This post says it all about Protestantism. First of all Jesus never mentioned a Bible but...<quoted text>I suppose the Catholics claim they created the Old testament also but they cannot prove the scriptures were kept from the common people. The Jews were very familiar with the written scriptures, why should Mark, Mike, Catholic Dave, and Jesus Creed think it should be any different today? There were groups or sects like Nazarenes, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots and Pharisees which were similar to denominations. There is a right and a wrong in denomination teaching and since it is each individuals soul at stake should they not have a choice in the matter? It would be bad to only have one false choice.
They say he left us a book. Think about it, a book although he never mentioned one. And it up to us individually whether we can afford this book or even read this book and only if you are lucky enough to pick out the right "secret code" of interpretation can you make it heaven. Of course every community thinks they know the secret code and the rest are going to hell.
Are Protestants really Christians? This belief might prove otherwise. Protestant are idol worshipers, a book. The bible is just words made with ink on a piece of paper without proper instruction.
Jesus left us a Church. He specifically told us that. The Church created the Bible to help her teach.
Which makes more sense? For 1500 years all Christians believed that.