This evening I hung out with some kids that I don't usually hang out with, good kids but not my regular group. This group consists of a combination of Wiccans and Agnostics. They know that I'm a Christian and they know that I have changed as a result of it. In their youth, they were all raised in a Roman Catholic household, so their exposure to Christianity is very slanted towards that sect. They disagree with things that the Roman Church has done in the past, and some pracitces that they hold now, and have thus rejected Christianity. How is it that I can effectively explain the differences between the churches without seeming like I'm bashing others?
My main focus when this comes up (I live in an area which is 51% Roman Catholic) is to focus the conversation on the relationship with Jesus above all else. I say that God is all about relationships and hearts, not about repetition and religion.
Is there any way that I can effectively defend Christianity without tearing apart Roman Catholics? Any help would be appreciated... these people are wonderful by man's standards (and I mean it - they are good and loyal friends) yet it tears me up to know that they reject a relationship with The Lord.
Again, any advice would be appreciated, thanks very much