I just began my freshman year of college and the people I have met are anything but religious; they may say they are Catholic but they have pre-marital sex all the time, they make a mockery of God constantly, and they always try to prove that the Catholic Church is “making things up.” For example, one guy said that the Bible doesn’t say pre-marital sex isn’t allowed and the Church “made that up.” I tried to argue but didn’t really know what to say so what I did say wasn’t exactly correct.
Tonight was particularly annoying because they were making sexual jokes about God and I began to get really irritated. I told them it wasn’t funny and they were mocking my religion. Then one of them says “We’re just joking; God has a sense of humor,” and I told them there is a line they are crossing by bringing God into this. Then another guy says he is Catholic and he is “just joking.” I told him the way he was living means he is a pathetic Catholic because he shows a blatant disregard for the laws and the rules and shows no apparent redeeming qualities. (I didn’t say all that; I just said he was pathetic Catholic.) He then attacks me by saying I’m passing judgment on him.
How should I deal with them when they start this? I want to say the right things but I never seem to have a good answer.