**If the Jehovah’s Witnesses are indeed the correct faith, why are so few people across the world in the organization? **
Matt. 7:13,14 shows this would be the case. Don’t expect the true religion to be the one most people go to. Jesus said the true path would have relatively few people on it.
Which by no means suggests that the Catholic Church is not the Church that Christ founded for the salvation of all men. A little further along in the same chapter (Mt. 7.21ff) Our Lord reminds us that " … Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." Logically, this suggests that there may be a great many baptized who do not do the will of the Father, though they profess to be Catholic. Even so, the Catholic Church is still the Church that Christ founded.
Remember, the Catholic church once taught the earth was the centre of the universe based on Aristotle rather than the Bible. (Galileo had to recant for fear of his life) Now the Church acknowledges they were wrong. I hear they have now accepted evolution as a fact and apologised to Darwin. Does that mean the Church now denies what Genesis 1:27 says?
It really isn’t worth going into this if people are going to be so intellectually lazy as to accept without question this limping old canard, but here goes (once more): The Church **never **taught that the sun was the center of the universe. It never ruled on the question one way or another. The Ptolemaic astronomical theory, which held that the earth was the center of the universe and not the sun, was the commonly-accepted view of the vast majority of medieval scholars, clerics and princes, but it was not a religious doctrine. Other opinions existed and, as the technical means to demonstrate these hypotheses developed, the Church patiently examined the evidence. What Galileo (and Copernicus, a priest and astronomer, before him) were required to do in every case was to demonstrate the truth of their theories before asserting them publicly. Remember, a theory can be true and at the same time impossible to demonstrate scientifically.
Galileo was required to recant, not his *conviction *that the sun was the center of the universe, but his insistence that it was true before it could be properly demonstrated, as well as his other, more imprudent public assertions that suggested Sacred Scripture was in error.
Here is a link to an encyclopedia entry about the event.
I hear they have now accepted evolution as a fact and apologised to Darwin. Does that mean the Church now denies what Genesis 1:27 says?
You hear? Well, you heard wrong. Catholics have always been free to believe (or not) in the evolution of the human body; what we are not free to believe is that the human soul evolved. Pope Pius XII wrote in 1950:
- For these reasons the Teaching Authority of the Church does not forbid that, in conformity with the present state of human sciences and sacred theology, research and discussions, on the part of men experienced in both fields, take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter – for the Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God … Some however rashly transgress this liberty of discussion, when they act as if the origin of the human body from preexisting and living matter were already completely certain and proved by the facts which have been discovered up to now and by reasoning on those facts, and as if there were nothing in the sources of divine revelation which demands the greatest moderation and caution in this question. [
You can read the rest of the ecyclical here.](“http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius12/P12HUMAN.HTM”)
Also: would you mind providing some kind of substantiation for your claim that the Church’s magisterium has apologized to Darwin? A quick Google search turns up numerous articles about the Anglican Church apologizing to Darwin, but when I typed in “Catholic Church apologizes to Darwin”, I got this result, and this one, and this one, among others.
… fundemental beliefs remain. (ie. No Trinity, hellfire or human immortal soul. The end of this system is imminent and God’s Kingdom will soon solve everything) All backed up by the Bible.
This ought to read: “all backed up by novel interpretations of Sacred Scripture, based on a corrupted translation and entirely at odds with 2,000 years of scriptural exegesis.”
In fact, do any other Religions go out preaching about the Kingdom? Why is Jesus letting a false religion fulfil this prophecy?
This is silly. The Catholic Church has been engaged in missionary activity since the time of the Apostles in every country in the world, and the greatest missionaries have been sent by her to preach the Gospel to all nations. The web site that you are hanging around and posting on is another example. Protestant churches are engaged in missionary activity too. So are the Mormons. And Muslims. And cults and sects of every variety.
Aggressive missionary activity is no guarantee of truth or of the validity of the claims of a sect such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses to be “true Christianity”. It’s like saying “the fact that I’m interested in arguing my case with you proves I’m right.”