Hello everyone! I just joined Catholic Answers and I’m very excited to learn more about my Catholic faith!
I’m a senior in a Canadian Catholic High School, and I’ve been a Christian since I was baptised as a child. My sister was baptised in infancy, too. Both my parents are Roman Catholics and my sister and I have always attended Catholic schools.
My sister is a freshman in the same school. I have noticed over the past couple months that she seems to be increasingly questioning and doubtful about her faith. It was only last week when I decided to ask her about it, and a passionate argument ensued. She revealed to me that she has been thinking about becoming an atheist! :eek:
But to get to my point, all of the arguments seemed to end in a draw, and the whole thing seemed to be going around in circles. :shrug:
Today, however, she mentioned two arguments that I did not have an answer to.
She asked me if we were all created by God and in His Image. I said of course! It was one of the first things we were taught in Religion class. Then she asked me If that’s true, why did God create people born with disorders and abnormalities? I was stunned and had no idea how to reply!
She said if God didn’t want us to sin, then He wouldn’t have made people have “instincts” to be lustful and greedy. I tried to explain to her that these were not “instincts”, but the works of the Devil. She said she did not believe in the Devil so that argument was invalid to her, and that “instincts” were very real and not just someone’s imagination.
Are there any Bible verses or Vatican teachings that can help clear this up? And are instincts real and not the work of the Devil? I told my sister I would answer her questions tomorrow after I did some research.
Thank you so much! (And sorry if it was a little lengthly!) :o
P.S. Do you have any tips that can get my sister to reconsider her old Catholic beliefs? And should I really be concerned about this, or is it just a rebellious stage she’s going through? Thanks again!