The Roman Catholic Church can not demonstrate through Scripture alone that it is the only true church. That is what the Reformation was all about.LOL, what an odd argument. God left the question unresolved until Martin Luther came along? That flies against many clear teachings of the Gospel. And since Luther how many times has the "reformation" schism in turn schismed? No, that odd argument simply reaffirms the Universal Church is the One, True Church.
Side note, see the Anglican heresy crumble and see where the Orthodox members of same return home like the Prodigal Son. Deo Gratias. Read Scott Hahn or any of the MULTITUDE of anti-Catholic Protestant scholars whose Biblical research led them BACK to Rome. Why? Real Biblical scholarship that is HONEST discovers that Christ founded ONE Church, the Apostolic Church and that His Sacraments are found in that Church. Study carefully and you will join them in coming home.
Were that true, then the "fruits" of the Reformation would have been the establishment of the authentic church since, according to Scripture, Christ wanted us to be one (John 17:22-23). Sadly, Luther opened Pandora's box when he said that anyone could interpret Scripture. That is the reason why we have x number of christian denominations, a number that grows exponentially each year.
There cannot be more than one interpretation of the Bible. The word "truth" is used several times in the New Testament. However, the plural version of the word "truth" never appears in Scripture. Therefore, there can only be one Truth, not many. We are all as a Church to be of one mind and to think the same (Philippians 2:2; Romans 15:5). There is only to be one "faith" (Ephesians 4:3-6), not many. For the Church is Christ's Body and Christ only had one Body, not many. Also, since the Church is Christ's Bride (Ephesians 5:29), Christ cannot be married to more than one wife.
It was St. Peter alone that was the "rock" upon which Christ established His Church (Matthew 16:18). And it was St. Peter alone that was given the task of "feeding" Christ's sheep (John 21:15-17 ). Scripture clearly points out St. Peter as Christ's representative on earth. Christ did not ask the other Eleven to feed and tend His sheep. If you read The Acts Of The Apostles, it is clear that St. Peter leads the Apostles. Therefore, since the Apostles are to be replaced as they die (Acts 1:20-26), then it follows that whoever succeed(s) St. Peter is leader of the Church. There is only to be one shepherd of the Church (John 10:16). For the Apostles did not argue amongst themselves whether there was a "greatest" at all, but who amongst them was the greatest (Mark 9:34; Luke 9:46).
Great post, Thanks for the ping.