CATHOLIC MYTH DEBUNKED: I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH

Catholics say, the rock foundation of the church is peter. The catholic source says:

Matthew 16:18

[18]And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (petros: a piece of rock)  and upon this rock (petra: mass of rock)  I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 

My rebuttal: those were not foremost the words of Jesus perse but the father’s as it say:

John 12:49-50

[49]For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 

[50]And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. 

Logically, the doctrinal words of Jesus–or the goodnews or the gospel– perse are not jesus personal words but the father’s as validated by how context affirmed of the specific words. Though Jesus claimed it as “my words”, it was not actually his personal words such as Paul claiming the gospel as “my gospel”. It is literally not paul’s personal gospel but the father’s so when Jesus said, upon this rock i will build my church, it was actually the father’s words as he intended to build the church. Jesus was only relaying the father’s words, as indeed god the father is the masterbuilder.

Hebrews 3:4

[4]For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

It was validated by the fact that Paul introduced Jesus as the only rock foundation as it say:

1 Corinthians 3:11

[11]For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:19-22

[19]Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

[20]And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

[21]In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

[22]In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Jesus is the foundation of the church–the saints, apostles & prophets– and he is the rock.

1 Corinthians 10:4

[4]And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Being the rock, He is the foundation of the church likewise the foundation of the prophets. Who are the prophets? These are christian prophets as it say:

1 Corinthians 12:28

[28]And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:1,3,5

[1]Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

[3]But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

[5]I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

Paul admonished all to prophesy, that is to be prophets and that is through the capacity to exhort and edify, in short, to teach. Therefore ordinary members who could teach/exhort are called prophets. These among the apostles and saints were founded upon the rock foundation, Jesus Christ as Eph 2:19-20 expressed.

Clearly, by Eph 2:19-20, Jesus is the rock in Matt 16:18 as the rock foundation of the church.

Furthermore, Matt 16:18 itself in greek clearly establishes this fact.

Matthew 16:18

[18]And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (petros: a piece of rock)  and upon this rock (petra: mass of rock)  I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 


Petrus meaning Peter Rock is derivative of petros meaning a piece of rock or in essence, a small rock. Bec it is derivative it carries with it the inherent meaning of petros which is a small rock thus basically, Petrus as Peter Rock in essence is a small rock.

Peter is petros, a piece of Rock. The rock foundation of the church is petra, a mass of rock. Its different. One is huge. The other smaller. Moreover, Peter is called cephas, the rock.

John 1:42

[42]And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas (kephas: the rock) which is by interpretation, A stone.

Logically, Peter being Cephas or rock is in the sense of being a piece of rock as he is petros yet still, in the size of a rock, a smaller size. It was a rock as a piece extracted from petra, a mass of rock, therefore a smaller rock while the rock foundation of the church is petra, a mass of rock which is bigger than petros, a piece of rock, variably, different in terms of size therefore a two different form and variance making Peter an invalid foundation bec of the difference of proportional size. That as corroborated by EPH 2:19-20 saying, Jesus is the rock foundation of the church and not Peter.

1 Corinthians 3:11

[11]For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:19-22

[19]Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

[20]And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

[21]In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

[22]In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

CATHOLIC OBJECTION:

In the Aramaic Peshitta NT, it say something like this:

YOU ARE KEEPA (petros) AND UPON THIS KEEPA (petra) I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH

RESPONSE: Keepa means rock. Therefore being applied on Petros and Petra suggests it as mere general term to mean rock, either petros, a small rock or petra, a boulder. Being a general term, it cannot distinguish therefore between Petros and Petra thus an invalid gauge for conclusion. Whereas the Greek emphasized petros as small rock while petra is a boulder thus nullifying Petros as the Petra–the foundation of the church bec of the apparent discrepancy.

 

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5 thoughts on “CATHOLIC MYTH DEBUNKED: I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH

  1. Caesaria Philippi is located under a huge rock, with loads of false gods being worshiped – as if they came in and out of the world through the rock. So why is that not the Rock being spoken of? Alternatively, why is it not Peter’s faith, and therefore faith in general, which is the Rock? Also, Jesus calls Himself the “cornerstone,” which is one stone among many, albeit an important one… Why could there not be other important foundation stones?

    It doesn’t solve itself… It is not a math problem. It needs a living and present authority among us – like a rock speaking for a Rock. See the action and treatment of Peter elsewhere in the Gospels and in Acts… Always first, always in charge. He gets the privilege, and so do his successors, of getting that special authority to strengthen the brethren.” (Luke 22:32) What do you think?

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    1. EPH 2:19-22 give as the explanation who is the foundation of the church. Its jesus christ. Catholics say Peter is the rock its not any physical rock in caesaria. Is jesus the rock? Yes. Read the blog. I specified it.

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      1. Of course the rock in Caesaria Philippi is not “the Rock.” I’m trying to point out that it is not as simple as you say it is. To confuse things even more, see 1 Peter 2:5. Why can we not set a rock on top of a Rock? It seems that indeed is what we do…

        Peace…
        -CRM

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  2. Of course, we can put a rock atop a rock. Peter the rock is built upon Jesus the rock, Eph 2:19-22. Actually, the church is built upon the rock foundation Jesus Christ as likewise said in the verse.

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  3. Even precious stones…

    1 Corinthians 3:12
    [12]Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

    so what is not simple?

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