Last year I spent a lot of time and thought on whether or not to be baptized, and finally joined the church at Easter.
This year, the closer we get to Easter the more I wonder if I really made the right decision.
Christ established ONLY ONE Church – the Catholic Church. Did you not learn that?
**All four promises to Peter alone: **
“You are Peter and on this rock I will build My Church.” (Mt 16:18)
“The gates of hell will not prevail against it.”(Mt 16:18)
I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven." ( Mt 16:19)
“Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.” (Mt 16:19) [Later, also to the Twelve].
**Sole authority: **
“Strengthen your brethren.” (Lk 22:32)
“Feed My sheep.”(Jn 21:17).
No other sect or religion was founded by the Christ.
There are a bunch of assorted theological points that have me doubting my alignment with the church again, but I think we could wrap them all up in the blanket of “circular logic” to make this easier
But what reason do any of us have for believing church teaching that does not somehow come back to already believing in church teaching?
You have been hoodwinked by imbibing a false circular argument. Jettison such a fallacy and learn the truth.
The historian Eusebius in his Church history, 4.3, 1.2, tells us that writing about 123 A.D., apologist Quadratus cited those in his day who had been cured or raised from the dead by Jesus of Nazareth – prime witnesses – long after the miracles, crucifixion and death of the Son of God.
The spiral argument is logical and complete:
Fact 1: There was a man called Jesus.
Fact 2: He claimed to be a messenger sent from God.
Fact 3: He did enough to prove that He was such a messenger – His many miracles.
Fact 4: Crowds followed Jesus and He had an inner circle to whom he spoke much more.
Fact 5: He commissioned His followers to continue His teaching and founded His Church.
Fact 6: Jesus affirmed that God would protect that teaching.
The writings of these facts—the Gospels – are comparable with other ancient documents from writers such as Caesar, Tacitus, Thucydides and others, they are all reliable as history.
Historically, they prove that the messenger sent from God worked many miracles to support His mission and teaching to the extent of forgiving sins. God as Truth cannot provide such power to prove falsehood, so the claims of Jesus are true, culminating in the fact of His resurrection from the dead.
So from the reliability of the Gospels as history, we now know that:
- An infallible Church was founded by the Son of God
- That infallible Church teaches that the Bible, as She has given us, is the inspired Word of God.
The authority for the Bible is the Church. There is nothing “circular” about this reality.