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Jesus Founded A Church

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”   (Mt 16:18-19).

As we approach the halfway point in our journey to finding the one, true Church, let’s look at some of Jesus’  most famous and important words.  In our last segment, we looked at the fact that the Church is the ultimate guardian of truth.  Today, we see that Jesus founded this Church under the leadership of a specific individual.  Saint Peter, the head of the Apostles, is entrusted with the “keys to the kingdom” and is given the power to make authoritative decisions on earth that will be upheld in Heaven.  Recognized as the first pope, Peter led the early Christian Church with the same Christ-given authority as Pope Benedict XVI does today.  When we analyze Jesus’ words to St. Peter, it becomes apparent that we’ve just eliminated a number of churches, as they just don’t hold up when compared to the Bible!

In the next stop on our trip, we’ll look at the “Great Commission”, when Jesus instructed the Apostles to “make disciples of all nations”, through baptism and authoritative teaching.  It will give us an another critical clue and bring us closer to discovering the TRUE Church!

Tomorrow: The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

Knowing God’s Truth

This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth (1 Tm 2:3-4)

As we begin our journey in search of the one, true Church, let’s take a look at some comforting news.  God wants EVERYONE to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.  Before you say, “tell me something I don’t know!”, let’s take a minute to unpack the wealth of revelation in Saint Paul’s “simple” statement.

God wants us to be saved – This is GREAT news!  Although it may seem a little obvious, it’s something that should make us very happy.  Additionally, if God wants us to be saved then He will make it possible for us to achieve our salvation.  While this can only be done through the merits of Jesus Christ, we still need to do our part by pursuing and obeying the “truth”.

There is ONE truth –  Since the truth represents reality, it is impossible to have multiple, conflicting truths.  St. Paul’s statement to Timothy affirms that there exists a single truth. 

God wants us to KNOW the truth – If God wants us to know the truth than there must be a way for us to do so.  An unattainable truth is not something that the Lord would dangle before us.  However, while it is comforting to realize that knowledge of the truth is attainable, how is it achieved?

The Need To Evangelize – Easily missed in St. Paul’s statement is the fact that God wants EVERYONE to be saved, not just Christians.  Uh-oh, that means that once we figure out the truth, we have to share it with others!  That statement puts an end to the “one religion is as good as another” and  the “I can’t impose my personal beliefs on others” line of thinking, but it’s a duty that must be taken seriously.  Once we find the truth that will lead to our salvation, why would we want to keep it to ourselves?

Now that we’ve learned that there is a truth and that God wants us to understand it, where do we go from here?

Tomorrow: 1 Timothy 3:15

What Is Truth (And How Can We Find It)?

I don’t normally make it a habit to quote Pontius Pilate, but his cynical quote really fits this topic.  “What is truth?” is a question that every Christian should ask himself, as its pursuit should be our main mission in life.  In the dictionary, truth is defined as “conformity with fact or reality”.  When it comes to faith, the Modern Catholic Dictionary (Fr. John Hardon, 1999, Eternal Life Press), defines revealed truth as “disclosure by God of Himself and His Will to the human race”.  While that answers the question of “what is truth?”, it still doesn’t tell how to discover the truth.

I recently wrote an article for Catholic Lane entitled, “A Biblical Roadmap To The One, True Church“, in which I presented 10 Scripture passages which take us from Point “A” (There is ONE absolute truth) to Point “B” (the Catholic Church contains the fullness of that truth).  Over the next several days, I’ll be discussing each of these passages in detail.

If you’re Catholic, you should be familiar with these passages as they provide a strong validation for our beliefs.  If you’re not Catholic, I recommend that you use them as a standard by which to measure your own church.  As I state in the article, it is my belief that only the Catholic Church fits all of these Biblical requirements.

I hope you’ll join me as we search for the truth in order that we can echo the words of David, “Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth (Ps 86:11)!

Tomorrow:  1 Timothy 2:3-4

What Does It Take To Be A Catholic Apologist?

 

It’s simple…

Facial Hair!!!

Gary "I Have A Beard" Zimak

I feel so much better now that I qualify!

Here’s the full story:

http://actsoftheapostasy.blogspot.com/2011/05/so-you-want-to-be-catholic-apologist.html

 

A Biblical Roadmap To The One, True Church

Those of us who are Catholic are blessed to be members of the Church founded by Jesus Christ, Himself!  If you have any doubt, I recommend that you take a look at 1o Bible passages.  Here’s my latest article for Catholic Lane, A Biblical Roadmap To The One True Church

Let me know what you think!