Hi. I am new to this forum so please forgive me if I’ve posted this in the wrong place. First off, allow me to say this… I in no way, shape or form wish to be disrespectful, nor attempt to shake anyone’s faith, nor in anyway propose that there is anything wrong with the teachings of Christianity.
My question is posed merely to assist me in my own path to truth and possibly to help anyone else who may have pondered the same questions in their life.
I was baptized at an early age and since have wondered if I really was old enough to have actually be aware of what I was doing at the time. I do not regret the baptism, but I now wonder if it really was necessary.
Why does the Catholic Church (and any Christian religion) seem to relegate all persons who do not believe in Christ (as an actual part of God) to eternal damnation? Surely God would not really want all Jewish people and all Buddhists and all Muslims, etc to be excluded?
I personally believe in God as I have come to know him and although I do not attend any church, I still have a personal relationship with God and follow most of the ideals of “Christianity.” I DO however doubt that Jesus is the only path to communication with God in the literal and the philosophical or religious sense.
Guide me. Tell me how I have misunderstood a God who has otherwise been very good to me indeed and daily assists me in life.
Were it not for that one thing, I probably would join the Catholic Church and be the most faithful servant God could imagine. Why am I excluded and excommunicated before I even begin? Why does the Catholic Church wish to reject me? Is it all only about Jesus and not about God himself?
Just asking for opinions here and please don’t take affront to my beliefs. Thanks.