Is the Roman Catholic faith the one, true religion? A few decades back if a follower of the Roman Catholic religion had been asked this question, without hesitation the answer would have been “yes.” Roman Catholics pray the “Apostles Creed” in which they profess to believe in “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.” Jesus Christ was the founder of this religion when, according to the Jerusalem Bible, he said in Matthew 16:18 to Peter, “So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my community. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it.”
Further backing up their premise that this is the one, true religion, at the Last Supper Jesus consecrated bread and wine which changed them into his body and blood, an act that is repeated and celebrated at every mass. This is following the command of Jesus, as reported in the bible in Matthew 26:26-28, who “took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’…”
In more recent decades, followers of the Roman Catholic religion are leaving for religions that practice what they preach. They go out among the people to provide for needs such as food, clothing, shelter as well as religious teaching, prayer and fellowship. The Roman Catholic Church has remained too self-containing for many followers.
Additionally, other religious denominations encourage spiritual knowledge and growth. They offer a greater awareness as to the human connection with the spiritual dimensions. Members learn to pray from their heart instead of reciting age-old prayers. Such religions are alive today and meet the spiritual needs of its members.
Other religions that offer a communion service could use the same identical bible quotes professing that they, too, are the one and true religion. Isn’t the important issue the following of the truths and commands set out in the bible? Certainly translations vary a bit from one to another but the basics remain fairly constant.
Jesus didn’t put a tag on his followers naming them “Roman Catholic” or any other label. He called them his “followers.” In answer to the question, does it really matter what, if any, church is the one and true denomination?