"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Thursday, July 5, 2012

In ANTIOCH we were called Catholics and Christians!

The termCHRISTIAN were first used by people from Antioch (Act. 11:26)

The termCATHOLIC was first recorded in the letter of St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD) in reference to the Christian Church which existed there. St. Ignatius was martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor.

The Church was never referred to as the "Iglesia ni Cristo". It was frequently called the "church of God" or simply the CHURCH.  And this Church is the only Church that Christ built.  Romans 16:16 highlights the CHURCH in ROME where all "churches of Christ" were sending their greetings to her.

The FAITH of the CHURCH of ROME was known "throughout the world" (Kata Holos - Catholic)):

"First, I give thanks to my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is heralded throughout the world." (Kata Holos -  Catholic) -Romans 1:8

Truly, the CATHOLIC FAITH is heralded "throughout the world"!

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