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Originally posted by defcon5
chief_counselor, pardon me I could be wrong here, but wasn’t Peter martyred in Rome under Nero around 64 AD? I guess that if this is true then the Roman Catholic Church as is (a political/religious power) did not exist at this point, and did not exist until 312 AD under Constantine. Prior to that the Church existed there no more or less then the Churches in Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople, or Jerusalem which where all founded by the original Apostles and Paul. Therefore if you wish to use lineage as a proof, rather then compare doctrine to the Word, you might as well admit that the Orthodox Church (of which I am not a member, nor stating their doctrine is correct/incorrect), has every bit as much claim, if not more to the same title.
Also proving that Peter was a founder of the Church in Rome does little in my book to say one way or another whether the Roman Catholic Church is the First Beast of Daniel. Besides this, If I where the Devil, I would be trying to infiltrate the Church, I would not be worried about anyone else, just God’s main force here on Earth. I believe this is why we are seeing so many problems in all Christian Religions nowadays, and why every unbeliever on the face of the planet constantly points it out to us.
Constantinople was founded c. 658 B. C. by a Greek colony from Megara; the site was then occupied by the Thracian village of Lygos. The chief of the Megarian expedition was Byzas, after whom the city was naturally called Byzantion (Lat. Byzantium). Despite its perfect situation, the colony did not prosper at first; it suffered much during the Medic wars, chiefly from the satraps of Darius and Xerxes. Later on, its control was disputed by Lacedæmonians and Athenians; for two years (341-339 B. C.) it held out against Philip of Macedon.
Originally posted by elaine
Now I remember...it's Episcopalian. Is that a branch from the Catholic church?