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Should Catholics try to evangelize Protestants?

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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2012, 05:55:45 PM »
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The Catholic Church has the fullness of Christian truth and that truth is meant to be shared with all. Look at it this way: Suppose you were feasting at a banquet and knew that your relatives were scrounging for crumbs under the table. Should you invite them to the feast, even though they might spurn your offer, or should you let them continue to scrounge, figuring that they'll scrape up enough off the floor to keep from starving (cf. James 2:15-17)?

Something similar might be said of truth. You can have a seat at the table and eat your fill, or you can make do with what you can find on the floor dropped in the dirt and covered in bugs. Catholics have a seat at the table of truth and have the obligation to share that with those who do not yet have a seat alongside them. Non-Catholics do have some truth (like food), but it is not complete (like a banquet) and may be mixed with error (like the dirt and bugs).

In short, yes, you should defend Catholicism as the opportunity becomes available. But, more than that, you should do your best to make Catholicism "appetizing" to your relatives by being the best Christian God's grace enables you to be and by showing them not just the plausibility of Catholicism but also its beauty. And if, in the end, your relatives are sincerely unable in conscience to accept the truth of Catholicism, God will judge them on how well they lived according to the truth that they did have.



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