: #3
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
Quote:Isn't it nice to be able to blame someone else when things go wrong

How dare we hold individuals accountable for their actions rather than blame the entirety of an organization! This responsibility thing is outrageous!

If truth is one, it is not possible for something to be scientifically false and religiously true.

-Baha'u'llah
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 01:15 PM
Post: #4
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
(03-09-2010 01:01 PM)karma_sleeper Wrote:  
Quote:Isn't it nice to be able to blame someone else when things go wrong

How dare we hold individuals accountable for their actions rather than blame the entirety of an organization! This responsibility thing is outrageous!

I like you. I take it you are NOT Catholic, yet you stand up against bogus accusations.

I appreciate fair-minded people regardless of their religious beliefs.

May I ask what your particular faith is?
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 01:19 PM
Post: #5
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
I am Catholic, however I am not practicing, nor am I incredibly well versed in Catholic theology or scripture. Something I hope to improve.

Thanks for the compliment.

If truth is one, it is not possible for something to be scientifically false and religiously true.

-Baha'u'llah
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 01:22 PM
Post: #6
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
(03-09-2010 01:19 PM)karma_sleeper Wrote:  I am Catholic, however I am not practicing, nor am I incredibly well versed in Catholic theology or scripture. Something I hope to improve.

Thanks for the compliment.

Not practicing? Well, I am sad to hear that. I hope a time comes when you feel like coming back.

Did you see this?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLBW7_zEM...r_embedded
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 01:46 PM
Post: #7
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
Well, perhaps not practicing is too strong. Basically, I could be doing a better job of attending mass and receiving the sacraments regularly. My family is doing a lot to encourage me so that helps, too.

I have seen the come home ads on TV. It's too easy for people to dismiss the good the Church has done, especially recently, and I hope these ads are effective at at least convincing people to re-examine their faith.

If truth is one, it is not possible for something to be scientifically false and religiously true.

-Baha'u'llah
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 02:47 PM (This post was last modified: 03-09-2010 02:48 PM by TheCatholic.)
Post: #8
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
(03-09-2010 01:46 PM)karma_sleeper Wrote:  Well, perhaps not practicing is too strong. Basically, I could be doing a better job of attending mass and receiving the sacraments regularly. My family is doing a lot to encourage me so that helps, too.

I have seen the come home ads on TV. It's too easy for people to dismiss the good the Church has done, especially recently, and I hope these ads are effective at at least convincing people to re-examine their faith.

You know what makes the Mass more interesting? When you actually understand the theology behind it. Its like watching a football game when you don't know the rules: Its just boring.

If you like to read I recommend "The Lamb's Supper" by Dr. Scott Hahn.

Dr. Hahn actually used to be a protestant pastor, a Presbyterian, and now he is a Catholic professor. I tell you, protestant converts to Catholicism are the real fired up Catholics, because they have discovered Catholicism through scripture and history, they get it, and they love it. Many cradle Catholics tend to be apathetic.

[Image: 3291-1.jpg]
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 04:24 PM
Post: #9
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
TheCatholic'
"Jesus said his Church would be "the light of the world." He then noted that "a city set on a hill cannot be hid" (Matt. 5:14). This means his Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it from other churches. Jesus promised, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return. Among the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus."

That Jesus as a Jew observing Jewish religious worship that statement in Matthew about Jesus building his church is without doubt in most bible scholars opinion a latter insertion. It doesn't make any sense in Jesus' time where there were no churches and only Jews going to synagogues and the Temple in Jerusalem.
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
03-09-2010, 04:31 PM
Post: #10
RE: The Catholic Church - The Truth
(03-09-2010 04:24 PM)biomystic Wrote:  TheCatholic'
"Jesus said his Church would be "the light of the world." He then noted that "a city set on a hill cannot be hid" (Matt. 5:14). This means his Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it from other churches. Jesus promised, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return. Among the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus."

That Jesus as a Jew observing Jewish religious worship that statement in Matthew about Jesus building his church is without doubt in most bible scholars opinion a latter insertion. It doesn't make any sense in Jesus' time where there were no churches and only Jews going to synagogues and the Temple in Jerusalem.
Church as in a religious institute genius! I doubt even your "bible scholars" could interpret something that poorly.
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  The Catholic Church exalts women PopeADope 4 766 03-26-2016 11:30 PM
Last Post: PopeADope
  Should the Catholic Church be dismantled? biomystic 42 9,154 08-08-2013 11:46 PM
Last Post: Visqueen
  You are always welcome back within the Catholic Church peacethroughunity 17 2,481 09-12-2012 12:27 PM
Last Post: damned2hell
  Anorexia Mirabilis and the Catholic Church Aingeal 26 13,307 06-05-2012 06:10 PM
Last Post: gallagherg
  Basics of Catholic Church TruthSearcher 45 11,492 02-08-2011 09:20 AM
Last Post: EqualAtheist
  A Modern Catholic Church Harlequenne 2 2,114 07-10-2010 09:12 PM
Last Post: Harlequenne
  I would Respect the Catholic Church more if it made a Woman the Next Pope! Azrael17 35 5,672 12-01-2009 06:16 AM
Last Post: Clementine
  The most objective Catholic truth in our day todd_vetter33 35 4,451 12-01-2009 05:38 AM
Last Post: namratasnv



User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)