Apostasy means to fall away from the truth. Therefore, an apostate is someone who has once believed and then rejected the truth of God. Apostasy is a rebellion against God because it is a rebellion against truth.Yes Mike thank you. I was not asking you for the purpose of destroying your reasons.
There are some coc who follow a pattern of using scriptures provided in a coc magazine printed here, Weekly Standard materials. So in some circles the same Bible verses are used in many congregations every Sunday. It actually appears you are more dedicated to "finding the original pattern" than many who claim to want to do so.
Your last point is exactly what I believe-"The only possible way you cannot be a Catholic if you read these writings is to say the Church became apostate. To say that, you to believe that Jesus lied when he said his Church would not fail."
I do believe the Catholic church is an apostate church. I don't believe Jesus lied, and His church didn't fail. I just don't believe the RCC is His church.
For your last 2 sentences to be correct, at least 2 things must be true.
The Catholic Church, including the Orthodox, was not the only Christian Church from 32AD to 1500 AD. There had to be another.(My study of History proved to me that it was the only one.
Also if it was, then it became apostate in the 1500s. For the only Church for 1500 years to reject the Truth of God, then you are saying Jesus did not protect his church from all evil.
The only way you can justify the CC not being the Church Jesus started is by Sola Scriptura, a doctrine never believed by any Christian for 1500 years.
Man, I know where you are coming from. I was there. I tried to disprove where the truth was leading. The early church was Catholic.
St Ignatius, the Bishop of Antioch, was taught personally by the Apostle St John. In 110, just 20 years after John died, he wrote letters to other Bishops and their churches on the way to Rome to be killed. He wrote "Wherever the Bishop is , there is the Catholic Church which of course means universal.
You should look at The Journey Home series on youtube. There is a flock of protestant preachers and theologians flocking to the CC. One protestant radio host, I think Alan Hunt, said we are getting the bad Catholics and they are getting our good Protestants.