The Foundation Rock on Matthew 16:18

On my previous post, The Rock on Matthew 16:18, I wrote about the reasons why I am not convinced on Mr. Rico Morales claims that Peter is the foundation of the Church just because Christ, in Matthew 16:18, said, on this rock, I will build my church.

If you’ll read the verse, obviously, Christ, in Matthew 16:18, is not actually saying that Peter was the Rock where the church of Christ would be built. Christ didn’t say that upon you (Peter), the rock, I will build my Church, but He simply said, on this rock, I will build my church. Simon was called Peter which means rock or stone but He was not the Rock that Christ pointed as the foundation of His church. Rico Morales and the likes immediately concluded that the rock which is the foundation of the church of Christ is Peter even without verifying it from the real Apostle Peter.

Well, I am not surprised if lots of people interpret the said verse the way Mr. Rico Morales and the likes interpret it. The real Apostle Peter knew that people who are ignorant of the truth distort the scriptures.

15Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. (II Peter 3:15-16, NIV)

Mr. Rico Morales and the likes are not witnesses of the event when Christ spoke these words in front of Peter. But then they tried to interpret the verse using their own wisdom as if they witnessed how Christ spoke these words to Peter. So, why should I believe him or them? I rather believe the teachings of the real Peter who really witnessed how Christ said those words. And the real Apostle Peter taught that it was not him who was made the foundation of the church of Christ but Christ Himself.

6For in Scripture it says:
1See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.
7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,(I Peter 2:6-7, NIV)

Mr. Rico Morales and the likes are ignorant of the truth that the church of Christ is built up of living stones, just like the real Peter had taught.

you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (I Peter 2:5, NIV)

And beneath these stones is Christ, the real foundation, not Peter.

11He is
” ‘the stone you builders rejected,

which has become the capstone 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11-12, NIV)

To Mr. Rico Morales, if you are reading this article, can you please show me the authority you are using to contradict the teachings of the real Apostle Peter? Are you given by God the authority to contradict the truth written on the scriptures?

Reasons Why I Don’t Celebrate Christmas

Out of the thousands of subscribers of this blog, 6 of you were wondering why I don’t celebrate Christmas. Maybe you read my comments posted on this blog.

I know that you knew that Christmas is not a political celebration but a religious one. So, those who are Catholics and Protestants celebrate it. But Muslims and members of other religion, on the other hand, do not celebrate Christmas.

But you might be wondering why a Christian like me do not celebrate Christmas when in fact Christmas is the celebration of the birthday of Christ.

To let you know, I don’t want to talk about religion. I was blogging on this before but the result is not good or advantageous. But since you asked this to me, so I am forced to answer: why I don’t celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is just the invention of the Roman Catholic Church

When I was still a Catholic, December 16 to December 25 were few of my busiest days of the year. To let you know, I grew up serving the San Agustin Parish (Diocese of Surigao del Sur) as Sacristan. When I was 9 years old I became an Altar Boy (that was when Rev. Valentine Kind was our Parish Priest), and was promoted to Sacristan Mayor at the age of 14 (Rev. Peter O’niell was our Parish Priest at that time).

I found the celebration good and enjoyable. But I realized that the celebration is the teaching neither of Christ nor the Apostle but just an invention of the Roman Catholic Church. If you’ll dig up the Bible, you will never find any teaching that tells everyone to celebrate the birthday of Christ. What was taught by Christ is the commemoration of His death (not His birthday).

December 25 is not Christ’s Birthday

If you are reading the Bible, have you read verses that tell us the birthday (date) of Christ? Because what I found when in the Bible is just clues when Christ was born not the exact date. For example…

  • The birth of Christ was happened when Christ’s parents went to Bethlehem to register themselves as told by a decree of Caesar Augustus.
  • During the birth of Christ, shepherds were living out in the fields …  keeping watch over their flocks by night.

And we already know that December 25 is the time of winter where Christ was born. Now, dig up your encyclopedias and history books about these clues I mentioned above  if these are the signs of winter season.

