The History of Our Church

 

Roman Catholic Church
An Unbroken History.

Jesus said his Church would be "the light of the world." He then noted that "a city set on a hill cannot be hid" (Matt. 5:14). This means His Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it. Jesus promised, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from Him. His Church will survive until His return.

The Catholic Church can trace its roots back to Jesus and the Apostles, and all Christian Churches can trace their church history back to the shared origins of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has existed through out the whole of church history, faithfully teaching the doctrines given by Christ to the apostles, omitting nothing. The line of popes can be traced back, in unbroken succession, to Peter himself. This is unequaled by any institution in history.

The Church has existed for nearly 2,000 years, despite constant opposition from the world. This is testimony to the Church's divine origin. It must be more than a merely human organization, especially considering that its human members— even some of its leaders—have been unwise, corrupt, or prone to heresy. Any merely human organization with such members would have collapsed early on.

The Catholic Church is today one of the most vigorous churches in the world, and the largest, with a billion members: one sixth of the human race. This is testimony not to the cleverness of the Church's leaders, but to the protection of the Holy Spirit.

Information from Catholic.com.