The Crucifix reminds us not only of God's power, but also His love for us - giving His only begotten Son up for suffering and death. One other passage to keep in mind is Galatians 3:1, "O foolish Galatians!
Also, here in this life we do not share so much in the glory of the Resurrection, as we do in the suffering of Jesus on the cross; after all, we must take up our cross daily if we are to follow Jesus, as it says in Lk . Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? Jesus was publicly portrayed, before their "eyes", as being crucified.
Catholic apologetics encompasses all of Christian apologetics - since Catholicism is the fullness of Christianity - but Catholic apologetics tends to focus on those truths of Christianity that are not generally believed by non-Catholic Christians. Pray that He will give you the courage to share your Faith and the wisdom to choose your words carefully and profitably. Don't try to "wing it." However, always follow, "I don't know," with, "But, I will find out and get back to you." And A few more basics about apologetics before we move into specific apologetics topics: #1) Ingrain this into your psyche..Bible is a Catholic book! Whenever someone quotes you a Bible verse that "proves" the Catholic Church is wrong on something, your response should be, "Amen, I believe what the Bible says!
For example, you believe women should be priests..the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1577 states, "Only a baptized man validly receives ordination...For this reason the ordination of women just tear that page out of your Catechism..just made it a Catechism of your Catholic Church..mine.And, we must die with Christ in order to live with Him as Romans 6:8 tells us. Sounds kind of like they may have been looking at a Crucifix, doesn't it? The Church has always taught that Adam and Eve were real people and were the first human beings from whom all other human beings are descended.In 1950, Pope Pius XII, in Paragraph 37 of an encyclical entitled Humani Generis, states, "..faithful " In other words, the Church teaches that all humanity descended from Adam and Eve. Paragraph #38, states: "This [encyclical], in fact, clearly points out that the first eleven chapters of Genesis......" Again, Adam and Eve are not myths, and the rest of Genesis is not legend. Challenge anyone, who teaches differently, to produce their sources from a magisterial document. They can, however, produce countless books and articles by "theologians". Back to top Actually, there is no truth to that, whatsoever.Apologetics is about building the case for our Faith...learning how to explain and defend our Faith.
Basically, there are 3 types of apologetics: natural apologetics, Christian apologetics, and Catholic apologetics.
There is actually a good bit in the various Protestant faith traditions that does indeed contradict the Bible.
So, do not be afraid to engage non-Catholics in a discussion of the Bible.
Truths which the articles of our Faith rest upon and build upon. Rule #4: Always view a question about your Faith, or even an attack on your Faith, as an opportunity - an opportunity to share the truth.
Truths such as the existence of God, the innate spirituality of the human soul, the objective reality of right and wrong...truths that our faith rest upon and build upon. Rule #3: Luke , "Do not be afraid, henceforth Will you make mistakes? Stay calm and stay determined to bring light into darkness. Quite often Catholics get frustrated by what I call the doctrinal dance..get asked about Purgatory, Mary, the Pope, the Sacraments all in rapid fire succession.
They are history in a "true sense." Paragraph #39: "Therefore, whatever of the popular narrations have been inserted into the Sacred Scriptures . Catholics interpret the Bible in a "literal" sense, while many fundamentalists, Evangelicals, and others interpret the Bible in a literalist sense.