December 25, Originally Pagan Feast

Let’s consider this wikipedia entry:

A winter festival was traditionally the most popular festival of the year in many cultures. Reasons included less agricultural work needing to be done during the winter, as well as people expecting longer days and shorter nights after the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.[8] In part, the Christmas celebration was created by the early Church in order to entice pagan Romans to convert to Christianity without losing their own winter celebrations.[9][8] Certain prominent gods and goddesses of other religions in the region had their birthdays celebrated on December 25, including Ishtar, Sol Invictus and Mithras. Various traditions are considered to have been syncretised from winter festivals including the following: ….

… Alleged representation of Christ in the form of the sun-god Helios or Sol Invictus riding in his chariot. Third century mosaic of the Vatican grottoes under St. Peter’s Basilica, on the ceiling of the tomb of the Julii.
Alleged representation of Christ in the form of the sun-god Helios or Sol Invictus riding in his chariot. Third century mosaic of the Vatican grottoes under St. Peter’s Basilica, on the ceiling of the tomb of the Julii.

The Romans held a festival on December 25 called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, “the birthday of the unconquered sun.” The use of the title Sol Invictus allowed several solar deities to be worshipped collectively, including Elah-Gabal, a Syrian sun god; Sol, the god of Emperor Aurelian (AD 270-274); and Mithras, a soldiers’ god of Persian origin.[13] Emperor Elagabalus (218-222) introduced the festival, and it reached the height of its popularity under Aurelian, who promoted it as an empire-wide holiday.[14]

December 25 was also considered to be the date of the winter solstice, which the Romans called bruma.[10] It was therefore the day the Sun proved itself to be “unconquered” despite the shortening of daylight hours. (When Julius Caesar introduced the Julian Calendar in 45 BC, December 25 was approximately the date of the solstice. In modern times, the solstice falls on December 21 or 22.) The Sol Invictus festival has a “strong claim on the responsibility” for the date of Christmas, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia.[1] Several early Christian writers connected the rebirth of the sun to the birth of Jesus[15] “O, how wonderfully acted Providence that on that day on which that Sun was born . . . Christ should be born”, Cyprian wrote.[1]

Another record states that Christmas is just an invention of an heretic:

An Armenian writer of the eleventh century states that the Christmas festival, invented in Rome by a heretic, Artemon, was first celebrated in Constantinople in 373. (The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, vol. 3, p. 47)

Celebrated with pagan rituals

It was recorded in The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge that says:

The pagan festival with its riot and merry-making was so popular that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit or in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Nearer East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ’s birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival. Yet the festival rapidly gained acceptance and became at last s firmly established that even the Protestant revolution of the sixteenth century was not able to dislodge it. (vol. 3, p. 48)

In other words, some rituals or ways of celebrating Christmas is derived from pagan festivals.

Better not to celebrate it?

So with these reasons, I am quite firm not to celebrate Christmas. I rather celebrate our (with my fiancee) relationship’s 4th anniversary than celebrating a celebration that is taught by neither Christ nor the Apostle and is originally a pagan feasts and full of pagan rituals.

Remember, I am a Christian not  pagan.

Beach Resort

List of Beach Resorts in the Philippines where you can stay, enjoy and explore the beauty of the Philippines:

