First of all, to all the commenters who had a grandmother, sister, brother, friend whoever who use to be Catholic and left for whatever reason, I say this, catechesis in this country after Vatican II was terrible. Catholic schools and educators weren't sure what to teach after the council and so they taught almost nothing. I think most of you are not quite of a my vintage, but I can tell you that my expensive Catholic High School education consisted of a lot of new agey stuff mixed with creating burlap banners and talking about our "feelings." It was crap. When you get an entire generation of people who have no clue what their faith really is, it's not hard to get them to leave for something more "meaningful." I have been there, done that. Interestingly and by the grace of God, it was in depth study of scripture and church history that brought me right back into my Catholic Faith. My sister eventually came back too, but she veered off into Evangelical land for a while. There are some bishops who will have a whole lot of s'plainin to do in the next life for the lack of instruction that happened under their watch.
So when I hear those types of stories, it's sad, but I can only shrug. How hard is it to shoot fish in a barrel anyway.
This was in the com box:
I have a dear friend who is a Devout Catholic. I have discussed salvation with him many times. He views my belief as okay. He has nothing against what I believe as far as my salvation. However he is adamant that 'his' choice in 'religion' is correct. Now in situations like this I have to think logically...
If his religion, "Catholicism" is the only way, then why isn't he trying to convince me of it? Why isn't he trying to expose my belief as being wrong?
Now if he could prove to me with scripture that salvation through Christ alone is wrong then I would be faced to listen to that. And make a decision.
Isn't it fair to say that anyone who disagrees with you should just look at Scripture? Shouldn't all Christians, whether Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, etc base all their 'Christian' decisions on Scripture?
I attend a Baptist church. It's non denominational and not directed by a 'church' doctorate. We just try to follow the Bible as closely as we can.
I have a wonderful Pastor and there have been times when we have disagreed about 'preferences' but doctrine is always based on the Bible.
I read that and the first thought was that perhaps evangelizing her via scripture or apologetics just isn't his gift. There are different ways to spread the Gospel, not all of them involve words and an in depth effort to persuade from the scriptures. Maybe this friend's gift is that of being a powerful prayer warrior. Perhaps he is fasting and praying for her in ways that she will never know because he is a man of deep humility. Perhaps he is a simple man (simple as in childlike faith- which of course the bible says is very commendable) and he is waiting until he is asked instead of getting in her face about salvation.