*updated, at bottom
If a person is going to research things of this nature, they need a strong foundation of what is right, in the first place.
While I see that the catholic 'religion' as such, is wayward on many fronts, I don't see the need for going about bashing them and would prefer to spend my effort elsewhere. A person may need a general resistance while dealing with this belief, 'from some of the catholic people', and it is this; at the very heart of their belief system, they think that they are "the church". And, them thinking that they, "are the church" because of their belief that Peter founded the catholic church and that Jesus was referencing 'Peter as the rock', is clearly false.
King James Version (KJV)
18. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The preceding two verses has been omitted, which is the true foundation of "the church": "upon this rock"
16. And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17.And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
This is the true meaning of "the church", "upon this rock":
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.", "for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
edit: verses added to more simply explain the above two (16 & 17): cross references, if you will, a progressive understanding of what roughly, Peter (so-called) understood at that time.
Romans 10 (KJV)
9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 John 4:2 King James Version (KJV)
2. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
They do, from my experience have a "cult-like" belief, that they think that they are the only ones going to heaven. With this knowledge and the above corrected knowledge, a person has the resistance to avoid their 'holier than thou' possible mentality and their 'self-righteous' possible mentality; that a catholic person may be attempting to hold against others not of their belief system, generally hidden of course. A serious spiritual flaw and, in the case of the catholic church, just more 'religious bunk' or 'doo-doo', if you prefer.
"a person has the resistance to avoid their 'holier than thou' possible mentality and their 'self-righteous' possible mentality,"
added: 'high mindedness', 'superior', 'more important', "better", than you are mentality, pick one or two. And for those deeper, the concern is that not only is this belief not the Spirit of God but another force is being used known as, "the latent power of the soul". Where possibly a person can 'cast', if you will, certain bad things upon another person. Or, possibly better put, 'strip from a person' certain resistance concerning certain subjects. I have such a neighbor.
The Latent Power of the Soul, Watchman Nee (1903-1972)
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