I hear ya Marilena, and I know how ya feel. But everyone one here has pointed out good things.
One thing that I did discover is that I know my Bible better than a lot of guys who come at me about the faith. I used to have a couple of guys who would regularly jump my case about the Catholic Church and I found that they had just enough info to be wrong and then were stumped when I hit them with passages of scripture. Not all are like those two, but it was kinda funny when once I decided to take a quiz on really general Bible knowlege that I got in a Catholic newsletter that had like 50 or so questions and I tore these two guys up by missing maybe 2 or 3. Frankly it surprised me because it wasn’t hard stuff at all, and I figured they’d’ve done better. :eek:
Do I get tired of the attacks and smart remarks? Sure! Like this one from another forum that I and other Catholics have decided to boycott:
I sure wish the catholics would understand that we’re not bashing them, but that we only want them to see the truth so that they can be in line with God’s Truth. I just wish they would talk to us about what they believe and what they see rather than just give the standard replys that the catholic church has taught them. I honestly don’t see how they can actually read this stuff and not have it affect them. I know when I was Episcopal and I began seeing how what they taught didn’t line up with the bible, that no one could have stopped me from examining scripture and discussing it to get down to the real Truth.
Different poster, but this one sounds like a revival of the “Know Nothings”,
The Vatican has aligned itself with the EU, the UN and the Philistines [Palestine is a misnomer] and against the Israelis and the Americans.
The RCC would rather deal with dictators and monarchs than democracies that believe in things like freedom of religion, speech and conscience, secure borders, seperation of church and state and free enterprise.
I believe it is about time for Americans to wake up and understand that the RCC is more subversive to our national sovereignty and way of life than the Communists ever were . . . .
It’s pretty bad, but it also has worked for me in sharing my faith because I readily point out that if they can prove the Catholic Church wrong then I’ll bail in a heartbeat rather than face the junk I do for being Catholic. My answer to that is, “Do you really think I’m stupid enough to BE Catholic and take all this guff, if I wasn’t 100% dead certain that it is all true?” They are usually taken aback by that.
One thing that I have to sometimes remind myself is that I do not have to answer every crackpot that comes along, and (as in the case of the forum under boycott) sometimes it is best to follow Jesus’ own directions and dust off your sandals and be on your way.
St. Peter also summed things up very very well in 1st Peter 3.
8: Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind.
9: Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.
10: For "He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile;
11: let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it.
12: For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil."
13: Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right?
14: But even if you do suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
15: but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence;
16: and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
17: For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than for doing wrong. (Emphasis mine)
Rest my friends and relax in His love.