I am in my mid-twenties and grew up in an interfaith family. (My mother is Jewish, my father is a non-practicing Catholic.) As a child I this didn’t cause me much confusion. It seemed that both religions are just different journeys to the same big picture destination (growing in faith, serving others, serving God).
However, in recent years I have found myself confused about God and an afterlife. I want to believe, and I guess deep down I do believe, but I find myself very doubtful. These feelings were heightened after I lost a close family member last year. Now I am struggling with the idea of whether our actions on earth are judged and have an impact on our fate once we die.
Being exposed to two different religions and finding neither of them more credible than the other (because I love my parents/grandparents and trust them equally, and because I was never taught that one was “more right” than the other) has made this even harder. My father barely talks about religion, and my mom says she believes in God but doesn’t really say why.
Seesaw, where to from here?
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