The Church and the Development of Doctrine

Jesus Christ, who we all know to be, the Son of GOD, and therefore a divine person, began His humble life in His human form, His human nature, as a little helpless baby, just like the rest of us. He needed his mother and his foster father, St. Joseph, just like we needed our mother and father, to feed us and tend to our needs. Jesus grew and advanced in wisdom and age (Luke 2:52) just like we all do. It is said that the ‘Creator of the Universe’ was taught how to make furniture by St. Joseph, as Jesus became a carpenter too. Jesus later became the ‘Bridegroom’ (Matt 9:15) and the Church which He founded in Matt 16:18 became His ‘Bride’. Jesus had shown us the humble, infant beginning of the Bridegroom, the facts that He matured in growth, learned, and gained in wisdom. But what about the Bride?


Now, some try to show that the ‘Bride’ started as an adult from birth. They look at the Catholic Church of today and try to equate it to the ‘infant’ Church which Jesus Christ founded, by looking at the ‘Bride’ as fully grown and matured from the very beginning. I actually received an inquiry as to why Peter cannot be found in the book of Revelation, named as the first Pope. Another asked me to show him the Immaculate Conception (defined in 1854) in Scripture (the last book of Scripture was written about 95-100 A.D.). Questions like this abound and few fundamentalists can accept the fact that the Church actually had an infancy.


By the way, who or what is the Church? The Church is all of us. We are the body, and Jesus Christ is the head (Eph 1:22-23, Col 1:24). Like any body we grow and increase in wisdom, and must be fed, both bodily and spiritually.


A newborn baby, being not ready for solid food as of yet, has to be fed with milk. So too, the infant ‘Bride’ Church, had to be fed with milk…”I fed you with milk, not with solid food, for you were not yet ready for it (1Cor 3:2).” It takes awhile for the mind and the body to become accustomed to this new Christian environment. The Bride had to advance in age and wisdom by taking one step at a time, just like the Bridegroom, or like a little baby learning to walk.

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