Would Jesus have approved of the Catholic Church?

  • "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18)

    No matter how many bad things those in the Church have done, the Church is the Bride of Christ, and He loves her no matter what. As Matthew 18:18 says, "Whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven." Even if the people in the Church do bad things, their authority in faith and morals cannot be impugned, given as it was by Jesus himself.

  • Of all the christian denominations

    Yes, why wouldn't He be? Any human organization will be flawed, but it will have positive sides as well.
    As we can all see on our right, many of the protestant denominations are lost in their parent-infused hatred and misconceptions. The Catholic Church has done its best and is consistent with the Bible. Unlike Protestants which follow the hilariously ironic Sola Scriptura (which directly births Sola Fida through the elimination of the Book of St. James) the Catholic Church is beacon of light. Hopefully it will inspire Protestants to have a reading comprehension beyond the fourth grade.

  • Yes, of course he does

    Of course Jesus approves of the Catholic Church. There is nothing wrong with it, and it performs it's duties exactly as he intended; it's the physical representation of Himself on his physical earth. If he didn't approve of His Church, then he wouldn't approve of Himself, which doesn't make sense.

  • Yes He Would

    The Catholic Church is not ideal, but Jesus would be pleased by the emphasis on social justice and the general intent to love on another. The Church has some faulty theology, but I don't think Jesus expects any church to be perfect but rather that the do their best to love one another make right their wrongs.

  • Yes, since he founded it.

    Since Jesus founded the Catholic Church when he made Peter the first Pope, in Matthew 16:18, he said, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." That was the start of The Church. Would he approve of every person in The Church, and every decision that's been made in The Church's name, no, he would not. However, he would approve of The Church as a whole.

  • Certainly He would not and does not

    One can only imagine the Spotless Son of Mary as contrasted to the pompous and pretentious Pope of Rome who claims to be the "vicar" of Christ on earth. The Catholic church relegates the Bible to the level of "dead letter" and "lifeless book" - then claim that they only are the sole authoritative interpreters of it. Jesus repeatedly replied, "It is written..." The Catholic Church looks to itself - not a "it is written" - as the authority.

  • No, Jesus would likely be appalled by the Catholic Church

    I feel that Jesus would definitely not approve of the modern day Catholic Church. The countless instances of sexual child abuse, power grabs and strong attempts to influence political policy are not actions that are in line with the beliefs of Jesus. It seems the Church is more intent on maintaining its power and influence than anything else.

  • Of course not

    The Catholic faith directly opposes many of Jesus' teachings. Exodus 20:2-6 as an example. The whole bit about kneeling before statues and worshiping idols. Basically what the entirety of Catholicism seems to focus on. And the idea of a hierarchy between a person and Jesus also goes against the his teaching. The list is long. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess he wouldn't really have approved of the whole child molestation thing either.

  • No Peter was not the first Pope

    Jesus just made him leader, along with James, to the temple in Jerusalem and the other disciples went their way to preach as commanded. There were no churches when Jesus died. There was only one Jewish temple to one God and early believers had to meet in secret. After Jesus died early believers were called The Way and not Christians till way later. Study history and you'll see

  • A church created by a roman emperor, not an apostle.

    John was the last one to die, sometime around or near 100 A.D. The Catholic, Know also as the Roman Catholic Church or Holy Roman Church was created around 380 A.D. It was legalized around 318 A.D. Now this was done by the last emperors of Rome before the Empire Died away. It was by the authority and choosing of the Emperor Constantine who hand pick the founder members of the church. As soon as the Roman Empire made Christianity its state religion, the Empire died. This hints at a strong judgment toward that empire with creating a false church threw politics and greed. The history of the power and greed of the catholic church speaks for itself. The early practices of the catholic church toward those of common birth were tyrannical and oppressive. There is a section in revelation ch.17, that prophesies about the harlot on the seven hills, I refer you to that to see how the catholic church fairs in the ends times.

  • Den of thieves

    Jesus detested the priestly aristocracy that collaborated with Rome and sold out for their own personal gain. I don't think he would look too kindly upon those who claim to be representatives of God given the fact that the catholic church today greatly resembles the Jewish impostors he reviled so much during his life time.

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Anonymous says2013-05-04T18:21:59.057
The teachings of the Church are exactly the way Christ would want. There is nothing wrong with it and this is true.
noah364 says2013-07-12T16:07:56.220
Of course not. If he did approve of a religion that centered around him, than he would be a pompous jerk who doesn't deserve to be worshiped. If he didn't approve, than he would reinforce the belief of his religion (he was Jewish) that no-one is to be worshiped or bowed down to except God himself. He wouldn't care about what the Church had done; every religion has it's good and bad times, but he would care about the fact that he was the center of it.