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This can be EXTREMELY difficult and often very frustrating. I have tried it in Bible studies and even on here. I have come to the belief that prayer is really the only answer. When a Catholic and Protestant sits down to talk about Scripture, both views will be completely different on certian issue. You may even get damned to Hell forever lol. I was amazed when I started to talk Scripture with others. Those talks can continue on until Christ returns.
As Catholics, we see a verse that describes Purgatory or confession to a priest as biblical and sound doctrine. The Protestant will look at the same verse, depending on what denomination, and tell you something completely different. If you do not believe me, try debating "faith alone" or "once saved always saved" doctrine with them.
So my advice is to give your view (which should be that of the Church), allow them to give their view and then simply pray for them. We share many beliefs with our Protestant brethen. Pray that God opens their hearts and minds to the fullness of his teachings. Pray that your heart may also be soften to allow you to better understand and grow in patience and compassion. Do not widen the divide even more than it already has become. Share the love of Christ with them and the teachings of the Church. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in them and with them.
Peace Be With You Always
It is a good saying that we cannot convert someone - only the Holy Spirit can do that. All we can do is "plant seeds".
Having watched a number of "The Journey Home" programs....I have found that the common thread in the conversions of people is the issue of authority. In the majority of cases the convert will say something to the effect that they could not reconcile Sola Scriptura with the many different beliefs one sees in the protestant world.
This led them to begin investigating history more.
For this reason I will try to plant this seed with people that I am discussing/debating with. After each person provides their side of the argument...the question is asked,
"Is the Holy Spirit the author of confusion?
Can the Holy Spirit tell you that the bread is symbolic and tell me that it is the real body?
What shall we do when honest and sincere Christians disagree?
What does Scripture say on the subject?
I then show them Mt 18:15-18 - pointing out that "sin" here can certainly apply to teaching a false doctrine. I show them the above passage "in action" in Acts 15 where the doctrinal conflict between the church in Jerusalem and Antioch was settled in council and that decision was effective throughout the universal Church.
I show them the many places where Jesus, Paul, and Peter call for unity.
They will often times try to say that church in Mt 18 means local community....So I ask them to prove that from Scripture...I point out that disagreements between local communities can be just as problematic as disagreements between individuals. Acts 15 is clearly an answer to this very issue.
Then - I point out that where the early Church resolved matters by council...in accordance with Scripture...when the Protestant reformers disagreed, they each went their separate ways...with no council to resolve the matters. Which is more biblical?
Of course they remain unconvinced....so ultimately I ask them to show me an equally compelling argument from Scripture for the "independent local community" and "invisible church" model favored by so many protestants.
I've yet to have one take me up on the challenge.
Naturally they don't go running immediately to RCIA, but I pray that I am able to plant that seed of a question. Why so many different doctrines all claiming to come from Scripture.