[quote=Count Chocula]Will that prove that the Catholic church beyond ANY shadow of a doubt is the true church?
Sort of like the Inquisition, what if this is just a really chaotic and rough time for the church? And after a long enough time the church will ride the tidal wave out and restore itself to it’s former glory?
The church has already survived 400+ years of it so the church must have something good going for it right?
Just some food for thought.
Hmmm…that seems to amount to saying, that if something is unique, and sees off the “competition”, its survival give a proof of Divine approval of it.
Would that not mean, though, that if (say) all religions in Saudi Arabia - apart from Islam - died out, the sole survival of Islam would prove that it was Divinely approved ?
That would suggest, that religions which - at least on the face of it - seem to be incompatible with each other, are equally valid.
And suppose Christianity - for example - later returned to Saudi Arabia, after being extinct there; this would cause a headache or two: it would suggest, that two non-identical religions can be equally valid, in the same place, at the same time. I can’t see even the most generous-minded & large-hearted Muslim or Christian agreeing with that. I certainly can’t see the Magisterium agreeing, not in a billion years.
I don’t think one can reason from facts in history, to whatever theological significance they might have - if this is correct, the fact of a religion’s survival can’t be used as proof of its meaning in the mind of God. As evidence of what it may mean, perhaps - but not as proof of what it means. ##