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Does the Church that Christ established while physically on the Earth still exist today?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:59 PM on Apr. 14, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The Catholic Church has Apostolic succession
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:26 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • From what I've studied of early Christian history, I'd say the church Jesus founded does not exist today. Indeed, it did not even outlive him. His followers at once began to quarrel among themselves, engage in power struggles, distort doctrine for their own ends, argue over which texts were sacred, and bash anyone they considered heretics. Consider the conflict between St. James, who wanted to keep Christianity essentially a sect of Judaism, and St. Paul, who wanted to open it up for all Gentiles. Barely a generation after Christ's death, Gnosticism arose; and even while pagans were persecuting Christians, mainstream Christians were persecuting Gnostics. The Pelagians and Arians got similar shabby treatment. In short, anything that's open to criticism in the Christianity of today had its counterparts in the first few centuries.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:00 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • It was gone after the apostasy, but it was restored in 1830.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:15 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Yep!
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 5:35 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Yes, I believe it does exist.
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 6:39 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • if it did why post anon?
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 6:42 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • yes, it is called the Catholic Church.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:51 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • if it did why post anon?

    because I have been bashed stalked for my beliefs.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:08 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • I disagree because after the Apostles had died off they were not there to hold off the apostasy any longer.Paul warned of an apostasy to come and stated that ‘the mystery of lawlessness’ was already at work; he admonished Christians to remember the purpose of the good news Read 2 Thess 2:1- 7

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    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 7:09 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

  • Jesus foretold this apostasy in his parable of the wheat and the weeds. Jesus himself explained that “the wheat” represents true Christians; “the weeds” represent false, or apostate, Christians. “While men were sleeping,” Jesus said, an “enemy” would sow weeds in the wheat field. This sowing began after the apostles had fallen asleep in death. The parable shows that this confusing of true Christians with false would continue until “the conclusion of the system of things.” Thus, throughout the centuries, the identity of true Christians has been obscured because the religious field has been dominated by those who are merely nominal Christians. at “the Last Days,” a change would occur. “The Son of man” would “send forth his angels” to separate false Christians from true Christians. —Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 7:11 PM on Apr. 14, 2010

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