I think at times I may have been going about this “apologetics” thing all wrong. When I got interested in this, (around the time I was in high school) I studied all the arguements and the refutations to those. I tried to memorize certain verses, or chapters (Matt. 16 and John 6!!!)
However, when I would debate with a protestant/non-Catholic, there seemed to be someting that I was missing. I could show a non-Catholic all the proofs needed for a logical conclusion on a point: but they still would not be in agreement. Or it they did agree, they would not be willing to move forward. Why?
I know that change is hard. Is that the reason? When one finds out they it is possible they are dead wrong on a certain point, they do not know how to react. So they don’t. They act like this brief revelation (that there entire church concept is wrong) never happened. They go merrily on their way.
If you do not know the non-Catholic too well, then they can get away by saying, “Let me check with my pastor, and get back with you”. Fair enough. But it is my experience that they rarely do this. For example: just recently I was asked about purgatory. I promptly gave them my regular response, then a Catholic Answer tract! I had also showed some verses to them. They said “You’re right, there it is! Degrees of sin!” They said they would go back to their church and “Fellowship over it”. When I checked back with one of them (a co-worker) he said they had briefly mentioned it but couldn’t remember what Catholics called it (it being purgatory). Keep in mind I had given him material on “Purgatory”. These two had been presented with something that was in the Bible and they had no way of explaining it. Still, they have not explained it to me. If the positions were reversed, I would research it until I DID have an explanation.
So what do you all think? Some people I have gone over the same points again and again and they still refuse to address them. So what is the core reason, the main motivation for not changing? Is it pressure from family? Culture? Friends?