Do you think the Church just magically appeared in Rome one day?
Do you believe that the Roman Empire just figured some obscure Judaic sect out Palestine way should be feigned to exist in Rome?
Did the early Christians fabricate the lineage of St. Peter?
The Catholic church also can’t prove from scripture that Peter was the first pope.
NB: The papacy predates the Bible. The “Scripture” referred to in the New Testament, only referred to the OT. The Catholic Church doesn’t need to prove itself up through ‘scripture’–it was ‘scripture’s’ original fiduciary, and it is the primary mechanism through which the Holy Spirit interacted and communicated (and still does) with the world outside the Church. You’re basically saying that the Church of Rome preserved scripture, in order to discredit itself. If the Church could be discredited by the scripture it preserved…why would it preserve it?
The answer is elementary: it is not discredited by that scripture, and it is the Church Christ founded, led by the Holy Spirit.
You have your Bible…you have your answer.
To whom were the books of the New Testament written? For whom were they written? By whom? What was the capacity of virtually every New Testament author, vis a vis the people to whom they were writing??? Just random ‘believers’, who just randomly started babbling on in tongues, and scribbling stuff down, as dictated by the Holy Spirit???
What authority determined that writings that were not originally ‘scripture’, should be considered scripture?
Or do you think that ‘scripture’ came down like manna from heaven, signed “Holy Spirit”?
The catholic church also can not prove that Jesus built the church on Peter. They might give some verses, but those verses are misinterpreted
Seems that the burden of proof would rest upon the teenager denying that his parents are who they say they are, rather than on the parents who remember the teenager when he was an infant, and watched him grow to be the defiant child that questions their authority.
(…sometimes the parents can do no more than shake their heads, and wonder: “does this poor child not realize that if what he alleges were true…he would be an orphan and a bastard?”).