This will probably provoke some amount of discussion, but I need a place to note a growing list of things that require further research.
Note: Updated 1.22.2003
- Why was it necessary for a Pope, when none existed for 600 years after the church was established, and when there appeared to be no centralized authority structure, at least until Constantine.
- Why is the Oral history of the Catholic church given so much weight, when previous examples of oral history were rebuked by Christ because it contradicted the written word.
- The Catholic church claims to be the pillar and foundation of the truth, yet history bears out the fact that the Catholic church instigated crimes against those who professed Christ as bad as the Roman Emperor’s who ruled up to the time of Constantine. If we are to know our brethren by their love one for another, then such practice can hardly evidence the truth of Catholicism. There are many practices in Catholicism that can not be supported based on scripture alone, some even that seem to contradict it. If such is true, then has the Catholic church really suported and upheld the truth?
- Why do Catholic priests honor themselves with the title ‘father’ when such practice is condemned in Mathew 23?
- Why should I not be skeptical when I was warned by scripture in 1 Tim 4 that there would come in latter times those who would depart from the faith, and that those who did would be hypocritical and forbid people to marry, such as the Catholic church has done with it’s priesthood?
- It does not seem odd to me that such a thing as the Catholic church is possible, if it is indeed false, as we are warned in multiple places in scripture that heresies would come, and that many would fall prey to them.
- The Catholic teaching that the Eucharist becomes the physical body and blood of Christ during communion is the logical equivalent of cannabalsim, and something the early Christians found deplorable. Indeed, such practices were taught in most of the philosophies and pagan religions at the time. Ref: Book 3 of Theophilus’ writings.
- Irenaeus indicates that the authority inside the church was decentralized. Indeed, several years before the reign of Constantine and the council of Nice, the bishops of Rome were rebuked and exhorted to put away heresies that had crept in from the Gnostics. Ref: here
This is not a complete list, but I did want to record them now before I forgot them amidst the daily life that constantly clamours for my affection.