Should Christians study the books of other religions?

There is some benefit in studying other religions because it gives us knowledge in understanding what they believe in comparison to the light of God’s Word. But the Bible admonishes Christians to rather focus on knowing God’s truth. Paul teaches, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Moreover, Christians need to know how to defend their faith. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet 3:15)

In order to share the truth with those who believe in other faiths, it is beneficial to have an idea about their beliefs and how to reach them. But Christians should read the religious books of other faiths prayerfully. They should seek the Lord for discernment and wisdom to be able to see clearly right from wrong (James 1:5).

As for those who are simply curious about studying other religions thinking that such knowledge will help them grow somehow (Genesis 3:5), these should remember that the devil is like a roaring lion ready to deceive God’s people when they expose themselves to error (1 Peter 5:8). Therefore, they should steer away from unholy grounds (Hebrews 13:9).

The Bible is like no other book because “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It promotes higher principles and encourages elevated standards that are not found in other religious books. Focusing on these divine standards should be the supreme goal of every believer. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

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In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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