religion is too hard

I like going to temple.

I love hebrew.

I love the Torah.

I love services.

But I feel like I can't be jewish because I have so many non jewish friends who wouldn't make it to heaven with me and I need them...

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  • Have you heard of the Noachide laws? If Gentiles (non-Jews) obey these laws they will still make it into Heaven, unlike other religions which believe than no matter how good a person someone is, if they do not belong to that religion they won't go to Heaven.
    These are the Seven Noahide laws.

    Idolatry is forbidden. Man is commanded to believe in the One G-d alone and worship only Him.
    Incestuous and adulterous relations are forbidden. Human beings are not sexual objects, nor is pleasure the ultimate goal of life.
    Murder is forbidden. The life of a human being, formed in G-d's image, is sacred.
    Cursing the name of G-d is forbidden. Besides honoring and respecting G-d, we learn from this precept that our speech must be sanctified, as that is the distinctive sign which separated man from the animals.
    Theft is forbidden. The world is not ours to do with as we please.
    Eating the flesh of a living animal is forbidden. This teaches us to be sensitive to cruelty to animals. (This was commanded to Noah for the first time along with the permission of eating meat. The rest were already given to Adam in the Garden of Eden.)
    Mankind is commanded to establish courts of justice and a just social order to enforce the first six laws and enact any other useful laws or customs.

  • Become Reform Jewish.

    In Reform Judaism, there is no canon of the afterlife. Some Reform Jews believe that everyone is forgiven, and all go to heaven. Other Reform Jews believe that the evil cease to exist, and the rest go to heaven. Other Reform Jews believe that there is no afterlife. And yet, all these personal beliefs are allowed in Reform Judaism.

    What do you believe?

  • Yeah, yeah, we know the old line, "I'm The Chosen Race and everyone else is inferior." Your "friends" probably just feel sorry for you for being so naive and self-centered.

  • So value them and show your appreciation.

  • It is ultimately a solo journey so don't let such thoughts stop you. Many of us struggle with similar thoughts though I have a different faith I can relate.

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