I’m a current college freshman. On the first week of school, I had a person invite me to their church. It was a non denominational church but I didn’t discriminate. It was an enjoyable experience and I was asked by two members of the church if I would be interested in attending bible study once a week. I gladly accepted.
Well, after all these weeks, I have to say I’m regretting that decision. I thought it was going to be a friendly bible study but I found that at every study we had, I was basically being attacked. The two members try to convert me to non denomination almost every week and when I tell them how I’m a proud catholic they basically say that my religion is wrong and I’m not a disciple.
The problem is that they’re always throwing scripture at me and I look dumb because I haven’t studied the bible that much. Recently, I’ve been looking at certain scriptures that I feel like wouldd help me out, but I could still use some help.
How do I explain to them:
- Why we must confess to a priest?
Originally, I showed them 2 Corinthians: 18-21, but they said that God wasn’t talk to us at the time. He was talking to the Hebrews. I know there has to be more to it. Any help on this?
- Original Sin
They tell me that I haven’t been baptized even though I was baptized at the age of two. They say that at the time, I wasn’t aware of God and I didn’t decide that I wanted to accept him. What is the best way to explain this to them?
They say that Mass is unnecessary because your listening to a priest talk about his interpretation of the bible, but not your own. My biggest issue with this is that when I go to their church, they do the exact same thing. Except without a priest.
- Without reading the bible you can’t be saved?
I told them that I don’t read my bible much and they say I’m not saved because of that. I took a lot of offense to that. When we go to mass, we get three readings from the bible. Then when we hear a priest’s perspective on it, we are hearing a certified worker of God give us his opinion on the readings. Sure, his interpretation may not be right, but not everyone has the same analysis. And honestly, I’d trust someone who went through 4 years of school for this rather than my own. How can I explain to them that just because I don’t read the bible as much as they do that I’m not not saved?
Anything else I can say to them that will overall be a good defense? Like I said, I’m a proud Catholic and I will defend my religion if provoked.