Encyclopedia Religiosa

ENCYCLOPEDIA RELIGIOSA

To grow in Christ, we must ponder thoughts other than those written by our Christian masters. We have just started writing articles about different movements and ideas to aid our studies. The pieces will grow to form an encyclopedia of religious beliefs.


N.B.

These articles often focus on non-Christian content. We offer these articles because we must put on the Armor of Faith to combat ignorance.    

Why learn about other religions?


First and foremost, it helps us understand what people believe and why they think the way they do. We can, thereby, better relate to others and even understand ourselves.


Second, it helps us understand religion generally and appreciate its positive role and abuses, corruption, and failures. It will tend to reduce religious tensions and misunderstandings, fanaticism, superstitions, and prejudices that have been the cause of much suffering and strife throughout history.


Third, just as studying different nations and cultures broadens our horizons and causes us to reassess ourselves and our beliefs. Just as learning another language can improve the mastery of our language, studying religions is an excellent way to test, process, and deepen our faith and understanding.


We believe it is presumptuous to assume that the religion one has chosen or was raised in is correct and all others are false. It is also presumptuous to think that our beliefs and understandings are entirely accurate, even if we firmly believe in our Christian faith. 

Understanding Ourselves


First, it helps us understand what people believe and why they think the way they do. 

Understanding Others


Second, it helps us understand religion generally and appreciate its positive role.

Master Your Faith


Third, just as studying different cultures broadens our horizons and causes us to reassess ourselves.

Gnosticism

Gnosticism is the belief that human beings contain a piece of God (the highest good or a divine spark) within themselves, which has fallen from the immaterial world into the bodies of humans. All physical matter is subject to decay, rotting, and death.



Bahá'í Faith


Coming soon!

Jehovah's Witnesses


Coming soon!