I got this back from my brother and I am struggling how to answer.
He is only a holiday church-goer and generally goes to a RCC because it's what he has known from his past and so it's convenient and also due to the fact that my other sisters and my dad invite him. He's far from a devout Catholic though.
He is also married, has 3 children and is 40 years old. However he fervently defends the mary apparations are indeed Mary and that the RCC worships the same God as we do and that any of us that beleive in John 3:16 are basicaly just one big happy family depsite any differences in worship style, religion.
Him and I have been having allot of discussion back and forth where I've presented to him an overwhelming amount of evidence scriptually as to the false teachings of the RCC church. So how do I respond to this?? He won't even look at the evidence I have presented scriptually saying it is all just propaganda basically for my side and I have NEVER pushed being a Baptist on him whatsoever??? In fact while I attend a Baptist church I refuse to give myself that label other than being a saved by Jesus alone as a Christian.
I don't want to say the wrong thing that will have him put up a wall.
Troubling message from my brother in defense of the RCC
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I think that pretty much sums all these discussions up. Say what you want....but everyone in our family believeth in him. That being said....how can anyone who beleives that go to hell?
If you add any stipulations to this verse or add anything else to it you are contradicting the word of God. True or not true?
This is about as clear as it gets no ifs ands or butts. Sure, there are a lot of other versus and or beliefs set out by Christians and by the RCC as you claim.....but in the end do any of them really matter more then this one? Unless someone chooses not to believe in Jesus I can't see God denying them entrance into heaven. If you don't truly believe this then John 3:16 is a lie. If that is the case then what verse in the Bible can we believe....right? BTW...the point is there is absolutely no rebuttal to this so don't even try.
As stated before, the non-believers and the ones who have not heard the word of God are the ones you should be talking to. If you don't think they are out there look at some of the posts on YouTube message boards under the videos you forward. There are people out there that flat out deny God and are proud of it. Those are the ones in real jeopardy.
I look at it like this, Religion whether RCC, Baptist or any other is a business. That being said, they all compete for families to fund their churches. Just look around and you'll see what I mean. Money is everywhere. Look at Joel Olsteen, The Pope, and plenty of others out there teaching the word. Heck...just go visit the BIG mega church between Dover and Sugarcreek to see what I mean. They have over 3,500 people attend there each Sunday and you walk in there and it looks like Quicken Loans Arena. They have a Coffee Shop, Arcade and rock bands that play the music. Oh..it looks like a lot of fun and I bet my kids would love it. Trouble is, if you weren't told it was a church you would never know. To me it looks like it's all about having a good time and "attracting" the clientele. Oh...and did I mention they won't let you join unless they see a copy of your W-2?? Not kidding about this! Since when did God care about how much money you made to worship him? If you don't believe me check it out yourself. They teach right out of the King James BIBLE about the same stuff you do like Revelation, End times, and everyday life. I know this because a good friend of mine goes there. It's not a cult or anything it's just a big Christian Church that does it to "attract" new families. Are they going to hell? No..because I bet everyone of them believes in John 3:16.
Look it's all a big competition for membership. The more doubt you can sell or fun you can promise the more you can convince others to join your side. It's not rocket science it's just SALES 101. Learn about the competition, find a way to create doubt or pain to get them to buy into it. It's what we do everyday in our real sales jobs. Your just selling for your side and Dad is selling for his. It's all the same product though in the end...GOD. Why can't you see that?
There are some extremists in all religions but all I know is what I believe.... and according to John 3:16 that is enough to get me to heaven. It's doesn't matter what church I go to as long as I believe what I believe. Religion just uses people like you and Dad for their own gain. Your their TOP salepeople. The thing you have to remember though is God is real. Religion is man made.
Bottom line.......is if you peel it all away all you really need is John 3:16.