Always have an answer ready when you are called upon to account
for your hope, but give it simply and with respect.
Keep your conscience clear so that those who slander you may
be put to shame by your upright, Christian living.”
1 Peter 3:15-16
When a Non-Catholic asks “Are You Born Again?” the Catholic answer is “Yes I am! Just like you, I believe Jesus saved me once and for all since I was baptized with water and the Holy Spirit, but that is the reason why I need to secure my salvation with good works all the more so that I may never loose it in the end.”(Bible references: John 3, Matthew 7:21, 7:24, Romans 2:2-8, Philippians 2:12-13, James 2:14-24)
When a Non-Catholic asks “Isn’t it that in 2 Timothy 3:16, it says that all scripture is good for teaching, refuting, and correcting error? Therefore the bible is all that we need!” The Catholic answer is, “You are correct to say that ALL scripture is good in doing those, however, that verse didn’t say ONLY scripture is good for all those. In fact, the Bible doesn’t have a single verse that says ‘The Bible is all that we need.’ Instead, the Bible shows us that the pillar and foundation of Truth is the Church. By the way, the authority and Tradition of the Catholic Church bound the Bible you are using right now. Therefore, without the Catholic Church, you won’t enjoy the benefit of having any bible at all.” (Bible reference: 1 Timothy 3:15, Matthew 18:17-18, Luke 10:16)
When a Non-Catholic asks “Why do you pray or worship Mary?” The best Catholic answer is “Praying is asking an earnest request to someone for something. We don’t worship Mary as how we worship God, we honor and love her just as Jesus Christ honored and loved her. If we have to follow Jesus Christ and do what He did, and one of those is to honor and love Mary as his Mother, I believe we have to do entirely the same thing. If you never noticed, only the Catholic Church constantly fulfills the prophecy uttered by Mary in the bible – that all generations shall call her blessed!” (Bible reference: Luke 1:28-30, Luke 1:48, John 19:26-27)
When a Non-Catholic asks “Isn’t it that statues should not be used, because according to Exodus 20:4-5, we are not to make and worship any graven images?” The best Catholic answer is “That is true if you use it to worship false gods. However, statues or graven images are okay if it were to be used to worship God. Besides, God himself commanded Moses to make different graven images for the Ark of the Covenant. Even a bronze serpent on a pole was used as a tool to heal those who were beaten by a snake or got ill. King Solomon himself decorated the Temple of God with different images of anything from heaven above, on the earth, and waters. All these were good in the eyes of God.” (Bible reference: Exodus 25:18-19, Numbers 21:8-9, 1 Kings 6:23-29, 7:25-45)
When a None-Catholic asks “Why do you confess your sins to a priest? Isn’t it that confessing your sins to God directly is more appropriate?” The best Catholic answer is “If by your analogy you conclude such, then I in return must ask you why you need your pastor to marry you in your church, why you need your pastor to preach to you about the bible, and why you need to pray for each other when all these can be done directly to God. We know that Jesus has the direct authority to forgive sins. We also know that this authority was directly transferred to his disciples who then became the apostles who went out into the whole world not only preaching but forgiving the sins of all men who came to them. Paul himself identifies that there are sins that are deadly and some that are considered not and it is this deadly sins that may need the priests whom Jesus himself authorized to forgive sins. Actually, it is not the priest who is forgiving your sins in the confessional but Jesus himself who works through the priest. Confession had been practiced since 2000 years ago and the bible fully supports this. It was only questioned and doubted 1500 years later by Luther who doesn’t get the idea behind it despite the fact that he was a priest.” (Bible reference: John 20:22-23, 2Corinthians 5:17-20, James 5:13-15, Matthew 18:18, 1John 5:6, Leviticus 5:4-6, 19:21-22)
More to be added soon….