I’m trying to defend the Catholic faith position as being able to trace it’s roots back to St. Peter and I need help in countering the following …
Catholicism alleges that Matthew 16:18 teaches that the church was built on Peter. Jesus said:
“I say unto you, that you are Peter petros - rock], and upon this rock petra] I will build my church.”
The relationship between the name “Peter,” and the term “rock,” is the basis of the Catholic argument. The fact is, however, the Lord took deliberate pains to draw a clear contrast between Peter, and the “rock” to which He alluded.
Note these very important points:
*]Petros (Peter) is a masculine gender noun; petra (rock) is a feminine form. The change in grammatical form is not incidental.
*]Petros suggests a small rock, whereas petra indicates a boulder. The contrast is significant.
*]Jesus employed the second person, su (you), in addressing Peter, but He changed to the third person, taute (this) when referring to the rock.
*]In this narrative, the Lord uses the symbolism of the construction of a building to make His point. Within the illustration, Christ is the builder, the church is the edifice, and Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, is the foundational truth upon which the house of God was to be erected.
Then, hinting of Peter’s privilege of proclaiming the gospel – first to the Jews (Acts 2), and then to the Gentiles (Acts 10) – the Lord suggested that the apostle would be granted the “keys,” i.e., the authority to open (cf. Rev. 1:18), of the kingdom. Peter cannot occupy the position of both “foundation” and “door-opener” in the same illustration, without violating the rules of symbolism.
[/list]The church of Jesus Christ was not founded upon Peter. Catholicism is a corruption of the primitive Christian system. It is a manifestation of that great departure from the faith of which Paul warned (see 2 Thes. 2:1ff; 1 Tim. 4:1ff).
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