That is not a true statement !
Another great article!
Given you are the Queen Keeper of the knowledge of the Names of God, including THE ROCK CHRIST JESUS on the forum . . . seems fitting to ping you to this.
#3 and the dissenters are here already.
What seems to be lost on the non-Catholic posters to this thread (and a host of others like it!) is the obvious significance of Simon bar Jonah's name change by Jesus. To wit: Jesus is endowing Simon with a name which heretofore had been descriptive of God Himself to signify the authority that Simon, now Peter, would have as the Vicar of Christ on earth. Not that Peter was now "equal" to God, of course, but that he was vested with authority that could be likened to Godlike in its scope.
Jesus left His Church in the custodianship of mere mortal men; He doesn't physically manifest Himself in our day-to-day running of the Church, settling our squabbles or blowing our noses. He left us, guided by the Spirit, to sort these things out in the tangles of our human minds, by grace founded in faith. Human nature being what it is (and God knows it perfectly!), *someone* has to be ultimately in charge. That was Peter's job, the Rock likened in authority to the very God who installed him in the office. He was given the name which means "Rock" to highlight that authority for a culture that would understand the significance of such a name change.
Yet, Peter is dead, and he has been for over 1900 years. God certainly knew that the Church would continue down to our present day and beyond; so, human nature not having ridded itself of a need for a final arbiter in even voluntary associations like the Church, there would be every reason to suppose that Peter's office would be transmitted through time down to the present. It has been...
Good article. Thanks!
Well, there are now over 30,000+ Protestant denominations each teaching differently. Perhaps if each of these denominations could each self appoint themselves as a President of the US, that would certainly clear things up and bring more order to this country.
Perhaps employees could appoint themselves General Managers and several could be running around teaching a different process to the other employees. I imagine that would be quite profitable?
One would have to be extremely liberal in theology to think God's intention was disordered when the OT and NT teaches us quite the contrary. I find it quite sad that some cannot see this simple connection.
I'd hate to see a discussion of the Lord's Prayer on this site or "Do this in Memory of Me."
The first Protester, Luther wanted to throw out the book of Revelations because he didn't see it as "revealing" and so the sad unrevealing "mysteries" to some continues.
Time to get out the Rosary. Happy Lent!!
Perhaps not the name, but the word "peter" does originate in the Hebrew Scriptures.
What would God, a real God, need with an earthly hierarchal cabal of heir-lings?..