ok so i’m in RCIA right now coming from a Hindu background. my personal belief is that God doesn’t care whether you’re Protestant or Catholic, as long as you love God and do what he told you to do (help others, love your neighbor, don’t judge etc.) Anyways, I was wondering if it would be okay (or even possible?) to be both Catholic and Protestant? as in attend mass sometimes, and other services other times? i personally agree with some things Catholics say, and some things Protestants say. though i believe these minor differences shouldn’t truly make a difference in a relationship with God. I’m actually not too comfortable with picking one side only because of both sides believing they’re better. for example, i know some Protestants say that Catholics aren’t saved, and some Catholics say that Protestants aren’t saved etc etc.
Another concern i have is the sex abuse in the Catholic Church. I understand it was a small minority, and that they’re really strict on that now, however, recently a high official (guru) in my previous Hindu group was involved in a sex abuse scandal, and one of the main points i made to my parents about why their religion is unholy was the scandal. anyways, i feel like i’ll be a hypocrite by committing to an organization that the media has shown negatively due to the sex abuses (which will not convince my parents).
also, i do strongly disagree with many Protestant teachings, such as eternal security, salvation of non-Christians, and lack of works to be saved. but, i also disagree with some Catholic teachings such as it’s the only real Church, and the importance of the Eucharist today etc. however, i view these as minor issues, and believe the Church is one (composed of all Christians-whether Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox etc)
i’m in college, and have been to several Protestant groups of worship on campus. i do like the style and music of Catholic better, however i like the worship part of Protestants better (like everyone is so upbeat about Jesus and emphasizes on loving Jesus).
anyways, what i’m trying to say is that i believe that both Catholics and Protestants are viewed equally in the eyes of God, and as long as you love God and love your neighbor, you’re saved. so, would it be a sin or bad to be multi-denominational? sorry if i offended anyone or said something not true. thanks.