If you have ever engaged in a debate with a Protestant, you may have become frustrated because of a difference in their interpretation of Scripture. They might look at a passage in the Bible much differently than you do. They might also have a personal resentment for teachings of the Catholic Church. Don’t give up, though. Check out this helpful tip from Patrick Madrid that could lead them into the faith!
🎙️ In this inspiring podcast episode, Patrick Madrid shares a memorable encounter with two Calvinist Protestants at a parish event back in the early ’90s. Their challenging discussion, initially over the teachings about Mary, quickly escalates to a broader debate about biblical interpretation.
🍴 The scene shifts to a Denny’s, where the dialogue continues over Bibles and dinner. The Protestants accuse Patrick of misinterpreting scripture. In a masterstroke of simplicity and insight, Patrick uses a napkin to write “I never said you stole money,” demonstrating the nuances and multiple interpretations inherent in any text, including the Bible.
💡 This ‘napkin demonstration’ turns out to be a revelation. It profoundly impacts one of the Calvinists, an ex-Catholic, who later revisits and re-embraces Catholicism. This change is spurred by his newfound appreciation for the perspectives of the early Church Fathers, realizing their teachings are more in line with Catholicism.
🔥 Patrick Madrid’s story is not just about a debate, but about the power of perspective, the importance of historical context, and the transformative journey of faith. His experience offers a compelling example of how thoughtful dialogue, and a simple demonstration can lead to profound spiritual insights and changes. 🙏✨