[quote="ziapueblo, post:1, topic:283300"]
Christ is Risen!
My question though, were in Scripture can I show him that the Church is Catholic? That the Church is universal?
As others are indicating... There are references to what the Church founded by Christ will be like.
The only Church that fits this would be the Catholic Church centered in Rome, aka "The Latin Rite" or "Roman Catholic"
In the bible we see that the Paul urges Christians to stick to their traditions both oral and written. - The Catholic church follows the bible, but also cross checks that with the oral tradition taught to it by the Apostles and has not changed its core teachings (Dogmas) since the beginning when it was founded.
In the bible we see that if there is a dispute between 2 or more Christians, that they are to take a 3rd witness, if the person still won't agree and persists in their own interpretation...then Christians are told to bring the dispute "to the Church" - NOT the bible.
The Catholic church follows this rule while other churches do not, instead allowing each person to have their own interpretation of scripture and break apart based on disagreements.
In the bible we see that the Apostles were commanded to go out and spread the message. This makes the church that Christ founded "univeral" - or "Kathiloskos" in Greek. No other church can lay claim to that universalism especially for the first 1500 years of Christianity. There are STILL places where the Protestant missionaries have not gone...but that the Catholic church has been for hundreds of years.
In the bible we see that Christ seems to give the Apostles the Holy Spirit to guide them in Truth. The Catholic church is the only church that teaches that the Holy Spirit still guides its leaders from changing dogmas and it has a perfect tract record of not changing things. All other churches do not have Apostolic succession, do not claim to be infallible and most can be proven that they've changed their core doctrines over time.
Lastly.. the bible says that not everything was written down. We know the Apostles stayed in places for months at a time, yet we don't have perfect transcripts of everything they said and did. The apostle John even says that not everything that Christ said was written down.
Yet the Catholic church alone has a physical link back to the people who the apostles taught, themselves. Men like Ignatius of Antioch, who was taught by Mark. And we don't see the Church changing Dogmas/Doctrines over time like so many other Churches. So we know we more was taught then what is contained in the bible and the one church which has kept these teachings sacred is the Catholic church centered in Rome.