  • Boracay Regency Beach Resort
    BALABAG, BORACAY, MALAY, AKLAN
    Located at Station 2, in the middle of Boracay’s long stretch of white sand beach
    Telephone Number:(63) (36) 288-6111-117
  • Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel – Batangas Philippines
    Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas
    Tel. No. (0917) 834-12 69 / (0919) 540-0265
  • COCO Beach Island Resort
    Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro Philippines
    Phone (+63) 919 540 0000 or 919 540 1698
  • El Dorado Beach Resort
    Washington Road, Lipayo, Dauin,
    Oriental Negros, Philippines 6217
    Telephone:
    + 63 – (0) 35 – 425-2274
    + 63 – 905 – 273- 9196
  • La Luz Beach Resort
    San Juan, Batangas:
    Tel. Num. +63 (43) 575-3581
  • Alegre Beach Resort – Cebu Philippines
    Calumboyan, Sogod, Island of Cebu, Philippines
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 1094, Cebu City Philippines
    Tel. Nos. +63 (0) 32 2549800; 2549811; 2549822; local 172
  • Secret Cove Beach Resort Camiguin
    National Highway, Yumbing, Mambajao
    Camiguin Island, Philippines
    Tel Num. 0063-(0)88-387-9084
  • Tambuli Resorts
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    Office: 1401 Victoria Bldg. U.N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila
    Tel nos. : (632) 522-2302 / 522-2303
  • Al Fresco Beach Resort
    Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas
    Contact Person: Amy Salcedo
    Tel: +63-916-484-0820
  • Antulang Beach Resort – Philippines
    Antulang (Dumaguete), Negros Oriental
    Tel: (63) (35) 225-8899, 422-2600
  • VISTAMAR BEACH RESORT AND HOTEL
    San Jose, Anilao, Mabini Batangas Philippines
    Resort Mobile : 0917 5044831
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    Lipayo, Dauin, Negros Oriental, 6217 – Philippines
    Telephone Number: +63 (0)35 425-2327
    or
    Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, 5203 – Philippines
    Telephone numbers: +63 (0)43 287-3066 to 69
  • Jony’s Beach Resort – Boracay Philippines
    Boracay Island, Malay,
    Aklan, Philippines
    Tel. No.: (+63) 36 288 6119
  • Saud Beach Resort and Hotel
    (Saud Beach Resort and Hotel is one of the premiere destinations in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Whether you’re looking for fun, relaxation, or adventure, …)
    Tel. num. 63(2).921.2856 / 63(2).928.9853
  • Alona Palm Beach Resort & Restaurant
    Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao Island 6340, Bohol, Philippines
    Tel. number +63 – (0)38 – 502 91 41
  • Pansukian resort in Siargao Island
    Siargao Island, Philippines
    Tel num (+63)920 901 2072
  • Cebu Marine Beach Resort
    Suba Basbas, Mactan Island
    Lapu-Lapu City
    6015 CEBU Philippines
    Tel num +63 (32) 340-5727

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Opportunity to Earn Money Online, Write Articles

Almost all of you went home to spend your holiday vacation. And I think, you missed my post about the opportunity to earn money online by writing articles. So, I made this post to tell you again that you can now start earning money online. What you need to do is to write articles about technology, Philippine education, gadgets, relationship, or any topics. Just make sure that we can digest lessons from the articles. The articles should have a minimum of 300 words and should be written in English.

Now, I just want to make it clear that only those articles sent by feed-email subscribers are accepted.

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How can you tell that those who sent their articles are feed-email subscribers?

It’s just easy to notice them. Remember what I told you on my previous post that you need to reply my write-up with your articles. So, your replies should have the subject that begins with RE plus the original subject when my write-up was sent to you.

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How to Avoid the Entrance of the Third Party into Your Relationship

Third party is most common cause why couples broke their relationship down and parted their ways. I talked few of the couples whose relationships were broken because of the third party and I learned few reasons why it happened.

I want to make it clear first that on this post we’ll be talking about the reasons why married couples parted their ways so that we’ll learn how to avoid having the third party enter your relationship. Again these reasons I learned are from the experience of married couple not of non-married couple.

Personal Hygiene

There are women who take good care of their body and maintain its cleanliness when they are still young and not yet married. But when they’re married and bear children they tend to neglect their personal hygiene.

Some husbands complain about this on the early days. But after a long time they decided to be silent about it and keep their complaint within their hearts. Now, when time came that these husbands find other women, they’re tempted to engage a relationship with them. Thus, starts the problem with the couples’ relationship.

Wife’s Treatment to Her Husband or vice versa

There are men or women who don’t know how to handle their anger. There are even those who felt over-jealousy to their partners which most of the times resulted to beating or harsh treatment.

Don’t Enjoy Their Sexual Activities

Those men who are ignorant about sex don’t know how to make their partner happy during their sexual activities. The wives of these ignorant men were tempted to play sex with someone who courted them and who know a lot of ways in making them contented with sex.

Material Needs

There are husbands or wives who find their relationship miserable because they don’t have and even provide for their material needs. They sometimes are tempted to engage a relationship with others who are wealthy.

Feel In Love with a Friend

There are also other husbands or wives who tried to keep their relationship up, but in the end resulted to breaking their relationship down just because of the third party. If they’ll asked them why, they’ll just told us that they just feel in love with the third party and lost love with their husbands or wives.

