[quote=martino]Paris Blues…you give too much credit to your Protestant friends and not enough credit to the Catholic Church.
All these questions that they ask you have been asked millions of times throughout the years since the Reformation and they have been answered a million times or more. The fact that they continue to ask the same exact questions proves that they have learned absolutely nothing! You need to have confidence that the Church would not lead you astray. The answers to all these questions are very simple, so simple in fact that I believe it must have taken 1st graders to think up the questions.
Do not doubt for a second that the Church cannot answer these pathetic questions that you keep hearing. You may not possess the answer but the Church certainly does. So when you are on the spot and drawing a blank in front of your friends all you have to do is tell them that you are not sure of the answer but you will certainly find out for them.
Most importantly, and this is just my opinion, do not let them off the hook. Once you give them the answer follow up with a question of your own. The reason they asked the question is because of some false impression that they have regarding Christianity, which you can easily expose by asking your own questions.
This is a good and fun way to learn your faith. You learn the answers to their questions and you also learn the questions that you need to be asking them. You will begin to see how easily their questions are answered and you will build confidence as you see their inability to answer yours.
Yes, but I don’t know much about the CC so I can’t really say whatever if I dont’ know something (perhaps I should do more research on the history, eh?:hmmm: ). I know more about being a Protestant than a Catholic but I’m learning! That’s why I have these questions so they wont sound confusing to me when they’re answered! It’s something I want to clear up first! If something sounds “muddy” (like my question about Father), I ask that and tell people how I feel about it because it sounds “muddy” due to my Protestant “traits” (Ohh! Why did the reformation have to happen! ) but when I get a good answer - like I do here thank goodness! - I start to realize it’s truth and it helps me understand better.
But people here have got to realize and understand that when I started pursuing Catholicism, I was a bit “edgy” what I heard about the CC and thought, um, now what? Protestant or Catholic? If you weren’t a Protestant your whole life, sure, it’s easy but when you’re a convert, you still have questions and sometimes even doubts (hope not!) because you still have your Protestant “traits”!
Well, maybe after all it’s a good thing I wont be getting confirmed on Saturday because I’m still “weary” on some things! But when things start falling “in place”, I’ll be ready!