A BIBLICAL PROOF THAT THE LORD JESUS IS THE FOUNDER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
by Prof. Ramon Gitamondoc, CFD National President
I would like to share an answer to this comment by Hernane Lumanog from Debate Unlimited blog: “well it is your prerogative to claim that in the catholic doctrine it teaches that the catholic church was founded by Jesus Christ. But I want is a biblical proof that Jesus Christ is the founder of the catholic church.”
I would like to invite him to read Matthew 16:18where Jesus said to Peter: “Thou are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and even the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.“
There are certain important points that we can draw from these words of Jesus. First, that it is Jesus himself who will establish his Church here on earth. He did not delegate this task to some other person in a future time. Second, it has pleased our Lord to established his Church upon Peter as the visible head for he says “Thou are Peter [aramaic kepha = rock] and upon this rock I will build my Church. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” Third, from Jesus solemn promise “even the gates of Hell will not prevail against it [his Church]” we can derive the attribute of perpetuity, indestructibility, and infallibility.
Now all these identifying marks and attributes which our Lord willed to be possessed by his Church we can find only and fully in the Catholic Church alone. History knows of no other person responsible for founding the Catholic Church other than Jesus Christ [Groliers Encyclopedia Volume 5, page 106 and other standard references]. Only the Catholic Church recognizes the authority which Christ gave to St Peter which has continued in an unbroken line of his successors. Only the Catholic Church has an unbroken history which can be traced back to the time of the Apostles thus she possesses perpetuity in duration. In contrast the protestant denominations, too numerous to mention, can be shown to be only of recent origin and we can point out their founders which is an undeniable proof of their human origin. The Catholic Church has survived and weathered all her enemies both from within and from outside her fold which is a proof of her indestructibility. The Catholic Church lays the solitary claim to infallibility in her teachings on faith and morals that is she claims to teach the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth (see also 1 Timothy 3:15).