This is taken from one of SSV’s links:
"While Judaism and Christianity both affirm this doctrine of the inherent value and equality of all human life, they do have different views of man. **Christianity maintains that all men after Adam are inherently sinful and in need of God’s enabling grace in order to be good. Sin, in other words, is part and parcel of the human condition. **
Judaism, by contrast, affirms that,
**man is inherently pure and good, **
sin is an inclination or deed, and,
man has the ability to resist sin and initiate his own return to God Who, in turn, responds with grace."
I disagree with the statement that Christians believe that all men are “in need of God’s enabling grace in order to be good.” There are plenty of good people that were simply taught to be good people. It’s not as if we think human beings are nothing but depraved animals before baptism. Men can be taught to be good, caring, individuals.
Christians believe something other than that. The apostle Paul tells us that “Therefore just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). One can choose to agree or disagree with that view of the human condition. Is Paul right, are all people inclined towards sin?
Judging from my own life experiences and from my observations of human nature in general, I agree with Paul. Indeed, any psychologist will tell you that children are born inherently selfish. They have to be taught to be loving, kind, and to think of others. These things do not come naturally. Without proper examples and instruction children can, and do, grow up to be incredibly selfish, ungodly people. That, of course, is just my opinion.
That said, I too, feel drawn to Judaism. It is certainly the bedrock on which my Catholic faith rests, and I have tremendous respect for that tradition. Reen, you may want to explore the journeys of some of the Jewish people who became Catholic. I would imagine that you would want to see what they went through, what their thought process was. Here’s a website with many resources:
There are also books that deal with the same thing written by Roy Schoeman, Rosalind Moss and others. God bless you.