It has been stated by a pro-protestant member:
*the entire point of Protestant churches is that they believe they (individually) represent most accurately that church that Jesus intended, and what existed in the first few centuries. *
If I get this position correctly it means there are three main periods in Christian history. In the first one the church was more or less as Jesus intended. Then Christians went astray. Finally, there was a restoration of the original church by an individual denomination. In other words, travelling through time back to the first period, one would acknowledge one’s own denomination, essentially.
I’d like to ask Protestant members ( as well as members of any denomination with a similar view ), if they more or less agree with the existence of such a tripartion of Church History (and if they don’t, why ?), to give approximate dates for the end of the first period and for the beginning of the third one, according to your denomination or your personal opinion.
In case the passage from one period to the following one was a long process, when did it begin ?
Please, focus on timing, and an explanation of it, rather than the nature of the changes.