Consider European history, what would western history be like, if the Catholic church never existed?
Actually the Catholic church only emerged 500 years after Jesus' death.
The New Testament also took that long to be written and circulated, so it is not five hundred years between these events.
Not sure about the difference between the new and old testament, but did saw a documentary about the origin of the Catholic church http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tMvcBukXL4
My point is that the Catholic Church sprung from the New Testament, we wouldn't have it without the NT.
definately the "Christian churches" would have remained pure much longer, but in the end they all were taken over by hirelings and ended up apostate
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