Hi. I am a Baptist from the UK and I was baptised into my local Baptist church last year. Since then I've done a lot of research into Catholicism due to personal issues and now have a few questions about the Baptist Denomination (which I want to remain with - but I want these quetions resolved so I feel more comfortable with it) 1. My understanding is that Baptists advocate 'sola scripture' (the scriptures alone guide you). I read that the Bible was officially 'put together' under Rome following a conference some 500 years after Jesus was crucified. It this is the case, how do we, as Baptists, refute the Catholic view that Church Tradition (in particular Roman Catholic Church Tradition) is more important than the Bible (as Baptists are we now using a Bible put together by Catholics?) 2. What did Jesus mean when he told Peter 'upon this rock.....etc' if he was not making him de-facto Pope? 3. The Roman Catholic Church claims to be the oldest and 'one true' church. Where do Baptists stand on this? I think this is linked into the idea of Apostolic Succession. Can Baptist Ministers truly claim to be 'ordained' clergy (and are their marriages, funerals, baptisms etc valid) if they cannot claim hands on Apostolic Succession? 4. Holy Water - given point 3, can a Baptist Minister (or anyone else?) create it? Please help me.