Jesus chose the leaders of His Church. They did not form their own Church. He said, “I have chosen you, you have not chosen Me.” It is a work of God.
Protestants start their own Churches. None were started by Jesus. It is a work of man.
God taught His Church directly.
Jesus taught everything, the entire Gospel, to His apostles, the first leaders of His Church…
Mr 4:34 “He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.”
John 15:15 “for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
[FONT=Bitstream Vera Sans Mono, sans-serif]Mt 13:11 “to you it has been given to know the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven”[/FONT]
John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Thus, the Catholic Church was taught by God.
It is a work of God.
Protestantism, men teach themelves. They study the bible, salvation history the best they can.
It is a work of man.
Since it is a work of man, it will have error.
- The Catholic Church was taught EVERYTHING. See number 2 above.
Protestants can only learn salvation history
Then Jesus commanded the leaders of His Church to teach and preach this Gospel. Since this Gospel contained everything God revealed to man regarding salvation, the Church says this Gospel is the "source of all saving truth and moral discipline.
Protestants are not taught the Gospel. And since the bible does not claim to present the Gospel (the source of all saving truth) that the apostles taught and preached, it does not even claim to present a summary of the Gospel the apostles taught and preached, then no matter how hard they try, Protestants cannot learn the Gospel by studying the bible.
The four Gospels are simply narratives of the life of Jesus. They do not claim to present the Gospel the apostles taught and preached, but only that part that deals with salvation history.
Since the Church learned everything from God, it contains the **fullness **of salvation. , without error in teaching.
Protestants can only learn a few things they gleen from salvation history. They have a part of salvation, including lots of errors.
Jesus came to save us, that is, free us from the slavery of sin, by His death and resurrection. In His Church, we can receive the fullness of this grace through the mass and the sacraments. Thus, we have all the grace necessary to overcome our sins, if we ask.
Protestants don’t have a valid mass, nor a valid Eucharist, mostly. Thus, they cannot have all the grace available to them to over come their sins.
Catholics have the Eucharist. Jesus Himself, PHYSICALLY PRESENT, that means “bodily present” in the Eucharist.
Most Protestants don’t.
Jesus is head of the Church He founded. He guides His Church through the Popes, His representatives on earth, to preserve it in the truth.
Protestant denominations don’t have Jesus as the head of their Churches. Thus, their churches are not guided by Jesus.