So, how can you avoid the entrance of the third party into your relationship?

The answers to this question are just the realization of the reasons we talked above.

  1. Maintain your personal hygiene, especially when both of you will play sex.
  2. Treat your husband or wife the way you treat your own body. Don’t embarrass him or her in front of other people. Don’t ever hit her or him nor hurt him or her with your insulting words. Trust him or her for you to avoid over-jealousy.
  3. If you are a husband who is ignorant about sex and making your wife happy with sex, then why not ask experts about this or buy and read books about sex. But if you are a wife who is already experienced in sex, then guide your husband on what to do. I’m sure he’s mature enough to learn techniques from you.
  4. Be contented on what your family got and what can you afford to buy with. But you need to work hard and help each other earn money for your family.
  5. Follow the 5 points I shared to you on my previous post. And avoid making close to the opposite sex who is not your wife or husband. Impose limitations on making friends with them and avoid comparing your wife or husband to other man or woman. Learn to be contented on what your husband or wife is and learn to understand him or her.
  6. But the most important thing to do is: Always perform a devotional prayer to God along with your family. Remember that God is almighty so ask Him anything for your family and I believe that God will give you what you need.

Just like what I said above, these tips are just few of the ways you need to know. I will be sharing you more on my future posts. However, if you know more on how to handle relationship, you can send me your comment by replying this or posting your comment on this post.

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The Secrets To Successful Relationship

Those who knew about the real situation of our relationship think that it will only end up into nothing. Actually, we don’t have problems to each other or problems with our relationship to the future in-laws. It just happened that we are in a long distance relationship. Yes! And just like what I told you on my previous post, we are already on our 4th year already.

I can’t say yet that we are already successful in our relationship because we are not yet married and we are still on the process of getting the success we aimed. Even those who are here married with or without children can’t be considered successful. It might be true that they already got the early stages of their success but it’s not yet the real success of their relationship because they still have the chance to break it up. Only those who died with their relationship to their husbands or wives intact are those who can be considered successful in bringing up their relationship.

So, what are the secrets that a couple should do to attain the success of their relationship?

If you’ll ask the experts about this, they will tell you a lot of things… a lot of advices… a lot of stories to hear. And I generalized them into five (5) points, but these five points are equivalent to one, and that is LOVE:

Faith in God

To let you know, before I wooed my girlfriend, I first performed my devotional prayer to God asking him the wife I need in my life. It is because I really believe that good wife is coming from God as written in the Holy Bible, Proverbs 19:14:

14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the LORD. (New International Version)

Well, actually until now I am always doing my devotional prayer to God. This is the only thing that I can do to make sure everything will be alright.

And by looking at her and by considering her personality and devotion to the service of God, I can say that she’s really the answer to the prayers I did to the Father and I am firm about this. That’s the reason why I tried to keep our relationship up.

We are just human, isn’t it? And we are subject to temptation and faults. In others words there were times that we quarreled over something, or just felt jealous to something and someone. But every time these things happen, we immediately close our eyes and pray to God and confess what happened, then ask His forgiveness and guidance. After we did this, we felt again the strength of our relationship.

Honesty to the agreement

We, even if we are not yet married, have agreement on many things especially those related to our relationship. It serves us our guidelines to avoid anything that can ruin our relationship.

Whatever that have been agreed, we tried to be honest to it. Remember that honesty to your agreement means honesty to your partner.

Communication

If you are into relationship, you need to have a good communication. You need to express what you feel, what you need, and what you want so that your partner will know about them and can immediately think of ways to resolve any problems. However, expressing something should be done in a way that your partner can understand what you really want to tell him or her.

To let you know, I spend a lot of money for our communication. Remember that we are in a long distance relationship. I understand how important our communication is. That is why I bought her cellphones and provided her cellphones load. Everyday we send messages to each other telling each other what we feel, what are we doing and where are we going to.

You might think that what we did is too much, but actually is not. On this way, at least, we feel like we’re together even if we’re too far away from each other.

Trust to each other

Trust to each other will make you confident and feel positive towards your relationship. It is also the one that will reminds you of what to do to avoid the involvement of the third party.

