I would like to ask for some advice on how to respond to a reoccurring statement made by a couple of my family members.
I bit of background; I converted to Catholicism three years ago after many, many years of searching for the Truth. Most of my family members do not understand my decision and a couple of them like to bring up various issues to “discuss” (read as debate). I certainly do not mind as I love the Catholic Church, I love history and I love to discuss them both!
The discussions are always respectful, but anytime I pose a question they can not answer about their own beliefs or refute a misconception about the Catholic faith the stock response is; “I am glad we have different denominations! If there was only one, people would be burned at the stake!”
We don’t even need to address the second part of the above statement, but I would appreciate some suggestions on how to respond to the first part. Jesus did not say; “OK Pete, I want you to start the Catholic Church and Bart you start the Pentecostal movement, Little Jimmy the evangelicals and the rest of ‘ya, do your own thing!” I believe it was only through man’s ignorance and arrogance that we divided the one true faith God gave us in the first place and the same things are keeping us apart.
I certainly do not want to attack their beliefs, but I do want them understand that it should be God’s will, not ours and frankly am tired of this statement being used as a conversion stopper.
Any suggestions, quotes or scripture passages you think helpful would be most appreciated.