hey after reading that post i realized it was not what i wanted it to be and i went back editing it. but the process took longer than 20 minutes and now it wont let me edit the post. so here i am posting the edited post. please disregard the original one. ha ha
"It may be more fruitful to use this meeting as an opportunity to build up your mutual respect for and understanding of one another, rather than try to convince him that the Church really is the Church.
I think you will want to explain to him the process that you went through leading up to this decision, if you have not already done so.
If your journey was one primarily of theological study, then by all means, engage with him in those issues that were important for you.
but i would not go looking for some “stumper question” to challenge him with, that had nothing to do with your personal experience of coming to the Church. ]
this meeting may potentially be better utilized for other purposes…
- to strengthen your bond of friendship and your love for one another.
- to let him know that you appreciate him and his ministry and that your decision to become Catholic in no way diminishes or repudiates the way that you value his work.
- and to display a firm commitment to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom in whatever way you can
The first two purposes are easy to understand. Number three, though, I want to elaborate on. you expressed the desire to present the Pastor with evidence of the Catholic Church. It seems to me that the greatest evidence you could present him would be the evidence that a person can live the born-again, personal relationship with Jesus Christ in a way that Protestants can recognize as such,
As you know, most Protestants are cautious about affirming the salvation of Catholics. They admit that there are at least a few hidden believers somewhere in our ranks, living the faith despite being Catholics and not because of it, and I do not think any Catholic theological argument will be taken seriously until they can say that they have seen it produce serious fruit in Catholic lives.
So my advice, based on extremely limited practical knowledge about these things, would be to avoid getting into debate and instead of trying to convince him just simple relate him your experience of becoming convinced. Who knows, maybe he is going through some similar experiences himself and he just didn’t know what how to describe them. God gives us experiences and makes it possible for us to use them for other people’s benefit.
Your testimony may be a light the Pastor did not know he needed. As long as you tell your story for the sake of friendship and with the intent of growing closer to the Pastor and helping him understand your decision better, there will be very little if anything at all that he can object to or argue with. Your experience is your experience. He cant argue with it. So instead of looking for some irrelevant gotcha question to stump the guy, just love him. That is the way that souls are won.