Sunday, 10 February 2013

Is Peter The Rock On Which The Church Is Built ?

This Article from Matt Slick over at CARM  
"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it," (Matt. 16:18).
The Roman Catholic Church Puts a great deal of emphasis on Peter and claims that Jesus said he would build his church on him.
There are problems with the Roman Catholic position.  First of all, when we look at the Greek of Matthew 16:18we see something that is not obvious in the English.  " are Peter (πέτρος, petros) and upon this rock (πέτρα, petra) I will build My church..." In Greek nouns have gender.  It is similar to the English words actor and actress.  The first is masculine and the second is feminine.  Likewise, the Greek word "petros" is masculine; "petra" is feminine.  Peter, the man, is appropriately referred to as Petros.  But Jesus said that the rock he would build his church on was not the masculine "petros" but the feminine "petra."   Let me illustrate by using the words "actor" and "actress:"  "You are the actor and with this actress I will make my movie."  Do see that the gender influences how a sentence is understood?  Jesus was not saying that the church will be built upon Peter, but upon something else.  What, then, does petra, the feminine noun, refer to?.....

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