YouAreRock.com. Where did that come from? Well, back in around 2005/2006, I didn’t know it yet, but my faith journey had just begun. I met my wife Emily in 2005, and as I mentioned earlier she was the catalyst for my conversion. Also, I had a few people in my life who were talking to me about God, Jesus, Church. Topics that I really hadn’t given much thought to since I was a little kid. In the midst of all of this I happen to hear of some interesting books by Dan Brown – The DaVinci Code, and Angels and Demons. Now these books were really something! They taught me all sorts of interesting facts about the life of Jesus, the history of the Catholic Church, and the inner workings of the Vatican. Almost all of these things I later learned were false, but it made for great reading none the less. One thing stuck with me, however. There is a point in Angels and Demons where Dan Brown uses the line from Matthew 16:18 where Jesus says “You are Peter, and on this Rock I will build my church”. He then tells us that Peter is buried beneath St. Peter’s Basilica and that literally Peter is “The Rock”. For the next three years this was probably the only quote I knew from the Bible.
So, when 2009 rolls around and I begin my investigation of the Catholic Church and its teachings, this line came back to me. What did it really mean? Now, most of what Dan Brown had “taught” me had gone up in smoke through some other research I had done after reading the books, but what about this one. Is Peter the rock that the church was built upon? I can’t explore the entire depths of this here in this short article, as Catholics and protestants have been arguing about this for about 400 years. But to me, the most convincing arguments came from the Catholic prospective. The one that really got me was the fact that if we truly translated what Jesus said to Peter (Simon) it would be “You are Rock, and on this rock I will build my Church…”. He changed Simon’s name to Peter (Petros which means rock). It is this phrase that is the basis of the Catholic belief in Papal authority, this along with many others. Like everything in the protestant/catholic debate it’s not quite that simple, but the Catholic perspective is the most convincing. If you would like to read more about it click here. As a result, since this is probably the first Bible passage I ever knew, and I believe it is the very beginning of the foundation of The Church, I found it appropriate to use for a website where I would talk about how I stumbled my way into The Church. What do you think?