14 But Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, know this and listen carefully to what I say. 15 In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel:
h But Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened. Luke 24:12
(note they did not go in, but ran first to get Peter, deferring to his authority)
who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon! Luke 24:34 Jesus appeared to Peter FIRST)
Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John;* you will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). John 1:42
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,* and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. 19l I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.* Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19
(</i>Note that it is two DIFFERENT Authors that speak of Peter being named “ROCK”. </i>)
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” (Jesus) said to him, “Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17
(Note that Jesus does not say this or anything close to this, to any other disciple…between the above quotes and this it is clear that Jesus has singled Peter out)
(Here Peter seems to be prophetically speaking of the Protestant (and other heresies…this passage also addresses your question of where does it say that we should not interpret Scripture without an authority)
And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you,
speaking of these things 12 as he does in all his letters. In them there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures. 2Peter 3:16
During those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place). He said,
“My brothers, the scripture had to be fulfilled which the holy Spirit spoke beforehand through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. Acts 1:15-16
After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to them, “My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.
<i>(Note: After much debate among the Bishops, IT IS PETER who STANDS UP and rules…)
So I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
Tend the flock of God in your midst, (overseeing) not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 3
Likewise, you younger members, 5 be subject to the presbyters. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: “God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.” 1 Peter 5:1-5
(Note that while Paul addresses crowds and individual leaders of particular Churches, Peter is addressing the college of Bishops as a whole and as their leader. This passage also answers your assertion that if Peter were the leader he would exalt himself.[Even Peter in his letters never exalts himself to the supreme leader of the church.”])
It would take way more work than I am willing to do to show you the dozens upon dozens of passages where the disciples seek out Peter, or Jesus addresses Peter and Peter alone, or speaks for the group…
Now you have successfully changed the subject yet again, without answering MY questions…so I will put them to you again…
1. Abortion is wrong. Can you prove that from Scripture?
2. Well, I’m not asking some people, I’m asking you for your opinion. Would you agree that at least until the Canon was established, that the Church was intact and authentic?
3. Depends what you mean by a “valid” church. What is the criteria for a “valid” church? You tell me. We’ll go with your definition.
4.Let’s not jump the gun. First let’s determine whether there WAS a Church, whether it was the Church Christ established and then move one to what it “taught” and did.
5. What were these tests, and who performed them. For instance, if I want to know if a plane was in good condition, I would need someone that I trusted to make that determination, right? I wouldn’t ask a plumber to check out the plane. So the test is only as valid as the person who makes the criteria for the test…