[quote="Godfollower, post:16, topic:269375"]
All they have is self-confidence and a list of Bible verses to cite that they think support their Protestant traditions. In response to that, I would make the following recommendations:
]Never try to "win" an argument with a Protestant. * First, it won't work; second, that's not the point anyway. So what if s/he goes home crying at having lost an argument? All that will happen is the pastor will shore up the person's doubt, and you won't have accomplished anything. On the other hand, if you calmly and confidently explain why we differ, perhaps that person will experience a little doubt and then, over time, start thinking about it, researching the issue, and praying; and eventually convert.
***]Don't try to get to "I know all the Scriptures" immediately. Pick one issue -- Petrine authority, the Real Presence, the alleged "sufficiency" of Scripture versus the importance of Sacred Tradition, the alleged idolatry of Catholicism, or what have you -- and research the arguments. Take part in some of the debates on this thread, and note the responses to your arguments. Eventually you'll know that issue very well, and you'll be able to handle it in conversation with Protestants.
Then pick a second topic.
]Remember that you never discuss theology with a Protestant who hasn't memorized Scripture, because the ones who have *not** memorized Scripture never ask "Could I have a minute of your time to discuss my personal relationship with Jesus Christ?" The ones who approach you about this have already prepared. So, now it's your turn. Prepare, then go forth.
In a few years, the Protestants you know will be asking their pastors, "How come Pablo knows Scripture so much better than I do?"
I agree with all these points. This is a marathon not a race. The number of Protestants that I have encountered that are now Catholic are a small number and it did not come over night. I presently am involved with some Reformed, Evangelicals, and a Dispensationlist pastor....
Understand that the best thing you can do when you are approached by the prepared is that you probably know more than they do...I like to set the stage by providing equal footing and I have mentioned this before...so I won't repeat it...if you have questions contact me privately as to how I do this...
Next I like to ask questions as I know they are trying to evangelize...I once met an AOG missionary who just returned from Ireland. He and his wife went. I asked him if he knew what tribe Paul was from..."Judah"...no Benjamin...I asked him if he knew to whom the letter to the Romans was written to...no answer...to Christians I told him...I then asked him who the Apostle to the Gentiles was "Peter"...no Paul...and on an on it went...soon his wife told him he could no longer speak to me...it kind of goes like that...
I sometimes like to ask leading questions, knowing where they are going...if you are approached by someone with a Bible...just listen...then ask...'cmon...now you expect me to believe that all Scripture is inspired...where do you find that...and with that you are in to
2Timothy 3:16...and you can read it and ask...have you read a few sentences back...
Next I often say...next you are going to tell me that if I just confess and believe that I will be saved...right to
Romans 10:9...and you read it and point out that the letter was written to Christians and that this verse is no where mentioned anywhere else and that if it was written to Christians it could not be a formula for salvation...
I then say next you will tell me that the Bible says that there is on one that is righteous
right to Romans 3:10...and when you point out that Paul is quoting Psalm 14 you will further weaken their position.
this goes on and on until you have undermined their evangelical zeal to convert you to a man made religion...You will then have established your self confidence. You will need to continue to study.