I’m sorry to bring up this question. I know that y’all (yea…I’m from the South) are probably barraged by this question by all of the Baptists, Church of Christ (which I am slowly journeying out of to the Catholic Church), etc., but my father is coming into town this weekend. He and I talk about theology almost to exclusion of everything else, and we always challenge one another. I know I can (and already have) successfully challenge him on sola Scriptura. However, for me to convince him that the tradition, specifically the RCC’s tradition, is infallible I am going to have to at least give a good defense of a few Catholic doctrines that contradict the ‘clear teaching of Scriptures’ (By the way, I have read books critiquing Sola Scriptura, so I am aware how to challenge him on that. I also know that I have to challenge why he thinks that he, and not the Church, is to be the interpreter of Scripture. Further, I know that I need to challenge him on why he thinks these certain Scriptures are so plain when other denominations do not. So, I guess what I am trying to say is that I would rather not get a lot of supplies telling me that I need to challenge him on his Protestant, individualistic view of Scripture interpretation.)
So, how do Catholics deal with the fact that the greek word for baptism means immersion, and that every instance of baptism we see in the NT is immersion, and even Paul’s comments about being buried with Christ (Rom. 6:3-6, Gal. 3:28).
Also, I am aware that in Luke 11:38 the Greek word baptizmo is used to just mean wash, but that can be interpreted as an immersion of the hands/dishes. So, how can I show my father that this is not as clear as it seems?
Thanks to all who reply and who have replied to my previous posts. I am very thankful. I hope I am not annoying you to death with ‘trivial’ questions.