That’s mine, as well. My journey into apologetics actually started as a journey into catechesis. When our first child was born, my wife and I wanted to make sure that she received a better religious education than we had. I had a lot of questions and someone said, “the internet has a lot of knowledgeable people.” So, I started “lurking” in some Catholic forums. At the time, I had a deep distrust of the internet. I didn’t think my sojourn into it would be permanent.
The very first question that I read is very memorable to me, because the ensuing discussion shook me to the core.
A distressed Catholic asked this question, “Where does Scripture say anything about the Pope?” Apparently, Protestants were harassing him on this matter and he was starting to doubt Catholicism.
But, he went to the right place. A Catholic pointed him to Matt 16:18. That was great. That was awesome. I thought. So, I was very encouraged. But the next day, I visited the same thread just to see if anyone else had responded. The last thing that I expected had happened. A Protestant had responded. And he took the verse apart word for word. Explaining that petros means “little stone” and that therefore, Christ was not building the Church upon Peter, but on Himself. It rocked me to the core. I literally fell to my knees and prayed all night. I told God I would follow Him where ever He led, but I knew that the Bible was His Word. So, if Catholicism couldn’t defend the Bible, I must not be in His Church.
Have you ever read this Scripture?
Proverbs 18:17 Those who plead the case first seem to be in the right;
then the opponent comes and cross-examines them.
The next day, I got back to see if there was any response. And, there was. I’ll be ever grateful to that young man. He called himself “the fulltruth”. And he picked apart the Protestant argument just as thoroughly as the Protestant had to the previous Catholic earlier. I’m sure you’re familiar with the explanation. Petra is in the feminine gender so, St. Paul had to change it to Petros to fit Simon. It isn’t true that petros means “small stone”. Lithos does. Etc. etc.
So, I got back on my knees and I thanked the Lord for this man. And, that’s when I started my sojourn into apologetics.
particularly those who are sacramental. I’ve always been more comfortable with Catholics than evangelicals. Even the language is different.
I guess you’ve noticed my occasional push back on the use of the term Protestant.
Yep. I know that some Protestants find that demeaning. But so do some Catholics when we are called Roman Catholic. In both cases, I find the terms convenient and descriptive. So, I use them until someone complains. Well, I don’t use Roman to describe myself anymore. But my wife still does. She’s even got a bumper sticker that proudly proclaims us Roman Catholic. So…