Q. I am a CHRISTIAN. That’s what they were first called in Antioch (Acts 11:26), and that is what Peter said he was proud to be called (1 Pe 4:16). I’m not sure why everyone insists on calling themselves by any other title, other than referring to the only name given under heaven that can save you (Act 4:12).
BFHU: Me too. We, Catholics are Christian, too. “Catholic” comes from the Greek word kataholos meaning universal. The Christian Church has been called “The Catholic Church” at least since 110 AD. We know this from a letter written by St. Ignatius of Antioch:
“Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop. Let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is celebrated by the bishop or by one whom he ordains. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church” (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 Ignatius of Antioch; 110 A.D. ).
There is nothing is this quote that indicates St. Ignatius is coining a new phrase but just the contrary, he is clarifying where one can reliably find Jesus Christ, valid Eucharist, and the authentic CATHOLIC CHURCH. The different names spring up due to division and heresy. Those who broke away from the Catholic Church were proud to differentiate themselves from it. Even in the first century, the use of the name, Catholic Church, was used to guide people to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church as opposed to heretical sects that arose at that time.
Q. I have one question for everybody: At what point did Jesus Christ stop being the way, truth, life, and the one to whom we look for guidance?
BFHU:….UHMMMM….BEATS ME…..We believe Christ is all of the above.
Q. At what point did His life stop being the model for us?
BFHU:Who are you referring to? He is our model.
Q. Read the gospels and Acts, the story of the first church, Please!!!
BFHU:We in the Catholic Church have been reading and hearing the Gospels every Sunday for 2000 years. Who exactly is it that you are so sure have never read them?
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