[quote="Juan_Arguelles, post:1, topic:237916"]
Greetings everyone! My name is Juan Arguelles. I come from a very traditional Catholic heritage. Though my parents are somewhat conservative Christians. For many generations my ancestors have been Catholic. So, I know a lot about the Christian faith and doctrines. For awhile I felt Judaism is the answer for my spirit. I decided to follow my gut and become a Noahide (gentile who follows the Seven laws of Noah) where I would then soon and hopefully become a Orthodox Jew. Judaism makes more sense to me then Christianity and Islam. The only thing I see worth saving from Christianity is my Catholic heritage. Which goes back many, many generations. What are your views on Judaism? Anything you feel that is controversial?
Well, I'm not Catholic but Jewish. However, I think I can offer a response to your question. The most fundamental controversy, as I see it, is accepting the divinity of Jesus as one's Lord and Savior, as well as the notion of the Triune G-d. As you may know, Jews do not believe that Jesus is G-d or the son of G-d. They also do not believe that G-d is divided into three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They believe in only G-d the Father and directly communicate with Him alone. There is no prayer to saints or the Virgin Mary as intercessors, but only prayer directly to G-d the Father. There are other very significant differences between the two religions in moral theology. One such essential difference involves the issue of abortion. Catholicism is most definitely opposed to all abortions regardless of the situation, whereas Judaism (even Orthodox Judaism) believes that, in certain instances, notably when not terminating a pregnancy will result in the mother's death, aborting the unborn child is not only permitted but required. Judaism's view is based on the belief that the soul of the child is infused immediately prior to birth, as related in Genesis with regard to Adam, and therefore the unborn child is not yet accorded the full status of human being compared to the mother. There are other such important moral differences as well. I'm not sure exactly what you mean when you say you wish to retain your Catholic heritage and, at the same time, wish to follow your gut and convert to Judaism because it makes more sense to you than Christianity or Islam. What exactly do you wish to retain from Catholicism? I ask this question not in order to dissuade you from converting to Judaism, but rather to better understand how you believe you can retain your Catholic heritage and still become Jewish. You would have to give up the Eucharist and other sacraments of the Church, and instead follow Mosaic Law very strictly as an Orthodox Jew as well as observing Jewish holidays and the Sabbath. Catholicism and Judaism are really quite different religions in terms of ceremonies, holidays, and certain moral doctrines even though they share the most fundamental moral precepts of loving G-d and one's fellow man.