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.”
2 Peter 1:1-2
Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
What does St. Peter mean by “… received a faith of the same kind as ours, ….”? The answer is given by the example of Apostolic Authority exercised by the Apostles and Elders of the Church. Acts 15 gives the fullest account of what it means to “have received the faith of the same kind as ours.”
A COUNCIL CALLED
Tradition has it that the Apostle John, when released from the Island of Patmos, settled in Ephesus with Mary, the Mother of God. St. John being the beloved Apostle also had disciples of his own, such as Polycarp and Ignatius of Antioch; both Early Church Fathers. Here we can deduce that the Apostles trained competent men to succeed them, laying on of hands to confer their own Apostolic Authority upon them.