Originally Posted by flo
Catholics were the first Christians...but - by all means - carry on with your hate and ignorance.
Actually, that's a complete lie. Historically, Jews were the first Christians. The Gentile Churches that would have formed out of the Jewish congregations bore absolutely no resemblance to Catholicism. Read your New Testament, it's all in there.
Catholicism didn't exist until about 325 AD, almost 300 years after Christ's Resurrection and the founding of the first Christian churches.
So, if knowledge of history makes me bigoted and intolerant, then so be it.
What's confusing you is the early use of the term "catholic" which simply means "universal." However, that is very much NOT the same thing as "Roman Catholicism," which is just Roman paganism repackaged with Christian names.