I have a good friend of mine in the ICC (International Church of Christ) who is starting to realize the fallacies and contradictions they preach. I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to educate her a little bit on the Catholic Church and perhaps win her over. However, when I started to discuss religion and church with her I came upon a little bit of a hurdle that I need help getting over. Here’s what she’s said to me so far:
- There is no single correct interpretation of the Bible. You must follow your faith and let the Holy Spirit guide you to the correct meaning. (I kept pointing out the irrational thinking to this… but she wouldn’t budge and kept repeating the same thing)
- No church preaches the proper interpretation of the Bible
- The church is only there to keep your faith strong, but not to instruct you on the actual meaning of the Bible or to help guide you to salvation. So, in essence, you listen to the preacher and decide on your own whether you agree with it. If you agree with it you keep it… and if not… you pretty much ignore it.
- She has a lot of misconceptions about the Catholic Church (typical misconceptions such as “praying” to Saints, confession, papal authority, etc.).
I can provide scriptural evidence to show how the above beliefs are false. And I have no problem defending the logic of Catholic beliefs. However, whenever I bring up information contrary to what she believes (or has been taught) she gets very angry. How should I approach this situation. I don’t want to be so pushy that I push her away from the Church. On the flipside, I don’t want to just abandon her as I do really care for her.
Any suggestions would be very helpful.
Keep the Faith