I gotta tell ya, I’ve been doing extensive reading on Chrisitanity, Islam, and Judaism (not so much Judaism but I feel I know the basics fairly well), and I must say that I am hopelessly confused now. It seems to me religion is way more about what you’re born into and your cultural heritage than any perceived “truth” you developed through study, and prayer. 99.5% of the time when a 20 something leaves their faith then comes back in their 30’s, it just so happens to be the religion of their youth they come back to, through prayer and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
A Jew won’t become a Christian because he already has a covenant with God and God can’t break a covenant (I can’t blame a Jew for not converting at all, why would they God already preferes them over everyone else?). A Christian believes Jesus saves them from their iniquities and without Him they are lost and will be in hell (they are raised that rejecting Jesus means Jesus will reject you), also even if a Christian converts to Judaism they aren’t “really” a Jew like one who is genetically a Jew, and it requires denying Jesus which even for the most fallen away Christian is very very difficult to do, I know I could never deny Jesus even under threat of death, I just couldn’t. A Muslim is typically raised in the Middle East and Asia and taught that Muhammed is a prophet and Allah is God and Islam is the truth, and Muslims are not exposed to any other religion.
So who is right? I can honestly say I have no idea anymore. If the Holy Spirit guides people to God who are true seekers we have to assume a few things for Catholicism (Chrisitanity in general) to be the true path:
- No Muslim, Jew, Mormon, etc… is genuinely seeking God (which I don’t believe).
- The Holy Spirit guides people to other faiths for a reason we do not know. (if that’s the case these people can’t be damned).
- The Holy Spirit is a prankster and likes to confuse us.
I mean read a Mormon board if you have the chance, their entire religion is based on validation from the Holy Spirit, they are very sincere men and women of God, yet being lead astray by the same Holy Spirit that is supposed to guide us in all truth? How can everyone be praying to the same God, yet what they’re getting back from God is so contradictory to what others are?
Does this make any sense at all? Or am I just rambling? If anyone can make heads or tails of what I just wrote, and feels like commenting it’s appreciated.