Remember that once you don’t have trust to your partner, you also tend to be dishonest to him or her and the result is that you made the third party enter into your relationship. And you already know what will happen if there are three or more parties in just one relationship.

In order for you to attain trust to each other, you need to practice the first three (3) points I mentioned above: Faith in God, Honesty to the Agreement and Communication.

Memories

Well of course you need to create beautiful memories in your relationship. These memories will strengthen your feeling towards each other.

There are of course a lot of ways to create beautiful memories but I will only mention few of these things:

  1. For married couple, make your sexual activities memorable, enjoyable and fantastic. Helping each other reach orgasm is the best thing to do during sex.
  2. Show your care to your partner.
  3. Help her or him cope her or his own problems.
  4. Give him or her memorable items.

…. And some other things that can become a beautiful memories to remember.

Some suggestions?

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Use Credit Cards Wisely

Using credit cards or taking items in loan are just the same. They’re both giving you headache. That’s because using credit cards in purchasing items and paying services is just like taking a loan for those items or services.

Let’s consider the comment posted at my post, “Benefits and Privileges of Having Metrobank Credit Cards“:

What Privilege are you talking about?

They make money on your purchases and charge you a nice sum for interest and finance charges, should you ever be late on your payment!

I have had LOUSY SERVICE WITH METROBANK CARD

I live in the province and mail comes in late, so I had my credit card bill auto debit from my bank account.. BIG MISTAKE! Metrobank card protects their merchants interest not the card holders (honorable they may be or not). My Dream cable was charged on my metrobank card, when my cable box broke, there was no way for me to stop them from charging my card though no service was provided. Metrobank card said only the merchant can stop the transaction. LESSON LEARNED.

I have had my gold card for 5 years, paying the annual fees and using it only for emergency or precarious situations like charging P 300,000.00 downpayment for my wedding then paying for it in full when the bill comes. Then comes CHRISTMAS CHEERS!

Last week, I was called on by Metrobank card collection services and was told of a 15k bill which i was yet to receive. This week, I again received a call asking why I have not paid the balance and that I have to pay in order to have my card unblocked. WHAT THE F***K!

Hey people! IT”S FREAKIN CHRISTMAS and the busiest month of the year not only because of the Holiday but at work too with the closing year. I may not have paid my bill on time for a variety of reasons but for last FIVE YEARS I have paid the interest and finance charges as a consequence. But to block my card on Christmas week for a 12k bill? I later learned that 3k of it was interest and finance charge for the Oct. bill that I paid in full. It’s just too much.

Okay. This is not really about the Metrobank Cards. If your using credit cards from any of the cards-suppliers whether Metrobank Cards, Citibank or whatever, then you might experience similar things as described by this comment.

Is there anyway we can avoid the fate of that commentator?

Yes! There is always ways to avoid such things. You only need 1 thing, and that is “SELF DISCIPLINE.”

I am not saying that you are not disciplined. What I mean is that we need to employ some limitations in using credit cards just like what we’re doing in some other things. If you tend to spend your cash wisely, then you need to use your credit cards wisely too.

When I say, “Spend your cash wisely” what I mean is you need to make sure that the amount that you spent is lower than the amount of your income. Those who are wise saved little money from their income. Those who are wise are applying limitations on their expenses. Those who are wise are disciplined enough to spend their money.

But how to become wise in using credit cards?

You know, I am a first time user of the credit cards. So, I only have little experience in using it. But I understand also a little thing about wisely using credit cards, this can be done by doing the following:

Paying Services

Busy people tend to find ways to save time in doing personal or family-related transaction such as paying their bills on telephone, cable TV subscription, mobile phone subscription, etc. And those who own credit cards are tempted to use their cards in paying those.

But did you know that you can pay bills without using your credit cards but still saved time in doing these transaction? Remember that there banks that offer services that let you pay your bills through ATM machines, Phonecalls or even by text message and the charges are directly debited from your personal savings account. Now, why not use these services instead of using your credit cards? With this, you’ll avoid not only the hassle in paying your bills but also the charges when using credit cards.

