The first crisis of my conversion to Christianity came when I realized there was no unity amongst Protestants. Jesus says the Church, which is His Body, should be one. But, just about every denomination hold different views and justifies them all on the same Scripture.
Who’s interpretation is right? How do we know there’s is right? Ultimately, it all came down to authority. Protestants had no convincing claim for any authority. The Catholic Church, as I would discover, does.
First, I decided to examine the history of Protestant faiths. Each and everyone arose in the last 500 years as a “protest” against the only Christian Church that has existed since Jesus.
The Catholic Church has its roots all the way back to Jesus. He founded her upon Peter in Matthew 16:18 when He renamed him Peter (rock in Greek) and said to him, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”
Jesus appointed Peter the head of His Church on earth (the first Pope), and chose his bishops of this church (the apostles) and from their teaching and their writing, inspired by the Holy Spirit, they preserved and handed down the faith for 1500 years before the Protestants essentially committed heresy.
I believe the Catholic Church holds the fullness of truth because Jesus gave her that truth, and the Holy Spirit has guided her to ensure the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.