Why was Peter called the rock on which I will build the church?
Jesus asked Peter who am I? Peter answered the Christ. Jesus said you have answered correctly and that was not revealed to you by man. This was of the Holy Spirit. Just recently I was told that Peter was not the rock Jesus talked about, but the revelation from the Holy Spirit was the rock he refers to. Which is it?
Suggestion by Jesus or Hellfire
Jesus is the Rock.
Suggestion by PaulCyp
Christ’s words to the apostle Simon were “THOU art Rock, and upon this rock I will build my Church”. “THOU means “YOU”. It doesn’t mean “God’s revelation to you”. Furthermore, if Simon was not the “Rock” Christ referred to, why would Christ then bestow upon him supreme authority (symbolized by “the keys to the kingdom”) and the charism of infallibility (Whatsoever you bind upon Earth is bound in Heaven”)? And why would Simon thereafter be referred to as “Simon Peter”, meaning “Simon the Rock”??
Suggestion by Farsight
Peter is the rock. Grammatically, despite the rantings and ravings of people, Peter is the only possible rock that Jesus could be referring to. I know it’s years long gone, but if you can remember back to your grade school grammar class, and the proper structure of sentences, and terms like subject, and object, and how placement of a pronoun effects what/who that pronoun is referring to, it becomes clear that grammatically, Peter is literally the only possibility.
It also helps that at this point in time, Jesus literally changed his name to “rock” – Kephas in Greek. (or was that Hebrew? I get them backwards all the time) Name changes were also a huge deal in the bible – Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Saul to Paul.
edit – love the thumbs down. Apparently people have a problem with applying English grammatical rules to a sentence in English.
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Christians: What did the early Christians follow when the Bible wasn’t formed?
Off and on I hear some Christians ask whether a certain dogma (belief) is from the Bible or merely man made instructions. If they lived as early Christians they would never be able to ask such question because the Bible like they referred to didn’t exist yet until several hundreds years later.
Didn’t Jesus ask Peter to guide His congregations? Jesus didn’t ask Peter to rush and form a Bible to guide us, did He?
Now, what did the early Christians follow when the Bible wasn’t formed?
Suggestion by John
The early Christians followed the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible). Many early communities across the Roman Empire accepted all sorts of literature. Many of Paul’s letters began to circulate and, over time, they achieved a high status of geographical spread. Geographical spread of literature was an important criterion for early consideration of the canon.
You can also tell in many of Paul’s genuine letters that he had many opponents. For example, he writes a polemical argument against Jewish Christians who advocated the need for circumcision in the Epistle to the Galatians. 2 Corinthians is another example, where Paul becomes defensive of his teaching, which had been criticized by some “Super-Apostles” in Corinth. It is important to try to tease out as much information as we can regarding these opponents, to better understand the brand of “Christianity” they were preaching.
In addition, you could also look up a man named “Marcion,” who effectively established his own canon in the 2nd century. His canon composed of Paul’s letters and a version of the Gospel of Luke. He wrote a treatise called “Antitheses,” arguing that the God of the Hebrew Bible and the God of Jesus were completely different Gods. Though he was later declared a heretic, it is thought that his attempt to form a canon highly influenced the need for a canon by the then proto-orthodox.
Suggestion by Slightly Sweetened
They followed the teachings of Paul and Peter and John and whoever else was leading them. The Holy Spirit also dwelt in them.
Suggestion by Cognostic
The Early Christians were Jewish and they followed the Old Testament. It was not until Paul the heretic was excommunicated from the Jewish Christians and began teaching his own fabricated belief system to the gentiles that books of proto-orthodoxy began to be written. The ancient Christian beliefs were more diverse than they are today with every sect writing its own book and claiming direct decendancy from Christ himself. Paul’s version of the Christian faith became the official religion of Rome and at that point all other Christian faiths, the ones with wrong teachings, were systematically eliminated and their documents destroyed. Their houses of worship were changed into Christian houses of worship and anyone resisting the change was killed. We are very lucky to have some of the surviving manuscripts. The book of Thomas, Mary and Jude for example. There are many others as well. The childhood stories of Jesus, the other version of Adam and Eve, and a whole lot more.
Every little Christian sect had its own book. Roman Christianity won the day because of their greater organizational skills, communication system, and military might.
What do you think? Answer below!
Can somebody show me a law that requires me to pay an income tax?
1) The 16th was not ratified
2) 26 U.S.C. § 1 does not ever mention tax on a person’s labor.
3) The definition of Income from a 1040 booklet is Foreign source income.
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040gi.pdf Look at page 22.
Also if you look at what to enter on line 7, it says wages, tips, salaries…. If a joint return enter your spouses INCOME.
Well my spouse has no income because they have not Foreign source income.
As for being part of the constitution, my freedom of religion is Christianity. Jesus asked peter from who do the kings of the land collect taxes from it’s own sons or foreigners?. Peter replied “From foreigners”.
Can’t my freedom of religion keep me also from paying INCOME taxes.
And yes, I know, I know, they’ll come and get me anyway and bring me to jail etc etc. That’s called extortion BTW which is illegal.
Suggestion by P J
If you post your address we will all send you some mail while you are in FEDERAL prison sitting on your ignorance.
Suggestion by information_police
Suggestion by Seven53
I have accepted in life…
The sun always rises
The sun always sets
The IRS gets their share
Thanks for the info but I can’t do anything with it….I like my freedom
What do you think? Answer below!
ask peter anything ANYTHING! he knows……..