I met this random guy that I work with, who one of his hobbies is studying other religions. I found this very interesting, but also felt a little cautious too. He claims to be very religious himself, and calls himself a protestant Christian, but he’s read the Mormon Bible, Catholic Bible, Torah, etc. Wouldn’t he be influenced by the spirits of these other religions? (I’m not sure how else to put it…) He’s a nice guy and all that, but I just found it interesting that that would be one of his hobbies.
|October 21, 2015 at 13:58|
There can definitely be a danger in looking around if you are not firmly grounded in your own beliefs, but if you know what you believe and why you believe it and spend plenty of time in the Bible, it’s usually pretty safe.
|October 21, 2015 at 16:08|
There’s nothing wrong with just studying other religions. It’s like studying other cultures-it’s beneficial to know what people who are different from you believe and what their traditions are. It would be more of a problem if he was studying them because he wanted to convert to them, but it doesn’t sound like that’s what he’s doing. Since you just met him, you have no reason to believe that he’s anything other than what he says he is (a Christian).
Also, I feel the need to clarify that Catholicism isn’t a different religion from Christianity. It’s more of a denomination of Christianity (along with Methodists, Baptists, etc). 🙂
|October 23, 2015 at 18:08|
Not necessarily. The Bible is strong enough to stand up against questioning as well as any other religion; indeed, 1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us to test, or question everything.
He may not even be questioning, maybe he just likes to learn what other people believe, and why. I think that’s awesome. I do the same thing sometimes.
|October 25, 2015 at 22:11|
I think it is important to understand other religions and beliefs, but first, you have to be firmly grounded in your own beliefs. You should also be spending as much or more time studying the Bible as you do studying other religions or it will be easy to be led astray by the other beliefs.
|October 27, 2015 at 19:40|
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