I am a long time reader of this forum (although I don’t post very often). Like many of you here, I’m a “cradle” Catholic, who was tremendously strengthened in the faith as a result of challenges to it. I found this site and many others that did a great job of explaining things to me and refuting some anti-Catholic charges. I recently got married, and my wife and her family are ex-Catholic evangelical Christians. My father-in-law and I have gotten into some pretty heartfelt discussions about my faith, and has brought forward all of the “standard” Protestant arguments against me. When I (attempt to) refute these arguments, he doesn’t seem to accept them or at least acknowledge the basis for them.
So after the long winded introduction, I would like to bring forward three questions to the people on this forum.
- I was presented with two verses in particular that I did not know how to refute. I tried to read the verses in context, but if someone else could give me insight on these verses, I would appreciate it.
1 Timothy 4:1-3
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will turn away from the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic instructions through the hypocrisy of liars with branded consciences.
They forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
and this one:
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,and of faith in God, 2instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.
In general, is there a way I can more effectively defend my faith when challenged…to at least get some kind of acknowledgment from the person I’m debating
I would like to introduce my evangelical wife to the faith I love so much, and show her the fullness of Christ and His Church. Right now, we “alternate” churches on a weekly basis, going to “her” baptist church (I am aware I am not meeting my Sunday obligation every week, but I’m doing the best I can to try to be fair and loving), and going to “my” Catholic church. She is “bored” at the Catholic mass, and things it’s “cult-like” to actually believe in the body & blood of Christ. I’ve tried to lovingly refute her claims and explain things to her, as well as gently questioning her on why she believes the Bible is inspired, etc. What else can I do to help her understand and appreciate what the Church has done for Christians? How can I reconcile being “fair” with going to her baptist services, and meeting my Sunday obligation?
I know this is a long-winded post, but hopefully someone can offer some advice. Thanks, and God bless!