15 Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
16 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not
revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall
not prevail against it.
19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it
shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
—Matthew, Ch. 16, D-R
In considering the claims by those who say the Catholic Church is in some way false it seems to me that there is one thing at least implicitly in common with each and every one of them, and that is that Jesus did not speak the truth in the verses cited above. If they are not the absolute and perpetual truth and that the Catholic Church headed by Peter and his successors is His church, then I do not see how one can reasonably, logically escape accepting at least one of the following conclusions:
Jesus was only a man and did not have the power to make such a statement.
Jesus – God – was/is not omnipotent.
So it appears to me that everyone who opposes the Church with Peter’s successor as its earthly head, whether they realize it or not, is at least implicitly and to some degree worshiping a “loser god”. (Lower case intentional.)
(N.B.: This was originally posted on forum.catholic.org on Feb. 20, 2002, but has expired from there.)