Buying Goods

I’m sure you’ll bring with you your credit cards when you go to mall for shopping. But did you know that you can still avoid using your credit cards in purchasing goods without even bringing cash with you?

Why not apply for debit cards. I’m sure your bank is offering debit cards, and it’s even better than credit cards. Or If not, you can use your ATM cards. I know there are establishments that accept ATM cards in paying those shopped goods.

So, what’s the use of getting credit cards if we’ll not use it?

I know that your main goal in getting credit cards is to experience ease in purchasing goods and paying bills. But if you really want to avoid such fate as described by the comment we talked above, then you need to consider other ways in purchasing goods and paying bills instead of using credit cards… or by considering what I suggested above.

This of course doesn’t mean that your credit cards are useless now because you can use your credit cards during emergency situations like when you don’t have money to pay your bills or to pay the goods your family need. You can even use your credit cards if your purchasing goods through the internet.

What I really want to tell you is that avoid using credit cards if there is still other ways of paying bills and goods which will still give you ease in doing them. Use your credit cards only if you’re in emergency.

PC Security Shield 2008, Available

The latest version of the PC Security Shield has already been released and they called it, “PC Security Shield 2008.”

What is PC Securit Shield 2008? To answer this question, I will copy what the manufacturer has said about their product.

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I might be charged of plagiarism with this. I’m sorry but I just feel lazy writing a review of it.

Anyway, so far based on my experience using it, it’s as good as other PC security softwares but I think, is cheaper compared to the others. If you’re interested to buy it to protect your computers just click the image above.

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The Rock Foundation of the Church, Mattew 16:18

A certain man called Rico Morales (from Leyte, Philippines) was telling me that I was on the wrong church because the true church built by Christ is the Roman Catholic Church. When I asked him of his bases on his claim that the Roman Catholic Church is the true church built by Christ, he gave me the verse of the Bible, Matthew 16:18.

In Matthew 16:18, he said that Christ gave Apostle Peter the authority to be the foundation of the true Church. He emphasized the term Peter and the term Rock. According to him, it’s clear that Christ was planning to build His church on Peter. Peter means rock, and the church would be built on that rock as stated (according to him) by the verse Matthew 16:18.

During our exchange of emails, I once told him that there are two ideas that can be considered from that verse alone, regarding on the said Rock where the church of Christ would be built: First, the Church would be built on Peter; Second, the Church would be built on Christ Himself.

Peter as Church Foundation

Normally, by considering this passage alone without considering the original text of this verse: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,  (Matt 16:18, NIV). The reader will immediately think that the rock that the church would be built is Peter, since Peter means rock, stone, or any similar terms.

Well, it’s fine for me to consider Peter as the rock foundation of the church if other verses of the Bible are in parallel to this idea. But we need to consider what other verses of the Bible are telling us about the rock foundation of the church because having an idea which contradicts the real truth recorded on the Bible could mean harm to us spiritually.

Christ as Church Foundation

Most of the Bible readers failed to consider the idea that Christ when mentioning the rock foundation of the church as he said And on this rock, I will build my church He was referring to Himself.

Is it possible?

Yes, it is. It might be true that Christ called Simon as Peter (rock or stone), but when mentioning rock as to where Christ would build His Church, Christ was referring to Himself not to Simon Peter.

The Real Foundation of the Church

Even without tackling in the original Greek or Aramaic terms for the term Peter, we can tell already that the right interpretation to this is the latter (Christ is the foundation of the Church) because this was backed up by the truth written on the other verses of the Bible.

For example, Peter himself taught us that the true Christians are living stones built into a spiritual house as stated on I Peter 2:5:

you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NIV)

In other words, the church is made up of stones. And Peter is one of these stones. The foundation of it is Christ, as clearly stated on the next verses:

6For in Scripture it says:
1See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.
7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone, (I Peter 2:6-7, ibid)

The mentioned teaching of Apostle Peter is in harmony to the teaching of Apostle Paul as it was written in I Corinthians 3:11:

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (ibid)

Now, why should I believe the Roman Church (my former church) on its teaching that Peter is the rock foundation of the church when it is not in harmony to the teachings of the real Peter? It’s simply a clear proof that the Roman Church is not the real church where the real Apostle Peter became an Apostle.