This is an interesting question that has popped into my head and won’t go away. Especially given my history of becoming an ‘Apostate’ from the (non-Catholic) religion in which I was born into, I am not sure how to answer it.
I can illustrate by using a real quote -
“I never had choice about becoming Catholic, my parents told me I would be when I was little and I am”
This was told to me by a current Catholic. She had a certain smugness about her faith over those of others - she was lucky and priviledged to be born into the faith - it was obviously right. The quote and way in which she said it also gave me the impression she had never challenged it.
Born in the United States, chances are that you have parents that told you a couple things. These would include: God is real, Jesus died for our sins, the Bible is God’s word. Born in India, you are taugh Hindu. Born in Pakistan, you are taught Islam.
Yes, people are entering RCIA all the time. But, how many of those are really just exchanging brands of Christianity or returning to the church for family ties? To make the jump from Baptist to Catholic is not as far as it might seem.
I realize a basic definition of faith would say that anyone believing in God does. But, when we are all conditioned and programmed to have these beliefs - can we really say they are real? I can teach a dog to be quiet and bow it’s head during a prayer, but it’s not really praying.
Anyway, my questions to this forum:
- If one church really is THE church, how can I accept that as true seperated from my experience and teaching?
- If someone has faith only because “my parents told me too”, how can God possibly be more accepting of them than someone who’s parents told them to do something else?
- How can you judge someone as being wrong when your faith is ‘right’ simply because it’s what society and events have brought you to believe?
The product of my faith is simply a rejection of my parents. When I considered joing RCIA classes and moving in that direction, this problem prompted itself - had I really found what was right or was I simply rebranding my parent’s teachings under something new…