History of Roman Catholicism
History of Church & Roman Catholicism
The Roman Catholicism insists that the Catholic Church was established by Jesus Christ when he ordered Apostle Peter to build the church and spread the good news. According to Matthew 16:18:
“And I also say 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.”
These are the words of Jesus to Peter, and they're the basis on which the Roman Catholic Church was established according to Roman Catholicism.
However, The Moody Handbook of Theology states that the history of Roman Catholicism dates back to 590 CE. During this time, Pope Gregory I established the pope’s authority, which later developed into the Papal States. Pope Gregory I started his papacy when the Christian clergy were given a lot of military and political powers. To some Christians, this marks the beginning and history of Roman Catholicism.
Why is it essential to follow the Christian religion? Generally, Christian believers must understand their church history and learn about their ancestors to know the consequences of their actions. Followers have to know their origin and where they are heading. Moreover, through church history, Christ's followers can learn from other Christians’ mistakes in the past.
The church history also helps believers learn about the advancements and the different stages the Church has undergone to be where it’s today. The church’s history is probably among the most overlooked areas by both the church and the modern evangelical theology studies.
Sometimes the course of translating or interpreting the Bible, the truth/facts may be stated differently or freshly – which is wrong. Christians have to remain true to the old teachings of the Bible to avoid being misled. Therefore, all Christians need to know the origin of their church.