Hello!! I must agree with the others here who said to pray that you are better grounded in your faith & pray for those with whom you are trying to share this good news. I have been & still am in your shoes as are others here. We TRY to tell Protestants about things, hoping to let them see what they are missing, and, at the very least, clear up any misconceptions, they wont listen because they are not READY TO listen. For whatever reason, they just CANNOT accept these things because they have been so taught against it all. I tried to show the doctrine of Purgatory to an internet friend & gave him an online article & he disagreed with something St. Augustine said. :rolleyes: I saw nothing wrong with that quote. We debated over the “paid the last penny” thing…we couldn’t believe we were both reading the same passage & not getting it. He accused me of taking a verse out of context, on his blog, he said that Catholics claim to find scriptural evidence for indulgences & when I pointed out what an indulgence IS, he said, “Wow. You Catholics must not thing that highly of Jesus.” I also asked about Genesis 1 & 2, he said they didn’t need to be reconciled because even though Gen 1, Day 3 said that all vegitation was called to be brought forth, he claimed that God could have still made man on the sixth day & no shrubbery was onland (as it states in Gen 2) because just because it was CALLED to be brought forth, doesn’t mean that it WAS that day…even though, it says it was. My dad, when asked the same question told me that Man was created the fifth day & woman on the sixth…even thought tha’s NOT what it says in the Bible (he later told me that he’d have to check it out again). The point I’m trying to make, is that they don’t WANT to hear what you have to say…they are not yet spiritually ready FOR it. My advice is be the best Catholic you can be. Focus on the love of Jesus & such rather than being “Hey guys, you GOTTA check this out!!!” When they have questions, IF they really want to know & not just get into it with you & make you try to lose faith, they will ask, inquire of themselves. AND, I know this is hard, because, even when you DO talk to things of this nature to them, eventually, you all wont be on the same page and language will have to be defined – wait until you are better versed for this. HOWEVER, do not compromise on points. Teach the truth when they are able to hear it. DO NOT let them make you leave your faith!!! Remeber, the Bible was because of the Church, not the other way around. You now have a history upon which you can rely for information. Go back & see how the early Church did things. READ about these things. There are plenty good books. If you’d like, I’ll recomend some. Pray for your friends. That they may understand. This is possibly a lesson in humility. We’ve all been there, even some of the saints. As easy as it is to romanticise the situation, we’re not always right, they are not always…well, they aren’t always COMPLETELY wrong, AND, if God is working through them to teach you that you need to be better prepared (and, I know, you may think you are), then, listen. Things will happen naturally. I must say, though, be a fig tree. Let them see your fruits.
OH! And anthother thing!!! DON’T EVER LET THEM TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE JESUS OF THE BIBLE!!!