[quote=cargopilot]“Have you accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as your personal savior?” How do you respond to that, and why are Catholics almost ‘special’ targets of protestants queries?
Sometimes, I just want to give back a ‘snappy’ answer, but I’d rather give thoughtful answers. I know that I belong to the only Church established by Jesus Christ with all her fullness and tradition. I know that I have to work on my salvation everyday, but I have his precious body and blood coursing through my veins at this very moment. I’ve been baptized, to wash away original sin. When I fall, I have the Sacrament of Reconciliation to restore me. I’m married, and receive Graces there.
But how do you charitably reply to that question, particularly when you truly believe that it is their soul endangered by some wanna-be church?
One such conversation that I had went like this.
Q: Do you go to Church?
A: Yes, I attend the Catholic Church.
Q: (acting excited) Do you know what you need to do to be saved?
A: Believe on the Lord and thou shalt be saved.
Q: (Shocked!) uh, well, uh.
A: You know, its in the Bible and it tells us to believ on Him
Q: Yes, yes I know. (thinking but I had no idea a Catholic did)
A; The bible also tells us that we need to continue to obey Him. (pull out a few more bible verses)
This talk went quite well. It was clearly NOT a OSAS person since we both were on the same page with the neccesity of “walking the walk”. But by opening the talk with the kind of “language” I knew they would understand, I actually got them to listen to me instead of just preach to me.
But it may also open the door for some seeds to be planted in the OSAS crowd. God’s word will not come back void.
Boy, my Evangelical roots are showing:)