I have a couple of questions. I am a Roman Catholic but has recently started to doubt Christianity in general.
- We claim that Catholicism is right and that the Protestants are wrong when it comes to interpreting the New Testament since the Church leaders are successors of Christ’s Apostles and that the NT itself was compiled by the Church.
However, why do we say that Judaism is wrong in interpreting the prophecies about the Messiah, the nature of the One True God, the observance of Moses’ law, atonement of sins, the nature of Satan, and afterlife if the Old Testament of our Bible came from them and they have the authority to implement and interpret them (Moses’ seat)?
Are we not doing to Jews what Protestants are doing to Catholics? That our interpretation is correct and the ones who were originally right are now wrong? Protestants claim that the Catholics got the Gospels wrong the same way the Catholics claim that the Jews made a mistake about interpreting the Old Testament?
- Why die God allow the Jews to be taught strictly from childhood that there is One True God without hinting about multiple persons and provide stories of God punishing His people when they try to worship other gods, and then expect them to accept Jesus as God? The Jews were even taught how to recognize a false prophet: by checking if he is making people not observe the Torah, even if that person could perform miracles.
Just imagine, as a Catholic, we were taught that we have the right understanding of the Eucharist, the Sacraments, Salvation, etc. so when a Protestant tells us something different from what we have been strictly taught, we can reject his or her teachings.
Isn’t that what happened to the Jews? They heard the teachings of Christ’s disciples as foreign from what they have been taught about God so they rejected Christianity? Isn’t that why the majority of the Jews rejected Jesus but the Gentile world, whose people were not as knowledgeable as the Jews about the Old Testament, were more ready to accept Christ? Just like a cafeteria Catholic would be more ready to accept protestant teachings compared to a traditional Catholic?
Thank you in advance for your response and please pray for me.