Learning about different religions
When I was a kid, it just seemed to make sense to keep an open mind, and learn all that I could. But for some strange reason, *just looking* seems to make no sense to most people. Shopping around for a religion seems to be, well, unreligious. As if just looking was going to contaminate someone, or something. When people knock on my door to talk about their religion, I am always curious about their reaction to the mention of a different one. And what I usually see is ignorance, and fear. As if learning about something was going to *brainwash* them somehow.
To me, if you're following a religion just because it's the only one you've ever known, it seems so shallow as to be practically worthless. It's like driving a Chevy, but never comparing it to a Honda. Yes, I know religion isn't the same as car shopping, but decision-making is.
The good news that I've found so far is that all religions have more things in common than differences. Mohammed was a man of peace, as was Jesus. I take a great comfort in learning more about this, and I will continue to learn. And for people who choose to put their hands over their ears and hum, well, I guess I can't blame them if they make poor choices in life.
Posted by Brad Hall