Here are the questions that Tim Spangler, a lucker found on many Fr. John Hollowells youtube.com video comment threads has challenged me on.
Tim Spangler challenges me to to show him the Catholicism in the following verses.
I will number these so Tim can follow along.
Here is Tim Spanglers Challenge:
Jesus says: Matthew: 7:13-14
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
The gate is indeed wide. In fact this gate is so wide, it can be said to be 45,000 Protestant denominations wide. That is an outstanding number. Again: The gate is wide indeed. And this just begs the question of just how many versions of the Truth there are?
And the Narrow Gate is one Church wide – THE CATHOLIC CHRUCH.
I was told by an Anti-Catholic blogger:
“The Roman Catholic Church’s teachings have been added over the centuries, which means the scriptures never taught them. If doctrines are added to the church it means the teachings themselves were never there from the beginning.”
According to the Gospel of Luke, the first person in history to say “Yes” to the Body of Christ, is the Virgin Mary during the Annunciation.
This was her “Fait” her “Yes” her “Amen.”
In the Catholic Church, at the Mass, we also go up to receive the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Priest asks each of us, “Body of Christ” and our response is “Amen.” Amen confirming we believe the very words of Jesus Christ, that the Holy Eucharist is indeed exactly what Jesus said the Blessed Bread and Blessed Blood are:
“His Body & His Blood.”
I recently debated one of the most ignorant people I’ve ever encountered. His first name is Kevin, a well known blogger. He told me that “THE FIRST CHRISTIANS WERE PROTESTANTS.” Well, I thought about how to respond to this stupid remark and then it hit me like a lighening bolt. He was right. I went straight into my bible to find the exact place where the FIRST PROTESTANTS are found.
They are found in the Bread of Life Discourse. Here at the conclusion of the Bread of Life Discourse, Jesus’ disciples were already grumbling among themselves and then they no longer walked with Jesus.
We read about them in JOHN 6:66 –
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
The question is: can I trace the Catholic Church back to Jesus and the New Testament. My answer is an unequivocal YES.
The New Testament is the living witness to the Mystical Body of Christ, His Bride, the Church from it’s beginnings. The Early Church Fathers are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th century witnesses to the growing church. The New Testament is complete. The living witness, the New Testament, has within it’s pages, letters left by the Apostles to individual churches as well as to the Church at large. Continue reading