Thanks to all those who helped me with my beginning questions in my earlier thread about my Dad. I feel a bit more comfortable speaking with my father about these things.
UPDATE on my Dad’s journey:
Today he read some more of Clement, and a few selections of the Didache. He is really moving in his faith
One thing did come up today as he was reading these non-biblical sources on the Church Fathers - and I’m glad it did.
My Dad said to me, “You know, it really all comes down to how much faith you want to put into man over these doctrines. Whether it be your own pastor, or the Pope, or anybody talking about the Word”.
(My dad has been going to an evangelical church for a few years now)
I’m glad this came up, because my father is starting to understand the importance of Tradition. My dad has the belief that a single person could pick up a bible by himself and read with the aid of the Holy Spirit, but a church institution is greatly helpful. This is where I tried to speak of how thankful we should be that Jesus gave us His Church to guide and instruct us on these matters of doctrine. For now, I just told him to keep pursuing Truth and to look for it in the Early Church. (Hopefully, he will start to see the similarities with Catholicism )
Now for the part thats getting me a bit worried…
My dad has the impression ( at least some Catholic priest apparently told him this ) that one can selectively pick and choose what to live by in the Catholic Church, and not pay too much attention to the things that don’t necessarily apply to oneself.
When I asked for specific examples, he said that the priest he spoke to didn’t give him any particulars, but I’m fearing that my dad will use this concept of his to selectively choose what Catholic doctrine to follow, if/when he returns to Jesus’ Church. OR, maybe he is just saying this to himself in order to accept the Church wholehearditly, and try and resolve any difficulties he has with Catholics after he completely returns to the Church.
If anyone could just post their opinions or pieces of advice on how I could deal with this matter. And, of course, pray for my dad, (his name is Bob), that God brings him closer to Truth in His Church.
Thanks and God Bless to all!