[quote:k6s74g5q]I have no wish to start a fight with you, and merely wish to express my opinion.[/quote:k6s74g5q]
I apologize. I must have misread your previous statement and I am sorry if I came off as rude.
[quote:k6s74g5q]I’m not questioning your faith, but Jesus did not say start a church, he told his deciples to spread the word. [/quote:k6s74g5q]
Actually, he said both! ” title=”Smile” />
[b:k6s74g5q]Matthew 16:18 -[/b:k6s74g5q]
“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.”
[b:k6s74g5q]Matthew 28:19-20 -[/b:k6s74g5q]
“Go, therefore, 12 and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Jesus did not tell anyone else to start a church – he established it [i:k6s74g5q]himself[/i:k6s74g5q].
[i:k6s74g5q]Church[/i:k6s74g5q] means body of people or assembly. Jesus established a group or body of people to follow him. This group was made up of the Apostles and the rest of his disciples over whom the Apostles had jurisdiction (because they were hand-picked by Jesus to do so). That group eventually got larger and larger as the Apostles went their separate ways and spread the Gospel. Eventually the name Catholic was attached to that group and has continued ever since.
[i:k6s74g5q]Catholic[/i:k6s74g5q] means universal – meaning that this group or body or church was a church for all people, Gentiles and Jews and the whole rest of the world. Jesus came to save all people and to join his universal or catholic church.
A capital “C” for the Catholic Church is used because it is a proper name; it’s just a grammar issue.
[quote:k6s74g5q]The apostles did’nt stick together, they went their seperate ways, and kept in touch with each other by sending letters to their communities. Our Faith was born through those communities by the apostles, so we owe our faith to all the apostles.[/quote:k6s74g5q]
Yes, I wholeheartedly agree and again, I apologize if I came off the wrong way to you. The internet is so limited in how we can communicate.
We do owe our faith the the apostles who received their faith from Jesus to whom we ultimately owe our thanks for the gift of faith.