I’m talking with a protestant friend of mine and I wish that he truly hears me out, but I want to make sure that I am saying the right things. Please help me out and see if I can make my case for Catholic teaching stronger through Scripture.
He truly believes that works take away from grace. I’ve always said first by Grace are we saved, but that faith AND works are necessary for salvation (our way of responding to Grace), but no matter how many times I refer to James, he says I take everything out of context. I particularly quote the “You see a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.” He says you do works because you have a true faith therefore you only need faith, but I respond that if all you needed was “true faith” why does James divide the two at the end of chapter 2? I also quote 1 Corinthians 13:3 for St. Paul compares faith, hope, and love…if the a “true faith only” leads to everything else being correct…why did St. Paul then say love was the most important (a work)? Is this correct?
He also denies the Eucharist because we Catholics “re-sacrifice” the Lord when Hebrews talks about one sacrifice. I tell him he is correct about one sacrifice, but that Catholics don’t believe in a re-sacrifice, but a presentation of the sacrifice that is eternal and transcends through time. He argues that the sacrifice does not transcend through time, but I didn’t know how to defend this teaching in Scripture. I only quoted Malachi 1:11 to defend it, but of course my “interpretation was all wrong.” I quoted 1 Corinthians 11:29 and John 6 to further prove that it is not a symbol, but the Real Presence, yet he says verse 11:26 of 1 Corinthians says you simply proclaim and that 11:29 means you aren’t proclaiming, therefore just not believing. Does that even make any sense?
To be honest I think he is the one taking everything out of context and instead ignoring what I say. I don’t plan on talking to him much anymore since he disregards everything I tell him. I decided to stop wasting my time and instead spend that time evangelizing to someone else. But from this I would just like to know what I can say to make my case stronger and especially for what I wasn’t able to defend from Scripture…I know you don’t have to prove everything in the bible but I just want to show how much deeper Catholicism is in Scripture than these “bible christians.” Thank you