I’ve had several conversations with people here about the nature of Divine revelation and if the Catholic Church (or Christanity) is the objective and true self-revelation of God.
Take an example of the Catholics who were martyrs for their faith at the hands of English Protestants. Why did God allow this? If God exists and is good and is powerful, why would he allow this occur?
Let’s suppose their are a group of terrorists who are killing innocent lives but they claim that you had told them to do so. These terrorists claimed you as their leader. Would you not condemn them? Wouldn’t it be unimaginablely cruel to say nothing and give your tacit approval of the killings?
This argument caused me to be an atheist for a short period actually when I heard about Muslim Jordian pilot who was captured and burned alive in a cage by Isis. How could God allow killing in His name? Im no longer an atheist, but I still don’t have a good answer to this question.
If the Catholic Church is the objectively true self-revelation of God, why did God allow the Protestant Reformation? One’s spiritual fate and relationship with God is the most important thing in all of life. If the Church is the best conduit for that, any tampering or obscuring of that (even slightly) would be a terrible act as it could lead just one person astray. It would less immoral and tragic to steal nutritious food away from all the familes right out of their fridge and grocery store shelves (denying them proper physical nourishment) than it would be to hamper their spiritual nourishment. Why would God allow His message of love and grace to be obscured so that genuinely devout people would be born and raised in less effective faiths?
At least Buddhism says if you are a moral good non-buddhist you have a chance of being reborn a Buddhist. But you don’t believe in reincarnation, a Protestant is likely stuck.
(The argument works in reverse if Protestants are right and Catholics are wrong or if Muslims or Mormons and so on)