Praise God, she wants to read the bible only! Good for you that the bible is a Catholic books written, and discerned by Catholics. When it comes to defending the Catholic faith against non-denominational Christians, you have the upper hand my friend! Non-denominationals are all over the place when it comes to scripture and will often mar passages in order to fit it into their theology. This forum will be of much use to you when her questions are presented! A good audio debate between non-denominational evangelicals is linked below! saintjoe.com/prodinfo.asp?number=7327
Yesterday, she took the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe off our bedroom’s wall. She said that we won’t have any more images other than Jesus and crosses in our home. That’s fine with me.
It might be a non-denominational thing about graven images. If so then why have an image of the cross or Jesus? If it is in reference to idolatry, then you may be able to search this forum on the topic on** intercession of the saints** or praying to saints
But what worries me is our children. I know I have a duty to raise them Catholic, because we’re a craddle Catholic family. The children are baptized, we were married in the Church. All of our family heritage and history is Catholic.
You are to be the spiritual guide in the family, so it might be beneficial to attend a Catholic bible study at your local Parish with your wife. If you and your wife were raised as Catholics, you know that many only go to Mass on Sunday. She may think that she was just a cultural catholic and didn’t know much of the bible because the Catholic Church wasn’t doing exhaustive teachings on each passage weekly. The center of Catholic Worship is Jesus truly present in the Eucharist, not the scriptures as many non-denominational evangelicals. The Word of God is not a book, but a person (Jesus Christ) It would be a great opportunity to bring her to a Catholic bible study, where the scriptures are expounded upon. It’s always good to point out that the bible didn’t just fall out of the sky, but the canon was delivered through the Church
Look at it as an opportunity for growth for you, your wife and your children.
How have you dealt with a spouse who left the Church, and how are you raising your small children? Thanks!
I have not dealt with this personally. I am unmarried and my girlfriend is a non-denominational evangelical. She used to try to argue scripture with me, but since the bible is a Catholic book written, compiled, and discerned by Catholics, she has moved on to other attacks involving the liturgy that she doesn’t understand.
The biggest witness against the Catholic Church that many have, especially the ex-catholic, are Catholics who sit in the pews that seem to live unchanged lives. If you go to a Catholic bible study with your wife, you will meet some radically transformed people, who live surrendered lives under Christ, and love scripture! God bless you, and yours, on your journey!