I am a Catholic that is sorta starting to read the Bible for the first time, finally. I have this friend of mine (We are like brothers) who I have known for 3 years, who’s family members were almost all Catholic, but his mom and dad never really went to church, he always did it on his own. Well, for about 2 years up until a year ago he was going from church to church every Sunday, then he found one he liked or what I would say, one that reeled him in.
Something happened between us about a week ago and since then he has been quoting the Bible, and basically is saying stuff against the Catholic views of the Bible. He says the church he goes to is nondenominational and they go only by scripture and that they do not add things or make things up. He goes on to say how the Pope is the antichrist because his title Vicarius Filii Dei adds up to 666, when I tell him that that is not a title of the Pope and that his official title is Vicarius Christi he says I am wrong that on the Popes “crown” it says Vicarius Filii Dei. He then later said “well he is a likely candidate”. I tell him that George Bush adds up too 666 and the lady who started the 7th Day Advangilist name adds up to 666, he then says they are not from Rome, that the Angel said the antichrist will come from Rome.
He asked how can we say Mary is the Queen of Heaven? I reposed with what I know about how Mary is the preeminent Christian, he says she is not. Then I talk about how in Daniel 2:37 Daniel calls the pagan king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzer, the king of kings and that it doesn’t preclude Jesus from being called by the same title, he then says it’s not the same thing.
In the past week he did mention about how we call a Priest “father” and the Pope the Holy Father, I we did not get into that area tonight, even though I had all the information about that.
The problem is he can, and will throw any Bible verse at me to “attack” any view(s) I may have, as I am not well verse in the Bible as he is, and I never will be. I tell him that we ALL “interpret” the Bible and I could very well point to Leviticus and show him that he, and his church does not follow everything the Bible says, so therefor he does not take the Bible just on Scripture. He is REALLY BIG on Revelations as well.
When he does get “vocal” I do remind him of 2 Timothy 2:24
As I said, he was a different person up until a year ago, but he argues that he did not show me this side of him then so I would not have known. But I still think this church got hold of him and he took them hook, line and sinker. And I know he has been struggling on who, and what he is for the past 3 years. As well as looking for answers as several of his other friends have either died or committed suicide the past year.
So, can anyone help me on how to handle this? As I said I could never match his knowledge of the Bible and it’s frustrating to me.
I do have other things to give anyone a better idea about what he has been going though both personally and spiritually, even up until last week, if anyone would like to email me at email@example.com I would gladly send you some more information on this, and him to give you a better idea so you may be able to help out a little more.
I did thank him for bringing this up, as I am finding out answers myself from reading the “online version” of the Bible, and I never would have done that if he did not start talking about the Catholic views.