Q. Where does scripture anywhere else (Besides Mt. 16) ascribe to Peter this exalted position? This would make sense if it were supported by other scripture, but I know of no other scripture that does. One should not rely on a doctrine, especially one as critical as this, based on one verse in the Bible.
A. Before I answer your question, let me ask you this most important question…
Where in Sacred Scripture does it say that Scripture alone is the sole rule of faith and doctrine?
And if Scripture does not assert this, then is Sola Scriptura not, of itself, a doctrine unsupported by Scripture? Is there even one?
Is it not a Protestant tradition?
It is historically unknown before the Reformation.
The Church and the Faith was taught orally for decades without any NT writings at all. The Christian Faith existed for centuries before everyone knew for certain which gospels and epistles were deemed infallibly reliable at about 400AD.
Yes, of course the Gospels and Paul’s letters etc. were written long before the Bible was canonized in the 400’s. But in the ancient world there were many other writings as well, some very excellent some pretty bad and some of the good ones were used in Church liturgies even though later they were not included in the canon.
But, the Faith was taught by the apostles before they wrote their Gospels and letters. The NT books were given birth from/out of the Faith of the Apostles as taught to them by Jesus.
For Protestants, however, they believe that their Faith is born from/out of the Bible alone. But, there is no historical precedent for deriving the Christian religion by this method. Historically, Christianity has always taught both the written teachings of the apostles and the oral teachings of the apostles. Scripture and Apostolic Tradition.
Q. This interpretation is not supported by any other scripture, yet the interpretation that the rock is Jesus himself is supported throughout the New Testament as shown in 1 Corinthians 3:11.
A. Now, if you look at the context of I Cor 3:11 you will see that the topic being discussed is salvation-the foundation of salvation not the foundation of the church. However, we would still agree that Christ IS also the foundation of the Church. Absolutely!
1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Yes, Christ is the foundation and the head of our salvation. The founder of the Church. The King of Kings, Lord of Lords, God Almighty. We absolutely agree on all this. We are merely saying that Christ, before he physically left us, appointed Peter and his successors, along with the other apostles and their successors to rule His Church. He left a visible Church and visible shepherds to guard His Church on Earth in order go give true and sure teaching and direction to mankind….rather than leaving us all to “do what seems right in our own eyes.”
Couldn’t Christ have a man, in time, who would be His representative, His spokesperson?
He empowered mere sinful men, who wrote the Sacred Scriptures, to write infallibly.
He inspired the prophets to speak His words infallibly to men.
What is so odd for God to provide His people with an infallible Pope and the infallible teaching Church.
This seems to be how God operates. For some reason He like to work through us fallen human beings.
Why couldn’t Christ institute the office of Pope?
Jesus is also the Rock.
1 Corinthians 10:4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
God is the Rock—(these are all psalms but I accidently deleted the references..)
They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’
proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
The Catholic Church does not deny that God and Christ are called rock in scripture. Or that the Church is built upon both Christ and Peter. This does not cause any problem because Catholic interpretation does not use a hermenutic of either/or but both/and.
It is the Protestant method of either/or (and the prior rejection of Peter’s primacy) that causes the necessity of interpreting This Rock as referring to Peter’s confession rather than to the nearer subject…Peter..
The underlying question is:
Who has the authority to interpret Sacred Scripture infallibly?
Or me ?
Or Martin Luther?
Or Chuck Smith etc.?
Or the Church founded by Christ?