It has been said to stay away from learning about other religions because we, as Christians, may get attracted to one and drawn away from the Truth. I disagree.
When a fulfilling life has been obtained through Jesus Christ and we do not know how to invite believers in other religions to come to us because of our ignorance of how they’re perceiving the issues of life, then maybe we should educate ourselves a little about other religions.
First, studying other religions helps us to better understand the unbelievers we seek to evangelize. If we wish to share the gospel with a Buddhist, for example, it is helpful to realize that this religion believes in reincarnation.
Second, studying other religions helps us to better understand our own religion. Much of what Christians debate is unessential, but what are the critical beliefs of our faith that are uniquely Christian? When we view the beliefs of other faiths, we can see what is unique about our own faith.
Third, studying other religions helps us have a deeper appreciation for our own beliefs. For example, when I study Islam and its lack of assurance regarding the afterlife, I find greater comfort in the Bible’s teaching that we can know for certain we have eternal life (1 John 5:13). When I read in Wicca that there is a “rule of three” that teaches what I do to others comes back to me threefold, either good or bad, I can take much greater comfort in the teaching of Jesus that instructs to love my neighbor as myself. Christ’s unconditional love for us and His teachings to unconditionally love others stand as greater and more satisfying than the teachings of other religious traditions.
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