Hello, I want a Protestant whatever domination you belong to (Lutheran, Anglican, Calvinist, Presbyterian, Methodist…), to answer this question, and I don’t intend to provoke or mock anyone, I just want to really try to understand.
When Martin Luther started the reformation in the XVI century until today, how the church survived and how Christianity existed in this almost 1500 years gap?
If we were to admit that Martin Luther and the Reformation in its main tenets were right, then we have to admit that the Catholic Church by logic is not infallible, and dogmas such as the Papal Infallibility are not true, therefore the Catholic Church is not the unique church founded by Christ.
But where was the True Doctrine in all its aspects during all this centuries? If you are a Christian in the V Century, or the X century, for example, how would you worship God?
If the Catholic Church is not the true Church of Christ there must be an alternative explanation since the beggining of the Christianity with the death and ressurection of christ, the writing of the gospels, the council to make the cannon etc. until present days.
Why then Jesus if he has a project to save all mankind, left the True Doctrine hidden during centuries and centuries, with the Church who influenced all the Western Civilization, influenced millions and millions of people, built monasteries, universities, and that was in its innermost not true? But where was this True Doctrine doing in all this period?
I don’t want a clumsy answer with a half-answer.
Please, I want a Consistent, Coherent, fully grounded and most important a Convincing answer to that question, don’t hesitate to give a large and consistent answer please, I really want to know how protestants explain this, because although i’m all open minded, I can’t grasp any answer that were given to me until now.