Everytime someone tries to get in debates with me over faith I can usually prevail, however lately I have been surrounded by Protestants and they have aroused some questions in me.
The other day while I was at school my friend started the whole “saved” thing which led to conversation about sin. He said “Jesus died on the cross for our sins so if we keep his name we aren’t full of sin.” I didn’t know exactly what to say to that. The other thing he brought up was forgiving sins to a priest. He knows and understands that Jesus gave the apostles the power to do so but he doesn’t think that we need a mediator to jesus.
The hardest thing for me to talk to him about was good works. I showed him many places in Scripture were it talks about works (…sola scriptura…) and then he brought something up about the thief (correct me if I am wrong) that died on the cross next to jesus. He said that the thief had no good works and that he accepted Jesus while he was dying and made it to heaven so clearly there are no reasons why we need good works. Faith inspires work, there is no need for works outside faith.
The last point I tried to make was the difference between mortal and venial sins. He just told me, “Jesus died for our sins, murder or a white lie, If we have faith our sins our forgiven.” I tried to prove to him that there are deadly or mortal sins by showing him (1 John 5: 16). After reading it he just started flipping through more pages to find something to show me. He told me to read on (1 John 5: 18-20). He said that no one that knows god sins, so clearly he couldn’t go to hell for murdering someone or commiting a mortal sin.
I have kind of been in a hole for the past few days and really needed help. Its hard being catholic when you are surrounded by protestants. If someone could please help me answer some of my questions I would greatly appreciate it. I would like to hear answers that aren’t just bible versus (although i don’t mind if they are included) so that it makes for more of a conversation. Thank you and christ be with you.