I need help explaining Matthew 16:13-20:
First he explain that the word Peter means Petros: as small rock or stone. I explained to him that the Greek translation has masculine and femenine words and since Petra is femenine they called him Petros since Peter was a man and Petra means Rock. This website actually backs it up both he and I are saying biblesuite.com/greek/4074.htm so there is confusion and I can't change his mind as to the meaning.
Then he goes on the say the second word Rock is actually referring to Jesus not Peter.
So he says that Matthew 16:13-19 reads like this:
" I also say to you that you are Petros (Peter), and upon this rock (Jesus) I will build my church, and the gates of the nether world shall not prevail against it.
and he uses this other passage to back up that it is really Jesus Matthew is talking about:
The word "rock" in Matthew 16:18, has the same Greek word of the "rock" in 1Corinthians 10:4 which says, "and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4 NASB)
This is the true meaning of this passage that when Jesus said in verse 18. "Upon this rock I will build My church" , Jesus was referring to Himself based on the confession that Peter just made in verse 16 " you are the Christ, the Son of the living God". This is the true meaning of this passage and that's why you can never see in any passage anywhere in the Bible that Peter is the first pope.
This is a person I really care about that used to be Catholic, and was convinced that we are a pegan religion. Am I ever going to change is mind?