Hello everyone, I have a good friend who identifies himself as a non-denominational Christian. That is, he does not believe in any formal or organized “religion” but believes that all of our answers as Christians are found in the Bible alone and revealed to us through God’s grace.
There have been multiple points of disagreement between us in our theology discussions and I could use some help in responding to his viewpoints as a Catholic. Some of his beliefs seem so bizarre (coming from someone who identifies as Christian) that I dumbfounded.
I will just list some of the general areas of disagreement below:
*]He believes that Jesus embodied God’s spirit but was human and not actually God.
*]He admits the Bible “strongly implies” that sex before marriage is wrong but only formally states that sex with someone other than your spouse AFTER marriage is a sin.
*]He does not believe homosexuality is a sin because Jesus says we should love and accept everyone- that if Jesus were alive today he would tell us we should love and accept them as homosexuals.
*]He does not believe that contraception or abortion are sinful.
*]Some of his “problems” with Catholicism surround our “preoccupation with things” (the flashy statues and fancy cathedrals, etc, since everything is made by and belongs to God anyway so why would we try to impress him with these material things?), the emphasis on “men” when men/humans know so little and only Jesus can forgive us, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, why we “sacrifice Jesus” every week (it seems cruel and morbid)…etc
*]He questions whether or not hell exists because he claims that God has saved and loved us all no matter what so when we die we will all go to Him.
*]He believes our bodies simply contain our souls, that our bodies will not be resurrected one day with God because they aren’t who we are and we don’t need them- we will all just be spirits with God.
*]He believes prayer should just be personal and based upon your own relationship with God since even the Lord’s prayer in the Bible was just an “example” of how to pray but not how we SHOULD pray necessarily.
I know that’s a lot of ground to cover but any suggestions or even articles/other resources would be very appreciated. I am pretty new as a Christian/Catholic (I went through RCIA and got confirmed May 2015) so I still have TONS to learn but I would really like to discuss these things with my friend, I just need a little help on how to approach the subject matter and have references to the evidence behind what we as Catholics believe and teach.
Thank you all in advance!!!