What is the difference between a Catholic and a Jew? How can I know about other religions?
The primary difference between Catholics and Jews is that Catholics believe that Jesus is the Messiah who died to forgive our sins so that we can live with God eternally. But our dear Jewish friends do not believe that Jesus was their promised Messiah.
Consequently, Protestants, Catholics, and Jews believe the Old Testament is the Word of God, but our Jewish friends reject the New Testament which is about Jesus Christ. Catholics believe that the Apocryphal books were written by God and therefore they include them in their Bible, but neither the Jews nor the Protestants accept the books as inspired.
Concept of Salvation
Our Catholic friends believe that God will look at your good and bad deeds and then determine if you will go into heaven. In general, our modern day Jewish friends have a different view, and they say that Judaism is about being good, which is its own reward. They believe we should have a healthy relationship with God and others. Modern day Judaism is not about being saved. Both Catholics and modern day Jews believe that one’s moral life here on earth will determine the degree of punishment one will experience in the afterlife. However, Protestants believe that a person goes either to heaven or to the Lake of Fire (hell). It depends upon what one believes about Jesus.”
The key issue here is Jesus Christ and what He said about Himself. It is important to realize that the Old Testament contains many prophecies which predict the coming of Jesus Christ. One prophecy even predicts the exact week in which He would die. A detailed discussion of the prophecy is given in Daniel. Ancient historical documents written by secular historians talk about Jesus and say some amazing things. When we realize that prophecy and history speak to the existence and miracles that Jesus performed, then we should listen to Him. Let me encourage you to start reading the studies at the link titled “Solid Roots.” We should be finishing the series within about one month. If you have questions, just send us an email. Remember the Bible was written by God.
Books to Read
There are several books that you may want to read which will give you greater understanding. The first book is titled, “The Roman Catholic Controversy” and the author is James R. White. It talks about the differences between Protestants and Catholics. The second book is the Bible. Here I would encourage you to read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The third book is written by a man who has been exploring various religions. His name is Ravi Zacharias. The title of the book is “Jesus Among Other Gods.” The publisher is Word Publishing.
May God’s Holy Spirit speak to you as you search for Him. We will be praying for you.