Whenever I try to convince someone of what I believe, I don’t make any progress. Then I learned that what I think, and what anyone else thinks, has absolutely no merit. The only thing that counts is – what did Jesus say and what did the Apostles understand that to mean and what did they believe, and then teach as a result.
Did the Apostles believe that Jesus married? Is there any evidence in any writings that says that some of the first, second or third generations of Christians believed that Jesus married? Is there any evidence in the writings of non-christians at that time believing Jesus married?
Jesus said that Peter was to be the rock upon which to build His church. Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingom – not just of Peter but for all people willing to listen and believe. Jesus said he would be with Peter and the Apostles, and to their successors, all days until the end of time. He didn’t say he would be with Peter till the next Ides of March, or until Peter died, or the last Apostle died. He said till the end of time. That means he would be with all Peter’s and the Apostles’ successors.
Jesus said that whatever Peter bound on earth would be bound in heaven. Catch this: Since God is perfect, He cannot commit evil, sin or error. He cannot approve error. Therefore, whatever Peter, and his successors bound on earth must have been, and still be, error free.
At the last supper, Jesus said 'This is My Body" “This is My Blood.” Some people say that is just symbolic, The Catholic Church teaches that the bread and wine still look like bread and wine but are also truly the Body and Blood of Jesus. What I think has no merit. What did the Apostles understand, and what did they believe, and teach, and die for? What did the first, second, third and subsequent generations of successors and early believers believe and confirm in writing?
Jesus said he would send the Holy Spirit, (some translations use the word ‘Paraclete’) who would remind them of all that Jesus taught and lead them to all truth – till the end of time. When the church fathers excluded the Gnostic gospels from the finished and final bible, who was it that excluded the Gnostic gospels? The church fathers or the Holy Spirit.
Now, a bit of what I concluded on my own. I don’t know if the Church will approve of my interpretation or not: Jesus appointed Peter to feed His lambs, tend his sheep, take care of His flock.
Peter and the Apostles formed what developed into the current Catholid Church. If I decided to join some non-catholic christian church, wouldn’t I be, in effect, telling Jesus that I don’t approve of His choice of Shepherd? I don’t think I want to go there.
Hope this helps with your dad.